Missouri’s Prayer Amendment: A Bad Idea That Must Be Passed

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Tad Armstrong

Must the perceived cure for what legislators believe ails society always be the enactment of yet another law? The notion that more laws are needed to save us from ourselves is more alarming when the proposed laws are ill-conceived amendments to a constitution.

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Freedom: It’s Never More Than One Generation Away From Extinction

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Tad Armstrong

Our national anthem touts our nation as the “land of the free” and politicians define us as “freedom-loving.” Indeed, the term “freedom” most aptly describes who we claim to be, doesn’t it? It would seem, then, that Americans should be the experts on this topic. Not a week goes by that we don’t hear someone praising those who lost their lives to preserve the freedoms we are told we cherish. But, do we? I challenge you to turn to your coffee klatch buddies and seriously discuss what it means to you. You may find the answer more elusive than you think.

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Forget Independents – President Obama Is Counting On “Ignorents” To Put Him Over The Top

Tad Armstrong

Most pundits suggest that the party who garners the votes of Independents will win the White House come this November. I respectfully disagree.

I cannot believe a so-called Independent could possibly vote for a man who has unashamedly set out to make us all more dependent on government for “every breath we take” (Obamacare), “every move we make and every step we take” (massive over-regulation) – yes, and “every word we say” (the fairness doctrine). Pardon the play on words of the 1983 hit by The Police, but merging the first line of the Star-Spangled Banner with the beginning of the third stanza is a real hoot, to wit: “Oh Say Can’t You See, You Belong to Me.” Oh, c’mon, a little humor doesn’t hurt all that much, does it? If only their name had been “The Police State,” the spoof would have been complete.

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The Line-Item Veto: Much Ado About Almost Nothing

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Tad Armstrong

If you care to educate yourself on the concept of the line-item veto, I invite you to follow the bouncing ball as I try to make sense of the recent bill co-sponsored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and fellow Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). It passed the House last month by a vote of 254-173. I can’t imagine why the vote was not unanimous. But, then again, I can’t imagine why any adult would spend any time enacting a proposal that is fundamentally meaningless. Perhaps it is because they know Americans are asleep at the wheel and actually believe Congress has finally done something on a bi-partisan basis that is good for the country.

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We Must Reclaim Our Distinctly American Values This November

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Tad Armstrong

On November 6, 2012, Americans will decide whether they want a dictator to remain as the head of state or whether they want to return to a constitutional republic. On January 22, 1973, in an unquestionable act of judicial legislation, a sizeable majority (7-2) of the United States Supreme Court placed pleasure ahead of innocent human life with its decision in Roe v. Wade. On Friday, January 27, 2012, the Obama administration, through its Secretary of Health and Human Services (Kathleen Sebelius), announced its decision to give Catholic employers (and others of similar belief) a year to get used to the idea of violating their conscience by either participating in what they believe to be an act of murder or risking going out of business or being fined for dropping insurance coverage that pays for abortion-inducing drugs. The ruling does not apply to churches, but does apply to religious-affiliated hospitals, colleges and social service agencies.

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Lady Justice Isn’t Smiling!

But don’t pin this one on the Madison County judiciary.

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Tad Armstrong

In the wake of the recent argle-bargle over lawyers’ contributions to Judge Barbara Crowder’s judicial campaign in Madison County, Illinois, I’m not sure it’s possible to hold an adult, objective and honest conversation on the topic without slipping into a medieval suit of armor, especially when it is a Madison County attorney initiating the discourse. Oh, well, here goes.

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What Qualities Are You Looking for in a President?

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Tad Armstrong

As we round the corner and head down the homestretch of potentially the greatest election year in our history, each of us would be well-advised to seriously ponder the qualities we would like to see in our elected leaders and, in particular, our president.

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Leave the Judiciary Alone

Existing remedies for judicial overreaching will suit us just fine.

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Tad Armstrong

Article VI of the United States Constitution states: “…This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding. The senators and representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution…”

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Death Penalty Jurisprudence is Killing the Constitution

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Tad Armstrong

“Hit a worker, $10,000 fine, 14 years in jail.” Illinois drivers are familiar with these work zone signs. Here is an example where educating the public to the promise of harsh penalties has altered old driving habits. I mean, no one sets out to hit a worker, but “14 years” says “slow down” so much better than “slow down,” doesn’t it?

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Buckle Your Seat Belts

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Tad Armstrong

The weak at heart might be well advised to duck down Alice’s rabbit hole and hibernate until the votes are counted in November, 2012. The rhetoric of the last few weeks indicates the battle for the White House and Congress is going to make Obamacare-sausage-making look like a Norman Rockwell 4th of July picnic.

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