Foreign Aid, Usurpation and Treachery: A Real Case for Impeachment

Though conservatives cheered the recent acquittal of Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, treating him as now fully vindicated of any wrongdoing, we should understand that the President actually did commit what should be deemed an impeachable offense. The President participated, together with Congress, in a usurpation of power not granted to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution, thereby violating his oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” and committing an act of treachery, a “violation of allegiance.” Of course Congress itself stands equally indicted.

The United States Constitution is not a document whereby limits are placed on an otherwise all-powerful central government. Rather, it is a document whereby specific, enumerated powers are granted to an otherwise powerless central government. Continue reading “Foreign Aid, Usurpation and Treachery: A Real Case for Impeachment”

Qasem Soleimani, Iran, and the Rule of Law

As with most political issues, there are those who praise the United States assassination of Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, and those who decry it. And, as per usual, the division is mostly along party lines, with some calling it wise, virtuous, and a necessary act that will prevent war with Iran, while others call it foolish, evil, and an unnecessary act that will lead to war with Iran.

What is also as per usual is the fact that most are merely arguing for or against the act, but few are asking questions and even fewer are discussing matters of principle and the rule of law. My friend, Jake MacAulay, of the Institute on the Constitution, was the first that I’m aware of to actually drag the U.S. Constitution into the debate in his weekly commentary.

The first questions that Christian people committed to honoring God, upholding the U.S. Constitution, and maintaining the rule of law must always ask are, 1) What does the word of God say? 2) What does the U.S. Constitution say? 3) What will limit the power of government and maximize liberty? To fail to ask these three questions is to throw ourselves open to Godlessness, lawlessness, and tyranny. Continue reading “Qasem Soleimani, Iran, and the Rule of Law”

Ichabod – The Real Message of the 2012 Elections (Part 1)

Part 1: The Departure Observed

Election 2012For a month now, the Christian-conservative-religious right has been reeling from the outcome of the 2012 elections like a boxer staggering under the effect of a near knockout blow. While some are vowing to return to the ring with renewed fervor, others are in a funk, despairing the outcome of the election. The odd fact of the matter is that despite the emotional trauma suffered by conservatives, the 2012 elections didn’t really change anything. We have the same President, the same party still controls the U.S. House of Representatives and the same party is in control in the Senate. Even the party control of state governorships only changed by one state. So if nothing has changed, why the despair? Continue reading “Ichabod – The Real Message of the 2012 Elections (Part 1)”

Are They One Of Us?

Is it just me, or is the Presidential election cycle starting earlier and earlier? I mean since when do you hold Presidential primary debates before you’ve even had the preceding year’s general election? It was getting downright confusing for a while there, hearing people talking in the same breath about candidates that were running in different elections in different years. Nevertheless, the Presidential election cycle is upon us and people are Continue reading “Are They One Of Us?”

They Claim To Represent Conservatives

Every day I get letters or emails from several self-avowed ‘conservative’ organizations. There are dozens and dozens out there all claiming to represent the ‘Christian-conservative-Constitutional’ cause. Most of them are doing something good, or standing against something bad, yet over and over I find myself disappointed and feeling betrayed.

Take for instance an organization that I recently found myself compelled to confront for Continue reading “They Claim To Represent Conservatives”

But It Has Bipartisan Support!

A friend recently directed my attention to a YouTube video clip of a U.S. Senate hearing in which newly elected Senator, Rand Paul, unloaded a barge of righteous indignation on a bureaucrat from one of those multitude of federal agencies that seem determined to regulate every facet of our lives. While Senator Paul’s grilling of Kathleen Hogan from the Department of Energy was enjoyable enough to watch, I found Ms. Hogan’s response to the Senator to be the most telling part of the video. Continue reading “But It Has Bipartisan Support!”

The Spirit Of Partisan Politics

The subject of partisan politics recently crossed my path – not just the fact that partisan politics exists (something we’re all well aware of), but rather the dangers that it holds, its subtle nature and the extent to which it has crept into our thought process. Having been politically active for nearly two decades now, more than half that time spent in positions of leadership in both my county, state and national party, it seems I would have already learned this lesson. Continue reading “The Spirit Of Partisan Politics”

It’s Here! It’s Here! The New Republican Pledge to America is Here!

(a critical review from a Constitutional perspective)

So does the Republican’s new “Pledge to America” make you want to jump for joy, run up and down and shout? Well that’s what it’s supposed to do – at least that’s the effect the Republicans are hoping it will have on conservatives. However, it doesn’t really affect me that way, but then I’m not a conservative. I’m a Christian and a Constitutionalist and I just can’t quite buy into the Republican’s attempt to repackage and sell themselves to the Continue reading “It’s Here! It’s Here! The New Republican Pledge to America is Here!”

Just Say NO! To a Constitutional Convention

I recently received (for the third time I believe) an email that’s making the rounds that calls for a proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The main point of the message, and the proposed amendment, is to make Congress live by the same laws they make us live by – a laudable goal. However, the message calls for a “Constitutional Convention” to implement this proposal – this I must warn against. Continue reading “Just Say NO! To a Constitutional Convention”