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Federalism Is Good For Liberals Too



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It’s Constitution Thursday, and we take a look at Federalism and its evolution in The United States under the Constitution. What seemed at first to be a pretty clear distinction between state and Federal powers, has slowly morphed into a whole lot more Federal and less State. And the journey to get there started long before the Progressive era. In fact, it really started the day after the Constitution was ratified.

We’ll take a short look at two cases in the news this week. One of them went before the Court and the law passed by Congress was struck down, allowing for sports Betting to be opened up across the nation. It’s the opinion in that case that has Progressives excited and one of them even exclaiming that “Federalism can be good for liberals!”

The other deals with the laws being debated by Congress as we speak to make an attack on a Police Officer a Federal Crime. who would oppose that? After all, we “support” Law enforcement, right?

Or do we support and defend the Constitution?


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What Trumps Federalism?



My concern from day one of the Trump campaign was his rather flimsy understanding of things Constitutional. It’s not enough to say the word, and it certainly wasn’t heard much on the campaign trail. In fact, as John and I discussed last week, things he did say caused ears to perk up and take notice and question whether or not the soon to be leader of the free world actually understood what he was saying or just didn’t care? Read the rest of this entry

Whew! The Football Team is Safe!

I have a very busy day ahead of me, so let me jot down a few thoughts for you before I head out the door and into what I hope is my future. Wish me luck!

Yesterday’s attack at The Ohio State University has the entire world of pundits a twitter. It was almost funny yesterday waiting for the confirmation of the attackers identification, which most on the left hoped would be John Taylor Smith but turned out to be Abdul Razak Ali Artan. As many suspected, he is from a PLRI country and is, of course, a Muslim. In fact, when interviewed by The Lantern, the official student newspaper of The Ohio State University, he explained:

Mr. Ali Artan sits "pensively" on the OSU Campus (The Lantern)

Mr. Ali Artan sits “pensively” on the OSU Campus (The Lantern)

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.” – The Lantern, August 25, 2016, Pg 5

As Mr. Ali Artan is now taking an eternal dirt nap, we cannot really ask him today if part of the “media’s perception” of Muslims is due – at least in part – to actions taken by individual Muslims such as himself?

I realize that we do not (as of this writing) know Mr. Ali Artan’s specific motives in the attack, but since I don’t believe in coincidence and since ISIL has called for individual Muslims to make attacks such as this and since Mr. Ali Artan clearly had an issue with how he and other Muslims are “perceived,” one is left to connect a few dots and come up with probabilities. Is it possible that he accidentally pulled the Fire Alarm and then unintentionally ran over evacuating students and then in a fluke of nature attacked them with a butcher knife? Sure… it’s possible. But is it probable? Read the rest of this entry

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