Under the Constitution, the president has no authority to declare war, even if Congress tries to delegate that power to the executive branch.Details
People tend to view the colonies as essentially homogeneous, but in fact, they differed significantly in their cultures, religions, economies and political views.Details
Most people’s political convictions resemble those of Captain Renault from the classic film Casablanca; it blows with the wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be not entirely hostile to states’ rights.
But that will likely change.Details
California Committee Approves Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 23, 2018) – Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.Details
HB4286 will need to be moved from the Rules Committee to the House floor.Details
South Carolina Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Medical Marijuana; Set Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibion
COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 20, 2018) – Yesterday, a South Carolina House committee passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice.Details
In 1798, President John Adams signed a bill into law criminalizing speech critical of the federal government. Today, the feds take a more subtle approach to controlling speech, but the spirit of the Sedition Act lives on.Details
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 20, 2018) – On Wednesday, a California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in the state to get local governmental approval before acquiring or using military equipment. Passage of the bill into law would set the stage to limit federal programs that militarize local police.Details
Take any American history or political science course and you are certain to talk about the landmark Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison. I could probably also surmise that you will be told this is precisely the role the Constitution gave the judicial branch.
That, of course, would be wrong, but this would be one of many events the modern American educational system muffs on a regular basis.Details