In Why John Roberts Was Wrong About Healthcare: A Conservative Critique of The Supreme Court’s Obamacare Ruling, Senator Mike Lee clearly and concisely explains why Justice Roberts was wrong in the majority Supreme Court decision about Obamacare.
The book is only available electronically, and it’s the first one I’ve read on my new Kindle. However, you don’t have to buy a Kindle to read the book because Amazon has Free Kindle Reading Apps for most devices.
My only complaint about the book is that citations are not all separated from accompanying text either in footnotes or, at least, parentheses.
In The Blueprint (Guilford, CT: Lyons Press, 2010), Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski outline “Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Consittuion and Build an Imperial Presidency” by
- appointing czars
- packing the courts
- making administrative rules and issuing executive orders
- adopting foreign and international laws
- building a domestic army
- taking over our health-care system
- taking control of large companies
- pushing through cap and tax
- passing stimulus bills to spend money on the liberals’ wish list
- shifting the tax burden a minority of citizens
- granting amnesty to illegal aliens
- passing card check
- politicizing the census
- giving Washington, DC, a voting representative and two senators
- allowing same-day voter registration and “universal” registration of people on government welfare rolls
- restricting gun ownership
- co-opting the media
- reinstating the “Fairness Doctrine”
- silencing his opposition
- creating a secular society with government controlling what children are taught (256-63)
Blackwell and Klukowski explain how Obama and his cronies are putting this plan into action, whether his actions are constitional or not, and how conservatives should respond. Their proposed responses are essentially limited to lawsuits and election results.
I don’t know that Obama is as much a planner as he is an opportunist taking advantage of the situation he found himself in. Perhaps George Soros is behind him pulling the strings.
I believe that as lawyers Blackwell and Klukowski are putting too much faith in the court system, particularly the Supreme Court. As they explain, the Supreme Court arrogated the “power of judicial review” (i.e., the ability to determine if a law was constitutional or not) in Marbury v. Madison (59-60). The Founders did not give the Supreme Court that power in the Constitution. (See Article 3.)
As stated in the Tenth Amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Since the power to determine the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress or orders issued by the president is not delegated to one of the three branches of the federal government “by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the States,” that power must belong to the states or to the people.
The states have the power to withdraw from the union or to use nullification, which is the process of a “a state government using the tenth amendment to reject federal laws within their state” (“Is Nullification American?“). If it becomes necessary to use secession or nullification to defeat the socialists’ plan to our country into the United Socialist States of America, then that is what we must do.
I just finished reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution by Kevin R. C. Gutzman (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2007). It took me a while to figure out why there was a pig on the cover, but I finally got it (PIG = Politically Incorrect Guide).
I should have read it before Who Killed the Constitution? by Gutzman and Thomas E. Woods Jr. because it starts with the American Revolution and provides a good introduction to Who Killed the Constitution?, which begins with World War I.
The main point of the book for me was that “[f]ar from being the protector of the Constitution, the Supreme Court [along with Congress and many presidents] as been a relentless agent of an ever more powerful and unrestrained federal government” (200), as Gutzman thoroughly demonstrates in both books.
I was interested in one idea Gutzman mentions in the “Conclusion”: “create a constitutional council of the fifty states . . . [that] could help restore the republican federal government of very limited powers we started off with and undo the unrepublican judgeocracy of limitless powers we have now” (220). This idea caught my attention (obviously), and I’d like to learn more about it.
I began my summer reading program with Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush, by Thomas E. Woods Jr. and Kevin R. C. Gutzman (New York: Crown Forum, 2008). As the authors state at the beginning of the introduction, “Many Americans worry that the Constitution is dying.” They then deliver the bad news that “the Constitution is already dead. It died a long time ago” (1).
In the chapters that follow, they “chronicle a dozen of the words examples of the federal government’s defiance of the Constitution–twelve actions from the past century that, taken together, dealt the death blow to the Constitution” (2-3), actions taken by presidents, congressmen, and Supreme Court justices of both parties.
Whether it can be resurrected or not is up to the American people, who need to better understand the Constitution and its relationship to the federal government.
Reading Who Killed the Constitution? can help you become better informed about attacks on the Constitution during the last century and the precendents those attacks set for politicians and judges today.
The book is easily accessible by the average reader.
Here are the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee along with their home states and Washington phone numbers. The Republicans need to be encouraged to ask Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, hard questions to demonstrate to citizens of this country how radical she and Obama are. It might not hurt to call the Democrats and ask if they really want to vote for a justice who believes she sets policy instead of them.
- Jeff Sessions, Alabama, (202) 224-4124
- Orrin Hatch, Utah, (202) 224-5251
- Charles Grassley, Iowa, (202) 224-3744
- Jon Kyl, Arizona, (202) 224-4521
- Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, (202) 224-5972
- John Cornyn, Texas, (202) 224-2934
- Tom Coburn, Oklahoma, (202) 224-5754
- Patrick Leahy, Vermont, (202) 224-4242
- Herb Kohl, Wisconsin, (202) 224-5653
- Dianne Feinstein, California, (202) 224-3841
- Russ Feingold, Wisconsin, (202) 224-5323
- Chuck Schumer, New York, (202) 224-6542
- Dick Durbin, Illinois, (202) 224-2152
- Benjamin Cardin, Maryland, (202) 224-4524
- Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island, (202) 224-2921
- Ron Wyden, Oregon, (202) 224-5244
- Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota, (202) 224-3244
- Edward Kaufman, Delaware, (202) 224-5042
- Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania, (202) 224-4254
Obama has announced his choice of Sonia Sotomayor as the new Supreme Court justice to replace David Souter. Here are some videos from YouTube about her: