Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
On February 22, Tennessee State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) introduced a joint resolution in the General Assembly calling for an official inquiry into the advisability of the state adopting an optional currency in case of the collapse of the Federal Reserve.
In order to buttress its call for an Article V convention, the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute has published a document entitled “10 Facts to Rebut the Mythology of a Runaway Convention.” This list is designed to set forth a roster of reasons that an Article V convention is not only safe, but necessary. In order to effectively rebut the Goldwater Institute’s rebuttal, the definition of a few key terms and concepts must be set forth. Principally, the reader must be familiar with Article V of the Constitution, the type of convention it anticipates, the history of such a provision, and the likely metes and bounds that would establish the legal territory of any convention authorized under the relevant constitutional grant of power.
On its “orders list” for March 7, the U.S. Supreme Court unceremoniously and without notation denied a writ of certiorari filed in the case of Greg Hollister v. Barry Soetoro, et al.
On Monday the Supreme Court of the United States refused to take up a case challenging the U.S. government’s official references to deity.
Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama for his refusal to mount a legal defense to the current suit challenging the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Attorney General Eric Holder announced on February 23 that the Justice Department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court.
On March 7, by a 6-1 vote, the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld that state’s law requiring voters to provide government-issued photo identification in order to exercise the franchise.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Roger K. Vinson of the Northern District of Florida ruled that the ObamaCare scheme is unconstitutional. In a departure from a similar ruling in a complaint filed in a Virginia federal court, Judge Vinson, a Reagan appointee, declined to sever the individual mandate from the rest of the legislation’s provision, opting instead to declare that the entirety of the law violates the Constitution.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ken., are co-authoring a resolution to deny citizenship to anyone born in the United States "unless at least one parent is a legal citizen, legal immigrant, active member of the Armed Forces or a naturalized legal citizen." According to a statement jointly released by the pair of lawmakers.
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
— U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 3