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Patriot Act is a ‘national security’ threat to constitutional rights

Patriot Act is a ‘national security’ threat to constitutional rights

Civil Rights lawyer Elden Rosenthal comments in today’s Oregonian on the threats to American’s civil liberties posed by the federal government’s surveillance under the Patriot Act.

Guilty ’til Proven Innocent

Guilty ’til Proven Innocent

Originally published in The Daily Caller, May 30, 2013 — Earlier this week the New York Times reported on three of the many conservative groups targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for special scrutiny. “[A] close examination of these groups and others,” said the Times, “reveals an array of election activities that tax experts and […]

A Culture of Gun Ownership

A Culture of Gun Ownership

Originally published in The Oregonian, April 18, 2013 – With suspicion all around, it’s a frustrating war over gun control – The fight over gun control, across the country and here in Oregon, is both heart-rending and frustrating. The personal tragedies that cause family and friends of victims to rally for tougher gun laws are […]

Why Is Calling a Savage a Savage Hate Speech?

Why Is Calling a Savage a Savage Hate Speech?

William McGurn writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:  “What a curiosity our new political correctness has made of our public spaces. Let your sex tape loose on the Internet and be rewarded with your own TV show; photograph a crucifix in a jar of urine and our museums will vie to exhibit it; occupy someone […]

Be Wary of Offering Free Advice

Be Wary of Offering Free Advice

Or you might have the government after you.  George Will, writing in the Washington Post, reports on a North Carolina case in which the government has challenged the right of an individual to offer free dietary advice via an internet blog.  The Institute for Justice has come to the defense of the blogger claiming a […]

Mitt Romney and the Lower 47

Mitt Romney and the Lower 47

Originally published at The Good Men Project – September 21, 2012 — When the Good Feed editors asked me to offer a perspective on the secret video of Mitt Romney talking about the 47% of the electorate who will not vote for him, I was heavily obligated, and could not immediately respond. Now, a few […]

“Fire!” in a Crowded Theater, Prophet Dissing and Free Speech

“Fire!” in a Crowded Theater, Prophet Dissing and Free Speech

Writing at National Review Online, Jonah Goldberg explains the difference between yelling fire in a crowded theater and making fun of the Prophet Mohammed.  The problem, he says, is not the First Amendment.

Constitution Day 2012

Constitution Day 2012

Originally published at The Daily Caller, September 17, 2012 – The Constitution is down, but not out — Title 36, Chapter 1, Section 106 of the United States Code declares that September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It’s right in there with Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day (§104 — just a week […]

Free Markets and Free Speech

Free Markets and Free Speech

Originally published in The Daily Caller — August 10, 2012 – Chick-fil-A fight highlights confusion about First Amendment — With partisanship raging on every front, USA Today’s biweekly “common ground” feature seeks to bridge “the partisan divide in Washington.” This week liberal Bob Beckel and conservative Cal Thomas sought common ground on the subject of […]

Religious Freedom Threatened

Religious Freedom Threatened

Writing in the Weekly Standard, Thomas Farr reports on the decline of religious freedom across the globe.  Even democratic states, he reports, are reducing protections for religious minorities, including, perhaps, the United States under the Obama administration.  Read Starr’s story here.

Gay Marriage: Empathy, Rights and Federalism

Gay Marriage: Empathy, Rights and Federalism

In today’s Oregonian, Charles Krauthammer says there are two arguments for gay marriage — empathy and rights.  President Obama started with the case from empathy and moved quickly to rights.  But he also says it should be up to the states.  Krauthammer argues that he can’t have it both ways.  If it’s a right, it […]

In Defense of Economic Liberties

In Defense of Economic Liberties

For the last two decades while politicians have been multiplying regulations at an astonishing rate and thereby compromising economic liberties, a small public interest law firm in Washington, D.C., has been quietly tugging the courts in a different direction.  For an informative and inspiring interview with the leader of this effort, see today’s “Weekend Interview” […]

Growth of Federal Criminal Law Threatens Individual Liberty

Growth of Federal Criminal Law Threatens Individual Liberty

There is much debate and litigation over the federal government’s expanding role in health care and health insurance.  Meanwhile, American liberties are being quietly eroded by the steady expansion of federal criminal law — an area traditionally of primary concern to the states.  Not only have the number of federal criminal laws grown dramatically in […]

How Murdoch Scandal Could Lead to More Regulation of U.S. Press

James Taranto explains in today’s Wall Street Journal how the phone hacking scandal in Britain could lead to more efforts to regulate U.S. political campaigns and  the media, particularly those like Fox News who don’t stick to the liberal world view.