Constitution

Federalism strikes back

Writing in the Washington Times, Kansas' own Greg Schneider, a professor of history at Emporia State University and Kansas Policy Institute senior fellow, explains that respect for the tenth amendment and state sovereignty is good for the country. He also calls for a reaffirmation of federalism, a system where power is shared between a central government and the states. He also tackles the claim that criticism of President Barack Obama is racially motivated. Federalism strikes back 10th Amendment resurgence should have come sooner By Gregory L. Schneider We're seeing a re-emergence of constitutional principles and federalism across the country. It's…
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Andrew Napolitano: Man is free, and must be vigilant

At Saturday's general session of the RightOnline conference at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano told an audience of 1,100 conservative activists that the nature of man is to be free, and that government and those holding power are an ever-present danger to freedom. Napolitano is Senior Judicial Analyst at the Fox News Network and the author of the books Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History, The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land, and A Nation of Sheep. Napolitano…
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Second amendment decision not permanent

By Karl Peterjohn The United States Supreme Court narrowly agreed today that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects an individuals right to possess firearms. Sadly, this was a narrow, 5-4 decision that could be changed when another 2nd Amendment case works its way to the Court when its membership changes. This has happened in the past. In fact, my lawyer friends tell me that it is not unusual for this to happen. Yet this is an individual right. The United States could not have been created if this had not been implicit among the rights claimed by our…
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Limits of government and rights of people to be addressed in Wichita

This Friday (May 7) Sarah McIntosh will address members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club. Ms. McIntosh's presentation, titled "Make No Law," will discuss the constitutional powers and limits of the federal government, versus the rights of the people, with a particular focus on the interaction of rights and powers in the health care law and the upcoming right to bear arms Supreme Court case. All are welcome to attend Pachyderm club meetings. The program costs $10, which includes a delicious buffet lunch including salad, soup, two main dishes, and ice tea and coffee. The meeting starts at noon,…
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Kobach explains Arizona illegal alien law

The following op-ed from the New York Times by Kansan Kris Kobach, who was involved in the forming of the law, explains the law and speaks to its critics. On Friday, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed a law -- SB 1070 -- that prohibits the harboring of illegal aliens and makes it a state crime for an alien to commit certain federal immigration crimes. It also requires police officers who, in the course of a traffic stop or other law-enforcement action, come to a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal alien verify the person’s immigration status with…
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For one Kansan, hope springs eternal

Following is commentary and reporting from Patricia Houser, a former resident of Wichita now living in St. Paul, Kansas. She and her husband have five children and two grandchildren. She is active in her church and Boy Scouts of America, and is the Neosho County Republican Party Chair. She says her political activism began with the prolife movement in Wichita's Summer of Mercy, and dedicates her time helping prolife candidates. Lately, I have felt discouraged by the way our current government, on both the Federal and our State (Kansas) level, has displayed an “I don’t care what the people say,…
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Constitution class to be held in Wichita

Constitution and immigration law professor Kris Kobach will be teaching a free class on the history and relevance of the U.S. Constitution. Professor Kobach, a Constitutional law professor at UMKC Law School and former adviser to Attorney General John Ashcroft, is one of America's top authorities on the Constitution. He will be teaching on the original meaning and understanding of the text and how it is coming under assault with the passage of the health care bill and the overall usurpation of power by an ever-expanding government. The class will run three hours in length. The first two hours will…
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