Article 3 – The Judiciary
Sometimes the decisions of courts seem to defy logic. Usually this is due to the abject politicization of judges. It would appear that a federal judge in Michigan succumbed to this common ailment. Michigan had been one of only ten states that offered citizens the opportunity to vote for a straight partisan ticket, i.e. mark their ballet with a single stroke to record a vote for all Democrat or Republican candidates in a particular election. In my view, this panders to those too ignorant or lazy to walk into a polling station informed of the candidates, their respective parties, and the issues at stake.
The Michigan legislature passed and Governor Synder signed into law a measure striking down this feature of Michigan balloting, but U.S. District Court Judge Gershwin A. Drain ruled instead this would place a “disproportionate burden on African Americans’ right to vote.” Right. That says more about African American voters in Michigan than it does the legislature’s actions.
1st Amendment – Right of Conscience
You may recall I’ve followed the plight of a Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, who was convicted of violating Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and sentenced (and his staff) to “re-education” classes.
On Friday, Phillips, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, petitioned the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his case: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
. ADF’s website contains a nice synopsis of the case.
4th Amendment – Illegal Search
The government of Highland, California has decided they can inspect the apartments and rental homes of the city’s landlords at will
to determine their compliance with city ordinances. Hmmm. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there used to be a country where your “persons, houses, papers, and effects” were secure against warrantless search and seizure. Perhaps no more, at least for the residents of Highland, CA. One more reason to “Come East, young man!”
Recommendations and Events:
Christian Financial Concepts Presentation (Online Webinar) – The Constitution as Solution
Monday night, 25 July from 8-9pm EDT, I’ll be presenting a webinar on the topic of “The Constitution as a Solution to Problems.”
Few Americans take time to reflect on the fact that the Constitution was not created ab initio, it was created within a historical context. That we have a Constitution at all illustrates that the Articles of Confederation had proven inadequate. Although the Articles had been designed to make amendment difficult (unanimous consent was needed), in the end needed improvements proved impossible to enact. Conditions in the thirteen states deteriorated to the point where talk of splitting the federation into three began to be heard. Something had to be done, and the result was the Constitution of 1787.
But what exactly had been deficient about the Articles and what problems did this create? By studying and understanding the problems created by the Articles we will better understand the solutions proposed by the Constitutional Convention to fix those problems.
What was Shay’s Rebellion and what role did it play? Who sat down and analyzed the deficiencies in the Articles to prepare himself for the “Grand Convention?” Did American troops really mutiny and march on Congress? What did America’s Founding Fathers have to say during this period? These questions and more will be answered in this exciting presentation.
Go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7811182755684673537
to register for this free event.
Lessons in Liberty – Preserving America’s Religious Liberty.
On August 18th, the Foundation for American Christian Education’s (FACE) Lessons in Liberty series will play host to Mrs. Victoria Cobb, President of the family Foundation of Virginia, located in Richmond, Virginia. Victoria will speak on “How We Can Preserve America’s Religious Liberty.” How do Christians navigate a world trying to redefine marriage and even gender? Victoria will discuss how we got to where we are with these issues and how Christians should respond. The event, as all Lessons in Liberty presentations, will be livestreamed to those who register. Registration and cost information can be found on the FACE website at www.face.net