Issue: Federalism

The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states quite simply that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.“

Our Constitution was designed to limit the reach of government into our daily lives, but over time, the Federal government has encroached upon the States' sovereignty through excessive mandates and controls. Federal incentives have resulted in profligate spending on welfare entitlements. The historic welfare reform of 1996 succeeded in bringing about Ronald Reagan's desire for returning responsibility for basic welfare (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) to the States and it has been an unqualified success. But a little-noticed provision in the 2009 stimulus bill reversed that crucial reform. The ACRU believes that we should restore the 1996 measure and expand this success by returning other welfare-related programs, such as Medicaid and Food-Stamps, to the States.

ACRU Court Activity

COMMITTEE TO RECALL ROBERT MENENDEZ v. NINA WELLS, SECRETARY OF STATE, ET AL.

February 9, the American Civil Rights Union filed an amicus brief in support of a grassroots citizens effort to petition for recall of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The Sussex County Tea Party and NJ Tea Parties United, which filed the...

News & Commentary

09/ 9/13: Blowing Hot and Cold on Devotion to States' Rights

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published September 9, 2013 on The Washington Times website. Holder is cool with marijuana, but not with preventing election fraud. I'm all for according public officials the dignity due their positions,...

08/14/13: Holder Does End-Run Around Congress on Federal Drug Laws

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published August 12, 2013 on Breitbart.com. Attorney General Eric Holder has just announced an end-run around Congress and given the far left one of its priority action-items, announcing he will...

07/ 3/13: Distrusting Government

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams was published July 3, 2013 on Townhall.com. Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government. That's not an altogether bad thing. Our...

11/23/12: Justice Alito Discusses Obama Administration at Federalist Society Convention

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published on November 19, 2012 on Breitbart.com. President Barack Obama's lawyers are claiming vast and sweeping powers in arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Justice Samuel Alito in...

07/17/12: Supreme Court Might Not Enforce Constitution's Limits in Second Obama Term

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published on July 13, 2012 on Breitbart.com. Public officials and pundits are still digesting the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision in NFIB v. Sebelius. Yet...

06/26/12: Partial Defeat for Arizona at Supreme Court

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published June 25, 2012 on Breitbart.com. Major provisions of Arizona's S.B. 1070 were held unenforceable by the Supreme Court because they conflict with federal law, though the Court unanimously upheld...

06/25/12: Court Upholds Key Provision in Arizona Case, ACRU Says

Ruling in Arizona v. United States lets officers check immigration status during lawful stops, while striking down other elements of SB 1070. WASHINGTON -- "We're disappointed in much of today's ruling, but the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the key right...

06/ 6/12: Romney's Education Choice

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published June 6, 2012 on The American Spectator website. Mitt Romney is rolling through 2012 at a faster pace than...

06/ 6/12: Defense of Marriage Act Goes to SCOTUS

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published June 5, 2012 on Breitbart.com. The Supreme Court is the next stop in the battle over the definition of marriage, thanks to a federal appeals court partially striking down...

01/10/12: Texas Case Suggests Court May Overhaul Voting Rights

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published January 9, 2012 on The Washington Examiner website. Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement told U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday that lower federal courts cannot redraw state-approved election district...

10/26/11: Obama's Regulatory Excess and Abuse

This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published October 26, 2011 on The American Spectator website. The critique of Obamanomics has focused primarily on the runaway spending,...

08/30/11: Now Obama's NLRB Tells a Church School it's Not Religious Enough

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published August 29, 2011 on The Washington Examiner website. It's not enough for President Obama's National Labor Relations Board to target the Boeing plant in South Carolina. Now the NLRB...

10/27/10: Ohio Government Censors Pro-Life Group, Court Battle Begins

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing October 26, 2010, on Townhall.com. Congressman Steve Driehaus broke faith with his constituents in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, by voting for the big-government monstrosity known as Obamacare. The pro-life Susan...

10/20/10: Recalling Senator Kent Conrad

Tea Party organizers in North Dakota go to court today in their attempted recall of four-term Sen. Kent Conrad. Oral arguments were heard this morning in the North Dakota Supreme Court in the case of RecallND v. Jaegar arising out...

08/ 3/10: Ken Klukowski: Federal Court Allows Challenge to Obamacare

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing August 2, 2010, on Townhall.com.The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied the Obama administration's motion to dismiss Virginia's lawsuit against Obamacare. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli...

07/26/10: Robert Knight: Wanted: Grown-up Governance

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing July 26, 2010 on the Washington Times. At some point, the grown-ups are going to have to take over. We're being governed by a gang of perpetual adolescents from the most...

07/23/10: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Obamacare Mandate Much Worse than a Tax

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing July 22, 2010, on BigGovernment.com. In the Wall Street Journal today, we discuss why the Obamacare mandate is not a tax, and even if...

07/22/10: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Why the ObamaCare Tax Penalty Is Unconstitutional

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing July 22, 2010, on The Wall Street Journal. The Justice Department announced last week that it would defend the new federal health-insurance mandate as...

07/21/10: Complaint Filed in North Dakota Supreme Court to Allow Recall of U.S. Senator Kent Conrad

On July 14, North Dakota joined New Jersey in an effort to recall a U.S. Senator. RecallND filed a complaint with the North Dakota Supreme Court claiming that the state's Secretary of State has unconstitutionally blocked a petition to recall...

07/21/10: Ken Blackwell: Secretary Vilsack: Re-Hire Shirley Sherrod

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing July 21, 2010, on HuffingtonPost.com. Mark Twain warned us: Confession is good for the soul, but it's bad for the reputation. It's a good thing for a certain rural Georgia peanut...

07/20/10: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: The president's wooden-headed interpretation of our Constitution

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing July 19, 2010, on DailyCaller.com. Sometimes you hate being right. In chapter 4 of our book, The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution...

07/20/10: Ken Blackwell: Obama Rips Off "Faux Lifers" Fig Leaves

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing July 17, 2010, on Townhall.com. Last spring, President Obama managed to corral the votes of a half dozen formerly pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives for his takeover of health...

07/20/10: Robert Knight: Americans Reject a New Racial Divide

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing July 16, 2010 on WashingtonTimes.com. What if they threw a race war and nobody came? So far, thankfully, that sums up the results of the left's recent efforts to instigate racial...

07/20/10: Ken Blackwell: It's Not Only About the Economy, Stupid

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing July 15, 2010, on The American Spectator website, Spectator.org. James Carville, Bill Clinton's political strategist supposedly coined the now infamous: "It's the economy, stupid." This admittedly smart strategy, widely attributed to...

07/20/10: ACLU-Oriented Judge Throws Out Stolen Valor Act

A federal judge in Denver has decided the case of a man who claimed military awards he hadn't earned, in an unusual way, and contrary to all other courts to consider such a case. Instead of finding the defendant guilty,...

07/20/10: Jan LaRue: Holder Hangs KSM and Gitmo Around Democrats' Neck

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue wrote a column appearing July 14, 2010, on Townhall.com. President Obama gave notice to the Democrat-controlled Congress on Sunday that unless it provides funding for a civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and for...

07/20/10: Ken Blackwell: Who's Telling the Truth — NASA's Chief or the White House?

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing July 14, 2010, on FOXNews.com. NASA administrator Charles Bolden must have felt like Astronaut Frank Poole in the cult classic, "Space Odyssey: 2001." In that film, the menacing computer HAL 9000...

07/20/10: Walter E. Williams: A Failed Obama Hero

ACRU Policy Board Member Walter E. Williams wrote this column appearing July 14, 2010 on Townhall.com. Let's think about President Obama's failed economic stimulus program. Before getting to the nitty-gritty of why stimulus packages fail, let's look at the failed...

07/20/10: Ken Blackwell: GM's Move Away from 'Government Motors'

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing July 13, 2010, on HuffingtonPost.com. My friend Matt Lewis recently authored a thoughtful column about General Motors. As he pointed out, regardless of how one feels about the government bailout of...

07/20/10: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Obama Appointee in Black Panther Case Must Answer for Failure

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on BigGovernment.com on July 12, 2010. A situation involving voter intimidation caught on tape has now exploded, as a Justice Department lawyer resigns to...

07/20/10: Ken Blackwell: Obama's "Fly Me to the Crescent Moon" Policy

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on July 11, 2010. Maybe it's the Dog Days of Summer. Perhaps it's the heat—102 degrees in Washington—that's getting to peoples' heads. But President Obama's latest policy—announced by his...

07/20/10: Peter Ferrara: Are Overdue Reports Concealing ObamaCare Impact On Medicare?

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on Investors.com on July 6, 2010. Every year, the Annual Report of the Social Security Board of Trustees comes out between mid-April and mid-May. Now it's July, and there's no sign...

07/20/10: Walter E. Williams: The Founders' Vision Versus Ours

ACRU Policy Board Member Walter E. Williams wrote this column appearing on the Townhall.com website on July 7, 2010. The celebration of our founders' 1776 revolt against King George III and the English Parliament is over. Let's reflect how the...

07/20/10: Ken Klukowski: Red-state Dems should save themselves, oppose Kagan

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on WashingtonExaminer.com on July 5, 2010. There remain three big issues weighing against Solicitor-General Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Given these three factors, Democratic senators in red states...

07/ 5/10: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Opposing Obama's Blueprint by Celebrating American Exceptionalism

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on BigGovernment.com on July 4, 2010. On the Fourth of July, we don't only celebrate the birth of our nation. We celebrate American exceptionalism—everything...

06/30/10: Ken Klukowski: Marriage Petition Case Was Not a Defeat for Traditional Marriage

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on June 25, 2010. Today the Supreme Court dealt a setback to supporters of traditional marriage. But it's not the defeat that gay-rights supporters (and many of their...

06/30/10: Jan LaRue: Dreams of Obama

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue wrote a column appearing on Townhall.com on June 29, 2010. For several weeks the temperature in the hill country of central Texas has been in the 90's with high humidity. Daily clouds promise rain,...

06/29/10: Ken Klukowski: Court Gets Federal Honest-Services Law Half-Right

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on June 28, 2010. On June 24, the Supreme Court sent back for a new hearings one of the Enron villains, Jeffrey Skilling, and two other unrelated defendants....

06/26/10: John Armor: Poor Richard's Internet

ACRU legal counsel John Armor wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on June 26, 2010. Let's raise two questions: What would Ben Franklin think of the Internet? And, what would be his opinion of efforts by the current Administration to...

06/24/10: Ken Blackwell: Pushing Back for Truth

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on BigGovernment.com on June 24, 2010. Left wing blogs have their dander up. They're attacking me for saying that Elena Kagan favors cloning human beings. Once again, they are trying to...

06/22/10: Ken Blackwell: Markets and Morals

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on HuffingtonPost.com on June 20, 2010. There's an old joke about a Transylvanian cookbook. The recipe for an omelet starts off with this: "First, steal two eggs." If that note really...

06/21/10: Ken Klukowski: Supreme Court Ducks Question on Taking Property

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on June 21, 2010. The legal world has been focused on a constitutional property-rights case before the Supreme Court. Last week the Court handed down its decision, and...

06/18/10: Ken Blackwell: Justice in the Capitol: The Philip Reid Room

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on the Townhall.com website on June 17, 2010. I had an extraordinary experience today. I was welcomed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the U.S. Capitol. She was greeting those guests...

06/10/10: Ken Blackwell: Stop START

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on the Townhall.com website on June 5, 2010. President Obama believes he has developed a closer relationship with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev than was enjoyed by his predecessor, George W. Bush....

06/ 7/10: Ken Blackwell: Will Our Peace Prizewinner Lead Us Into a New War?

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on the Townhall website on June 3, 2010. "During his campaign for the 2008 election, Mr. Obama promised to brand the mass killings genocide." That's how the left-wing BBC described one...

06/ 3/10: Ken Klukowski: First Battle Over Obamacare Begins

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on FOXNews.com on June 1, 2010. And so it begins. There are about a half-dozen constitutional lawsuits underway already against parts of President Obama's health care law. Most eyes are...

05/26/10: Ken Klukowski: Obama's Dangerous Immigration Endgame

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on FOXNews.com on May 25, 2010. There's a reason President Obama refuses to secure the borders, and insists that the only way to stop illegals from entering this country is...

05/25/10: ACLU, ABC News, and Senator Leahy Wrong on Miranda

The ACLU takes the position that Miranda warnings to terrorists cannot be revised except by the Supreme Court. Senator Patrick Leahy is too stupid to notice that this is an error when applied to terrorists. The ABC interviewer is too...

05/25/10: Ken Blackwell: Dhimmicrats on the March?

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on the AmericanThinker website on May 25, 2010. What's a dhimmicrat, you say? It's not the same thing as a Democrat. A dhimmicrat is a person who, while not Muslim himself,...

05/24/10: Ken Blackwell: Rand Paul: Another High Tech Lynching

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on the Townhall.com website on May 24, 2010. Dr. Rand Paul was hoping for a "honeymoon" after his thumping victory in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Kentucky. No such luck....

05/20/10: Ken Klukowski: Supreme Court Continues to Impose Morality on States

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on May 19, 2010. Monday's Supreme Court decision holding that sentencing an underage person to life in prison is unconstitutional is yet another disturbing example of judicial activism....

05/20/10: Robert Knight: With Arizona, You Get Egg Roll on Your Face

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing on AmericanThinker.com on May 20, 2010. Oh, that Arizona. What a handy thing to have in your transnational quiver for those times when you want to identify with the tyrants of...

05/19/10: Peter Ferrara: Liberals Gone Wild

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on the American Spectator website on May 19, 2010. Even though the Constitution does not include the words "separation of church and state," liberals have long treated that concept as a...

05/17/10: Ken Blackwell: The Tomb of the Unknown Lawyer

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on the Townhall.com website on May 17, 2010. Watching Attorney General Eric Holder as he testified recently before the House Judiciary Committee was a disheartening experience. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) tried...

05/11/10: Robert Knight: Kagan's Just the Latest Radical Obama Lawyer

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on May 11, 2010. President Obama went back to the radical bullpen for his second Supreme Court nominee. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School, is...

05/10/10: Ken Klukowski: Why Ultra-Liberal Obama Needs Kagan On the Court

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on FOXNews.com on May 10, 2010. President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan tells us a great deal about the Supreme Court that the president wants to create as...

05/10/10: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency

President Obama has a plan to radically change what makes America great and Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski are exposing it in their new book. They provide an in-depth look past President Obama's "hope and change" mantra, and into his...

05/ 6/10: Robert Knight: Economics: It's Greek to the Socialists

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on May 6, 2010. There they were, at the wall under the Parthenon on May 4, unfurling their giant banners urging "Peoples of Europe—Rise Up." The banners were emblazoned...

05/ 6/10: Peter Ferrara: Keep the Lights On

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on the American Spectator website on May 5, 2010. The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is an environmental tragedy that endangers the prosperity of coastal businesses that thrive on...

05/ 3/10: Peter Ferrara: The President's Permanent TARP Bailout Socialism Bill

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on the American Spectator website on April 28, 2010. The Tea Party, with overwhelming agreement from the American people, opposes any further TARP bank bailouts. But just as with the health...

04/23/10: Ken Blackwell: The VAT's in the Fire

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on April 23, 2010. When President Obama was a candidate, he pledged over and over to voters: If you make less than $250,000 a year, your taxes will not...

04/23/10: Peter Ferrara: Take the Painkiller and Go Home

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on the American Spectator website on April 21, 2010. The defining moment for the Presidency of Barack Obama came early, in June, 2009. It was one of many health reform extravaganzas...

04/19/10: Robert Knight: The Tea Party That Obama Missed

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on April 16, 2010. Driving in to the Tea Party rally on April 15, I was listening to CBS radio news, whose correspondent talked about "the 3,000 people" there...

04/14/10: Robert Knight: Debt's All, Folks

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on April 14, 2010. What with the bailouts, the stimulus, and now the government health care takeover, we're being told that we face $1 trillion annual deficits for the...

04/13/10: Ken Blackwell: Is America the Last Best Hope of Earth?

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on April 13, 2010. When asked if he believes in American exceptionalism, President Obama said yes, but he was sure that the British and the Belgians also believed in...

04/ 8/10: John Armor: Court Stops FCC Power-Grab

ACRU legal counsel John Armor wrote this column appearing on the AmericanThinker.com website on April 8, 2010. The internet is safe for the moment from the clutches of federal regulators thanks to a court decision that may be a harbinger...

04/ 6/10: Stage Set for Recall Battle in North Dakota

ACRU Responds to North Dakota Secretary of State's Denial of Citizens' Effort to Recall Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) Bismarck, ND—North Dakota is one of ten states with broad language in its constitution to recall elected officials (www.recallcongressnow.org). Yet, in a...

04/ 5/10: Jan LaRue: With 'Social Justice' You Don't Get Egg Roll

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Jan LaRue wrote a column appearing on AmericanThinker.com on April 5, 2010. President Obama claims that the Catholic Church's tradition of social justice has had a "profound influence" on him. He should try telling that to...

04/ 1/10: John Armor: Is a State-Based Recall of a U.S. Senator Constitutional?

ACRU legal counsel John Armor wrote this column appearing on the AmericanThinker.com website on April 1, 2010. Whether citizens of a state have the right to recall from office a sitting U.S. senator is no longer an academic question. The...

03/30/10: Ken Klukowski: Groups Can Speak Now... If They Register

ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on March 30, 2010. A top federal appeals court has decided in a major campaign finance case. Whether this case goes to the Supreme Court or not, it...

03/27/10: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Demonizing Everyday Americans

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski wrote this column appearing on BigGovernment.com on March 26, 2010. There appears to be a concerted effort among the political Left and many mainstream media people to demonize...

03/25/10: Ken Blackwell: The Kiss of Death

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on March 25, 2010. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) gave Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) a kiss on the cheek on Sunday, just before Stupak stunned pro-lifers by leading his group...

03/23/10: Robert Knight: As the Elites Celebrate, the Resistance to Obamacare Begins

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote a column appearing on Townhall.com on March 22, 2010. There were undoubtedly lots of hangovers in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, remnants of the packed saloons the night before. Washington's socialists (read: Democrats), giddy...

03/19/10: Peter Ferrara: The Obamacare Deficit Fraud

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on BigGovernment.com on March 19, 2010. President Obama has been barnstorming the country saying that CBO scores his health care takeover plan as reducing the deficit by over $100 billion in...

03/18/10: Robert Knight: National Suicide by Self Execution

ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight wrote a column appearing on Townhall.com on March 17, 2010. Assisted suicide is still illegal in most of the United States. But Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama are doing their impression of the...

03/17/10: John Armor: Toyotas Aren't the Only Things Getting Recalled This Year

ACRU legal counsel John Armor wrote this column on March 17, 2010. On Tuesday, the New Jersey Court of Appeals cleared the way for the recall of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to proceed. New Jersey is one of nine states...

03/17/10: Peter Ferrara: Let the Recalls Begin

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on FOXNews.com on March 17, 2010. A New Jersey state appellate court yesterday gave the green light for approval of the circulation of petitions in that state asking for a recall...

03/10/10: Ken Blackwell: Guess Who's Coming to Your House? Hidden Dangers in Obamacare

ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell wrote this column appearing on Townhall.com on March 10, 2010. It's all supposed to be voluntary, those "home visits" that are tucked into the mammoth ObamaCare bill. If you have a strong stomach, and stronger...

03/ 4/10: Peter Ferrara: Obamacare: Still a Threat to Your Life

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on The American Spectator on March 3, 2010. The true reality of last week's health care summit, what was really going on between the lines, was ugly and scary. I have...

03/ 3/10: Peter Ferrara: Stopping the Runaway Congress

ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara wrote a column appearing on BigGovernment.com on March 3, 2010. The recall of New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez took a step forward yesterday with a promising oral argument in New Jersey state court. The New...

02/22/10: Ken Blackwell: President Obama and Military "Corpsemen"

This piece originally appeared on Townhall.com on February 20, 2010. The blogs have been having a lot of fun with Vice President Joe Biden's latest gaffe. The veep claimed that the U.S. would be the world economic leader "throughout the...

02/ 8/10: Let People Decide, ACRU Says in New Jersey Recall Brief

Today (Feb. 9) the American Civil Rights Union filed an amicus brief in support of a grassroots citizens effort to petition for recall of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). The Sussex County Tea Party and NJ Tea Parties United, which filed...

02/ 3/10: John Armor: The Right to Recall the Rascals (U.S. Senators)

Do the citizens of the states have a constitutional right to recall their Members of Congress before the end of their set terms, if they become satisfied that their Members are seriously harming the interests of the people who elected them?

01/29/10: Ken Klukowski: Why Obama Was Wrong to Slap the Supremes

Sad to say, the highlight of President Obama's first State of the Union address on Wednesday was when he took the opportunity to openly condemn the Supreme Court. For the first time in memory, a president lashed out with the justices seated just a few feet away from him. Talk about "in your face"! The attack from the president prompted his equally-partisan supporters in Congress to erupt in raucous applause. This marks a low point for constitutional government in America, where the third branch of government is publicly humiliated by our head of state, and where an entire political party joined in this shameful display of disrespect for our Constitution.

01/25/10: Peter Ferrara: We Really CAN Throw the Bums Out!

There is a way to fight back against a runaway Congress. Here's how it works. Over the past year, Congress has seemed to be out of control. From health care to global warming to stimulus spending, corporate bailouts, deficits, federal debt and beyond, Congressional leaders have been dismissive of alternative views, insisting that they know best. They have responded to critics with name-calling, calling them everything from "yahoos," to "Nazis," and "tea baggers."

01/14/10: Jan LaRue: Do You Trust Obamacare Analysts to Connect Your Medical 'Dots'?

Think of the Christmas "just wait 'til I get my Hanes on you" bomber as a deadly disease in your body next time the topic of Obamacare is raised. Despite having all the information needed, the U.S. government failed to catch the al Qaeda-trained terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, before he boarded the Detroit-bound plane with a high explosive hidden in his underwear.

01/ 7/10: Ken Klukowski: Politics as Usual Shouldn't Violate Constitution

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, D-Nev., buyoffs to Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., for their votes for Obamacare are up against an important legal fact: They're unconstitutional.

01/ 4/10: Newt Gingrich and Peter Ferrara: A Vision for Prosperity

America is careening in overdrive in exactly the wrong direction, and the American people know it. All across this nation, people crave a new vision of leadership to restore traditional American prosperity and the American Dream, which they rightly see slipping away.

01/ 4/10: Peter Ferrara: Washington Knows Best

This column originally appeared on The American Spectator website on December 30, 2009. The health policy atrocity that Washington Democrats are now finalizing represents an ugly new turn in American politics. From almost the founding of the Republic, we have...

01/ 2/10: Orrin Hatch, Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: Why the Health-Care Bills Are Unconstitutional

President Obama's health-care bill is now moving toward final passage. The policy issues may be coming to an end, but the legal issues are certain to continue because key provisions of this dangerous legislation are unconstitutional. Legally speaking, this legislation creates a target-rich environment. We will focus on three of its more glaring constitutional defects.

12/30/09: Ken Blackwell and Ken Klukowski: ObamaCare: Running for Rushmore?

"Ever since Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform in 1912, seven presidents -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- have taken up the cause of reform time and time again," President Obama said in a statement hailing the Christmas Eve Senate vote to take over 1/6 of the nation's economy. "Such efforts have been blocked by special-interests lobbyists who have perpetrated the status quo that works better for the insurance industry than it does for the American people."

12/21/09: Ken Blackwell: Senator J. Wellington Wimpy's Health Care Bill

Pollsters like to say their surveys are like a snapshot, limited to the time and the picture frame in which they are taken. What we are seeing in polling on the takeover of health care by the federal government is a consistent opposition by the American people. No major poll shows the people supporting the House or Senate bill.

12/18/09: Ken Klukowski: Health Insurance isn't Car Insurance, Mr. President

Asked about the constitutionality of his healthcare bill's key provision, President Obama said it's legal because people have to buy car insurance. That statement is so dead wrong as a matter of constitutional law that it makes anyone who practices constitutional law wonder how the Harvard Law School faculty would now grade their most famous graduate.

06/15/09: Ken Klukowski: Senior Democrat Says Obama's Czars Unconstitutional

Last week President Obama appointed yet another "czar" with massive government power, answering only to him. Even before this latest appointment, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate wrote President Obama a letter saying that these czars are unconstitutional. President Obama's "czar strategy" is an unprecedented power grab centralizing authority in the White House, outside congressional oversight and in violation of the Constitution.

03/ 3/09: Robert Knight: Federal 'Hate Crime' Law Would Imperil Civil Rights

A grandma using an ATM machine should have at least as much protection under the law as a man walking out of a "gay" bar. But under "hate crimes" laws that include "sexual orientation," an assailant of a man perceived as homosexual would be subjected to greater penalties than grandma's mugger.

02/11/09: Walter Williams: The Hell With Our Constitution

Dr. Robert Higgs, senior fellow at the Oakland-based Independent Institute, penned an article in The Christian Science Monitor (2/9/2009) that suggests the most intelligent recommendation that I've read to fix our current economic mess. The title of his article gives his recommendation away: "Instead of stimulus, do nothing -- seriously."

06/13/08: Ken Blackwell: A Supreme Constitutional Showdown

Few realize that two aspects of California's same-sex marriages are unlike Massachusetts', and could redefine marriage in every state. And most people might not realize it before November's election.

04/25/08: Horace Cooper: Child Rapists

The United States Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments about an issue which for many Americans shouldn't be too complicated. The question is: who should decide the punishment for a crime, the legislature or the courts? In particular, when determining what crimes merit the death penalty, should state governments have a say or should this power be left to judges? According to the Death Penalty Information Center (as of February of this year) there are more than 3,200 persons on death row. As the result of the execrable actions of Louisiana resident Patrick Kennedy (one of only two on death row awaiting execution for crimes that don't involve murder), the court will issue a ruling this summer in a case called Kennedy v. Louisiana.

03/ 3/08: Horace Cooper: Lawyers' $$ over security

There can no longer be any doubt about whether the lapse of the Protect America Act has harmed America's intelligence-gathering capabilities. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and the apolitical Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell confirmed this reality in a Feb. 22 letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes.

02/ 1/08: Horace Cooper: President Has Power To Let FISA Continue

Rather than pass a permanent renewal of America's foreign intelligence surveillance capability, Congress continues to debate the need for the Protect America Act. After waiting six months, they've now passed a 15-day extension of the act giving them more time to bicker over the issue. If they fail to act, it is essential that President Bush use his inherent executive power to continue the electronic surveillance program.

01/24/08: Ken Blackwell: No Time Outs in the War on Terror

In his State of the Union address next week, it is imperative that President Bush push for the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. Setting aside foolish partisan politics and ad hominem arguments, FISA is necessary for the national security of America and the safety of Americans.

10/23/07: Horace Cooper: Strike This Down

In the wake of President Bush's veto of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Congress is preparing for another showdown with the White House. But this time the dispute won't be over health care spending for children, instead the dispute has consequences for all Americans because it is over which branch of government is best suited to know which ground rules are needed for fighting the war on terror.

10/17/07: Peter Ferrara: Slimming Entitlement Costs

Federal spending has hovered around 20% of gross domestic product for more than 50 years now, ever since it settled down after World War II. Despite all the battles over taxes and spending in that time, the federal share of our economy has remained fairly stable.

09/24/07: Peter Ferrara: Veto SCHIP: A Healthy Debate

Yes, President Bush, please do veto the massive expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that the Democrats are rolling through Congress, as you pledged to do in Thursday's press conference.

09/ 6/07: Peter Ferrara: Healthcare Solutions

The promises made by our current Federal entitlement programs would require Federal taxes and spending to double by 2040 as a percent of gross domestic product. The Democrat response: Add new entitlements. Congressional Democrats are moving to double Federal spending on the State Children's Health Insurance program (SCHIP), quite explicitly on their way to the biggest mega-entitlement of all, national health insurance.

09/ 6/07: Time To Block Grant Medicaid, SCHIP

Here's my latest article at Forbes: The promises made by our current Federal entitlement programs would require Federal taxes and spending to double by 2040 as a percent of gross domestic product. The Democrat response: Add new entitlements. Congressional Democrats...

08/16/07: John Armor: President Bush and the Constitution aren't Enemies

The latest spate of articles accusing the Bush Administration of trampling the US Constitution in prosecuting the War in Iraq have quoted Bruce Fein, cited variously as a "conservative lawyer" and "a deputy attorney general in the Reagan Administration." He is not being quoted because he is a reliable source but because he says what the opponents of the war want said. Factual inquiry stops there.

07/31/07: Peter Ferrara: Impoverished Poverty Program; Oh, No, Obama

Barack Obama announced last week his policy agenda to combat urban poverty. As president, he would spend an additional $6 billion a year for such things as:

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11/27/07: Reform Entitlement Programs Without Increasing Taxes

The above article, by Jack Kemp, found here. Peter Ferrara's, Slimming Entitlement Costs, dated October 8, 2007, found here....

09/ 6/07: Time To Block Grant Medicaid, SCHIP

Here's my latest article at Forbes: The promises made by our current Federal entitlement programs would require Federal taxes and spending to double by 2040 as a percent of gross domestic product. The Democrat response: Add new entitlements. Congressional Democrats...

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