U.S. Constitution

When public officials try to silence criticism

It is human nature. People don’t like to be criticized. However, those who hold public office must accept criticism as part of holding office. We have the right (and the duty) to hold our officials accountable for respecting our rights and spending our tax dollars wisely. Usually, the way public officials try to hide from accountability is to persuade the legislature to frame sunshine laws as...

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Take our Constitution Day quiz

How much do you know about the U.S. Constitution and its history? How many states hadto ratify the Constitution before the federal government could assume its powers?  a. 7, b. 9, c. 10, d. 13. What publication did Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison co-author? a. Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer, b. The Centinel, c. The Federalist Papers,  d. New Views of the Constitution How many...

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Tinkering with the Constitution: My Thoughts

Part 3 of 3 Part 1: Mark Levin, The Liberty Amendments Part 2: John Paul Stevens, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution   I just presented two recent books by individuals representing strong conservative and liberal leanings. Both men have outstanding legal minds. Both have devoted much of their careers to the study of the United States Constitution. While I, too,...

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Tinkering with the Constitution: Six Amendments

Part 2 of 3   Part 1: Mark Levin, The Liberty Amendments     In March, “retired” Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens published a list of proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution in his book Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. I have not read this book either — even though reviewer Josh Blackman assures us that it is a “breezy” 133 pages —...

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Tinkering with the Constitution: The Liberty Amendments

Part 1 of 3   Two well-known students of the U. S. Constitution – from opposite sides of the political spectrum — recently published books suggesting how the it should be amended. I am presenting their views and my own in a three-part series:   Today: Mark Levin, The Liberty Amendments May 26: John Paul Stevens, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution June 2:...

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