Obamacare funding ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that the mechanism for subsidizing insurance companies under Obamacare violates the Constitution.  That document reads, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” (Article 1.  Section 9).  The Obama administration has been paying that money without Congress having passed an appropriation to do so.  The ruling is on hold, pending appeal. [Read more…]

Removing a judge for not following the LGBT agenda?

The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics is recommending that Judge Ruth Neely be removed from office because she has said that, due to her religious beliefs, she will not preside over gay weddings.

UPDATE:  Judge Neely is a Missouri Synod Lutheran.  Go here for a petition from Wyoming pastors to support her.  (HT:  Mary Moerbe)

So public officials will be removed from office if they do not agree with the LGBT agenda?  If a judge rules against a law favored by gay activists, will that be grounds for removal?  If a legislator or executive opposes gay marriage, will that become grounds for impeachment?

Read Carl R. Trueman on the subject after the jump. [Read more…]

Update on the crime of exposing Planned Parenthood

The makers of the videos that exposed Planned Parenthood’s fetal trafficking program only to get indicted by a Texas grand jury (for fetal trafficking!) turned down a plea bargain that would have effectively ended the criminal charges.  They are insisting on their day in court. [Read more…]

Hoping for a deadlock in the electoral college?

Many Republicans are hoping for a deadlocked convention in which no candidate gets the majority of votes.  And if that doesn’t work, say some, maybe we could have a deadlocked electoral college.

If Donald Trump has the nomination “stolen” from him, to his mind, he may run as a third party candidate.  Or if he gets the nomination, surely other third part candidates will emerge, whether Republicans (who would have a challenge to get on state ballots) or candidates from parties such as the Libertarians or the Constitution Party that are already on the ballot in many states.

A credible third party candidate could prevent either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump from winning a majority of electoral votes.  Which means that the vote would then go to the House of Representatives. Which is controlled by Republicans, who could choose anyone they wanted.

Would that be a crisis for our democracy?  Or would that simply be our Constitution in action?

UPDATE:  Thanks to Todd for quoting to me the 12th Amendment, which requires the House of Representatives, in the event that no one wins an electoral majority, to choose from the top three candidates. So theoretically, a third party candidate could be chosen in the House.  The Republican majority would have to go against its own party’s candidate, which could possibly happen.  But there is not much hope for this option. [Read more…]

The 100 religious freedom bills in state legislatures

Over 100 religious freedom bills have been introduced in 28 states.  Some, with various liberty issues addressed, have been passed; some have been voted down; others are bottled up; others are pending; others have been retracted due to accusations of discrimination and boycott threats.

A useful state-by-state summary of where things stand after the jump. [Read more…]

How to go after guns despite the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights protects the right of Americans to own firearms.  But liberals have come up with a way to restrict gun ownership anyway:  the time-honored power of the federal government to impose taxes on things it disapproves of.

A U.S. territory is adding a $1,000 tax for every firearm.  Chicago and Seattle are trying this on a much smaller scale.  This tactic was first proposed in 1993 by Hillary Clinton.  [Read more…]