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Mark Levin has called the most recent Supreme Court ruling on the meaning and intent of the Second Amendment “the most significant Second Amendment case since Heller and McDonald.” (landmark Second Amendment cases, 2008 and 2010, respectively). And I believe he is correct.
Mark Levin has called the most recent Supreme Court ruling on the meaning and intent of the Second Amendment “the most significant Second Amendment case since Heller and McDonald.” (landmark Second Amendment cases, 2008 and 2010, respectively). And I believe he is correct.
 
We all recognize the 4th of July as Independence Day - as the day we declared our independence from England. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence has since become our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty.
We all recognize the 4th of July as Independence Day - as the day we declared our independence from England. We celebrate the Declaration of Independence has since become our nation's most cherished symbol of liberty.
 
Perhaps what Independence Day is all about is to reflect on our history and to rekindle our revolutionary spirit every year... our great love of liberty.
Perhaps what Independence Day is all about is to reflect on our history and to rekindle our revolutionary spirit every year... our great love of liberty.
 
There are many people who overlook the brilliance of the US Constitution. They argue that it is outdated and unfit to adequately govern such a modern nation as ours in the 21st century.
There are many people who overlook the brilliance of the US Constitution. They argue that it is outdated and unfit to adequately govern such a modern nation as ours in the 21st century.
 
What does Independence Day - the 4th of July - mean to you?
 
Every year on June 6, our nation pauses to remember the thousands of brave Americans and American allies who stormed the beaches of Normandy to launch the campaign to liberate Europe from the oppression and extermination by the Nazi regime in World War II.
Every year on June 6, our nation pauses to remember the thousands of brave Americans and American allies who stormed the beaches of Normandy to launch the campaign to liberate Europe from the oppression and extermination by the Nazi regime in World War II.
 
This Memorial Day week-end, we remember the greater than 1,448,900 servicemen who fought and died in our wars and battles over the many years.
This Memorial Day week-end, we remember the greater than 1,448,900 servicemen who fought and died in our wars and battles over the many years.
 
In 1920, the American Legion adopted the red poppy as the symbol of remembrance of those who gave their lives in war.
In 1920, the American Legion adopted the red poppy as the symbol of remembrance of those who gave their lives in war.
 
These are very troubling times. The federal government shows no allegiance to or understanding of the US Constitution and we, as a nation, are struggling with our political identity and our social identity.
These are very troubling times. The federal government shows no allegiance to or understanding of the US Constitution and we, as a nation, are struggling with our political identity and our social identity.
 
We cannot and must not forget that the brains of school-age children have not finished developing.
We cannot and must not forget that the brains of school-age children have not finished developing.
 
Human beings come in all shapes, sizes, forms, and appearances, and with the passing of time, we are seeing an even greater diversity, mostly of a progressive nature.
Human beings come in all shapes, sizes, forms, and appearances, and with the passing of time, we are seeing an even greater diversity, mostly of a progressive nature.
 
The term “Gerrymandering” refers to the act of manipulating the boundaries of voting districts to achieve some political advantage.
The term “Gerrymandering” refers to the act of manipulating the boundaries of voting districts to achieve some political advantage.
 
They say love can make you a little crazy. And the movie begins by showing how 2 people are living proof of that.
They say love can make you a little crazy. And the movie begins by showing how 2 people are living proof of that.
 
We often hear people talk about America's Christian heritage. Usually it is in the context of some government action or judicial decision which denies this heritage.
We often hear people talk about America's Christian heritage. Usually it is in the context of some government action or judicial decision which denies this heritage.
 
If you haven't seen Dinesh D'Souza's latest documentary - "HILLARY'S AMERICA: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" - you won't want to miss it!! D'Souza hits a home-run!!
If you haven't seen Dinesh D'Souza's latest documentary - "HILLARY'S AMERICA: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" - you won't want to miss it!! D'Souza hits a home-run!!
 
Beginning in August, we learned of a controversial documentary that would be released in select theatres in time for this presidential election season.
Beginning in August, we learned of a controversial documentary that would be released in select theatres in time for this presidential election season.
 
The Constitution established the United States as a democratic republic. It is democratic because the people govern themselves, and it is a republic because the government’s power is derived from its people.
The Constitution established the United States as a democratic republic. It is democratic because the people govern themselves, and it is a republic because the government’s power is derived from its people.
 
“Nullification” is the doctrine, articulated best by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (our two greatest Founding Fathers) which essentially holds that that the federal government is a creature of the states
“Nullification” is the doctrine, articulated best by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (our two greatest Founding Fathers) which essentially holds that that the federal government is a creature of the states
 
I have been reading the current abortion case that has come out of the state of Mississippi and which was heard in oral argument in front of the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021.
I have been reading the current abortion case that has come out of the state of Mississippi and which was heard in oral argument in front of the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021.
 
I have recently become active in my community and most particularly, I've gotten involved in keeping on eye on the administration of the public education system in my county.
I have recently become active in my community and most particularly, I've gotten involved in keeping on eye on the administration of the public education system in my county.
 
North Carolina’s state constitution, in Article IX, section 1 (“Education Encouraged”), reads: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, libraries, and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
North Carolina’s state constitution, in Article IX, section 1 (“Education Encouraged”), reads: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, libraries, and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
 
Dr. Julie Ponesse is a professor of ethics who has taught at Ontario's Huron University College for 20 years. She was placed on leave and banned from accessing her campus due to the vaccine mandate.
Dr. Julie Ponesse is a professor of ethics who has taught at Ontario's Huron University College for 20 years. She was placed on leave and banned from accessing her campus due to the vaccine mandate.
 
Sixteen years ago, in 2005, the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform issued a report that proposed a uniform system of requiring a photo ID in order to vote in U.S. elections.
Sixteen years ago, in 2005, the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform issued a report that proposed a uniform system of requiring a photo ID in order to vote in U.S. elections.
 
The LA Times printed the following piece after Senator Dianne Feinstein, desperate to save her gun control measure, said on the Senate floor “All vets are mentally ill in some way or another and the government should prevent them from owning firearms.”
The LA Times printed the following piece after Senator Dianne Feinstein, desperate to save her gun control measure, said on the Senate floor “All vets are mentally ill in some way or another and the government should prevent them from owning firearms.”
 
The Secretary of Labor, acting through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), enacted a vaccine mandate on November 5, 2021 for much of the Nation's work force.
The Secretary of Labor, acting through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), enacted a vaccine mandate on November 5, 2021 for much of the Nation's work force.
 
Powerful Testimony was given by Lt. Col. Theresa Long, MD to a panel of US Senators (called by Sen. Ron Johnson), regarding the COVID vaccine mandates imposed on the U.S. Military by the Biden Administration
Powerful Testimony was given by Lt. Col. Theresa Long, MD to a panel of US Senators (called by Sen. Ron Johnson), regarding the COVID vaccine mandates imposed on the U.S. Military by the Biden Administration
 
John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia, might be America’s most interesting personality, and is surely one of its wisest and noblest characters.
John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia, might be America’s most interesting personality, and is surely one of its wisest and noblest characters.
 
Writing in Federalist #46, James Madison provided a 4-step strategy to bring down federal programs, without waiting on the federal government to limit its own power.
Writing in Federalist #46, James Madison provided a 4-step strategy to bring down federal programs, without waiting on the federal government to limit its own power.
 
From a Birmingham jail, where he was arrested for trying to help blacks exercise their right to vote, MLK wrote: "Remember, everything that Hitler did was legal."
From a Birmingham jail, where he was arrested for trying to help blacks exercise their right to vote, MLK wrote: "Remember, everything that Hitler did was legal."
 
We remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to the Civil Rights movement today.
We remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to the Civil Rights movement today.
 
I didn't know what to expect since I hadn't seen a coming attraction and hadn't even heard of the movie, and so I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
I didn't know what to expect since I hadn't seen a coming attraction and hadn't even heard of the movie, and so I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
 
Ridley Scott employed the perfect balance of narrative, cinematic imagery and adventure to build the timeless tale of a once great empire beginning its fall into the moral decay that was Rome.
Ridley Scott employed the perfect balance of narrative, cinematic imagery and adventure to build the timeless tale of a once great empire beginning its fall into the moral decay that was Rome.
 
If anyone hasn't seen the movie UNPLANNED, I urge you to do so. There are several take-home messages from the movie, as expressed by the woman not only who wrote the book on which the movie was based (Abby Johnson) but on whose experiences the story was based.
If anyone hasn't seen the movie UNPLANNED, I urge you to do so. There are several take-home messages from the movie, as expressed by the woman not only who wrote the book on which the movie was based (Abby Johnson) but on whose experiences the story was based.
 
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught how to use them.
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught how to use them.
 
I have been reading the current abortion case that has come out of the state of Mississippi and which was heard in oral argument in front of the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021.
I have been reading the current abortion case that has come out of the state of Mississippi and which was heard in oral argument in front of the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021.
 
Critical race theory is the idea that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that all of our institutions including the law, culture, business, the economy are all designed to maintain white supremacy.
Critical race theory is the idea that the United States is a fundamentally racist country and that all of our institutions including the law, culture, business, the economy are all designed to maintain white supremacy.
 
Let's be frank ... a lot of us have been leery of Facebook and its cabal of programmers, administrators, promoters, fact-checkers, and even its creator, and many have even walked away from the liberal platform.
Let's be frank ... a lot of us have been leery of Facebook and its cabal of programmers, administrators, promoters, fact-checkers, and even its creator, and many have even walked away from the liberal platform.
 
A poem from Diane Rufino, Originally entitled, My Name is Old Glory by Howard Schnauber
A poem from Diane Rufino, Originally entitled, My Name is Old Glory by Howard Schnauber
 
I think of the government as a machine.
 
The following article was written by my friend Marcus Karachun and published in Big League Politics on July 28.
The following article was written by my friend Marcus Karachun and published in Big League Politics on July 28.
 
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