With the absence of strong leadership in Congress, we venture into new and dangerous territory for the self-governance of this republic.
Rising frustration with Washington and conservative electoral victories across much of the United States are feeding a movement in favor of something America hasn’t done in 227 years: Hold a convention to rewrite the Constitution.
The Obama administration’s move to end a decades-long feud with Cuba’s Castro regime is shaping up as the next big tug-of-war between the executive and legislative branches.
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration runs afoul of the Constitution.
Conservative talk radio icon Mark Levin blasted his fellow Republican Party members during his most recent show, slamming the leadership for caving on the budget and for, time after time, ignoring basic constitutional principles.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it is difficult to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened.
At the National Constitution Center, you will find rare copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. These are the three most important documents in American history. But why are they important, and what are their similarities and differences? And how did each document, in turn, influence the next in America’s ongoing quest for liberty and equality?
On his official .gov page, Cantor outlined a new batch of “Recent Examples of the Executive Branch Refusing to Faithfully Execute the Law” under the heading “The Imperial Presidency.” He’s been keeping tabs on this since October of 2012, when he first issued a list of more than 40 separate examples “of the breakdown of the rule of law” under Obama.
A balanced budget amendment would impose the fiscal discipline required to constrain federal spending, but would not require a reduction in federal spending. A balanced budget would only require that spending as a share of national income be gradually reduced to the historic level of revenue as a share of national income, something less than 20 percent. A balanced budget would be accompanied by restoration in economic growth and a sustainable fiscal policy.
President Obama famously has a pen and a phone. And if he had the same powers that Hugo Chavez had, that would be all he would need to impose Hugo Chavez’s programs on America, unilaterally by decree. President Obama is telling us by his words, and his actions, that he thinks he has at least some of those powers. He is telling us by his words and his actions that he will not obey the law, and follow the Constitution he is sworn to uphold by his Presidential Oath of Office. That is the Constitutional Crisis presently facing America.
It is unfortunate that there is nothing new in the President’s agenda for 2014. His speech was wrapped in the worn out rhetoric of class warfare and populism. It included the income inequality through re-distributive means, such as minimum wage laws and extending unemployment benefits. These do not improve the structural growth of middle class wage earners. All they do is reduce the number of available jobs and increase unemployment rates. There is no meaningful discussion of reforming Obamacare to make it a viable healthcare system that provides "affordable" and quality healthcare to Americans.