The Editorial Board of the Wall Street Journal released the following account of bipartisan work the likes of which hasn’t been seen in quite a long while.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently provoked bipartisan opposition when he revived a civil asset-forfeiture program that had been restricted by his predecessor, Eric Holder. Last week a bipartisan coalition brushed Mr. Sessions back with amendments to the annual appropriations package working its way through the House.
The program allows local and federal law enforcement to take property from people who haven’t been convicted of any crime—and then share in the spoils. In theory, civil asset forfeiture ensures that crime doesn’t pay by allowing law enforcement to seize homes, cars and cash thought to be paid for or generated by illegal activity. That’s why Mr. Sessions calls it a “key tool” against organized crime.
In practice, it means property can be taken from people ...
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What should Trump do about NAFTA?
(North American Free Trade Agreement)
The debate over trade agreements is a much bigger issue than one might imagine. Since WWII and the institution of the United Nations world leaders have agreed to “progress” in the direction of globalization (an effort to create an integrated, global marketplace). What started off long long ago as trade among travelers, explorers and merchants engaging in trade of their specialized goods and services ...
There are currently 3, 2017-issued calls for a constitutional convention of the states in the Pennsylvania legislature.
HR 187 petitions Congress to call a convention of states to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit terms of office for members of Congress. This resolution currently has 40 sponsors.
SR 133 is the senate companion bill to HR 187 and has 8 sponsors of which ...
Republican History Bite
Desperately seeking to preserve the Union of the newly established United States, the Continental Congress assembled in 1787 “for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation.”* The Articles of Confederation were conceived of principles defended by the American Revolution, yet were viewed as inadequate for designating a new government and in need of revision sufficient “to render them adequate to the preservation and support of the Union.”* It was, therefore, the goal of several delegates, including James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, to create a different form of government and this is, in fact, what resulted. Lucky for us, the Articles of Confederation were dismissed and replaced by the US Constitution i.e. a constitutional representative republic which led to the greatest opportunity for individual liberty in the history of mankind.
However, this story from our national history illustrates how the original intent of a convention can be altered once the delegates are within the confines of the convention and negotiations commence. Some Americans believe the US Constitution asserts a set of inalienable, eternal, fundamental rights and that interpretation of the document should always adhere to original intent. Others believe the rights enumerated in the US Constitution are anachronistic, valid only during the era of their conception and no longer suffice to meet the needs of a country in progress, therefore, call for bold revision.
Engaged Americans should consider the benefits and risks of such a convention.
What might be the outcome of a second Constitutional Convention?
•Who would serve as delegates and how would they be chosen?
•Would these delegates be constitutionalists?
•Who would finance the event? Taxpayers? Interest groups? Corporations?
•If Congress is failing to abide by the current US Constitution, why would adding
amendments via convention necessarily correct the behavior?
Many questions loom around this call for a Constitutional Convention.
Pennsylvania has three open calls introduced in 2017 (HR187, HR 357,SR133).
We're on it..
Over the past two weeks,
the RMU CRs have been busy honoring our country.
In the company of Councilman Tom Baker,
the CRs honored victims of the 9/11 attacks
by filling their Nicholson Front Lawn with American flags.
The following week they showed reverence to
our US Constitution by passing out to students
300 pocket constitutions.
The RMU CRs are actively displaying,
through real life activities, our American principles.
Thank you for your patriotism!
GOP Think Tank
We know our country is changing
We know our form of government is in question
We know we have detached from the US Constitution
We know reform is needed
Once we are able to talk with each other again
We must discuss how we, as Americans, define the role of government
Begin to consider issues with that question in mind.
So begin here…..What do you think of...