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The Establishment Clause – Overturned

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Political Philosophy

In 2003, a Houston, Texas real-estate-agent-turned-attorney by the name of Kay Staley successfully sued Harris County to have a Bible, which had been on display for decades in front of the courthouse, removed on claims of unconstitutionality, per the “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment. Staley is now on a new mission. The Houston City Council opens its regular meetings with a short prayer. Sometimes members of the public are invited to pray, and other […]

Shmonstitution!

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Dianne Feinstein (Democrat Senator from California), during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination, told Sotomayor that “Congress has to have the power” to legislate things such as guns, the environment, healthcare, etc. She cited the Constitution’s “commerce clause,” which says that congress can regulate trade between the US and foreign nations, between states and with the native Americans. The clause is often packaged with the “necessary and proper clause” […]

Sonia Sotomayor & Judicial Interpretation

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Political Commentary / Political Philosophy / Uncategorized Ramblings

Good judgement in American civil law is a result of understanding the foundations of that law, and is completely separated from personal opinions, personal experiences and personal feelings. The ability to withhold these things and make objective judgments, allowing the Constitution – and the spirit under which it was written – to be the authority, is what separates a Supreme Court Justice from a political activist.