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Ron Paul: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

Posted: July 10, 2015 at 7:40 am

Artful advocates advise this about addressing the court: if the facts are on your side, pound the facts; if the law is on your side, pound the law; if neither is on your side, pound the table. Adding to that adage, pusillanimous politicians propose undressing the court: if you fear its decision, strip it of jurisdiction.

At the root of the culture wars lies a fundamental dichotomy in worldviews. Which is more essential to humanity: the individual or the collective?

Dave Pruett

Former NASA researcher; Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, James Madison University

A recent op-ed in the New York Times chastises Rand Paul for being insufficiently libertarian. His critics are particularly upset over his “hawkish” foreign policy, accusing him of abandoning the ideal of individual liberty. The reverse, however, is true

Peter Schwartz

Distinguished Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute; Author, “In Defense of Selfishness”

The younger Paul knows that in the political big leagues, candidates of conviction who refuse to moderate their message or refuse to adapt to the prevailing contemporaneous political sentiment, are often abandoned at the alter by the electoral consumer.

Rich Rubino

Author, ‘The Political Bible of Humorous Quotations from American Politics,’ ‘Make Every Vote Equal What a Novel Idea,’ and The Political Bible of Little Known Facts in American Politics

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Burt Neuborne – Recovering Madison’s Music: Toward a Democracy-Friendly First Amendment – Video

Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm



Burt Neuborne – Recovering Madison's Music: Toward a Democracy-Friendly First Amendment
The current Supreme Court majority reads the First Amendment as if James Madison threw a pot of ink at the wall and allowed the splatter to dictate the order and placement of the provisions…

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Fourth Amendment Police Potty Program – Video

Posted: March 5, 2015 at 8:49 pm



Fourth Amendment Police Potty Program
Retired Maryland state police officer Captain Jack McCauley speaking to a group of second amendment activists in Maryland.

By: James Madison

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Maryland’s List of Gun Owners – Video

Posted: February 21, 2015 at 6:53 am



Maryland's List of Gun Owners
Retired Maryland state police officer Captain Jack McCauley speaking to a group of second amendment activists in Maryland.

By: James Madison

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NPR ombudsman: Beware First Amendment fundamentalists

Posted: February 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Edward Schumacher Matos last day as the listeners representative at NPR gave him one last opportunity to poke his bosses in the eyes, and he did so taking on a couple of sacred cows: the assertion of bias and the reach of the First Amendment.

In his final post last week before vacating the job, Schumacher-Matos warned of fundamentalism, but not the kind involving religion the kind involving journalists and ethics.

And he acknowledged that NPR has a bias. But not the one you might think.

As a public media that receives some 11 percent of its funding indirectly from the government, it cannot be partisan or have a declared bias. With multiple streams of other incomefoundations, corporations and individualsit also is not under the same pressure as the commercial news media to do so.

But lets be honest: NPR has a bias of sorts. It is the bias of its college-educated audienceyou and meto pick and frame stories in ways that represent our interests. This is not a liberal basis, as the far right likes to claim. It is a center-right to center-left bias interested in fact-based analysis and policy on matters such as the environment, health care, gay rights and fiscal issues, as opposed to ideology or belief.

Over my four years I received more complaints from the left than the right, and not because Republicans arent listening. Audience polls show a pretty even Republican-Democrat breakdown, with even more listeners self-identifying as independent. It is that the political debate today and coverage is between the centrists and the far right; the far left feels ignored.

You will decide for yourself whether this is a good bias for NPR to have. I like it. As the news media fractures along narrow, advocacy lines, I think the NPR breadth and framing is valuable for the nation. With its strong storytelling voice, moreover, NPR is a peculiar institution in a way that perhaps only radio and podcasts can be. It is intimate with us, and has become part of our lives.

Schumacher-Matos also criticized fundamentalism among journalists who insist on broad First Amendment protections.

The French news media may have their ethical standards, but they are not American or sacred universal ones, and they shouldnt be French ones either. The United States has never had absolute freedom of the press. And the framers of the Constitution I once held the James Madison Visiting Professor Chair on First Amendment Issues at Columbia University never intended it to. You wouldnt know this, however, from listening to the First Amendment fundamentalists piping up from Washington to Silicon Valley.

Its an odd thing for a journalist to write, attorney Eugene Volokh writes today on his Washington Post blog

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What would James Madison say to today’s Supreme Court? Burt Neuborne weighs in – Video

Posted: February 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm



What would James Madison say to today's Supreme Court? Burt Neuborne weighs in
In “Madison's Music,” author Burt Neuborne argues that judges must consider the full text and structure of the First Amendment in order to issue rulings in accordance with James Madison's…

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James Madison and The First Amendment – Video

Posted: January 29, 2015 at 9:47 pm



James Madison and The First Amendment
James Madison and the First Amendment by Jeffry Morrison, Ph.D., Academic Director of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia.

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Plain Talk: Robin Vos gets First Amendment religion

Posted: October 16, 2014 at 2:46 am

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos insists he’s a big fan of the First Amendment.

That’s what the Republican legislator from Racine County said to justify his belief that corporations, businesses, labor unions or anyone else should be able to spend as much money as they want on political campaigns.

The Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, the one that declared that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as individual citizens, was spot on, the speaker declared as he and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca engaged in a debate before a packed WisPolitics.com luncheon last week.

Barca had just declared that the biggest threat to American democracy was the court’s decision that money equals speech. The Kenosha Democrat added that it’s critically important to overturn the decision that opened the floodgates to unlimited spending in political races.

But a smug and confident Vos, cocksure that Scott Walker would be re-elected governor and the Republicans would continue to control the Legislature after Nov. 4, was having none of it. He also declared that not only should corporations be able to give, the so-called independent issue groups should be able to collaborate with a candidate’s campaign as well. (That’s currently illegal under Wisconsin law and its alleged violation by Walker backers is behind the controversial John Doe investigation.)

I’m a huge believer in the First Amendment, he declared, as if there’s no question that the Founding Fathers intended to include corporations in the Bill of Rights.

It was interesting to learn that Vos suddenly had such respect for the constitutional amendment authored by James Madison to protect minority views from “the tyranny of the majority.” (It’s apparently hard for Vos and the 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court to admit that the Founding Fathers only mentioned individual American citizens in their deliberations.)

Vos is the same guy, after all, who has been a consistent defender of secret legislative caucuses and was behind the move to forbid the Governmental Accountability Board from allowing online access to campaign contribution disclosure forms filed by legislators.

He was also one of the instigators of tough rules to limit demonstrations in the State Capitol during and after the protests in 2011, including prohibiting cameras and other recording devices in the Assembly balconies.

But when it comes to corporations-as-citizens, he’s suddenly a firm believer in that First Amendment.

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Interview Interrupted by State Highway Administrator – Video

Posted: May 13, 2014 at 1:50 am



Interview Interrupted by State Highway Administrator
Delegate Smigiel has fought tirelessly to defend the second amendment. Support his re-election by going door to door, putting up signs, hosting a fundraiser, or donating at DelegateMike.com.

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February 4th Second Amendment Rally Announcement – Video

Posted: January 27, 2014 at 2:41 am



February 4th Second Amendment Rally Announcement
Delegate Smigiel Announces a pro-gun rally on February 4th at 11am on Lawyers Mall in front of the state capitol.

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