Donald R. McClarey

True

I didn’t agree on much with the late Frank Zappa, but when the man was right he usually was very right.

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Donald R. McClarey

3/5

Here then, are those provisions of the Constitution, which the most extravagant defenders of slavery can claim to guarantee a right of property in man. These are the provisions which have been pressed into the service of the human fleshmongers

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Donald R. McClarey

Idiocy in the Public Square

Bess Kalb, a writer for Moral Authority of the Nation, Jimmy Kimmel, doesn’t seem to understand  that amendments are part of the Constitution.  Go here to read more about the abyss of ignorance she possesses about the Constitution.  Fortunately for

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August 29, 1786: Shays’ Rebellion Begins

    In the aftermath of American victory in the Revolutionary War, times were tough in the new nation.  In Massachusetts farmers faced financial ruin as merchants, concerned with the inflation, were demanding repayment of debts in hard currency which

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Richard Posner: Ignore the Constitution

Richard Posner, ironically a Reagan appointee to the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, indicates what disdain many federal judges have for the actual Constitution: And on another note about academia and practical law, I see absolutely no value to

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Fortnight For Freedom: John Paul II on the Constitution

      Interesting reflections on the Constitution courtesy of remarks made by Pope John Paul II to President Reagan on September 10, 1987 during the Pope’s visit to the US:   Mr President, 1. I am grateful for the great courtesy

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Pope John Paull II on the US Constitution and Freedom

      Interesting reflections for a Constitution Day courtesy of remarks made by Pope John Paul II to President Reagan on September 10, 1987 during the Pope’s visit to the US:   Mr President, 1. I am grateful for

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Constitution Day: Star Trek Style!

  One of the “alternate Earth” episodes that became fairly common as the original Star Trek series proceeded, as explained by Hodgkin’s Law of Parallel Planetary Development, and by limited production budgets,  this episode featured an Earth where a cataclysmic war had driven the

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Let’s Ignore That Pesky Constitution

    Louis Michael Seidman, a professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown (surprise!), doesn’t think much of the Constitution as he explains in an op-ed in the New York Times: Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last

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Separation of Powers is sooooooo 18th Century

Good or bad, this is what you get with Newt Gingrich: GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich said Congress has the power to dispatch the Capitol Police or U.S. Marshals to apprehend a federal judge who renders a decision lawmakers broadly

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ObamaCare and the Constitution in a Nutshell

Hattip to Neo-Neocon.  I have been reading judicial decisions for over three decades and few of them are better reasoned and written than that of Judge Roger Vinson striking down ObamaCare.  Go here to read his ruling.  My favorite portion

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Elections Have Consequences – Tax Cut Edition

I’ll leave it up to others on the blog to discuss the merits of the compromise on taxes and unemployment benefits recently reached between President Obama and Congressional Republicans.  For what it’s worth, I’d probably vote for it were I

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