The Constitution of the United States is chock full of guarantees to the right to counsel. The Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments address right to legal representation at the local, state and federal levels. Continue reading “Elijah Cummings REFUSES to Allow Witness his Right to Have Attorney Present During House Hearings”
They may not officially be called “Marines,” and their branch of the Japanese armed forces may not officially be known as the “Marine Corps.”
In fact, Japan doesn’t even have an armed forces. At least on paper. Continue reading “First Since WWII: Japan Resurrects Their Marine Corps”
It was an unwritten rule for over a century-and-a-half in American politics that no Constitutionally qualified citizen elected president would ever seek a third term.
Political folklore cites President George Washington as refusing to seek a third term for fear of the American president becoming what he fought so hard end — a monarchy ruling the American people.
It was in 1940 when the godfather of American Socialism, Franklin D. Roosevelt, broke with tradition and successfully won his third term to the White House. To rub his opponents collective noses in it, FDR ran for and won his fourth term in 1944. Continue reading “Can a Person Serve as President for More Than Eight Years? Technically, Yes”
Before we even begin, let’s get straight what “in line” means. It’s simply impossible for any given president to be “in line” for an office he already holds. That’s just basic English and common sense.
So with that out of the way… on with fun.
Unless you’re living under a rock or irreversibly stupid, just about everyone knows that the Veep is first in line. The vast majority of political junkies are already aware the Speaker of the House (Rep. Paul Ryan R-WI) is the second in line for the presidency.
Now here is where things get dicey. Who’s number three?
I’ll wager money that a surprising number of you are aware that after Pence and Ryan, it’s the president pro tempore of the US Senate.
But who exactly is the president pro tem? Much to my embarrassment, I always assumed it was the Senate Majority Leader. In this case, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Oh no, no, no. According to the official homepage of the US Senate;
A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the vice president. The president pro tempore (or, “president for a time”) is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service. This index page provides links to information on the origins and authority of the office and the pro tempore’s role in presidential succession.
So at least until he retires in January 2019, it’s Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
But in a bit Founding Father frivolity, we don’t necessarily have to go with the longest serving senator of the majority party.
Anyone else notice the words “by custom”? Technically, the Senate could elect any sitting senator to the presidency.
If you’re curious of the entire list of the order of presidential succession, here you go;
- Vice President
- Speaker of the House of Representatives
- President Pro Tempore of the Senate
- Secretary of State
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Secretary of Defense
- Attorney General
- Secretary of the Interior
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Secretary of Commerce
- Secretary of Labor
- Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Secretary of Transportation
- Secretary of Energy
- Secretary of Education
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- Secretary of Homeland Security
Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) is proving the old axiom “even a drowning man will clutch at a sword” to be oh, so true. Continue reading “Last Gasp: Democrat Leader Calls for Trump’s Impeachment”
Call them anchor babies who gained American citizenship through fraud and deception, or they could be referred to as the recipients of birthright citizenship as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Call them what you like, but one of the few certainties regarding the children of illegal aliens born on US soil is that both the left leaning and the right leaning media has come out swinging.
When any person in the public eye constantly has a camera or a microphone shoved in their face, more often than not the opportunity for cringe worthy comments increase exponentially. But for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) , cringe worthy seems to be the norm vice the exception, as reported by the right-of-center news portal Breitbart.com on March 12, 2014.
Rep. Jackson Lee took to the floor of the US House of Representatives (see video below) where she matter-of-factly stated that the United States has been “operating under” the Constitution for the past 400 years.
To his critics it may seem as the longest three years in media history, but it looks as if Piers Morgan’s prime time gig at CNN has finally ended, as reported by both The New York Times and Great Britain’s internet news portal ITV.com on Feb. 23, 2014.
Citing low ratings and his numerous anti-gun rants as mitigating factors, the Cable News Network has opted to cancel the prime time show “Piers Morgan Tonight” possibly as soon as this March.
Reassuring foreigners that his administration isn’t spying on “ordinary people” overseas, Barack Obama is planning on initiating changes to America’s intelligence gathering agencies that certainly are wide and varied.
Specifically, one of Obama’s security measures for “ordinary people” directed will surely raise the eyebrows of conservatives and Constitutional lawyers across the nation, as reported by the Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) on Jan. 18, 2014.
Unless one’s been in deep contemplative prayer at an über-cloistered nunnery, or far in the woods torturing small animals to honor your Dark Lord and Master, just about everyone knows that the New York City-based Satanic Temple is offering to spring for a rather large statue of Old Scratch (or a goat-headed Baphomet, as the case may be) to be erected on the grounds of the Oklahoma state Capitol to “complement and contrast” the 2012 erected monument of the Ten Commandments, as reported by The Advocate of Baton Rouge, LA on Jan. 12, 2014.
The New Normal…
In the recent history of this particular republic there’s been talk, as well as some very solid moves, to mainstream Satanism into the American landscape.