Is This Parliament?

By |2007-05-21T13:20:10-04:00May 21st, 2007|

The Senate is poised to take what is being called a “no confidence vote” on Attorney General Gonzales. The Senate Majority Leader appears to be unaware that this maneuver is at best constitutionally problematic, since while no confidence votes are all well and good in parliamentary systems, they have no place in our federal system. The Constitution provides for the Senate to advise and consent at the time of the Attorney General’s nomination, but nothing more. The only constitutionally-designated role for the legislature after that is impeachment. So the “no-confidence vote” is exactly what it has been called — a political stunt — and probably […]

Assassinating the Dead

By |2007-05-17T05:39:12-04:00May 17th, 2007|

The Rev. Jerry Falwell’s body had not yet reached room temperature when the vile began to spew forth from his enemies’ mouths and finger tips. Just three hours after his death was announced, Christopher Hitchens, the atheistic columnist and author of God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, bared his own venomous fangs on national TV, declaring Falwell an “ugly little charlatan” who lived an “empty life.” He declared that there was no heaven for Falwell to go to, but he sure wished there was a hell for him to rot in.

In the succeeding 24 hours, a host of left-wing bloggers and commentators […]

Europe's View

By |2007-05-16T08:14:58-04:00May 16th, 2007|

We frequently hear from those skeptical of America’s right to act with moral confidence that our “arrogance” has brought us low in the opinion of our “former” allies in Western Europe. In support of this view, they typically cite public opinion polls. As usual, actual polls — like, for example, elections — go unnoted. So note will be taken here, the “America Stinks” crowd notwithstanding.

Today in France, Nicolas Sarkozy took office as President. Sarkozy is a pro-American, pro-free market reformer. Indeed his pro-Americanism was used against him by his socialist opponent, whom he decisively defeated.

To Raise the Edifice

By |2007-05-04T13:14:36-04:00May 4th, 2007|

The New York Times just reported on the find of a previously unknown letter from George Washington in May, 1787, to Jacob Morris. It was contained in a scrapbook gathered by a 10-year-old girl in 1826, and was found in a box in a mansion her descendants gave this year to the State of New Jersey.

The letter is important because it is a “new” document from the hand of Washington. Second, it refers to General Horatio Gates. Some congressmen in the Continental Congress wanted at one point to replace General Washington with Gates, because of Washington’s unending series of defeats prior to the Battle of […]

Constitutionality Is Just For Those Law School Eggheads

By |2007-05-02T17:54:37-04:00May 2nd, 2007|

An AP story posted on MSNBC late this afternoon carries the following exchange — of sorts — between the Majority Leader of the Senate and the President concerning the Iraq war funding bill that the President vetoed yesterday:

“[Mr. Bush called] the original bill unconstitutional for directing war operations ‘in a way that infringes upon the powers vested in the presidency.’

“Outside the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bristled at that claim. ‘We are not going to be submitting our legislation to somebody at one of the law schools to look for its constitutionality. We have an obligation, under the terms of the […]

We Missed "Law Day"!

By |2007-05-02T14:03:45-04:00May 2nd, 2007|

We admit it: The ACRU forgot that yesterday was “Law Day.”

And my bet is that you did, too. But special thanks and kudos go out to Rush Limbaugh, who just brought this oversight to our attention, as well as that of millions of his listeners.

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 to be Law Day, in order to draw attention to both the principles and practice of law and justice in America. Here is the text of his Proclamation:

WHEREAS it is fitting that the people of this Nation should remember with pride and vigilantly guard the great […]

VT Massacre Will Spawn Liability Cases

By |2007-04-26T09:44:30-04:00April 26th, 2007|

Students injured at Virginia Tech, and families of students killed, will file liability suits. They will be filed against the murderer and various other defendants. The most important defendant will be the University itself. And other universities across the country should be watching, to govern themselves accordingly.

There were warning signs about the Virginia Tech murderer. There were concerns expressed by teachers. There was a judicial finding that he was a danger to society. And there was the Virginia Tech representative who announced a year ago that “now our community can feel safe,” on the defeat of a bill to allow […]

The Tillman Hearing: You Guys Are Heroes and Everything, But Please Surrender by Next Year.

By |2007-04-25T08:41:37-04:00April 25th, 2007|

In the name of the robust debate the ACRU hopes to foster, I want to respond to a comment posted by “Repack Rider,” who disagrees with my assessment of the Tillman hearing. His remarks are set out in full in the comment section to my original Tillman blog.

My view of the hearing is that it was mostly a charade, designed ostensibly to laud Tillman and his comrades, but actually to smear our armed services as corrupt — and thus indirectly, but significantly, undermine support for the war we have asked them to fight.

The principal thrust of Repack Rider’s criticism is that […]

Zero Cheers for Congress

By |2007-04-24T15:33:25-04:00April 24th, 2007|

My colleague John Armor points out that the often clueless Ninth Circuit deserves one cheer for its ruling in support of Arizona’s honest voter law. John may be too generous to note that this is one cheer more than Congress deserves for its “work,” some of which is, unfortunately, on display this afternoon.

Case in point: the Pat Tillman hearing. Tillman left behind a lucrative NFL career to volunteer to fight in Afghanistan. There he was killed in combat. His death was initially reported to have come about in a firefight with the enemy. It turned out that this report was false; […]

John Edwards' two Americas (cont'd)

By |2007-04-24T11:11:03-04:00April 24th, 2007|

In fact, Mr. Edwards is correct about there being two Americas. One pays taxes, the other doesn’t.

Liberals of Mr. Edwards’ stripe talk at length about how upper income citizens don’t pay their “fair share,” but are studiously silent about how much they DO pay, and what the ephemeral phrase “fair share” is supposed to mean.

Here are the “two Americas” in actual facts and figures: One America — the top half of wage earners — pays virtually all the country’s federal income tax (97% to be exact). The other America is getting, for practical purposes, a free […]

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