Judges becoming too power hungry

By Thomas Sowell Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you think the issue in the recent Supreme […]

Constitutions are hard to make from scratch

Freedom Newspapers I n talking about efforts to create a new constitution for Iraq, comedian Jay Leno quipped that perhaps the Iraqis could use the U.S. Constitution, given that it isn’t being used here much anymore. That’s a good line, and a reminder of how difficult it is to create a constitution from scratch. The […]

Free State Project a last bastion of liberty

Walter Williams Last week’s column provided unassailable evidence that the protections of liberty envisioned by the Constitution’s framers mean little today. I was pleasantly surprised by the responses from fellow Americans expressing disgust and fear over what our nation is becoming. Several asked how we can regain our liberties. My short answer is: I’m not […]

Evidence shows Constitution mistreated

Walter Williams I’d like to enlist the services of my fellow Americans with a bit of detective work. Let’s start off with hard evidence. The Federalist Papers were a set of documents written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison to persuade the 13 states to ratify the Constitution. In one of those papers, […]

‘Commerce Clause’ is easy to manipulate

Walter Williams Several weeks ago, I discussed how Congress systematically abuses the Constitution’s “welfare clause” to control our lives in ways that would have been an abomination to the framers. Quite a few readers pointed to my omission of Congress’ companion tool to circumvent both the letter and spirit of the Constitution, namely the “Commerce […]

Judge’s book is politically one sided

Tibor Machan Judge Robert Bork is known to many Americans. Back in the presidency of Ronald Reagan he was nominated by “the great communicator” to the Supreme Court, then rejected on controversial grounds by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which at that time was ruled by liberal Democrats. They didn’t like some of his published opinions, […]

‘Controlling’ mandates unconstitutional

Walter Williams We all can agree that having money to pay our mortgage or rent on time is very important. Since some people are spendthrifts and don’t manage their money well, what about a congressional mandate whereby mortgage or rent money is deducted from our paychecks each month and sent directly to our mortgage holder […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]