Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gay Marriage Ruling Paves The Way for Concealed Carry National Reciprocity

AmmoLand Shooting Sports News ^ | June 29, 2015 | AWR Hawkins 

When the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that every state must recognize same sex marriages, they used a basis for judgement that will not easily stop at same sex marriage.
In fact, it is a basis for judgement that should offer itself to national reciprocity of concealed carry permits and permit holders.
The SCOTUS legalized same sex marriage by finding a right which Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg , Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan ruled as beyond a state-by-state prerogative via the 14th Amendment.
Crucial in this ruling is the fact that same sex marriage–now recognized by the SCOTUS–is not the only right the 14th Amendment shields from state-by-state prerogative and/or recognition.
Consider this pertinent aspect of the court’s Majority Opinion, written by Justice Kennedy and printed by the LA Times:
Under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” The fundamental liberties protected by this Clause include most of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights.
Now the question–Are 2nd Amendment rights among those “protected by this Clause”?
If we take the SCOTUS at its word, then yes, 2nd Amendment rights are protected under the 14th Amendment. After all, it was by viewing 2nd Amendment rights as incorporated under the 14th Amendment that the SCOTUS struck down Chicago’s gun ban in McDonald v Chicago (2010).
Moreover, two years earlier–in District of Columbia v Heller (2008)–the SCOTUS ruled that the 2nd Amendment rights were “fundamental” in and of themselves as well as “fundamental to the Nation’s scheme of ordered liberty” (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
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Ted Cruz Has A Plan to Fight Judicial Tyranny – And Here It Is

The Political Insider ^ | Rusty Weiss 

Never has it been more evident that America needs a strong Constitutional conservative in the White House to help negate the last two terms of a radical left-wing President, the last six years of Republicans who bow down to Obama’s every whim, and now against a Supreme Court engaged in judicial tyranny.
Last week was a devastating blow for conservatives, but worse, it was a devastating blow to the Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and America in general.
Presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, put it in no uncertain terms – the Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage were “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.”
Via the Daily Caller (HT Gateway Pundit):
Continuing his critique of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday that the rulings mark “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nations history.”
Cruz made the comments in an interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday afternoon.
“Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” Cruz said.
“I couldn’t say it more eloquently,” Hannity responded.
“Yesterday and today were both naked and shameless judicial activism,” Cruz said. “Neither decision — the decision yesterday rewriting Obamacare for the second time. Six justices joined the Obama administration. You now have President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius and six justices responsible for forcing this failed disaster of a law on millions of Americans, and simply rewriting the law in a way that is fundamentally contrary to their judicial oaths.”
“And then today, this radical decision purporting to strike down the marriage laws of every state. It has no connection to the United States Constitution. They are simply making it up,” Cruz said. “It is lawless, and in doing so, they have undermined the fundamentally legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court.”
Anybody who knows Cruz knows he isn’t your typical RINO Republican, all talk and no action. After the Obamacare ruling was handed down, Cruz took to the chamber floor and blasted the “rogue justices” of the Supreme Court for upholding the policies of a “lawless” administration, adding that they too, had become “lawless.”
After declaring that justices who engage in activism should “resign and run for office,” Cruz is offering up a plan to make it happen – judicial elections.
In a column for the National Review, Cruz said “enough is enough.”
Judicial retention elections have worked in states across America; they will work for America. In order to provide the people themselves with a constitutional remedy to the problem of judicial activism and the means for throwing off judicial tyrants, I am proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would subject the justices of the Supreme Court to periodic judicial-retention elections. Every justice, beginning with the second national election after his or her appointment, will answer to the American people and the states in a retention election every eight years. Those justices deemed unfit for retention by both a majority of the American people as a whole and by majorities of the electorates in at least half of the 50 states will be removed from office and disqualified from future service on the Court.
Cruz warned that if Congress is unwilling to correct this lawlessness, “the movement from the people for an Article V Convention of the States — to propose the amendments directly — will grow stronger and stronger.”
Watchdog explains what that means:
If enough states act, a convention would be one means for reformers to rein in the reach of the federal government. Because the U.S. Constitution provides a means to hold one, doing so could help return the country to its roots of limited federal powers.
It’s clear from this past week that the country needs a strong conservative as President – to fight back against an out-of-control government ushered in under Obama.
Is Cruz that man? He’s sure acting like it.

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"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton
"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all."-- President Ronald Reagan
"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792
"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Coolidge Was America’s Most Successful Conservative President

Human Events ^ | Monday Jun 29, 2015 9:57 AM | Garland S. Tucker III 

Americans love the 4th of July—and for good reason. Writing to his wife in July 1776, John Adams hailed the Fourth as “the day of deliverance” and predicted that it would be “celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” He correctly foresaw these annual celebrations “with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” On the first anniversary in 1777, the celebrations started, and they have continued ever since.
The year 2015 will be no exception. But as Americans turn their thoughts this year to the blessings of Independence Day, we should add one additional—less well known—blessing to the list. In addition to Independence Day, July 4th is also the birthday of one of our great presidents, the 30th President, Calvin Coolidge.
On July 4, 1872, Calvin Coolidge was born in Plymouth Notch, a small village in rural Vermont. It was here that he learned the New England puritan virtues that would define his character. Coolidge spoke often of his father’s hard work and his “strong New England trait of great repugnance at seeing anything wasted.” He came to view any kind of waste as “a moral wrong.” Another New England characteristic that young Coolidge absorbed was a total lack of pretense—and a strong aversion to anything, or anyone, pretentious. In his words, “Country life does not always have breadth, but it has depth.” Hard work, independent thinking, lack of pretense, sense of duty, perseverance, and scrupulous truthfulness all constituted the essence of Coolidge’s boyhood life in Plymouth Notch and became the trademarks of Coolidge the adult.
After graduating from Amherst College, Coolidge married, settled in Northampton, Massachusetts, and began what became a steady ascent in political life. First, he was elected to a series of local offices, followed by election to the state legislature, Lt. Governor, and finally Governor of Massachusetts. In 1919, as Governor, Coolidge’s successful settlement of the Boston Police Strike catapulted him into national prominence. With these famous words, “There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anytime, anywhere,” Coolidge was suddenly famous. As a result, the Republican convention nominated him for Vice-President, as Warren Harding’s running mate.
When President Harding died unexpectedly in 1923, the picture of Calvin Coolidge taking the oath of office became indelibly stamped on the country’s collective consciousness. Coolidge was vacationing at his father’s farm in Plymouth Notch when word of Harding’s death came late in the night. He took the oath of office from his father, Colonel John Coolidge, a notary, in the small family living room by the light of a kerosene lamp. It is impossible to imagine a more appropriate backdrop for Coolidge’s rise to the presidency. He was the product of rural America—a man without pretense—straightforward, frugal, and honest. This was Americans’ first glimpse of their new president—and they liked what they saw.
The country soon discovered that Coolidge was totally unlike any national politician it had encountered. He seemed consistently to eschew the conventional political necessities of warmth and congeniality; and even more surprisingly, he was truly a man of few words. He was at once both, in William Allen White’s words, a “throwback to the more primitive days of the Republic” and also a highly successful modern politician, who was the first president to use radio, photography, and public relations adroitly. It was remarkable that this physically unimpressive, undramatic, reticent New Englander could have so dominated his era, elicited the affection of the public, and modeled the virtues that gave it substance. For an America that was experiencing postwar disillusionment and a bewildering modern secularism, Coolidge offered faith in a mythic America of honesty, hard work, thrift, and religion. As White concluded, Coolidge was in fact a genius, but this genius was surprisingly—fascinatingly unconventional in every way.
Coolidge proved, in historian Paul Johnson’s words, to be “the most internally consistent and single-minded of presidents.” He oversaw a program of comprehensive tax reform, the reduction of the top marginal income tax rate from 70% to 24%, the removal of most Americans from the income tax rolls completely, the longest period of peacetime expansion and prosperity in U. S. history, and, astoundingly, an absolute reduction in the size of the federal bureaucracy. He was arguably America’s most successful conservative president.
On July 4, 1926, President Calvin Coolidge traveled to Philadelphia to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. He closed with these words: “The Declaration of Independence is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren scepter in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created them.”
We would do well to remember Coolidge’s words this Independence Day.

If You're Upset With The Supreme Court, Read Damon Root's 'Overruled'

Forbes ^ | June 30, 2015 | George Leef 

In late June of each year, the Supreme Court reveals many of its decisions in the cases argued that term. Inevitably, lots of Americans are upset over them. You may be one of those Americans, right now.
With all the furor over individual case facts and holdings, people are apt to miss a bigger picture – the judicial philosophies at work.
The clash of philosophies is the subject of an excellent recent book Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court. Author Damon Root, a senior editor at Reason, explores the great divide between those justices who believe that, with only rare exceptions, they should defer to the presumed wisdom of the politicians when laws are challenged, and those justices who believe they should skeptically examine such laws with no deference given.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...

The Next Obamacare Battle Nobody is Talking About

Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | Alex Vargo 

Last week, the Supreme Court sided 6-3 with the Obama administration’s interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, ruling the law was written with the intent to provide subsidies through federal exchanges. To put it lightly, conservatives are less than thrilled.
But in our disappointment, let’s not forget that the subsidies are just one problematic element of many found in the 20,000-page law. While Congress may not be able to undo the Court’s recent ruling, that doesn’t mean they can’t address another serious issue with the Affordable Care Act: the employer mandate that defines a full-time workweek as 30 hours.
The youth unemployment rate is currently 13.6%, meaning nearly one out of every seven people between the ages of 18 and 29 are out of work. Of those fortunate enough to be employed, many see their work hours cut.
The Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requires businesses who employ 50 or more full-time workers to insure all of their employees. While this requirement may be well-intended, its long-term economic consequences will be devastating. As the mandate is set to take effect in 2016, many businesses are already choosing between limiting their staff or cutting individual work-hours.
It’s estimated that 2.6 million Americans making under $30,000 a year are at risk of having their hours or wages cut. Of those 2.6 million, 60 percent of those people are between the ages of 19 and 34.
Take the food industry, for example, where the average employee age is 28 years old. Between wait staff, hostesses, busboys, line cooks, dishwashers, and others, restaurants easily reach staffs of over 50 employees with diverse skill sets. This being the case, restaurant owners – many of whom see thin profit margins already – have limited options and are forced to cut hours, reducing the size of people’s paychecks.
Because so many young people work in the food industry, they are being disproportionately clobbered by this provision. And that’s just in the restaurant industry. Retail stores and other business sectors face the brunt of the provision, too.
Forever 21 is one of the largest private employers in the country. Less than two years ago, in preparation for the employer mandate to kick in, the company announced its plans to reduce worker hours. Although the organization denied these cuts were directly related to the 30-hour provision, Forever 21 planned to transition some workers to 29.5 hours a week or less.
This mandate’s burden is clearly falling hardest on young people who are already experiencing the difficulty of finding gainful employment. But there is good news. Right now, Congress has the ability to vastly improve our generation’s opportunity to work by restoring the 40-hour workweek.
Specifically, the Senate should immediately consider the House-passed Save American Workers Act that changes the threshold of full-time employment from 30 hours per week to 40 hours. The House of Representatives passed this bipartisan bill in January, and now it’s up to the Senate to follow suit. This simple fix would make an enormous difference for young people desperately looking to advance in their careers.
Being employed, whether it’s waiting tables or performing an entry-level desk job, provides a young person with necessary income, crucial career development, and most importantly, a sense of pride and self-worth. Restoring the 40-hour work week should be the simple starting point of a larger conversation about how to help our generation’s job crisis.

Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling

Politico ^ | 06/29/2015 | By ADAM B. LERNER 

Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it.
“Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky were specifically considered in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which was handed down last Friday, Cruz — a former Supreme Court clerk — believes that other states with gay marriage bans need not comply, absent a judicial order.
“[O]n a great many issues, others have largely acquiesced, even if they were not parties to the case,” the 2016 presidential contender added, “but there’s no legal obligation to acquiesce to anything other than a court judgement.”
While Cruz’s statement may be technically true, federal district and circuit courts are obligated to follow the Supreme Court’s precedent and overrule all other states’ same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional.
The Texas senator then went on to suggest that Republicans who have called for following the court’s decision are members of a “Washington cartel” and are lying when they say they do not support same-sex marriage.
“[Republican Party leaders] agree with the rulings from last week, both the Obamacare ruling and the marriage ruling,” Cruz said. “[T]he biggest divide we have politically is not between Republicans and Democrats. It’s between career politicians in both parties and the American people.”
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...

Rev. Graham on White House Gay Rainbow: 'May it Remind Us of God's Judgment to Come'

CNS News ^ | 6/29/15 | Michael W. Chapman 

Commenting on the White House being illuminated on Friday with gay-rainbow lights to celebrate homosexual marriage, Rev. Franklin Graham said it was "outrageous" and a "slap in the face" to millions of Americans who support real marriage, and added that because God gave the rainbow sign to Noah following the flood, it is an image forever "associated with His judgment" and a sign of "God's judgment to come."
Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned pastor Billy Graham, further said that "one day God is going to judge sin -- all sin" and "only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment."
"The President had the White House lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage," said Rev. Graham in aJune 29 post on Facebook [1]. "This is outrageous—a real slap in the face to the millions of Americans who do not support same-sex marriage and whose voice is being ignored."

A June 29, 2015 Facebook post by Rev. Franklin Graham.
"God is the one who gave the rainbow, and it was associated with His judgment," said Rev. Graham. "God sent a flood to wipe out the entire world because mankind had become so wicked and violent. One man, Noah, was found righteous and escaped God’s judgment with his family. The rainbow was a sign to Noah that God would not use the flood again to judge the world."
"But one day God is going to judge sin -- all sin," said Rev. Graham. "Only those who are found righteous will be able to escape His judgment. That righteousness comes through faith, believing on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who took our sins and shed His blood on the cross for each and every one."
"So, when we see the gay pride rainbow splashed on business advertisements and many people’s Facebook pages, may it remind all of us of God’s judgment to come," he said. "Are you ready? Are your sins forgiven?"
The homosexual rainbow lights at the White House on June 26, the day the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that gay marriage is a right, was orchestrated by top Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, according to The Washington Post [2]. Obama, when told of the gay-lights plan, reported The Post, said, "It's a great idea, if you can get it to work."
In a statement, the White House said [3], "Tonight, the White House was lit to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality, here in America and around the world. The pride colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and tonight, these colors celebrate a new chapter in the history of American civil rights."
In the New Testament in the gospel of Luke, chapter 17, Jesus Christ tells His disciples [4] about what the world will be like when He returns. "First He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation," says Christ. "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all."
Christ continues, "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed."
Franklin Graham, 62, is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and also runs the international Christian aid group Samaritan's Purse. He is married and has five children. Rev. Graham frequently preaches in evangelical Christian crusades in the United States and abroad.



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One Day!


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