The Hobby Lobby Case: If Rights Really Mean We Get Free Stuff, Then Why Haven’t We Heard This Before?

The First Amendment is as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. So, this is understood as the articulation of the right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of press. Did the First Amendment mean that Congress was supposed to provide Read more […]

Memo To Supreme Court: Greece Is Not Congress

There is a suburb of the city of Rochester known as Greece, New York. Greece, New York, is governed locally by a Town Board. The Town Board of Greece, New York, is NOT the Congress of the United States. Let me repeat, the Town Board of Greece, New York, and the Congress of these United States are two separate and distinct entities.  They are, as I say, NOT the same thing. Why am I bothering to point out to you this obvious, self-evident fact? Because the implications of this one Read more […]

Police No-Knock Raid Justified by Suspicion of Gun in House

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Like the rest of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, our governments, local, state and federal have Read more […]

Are “Natural Rights” Natural or Right?

There has been a lot of talk about “natural rights” recently. Someone in a comment stated quite graciously (or not) that I had no idea what I was talking about concerning natural law, and that there was a difference between natural law and natural rights. So I decided since I had already displayed my vast ignorance of natural law, it’s only fair and balanced of me to pontificate quite vapidly on natural rights as well. The most convenient place to start is with Thomas Jefferson’s now immortal, Read more […]

Does Taking an Oath on the Constitution Count for Anything?

News stories are making their way around that newly sworn-in CIA Director John Brennan took the oath of office on the 1787 draft version of the Constitution. “There’s one piece of this that I wanted to note for you,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at their daily briefing. “Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.” Anyone familiar with constitutional Read more […]

Gun Rights vs. Gun Laws

Judge Andrew Napolitano has done a great service with his recent article, “Guns and Freedom.” While the American debate on guns and governments continues, Napolitano makes the case, by appealing to the notion of natural law, that our individual right to self-defense does not come from government, but from God. Napolitano rightly states that: [Colonial Americans] defeated the king’s soldiers because they didn’t know who among us was armed, because there was no requirement of a permission Read more […]

We Can Tell the Government What to Do

The First Amendment to the Constitution states as clearly as it can that the people have the right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Wrapped up in this Constitutional right are additional rights regarding speech, press, and assembly. It’s a package deal. We can petition in several ways without hindrance: signs (press), speaking (speech), marches (assembly). Any attempt to “infringe” on these rights, including religion, is blatantly unconstitutional and un-American. As Read more […]