Sons of Liberty-Forget for a moment what you might think of Republican contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for better or worse. Consider that these two presidential candidates are those whom establishment elites, both Democrat and Republican, find the most … Continue reading
Center for Vision and Values-How can we explain the surprising electoral success of Donald Trump, especially in light of his lack of political experience, limited knowledge of and specificity about policy issues, and crude and insulting rhetoric? Who supports him … Continue reading
Sons of Liberty–Editor’s Note: Meanwhile, even the constitutionally ineligible blame Donald Trump for the actions of lawless people. The man is simply attacked from both sides, which we all know are the same side. When I was watching live footage … Continue reading
Center for Vision and Values-With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the Supreme Court is left with one chief justice and seven associate justices. President Obama has nominated Merrick B. Garland, chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, who was a Clinton appointee and clerked under liberal Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Even before the nomination, the vacancy produced urgent calls for a replacement to be nominated based on claims that an eight-person court would not be “fully functioning,” would “hamstring the judiciary,” and would amount to “partisan understaffing.” With Obama’s nomination of Garland, the clamor for immediate action will increase.
But is an eight-person Supreme Court really unworkable for the period between now and early 2017 when a newly-elected president will offer a replacement?
First, some history. Article III of the Constitution says that judicial power shall be vested in one Supreme Court and such other inferior courts as Congress shall ordain. It always came as a surprise to my Constitutional students that the size of the Supreme Court is not set at nine by the Constitution. In fact, the first Court was six-members —the chief justice and five associate justices. Between then and 1869, the Court was sometimes seven, sometimes 10, and sometimes nine. But the Judiciary Act of 1869 finally fixed the number at nine—one chief and eight associates. It has not changed since, with the best-known attempt at increasing its size being FDR’s unsuccessful “court packing” scheme in 1937.
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CalWatchDog-As state drivers’ changing habits undermined roughly a hundred years of gasoline taxes, California officials debuted a controversial new pilot program designed to make up the difference. “The state of California is looking for 5,000 volunteers this summer for an … Continue reading
Sons of Liberty-I’ve always enjoyed reporter Paul Joseph Watson’s comments and for the most part found that he breaks a lot of stories, plus I like his British accent. He posted a video today following the Chicago rioting at the … Continue reading
CalWatchDog-State Auditor Elaine Howle, who issued a report last year warning of cybersecurity problems at dozens of state agencies, says the problems remain mostly unaddressed. Testifying at a recent hearing of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection and … Continue reading
CalWatchDog-With California’s delegate-rich primary election looming for Republicans as a possible last chance to stop Donald Trump from rolling to the nomination, Trump has established a commanding lead in the polls and a beachhead of support among the party’s California delegation … Continue reading
Center for Vision and Values-My parents originally named me “Victory Japan” because my slightly premature birth resulted from mom and dad dancing in the streets of Saint Petersburg, Florida, on the night of August 16, 1945—the day after the United … Continue reading
CalWatchDog-At a time when the U.S. legal system is facing critics from both the Left and the Right for overprosecuting mistake-prone young people and leaving permanent scars on their lives, a California lawmaker wants to allow schools to expel students … Continue reading
Sons of Liberty-There are those in the American “Intellectual” community that feel as though there is a very dangerous “myth” being told to our children. That “myth” is that an unmade being created everything that we see and do not … Continue reading
Center for Vision and Values-This is not an argument for what should happen or what I’d like to happen in the November presidential election, but about what would likely happen in a Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton race: Clinton would win, and probably by a wide margin.
I obviously can’t say what will happen with certainty because there are some events that cannot be determined. If Clinton is indicted or there’s a significant terrorist attack, the election dynamics change greatly.
But assuming Clinton is the Democratic candidate and there is no significant terrorist attack before election day, can Trump win in November?
I caution Trump supporters: You can’t just say that Trump will win. That claim must be based on evidence and recognized patterns of political behavior. Crowds at rallies and winning primary elections, especially with only a plurality of the vote, is not evidence that a candidate can win in a general election.
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President Obama just announced his pick for the Supreme Court. Now, he’s trying to force the Senate into a rushed confirmation process. He’s trying to force his political will on the American people. That’s not how the Constitution works. The … Continue reading
Sons of Liberty-According to the Wall Street Journal, the White House is considering drastic measures to reboot the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Among those measures is a UN Security Council resolution that would set the parameters for a two state solution and … Continue reading
Center for Vision and Values-After the Michigan primary, there has been a predictable round of handwringing from the GOP about why Donald Trump keeps winning despite being neither a Republican nor a conservative. A lot of answers have been bandied … Continue reading