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Lawfully Speaking" Vol. III, Issue No. 5
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

supreme* Court Justice Antonin Scalia must think he is living in a Democracy instead of a Constitutional Republic with a written Constitution. He apparently thinks we need a Constitutional Amendment to stop a National ID Card when it would in fact require an Amendment to create one, since the jurisdiction for a truly universal National ID card would overleap the bounds of federal jurisdiction.

Jefferson and Madison stand to say: "Dear Mr. Scalia, The argument that 'if the Constitution doesn't say we can't do it, we can' is a violation of your Oath on its face. You know better!" Any child who reads the Ratification Documents of the States can discount such nonsense out-of-hand. And yes, children can read those documents if they are not already dumbed down by government-controlled Outcome-Based Education.

Read more: Scalia Gets Constitution Upside-down and Backwards

Lawfully Speaking, Vol. III, Issue No. 4
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

"The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers... [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the ministers. This suffices with the mass of the people who have no means of distinguishing the false from the true paragraphs of a newspaper." --Thomas Jefferson to G. K. van Hogendorp, Oct. 13, 1785. (*) ME 5:181, Papers 8:632

Here we see that Jefferson would have cringed at the notion of a politically correct press as the result of 200 years of so-called free government. He was revolted by the first appearances of government censorship and knew only too well where it would lead.

Read more: Jefferson on the Net

Lawfully Speaking, Vol. III, Issue No. 2
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

It is not enough anymore to simply report "All The News That's Fit to Print." Most media have an agenda. That's ok - as long as the reader is fully aware. But just what constitutes "fully-awareness?"

The problem is, even those who have good intent are not equipping their readers for critical thinking and informed lawful action. They are so narrow in their own general knowledge as well as political acumen that they have no choice but to be shallow. They don't realize that America would have few problems of such earth shaking consequence if she were only to faithfully remember her founding principles and intelligently apply them. This requires journalism with a truly American agenda by a media properly steeped in Americanism. Perhaps, most tragically, many of the very best writers of our time have sophisticated knowledge and powerful communications skills, but almost no direct exposure to the written laws of the United States, having believed their spoon-feeding from "certified" government sources and government licensed attorneys, or, worse yet, so-called think tanks.

Read more: Tabloid Patriotism

Lawfully Speaking, Vol III, Issue No. 1
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

Have we descended so close to bottom of the pit of national ignorance that we now see the passing over of government responsibilities as a "change" of government? What in the world is the Media talking about when they call an inauguration the "Peaceful Transfer of Power?" Yet, I have heard this many times lately, as if it were another Mantra for American Brainwashing 101. Are we supposed to believe there has been a revolution in this country, or a coup d'état whenever the allegedly opposite party takes over the White House?

What rubbish!

Read more: Presidential Inauguration... The Peaceful Transfer of Power?

Lawfully Speaking Vol II, Issue No. 5
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

The word "conservative" has evolved in common usage from an adjective into more application as a noun. If I am a member of the "conservative movement," I am considered to be a "conservative." Along with that I find that there is a list of assumptions pigeon-holing me so that I must be easily classified as one who is opposed to all things "liberal."

"Liberal" on the other hand has evolved into a term for many "bad" things that "conservatives" oppose. The "us" and "them" camps are currently defined in media and education in this fashion which clouds reason and mires debate.

It was not always this way. Further, an understanding of the illustrious past of the word "liberal" reveals that many who are proud to wear the name "conservative" now, would probably have considered it an insult not to be called a "liberal" in our not too distant past.

Read more: Conservative What?

Lawfully Speaking Vol II, Issue No. 4
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

The following incident actually happened:

I had devised an interesting way to provoke thought in a bumper sticker message (something I often attempt - sometimes with mixed results). The sticker read "If Your Honor Student doesn't know Marx from Madison, Thank the NEA!"

A good friend of ours wanted more copies of this prototype and asked for permission to have some copies made which I happily granted. So she went to a copying and mail service - one of the popular franchises. A young girl politely waited on our friend and produced the copies as requested. But when she was ringing up the order her curiosity got the better of her and she just had to know more about the message of the bumper sticker. She just had to ask: "By the way, who is Marx from Madison?"

I suppose she thought Marx was some guy from Madison Wisconsin?

Read more: Do You Know Marx from Madison?

"Lawfully Speaking" Vol I, Issue No. 4
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. and John M. Huff

Recently we received a lengthy article arguing that the human race would not be around much longer, and so we should try to minimize our disruptions of the environment as much as possible. As a matter of fact, the writer suggested if we were really considerate of the earth we should voluntarily implement "population control" measures.

The term "population control" encompasses so many concepts, from simple education about birth control options, to euthanasia and other more grisly practices. My reply to the gentleman was essentially as follows:

Read more: Downsizing Humanity

Lawfully Speaking Vol II, Issue No. 3
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

In the news... Alec Baldwin is reported to be threatening to leave the United States if George W. Bush wins the election. His wife Kim Bassinger says she believes him to be sincere in his threat and apparently would accompany him.

Can you imagine the incredible loss if these two assets were to not step upon American soil ever again? Just the amount of taxes they pay is probably sustaining who knows how many poor out-of-work actors who may also be forced to leave if only to find the Baldwins' enormous resources "trickling down" to them under some other more socialistic system in perhaps a more trendy left-wing modern European country. Danish anyone?

Read more: America - Love it or Leave it!

"Lawfully Speaking" Vol I, Issue No. 3A
Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. and John M. Huff

Last week we discussed the substantial differences between a republic and a democracy as forms of government, emphasizing the unique aspects of our American Constitutional Republic. By properly defining the word "democracy" we are now prepared to examine a broader topic: the deliberate alteration of meanings of words to achieve political or social ends. The extreme version of this practice was referred to as "Newspeak," describing the practices of propaganda in a totalitarian State in George Orwell's uncomfortably prophetic book 1984.

Read more: Newspeak: Bill Gates and the "Brave New" Dictionary

"Lawfully Speaking" Vol II, Issue No. 2
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

With more "new" alleged "revelations" of the possibility that Thomas Jefferson was the father of one, or even several children, by his slave Sally Hemings, I feel compelled to ask what I believe to be an infinitely more important question: where are Jefferson’s philosophical and spiritual heirs? Who has robbed America of Jefferson’s Genius? Who will pay us our restitution?

Read more: Jefferson's Genes or Genius?

"Lawfully Speaking"
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. and John M. Huff

Last week marked the beginning of this internet column, and the introduction of many of our readers to the word "lawful" in the context of a Constitutionally-limited Republic. This week we will briefly discuss the significance of the word "republic" used to describe the American form of government, and how it differs from a democracy in several important respects.First let’s distinguish between a "republic" as a form of government, and the current "Republican" Party. We will briefly examine how the two major political parties evolved. In 1787 when the Constitution was drafted the word "republican" referred to those people who espoused the republican form of government. Despite the warnings of George Washington in his Farewell Address that political parties "render alien to each other those, who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection," parties began taking shape during the next administration, under John Adams. At that time the term "Federalist" was applied to a party representing a group who favored a strong central government. On the other side of the aisle, the words "republican" and "democrat" were used interchangeably to describe the "Anti-Federalists," who were proponents of a small federal government. The Anti-Federalists maintained that most governmental powers should be reserved to the States and to the People. By the time Thomas Jefferson took office in 1801, the Anti-Federalist party was called the "Democratic-Republican Party." When Andrew Jackson won the election of 1828, the party name was shortened to simply "Democrat." By the 1850’s, however, the issues of slavery and "homesteading" laws - especially concerning fees being charged by the federal government for land in the western territories - were causing another division within the party. Out of this division came candidates who promoted the abolition of slavery and an end to homesteading fees. Their solution to these problems, especially in the case of slavery, was for the federal government to get involved. This marked the birth of the modern Republican Party starting with a convention in 1854. In 1860 the Republican Party held it’s second national convention, and nominated Abraham Lincoln for President.

Read more: ...and to the ‘Democracy’ for which it stands?

"Lawfully Speaking" Vol II, Issue No. 1
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

The word democracy has been one of the most abused and misunderstood terms in the English language, except perhaps for the word love.

I will suggest in this article that Rush is ill-advised at best to use the term democracy in the context above - to assign it to himself as if it were a badge of honor. Why? Because "words mean things." More than that, they mean different things to different people.

Samuel Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Noah Webster would all have cringed at the notion of being called the Doctor of Democracy. Yet they came to be known as the Father of the Revolution, the Father of our Country, the Father of the Declaration, the Father of the Constitution, and the Father of American Education, respectively.

Read more: Rush Limbaugh: Doctor of Democracy

"Lawfully Speaking" Vol. III, Issue No. 3
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. Huff

War Prayers, War Powers, War Profits, War Banking, War Money, War Mongering

Perhaps all that needs to be said about praying a nation into war was said by Mark Twain in his short narrative entitled “The War Prayer.” If you haven't been chilled by it I invite you to take a few minutes right now and use it to prepare yourself for the other realizations alluded to in my title.

Our consideration of so-called emergency powers or war powers should begin and end with a thorough knowledge of the Constitution. It is sheer idiocy to pretend that the President or anyone else could possess a lawful power that magically appears as needed for every real or pretended emergency – a power for which he must never be called into question!? Does he take a modified Oath to the Constitution that goes something like “...to Protect and Defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic... 'unless something comes up.'” ???

Read more: Selling A War

Lawfully Speaking, Vol I, Issue No. 5
A Weekly Internet Political Column
Written by William H. and John M. Huff

In Washington Newspeak the term bipartisan appears to mean "we know it is unwise and unlawful, perhaps even unconstitutional, but we have all agreed upon it. Therefore, since we have evenly distributed the remote potential for future blame, we can now move forward to more pressing issues [like raising our own pay or perks]."

We have come so far from the days that principle really took precedence over party affiliation that it almost seems quaint to mention. Fact is, principle has been sacrificed on the altar of party loyalty for roughly the same amount of time that political parties have existed.

Read more: Partisan, Bipartisan, or Non-Partisan

"Lawfully Speaking" Vol I, Issue No. 1
A Periodic Internet Political Column
Written by William H. and John M. Huff

Announcing a new source for commentary about political and legal issues with a fresh perspective, published periodically on the LEXREX website and by email newsletter. The purpose of this column will be to fill a growing void in popular news reporting, especially concerning political issues, of what we will call the lawful position. The reader may be asking, "What does the word ‘lawful’ mean, and why not use the word ‘legal’ instead?" These questions will be answered in our columns, but we’ll provide a simple introduction to the word "lawful" as follows.

Read more: Lawfully Speaking