It’s not Just a Metaphor

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Tad Armstrong

Christians should be wary of an attempt to nullify the separation of church and state.

If some Christians’ ongoing assault upon the “wall of separation” between church and state is ever successful, Christianity, ironically, could be the first victim of the free range.

One demolition expert recently admonished me to tell my students that the “wall of separation” phrase does not appear in the Constitution. He was referring to the phrase plucked by the Supreme Court out of a Thomas Jefferson letter that likened the first amendment’s prohibition of Congress (1) from making any “law respecting an establishment of religion” and (2) from making any law “prohibiting the free exercise” of religion to the building of a “wall of separation between church and state.”

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A Constitution to Die For

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Tad Armstrong

“Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world,” said Daniel Webster, acclaimed orator and constitutional lawyer. Albert Einstein, a naturalized American citizen said: “The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.” We have memorialized Webster in bronze at the State Houses of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, in New York’s Central Park and each of them in the District of Columbia. It seems our nation once thought they had something important to say. 

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We Must Raise The Bar

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Tad Armstrong

Too many Americans have come to accept corruption in politics as the standard – business as usual – something to be expected in our political leaders if we want them to get anything done for us back home. In Illinois, the recent (and not so recent) past has shown that one cannot get elected to the office of Governor unless he has credentials that foretell of a likely future felony conviction.

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Elena Kagan and the Rule of Law

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Tad Armstrong

Interrogation is irrelevant to the outcome and extraordinarily unfair to all nominees.

The rules of “cloture” and “nuclear option” aside and assuming all 100 members are present, it would take 41 senators to filibuster a vote to confirm Elena Kagan as the 112th Justice of the Supreme Court. It seems rather odd that 41 senators could impede the will of 59 colleagues, especially since it only takes a simple majority to complete President Obama’s plan to ensure that the make-up of the Court loses no ground in the relentless pursuit of unlimited (and unconstitutional) power. Guess how many senators are Republicans?

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Anarchy Has Arrived

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Tad Armstrong

No nation so openly welcomes all of goodwill to join in the blessings of liberty, and no nation’s promises are sought more by others. Naturalized immigrants cherish their newfound citizenship with a passion few natural-born citizens ever attain. These people do not define their loyalty with a hyphen.

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Pray for the Day of Prayer

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Tad Armstrong

Something’s in the air. Few discuss it, but most everyone knows it’s out there somewhere. Whether it comes in the form of another terror attack or severe depression or the chaos of Arizona on a national scale, most of us have had the sense for quite some time that our nation is out of control. Indeed, our world is out of control.

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Unchecked power drove health care reform

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Tad Armstrong

The outcome of lawsuits challenging the health care reform law will depend upon whether the legislation is just so massive that the justices would return to the principles set by the framers of our constitutional form of government.

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A Supremely Sullied System

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Tad Armstrong

We cannot assume a death sentence for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, even if he is found guilty.

The dust of pure evil had not yet settled on the remains of the Twin Towers and its victims when President George W. Bush declared we would take Osama bin Laden “dead or alive.” General Patton would not likely have been as conciliatory. Bush was crucified by the politically-correct crowd for his cowboy rhetoric, but at least he was speaking to the reality of war on the battlefield, not to post-capture remedies.

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Tempest in a Teapot

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Tad Armstrong

“Not true” is not synonymous with “you lie.” It is a wee bit nicer, and it does not necessarily imply deceit. Such reactions at U.S. political speeches are frowned upon, but the Brits have no compunction when reacting negatively to speeches made in Parliament. Would it be more enlightening to the American people to permit at least a modest degree of jousting at a State of the Union address? Are we really better off by insisting on etiquette while our president gives the Supreme Court a tongue lashing?

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History Shows Proposed Reform as Unconstitutional

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Tad Armstrong

U.S. Supreme Court ultimately will reject pending health care reform bill.

As our country moves toward passing a health care bill that many legal scholars believe to be unconstitutional, it is more important than ever that the average American becomes more familiar with our founding document. I am on a mission to help transport our populace from its current state of constitutional lethargy to a place that will enable “We, the People” to govern ourselves again.

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