The Constitution grants to Congress only limited powers to make criminal laws. These powers fall into five categories:
a) those made pursuant to express authorizations for four specific crimes;
b) those made under the “necessary and proper” clause;
c) those made for the few tiny geographical areas over which Congress has “exclusive Legislation”; d) those governing the military; and
e) those made pursuant to two of the Amendments to the Constitution.
Critics of nullification are fond of bringing up the Nullification Crisis of 1832 involving John C. Calhoun’s misguided and warped interpretation of what the doctrine meant as advocated by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.
Many, however, are unfamiliar with another nullification crisis involving – gasp! – not one of those wicked Southern states, but the dye-in-the-wool New England state of Vermont, which drew the ire of President Millard Filmore and actually brought the threat of military intervention.
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about, in any way, the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior. And I, as much as any other man, am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th US President
In the video a Seattle police trainer expresses sympathy when he is aggressively challenged by skeptical officers. “I agree. I agree. Don’t shoot the messenger. This is what the DOJ is saying, not me,” the trainer says, referring to new mandatory training to curb excessive use of force required in a 2012 consent decree between the city and U.S. Department of Justice.
In another part of the video, an officer undergoing the training describes a personal experience. “I pulled my gun out and stuck it right in his nose and I go, ‘show me your hands now.’ He showed me his hands. I just de-escalated him from doing something.”
Everything would be free, but program participants that want to receive a credential will be required to pay a small fee. The program is available to learners across the globe, all that is needed is internet access.
The premise behind the program is as Stalinesque as they come. The advertising for the program paints it as something that helps officers and the community step into each other’s shoes. However, rather than address the fact that officers consistently use excessive force, it’s designed as a mobile reeducation center to convince people to “play the yes sir, no sir game” when dealing with officers. In other words, comply or die. For officers, the training revolves around attempting to alter the community’s perception of excessive force, rather than actually stopping it.
If five judges on the Supreme Court have pronounced, in a breath-taking presumption of power, that all 50 states must redefine marriage, what does that mean for the countless institutions within our civil society — churches and synagogues, charities and adoption agencies, counseling services and religiously-affiliated schools — that are made up of American citizens who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman?
Now that Congress has passed Trade Promotion Authority/Fast Track, the Council on Foreign Relations is taking the lead in calling for China to be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This represents a key reversal of the deliberately deceptive public message put out by the Obama administration and the TPP lobby over the past couple of years, to wit, that a TPP is absolutely essential to averting Communist China’s economic hegemony, in the Pacific and globally.
In this week’s analysis behind the news, JBS Director of Communications Bill Hahn details an example of a Republican Congressman spreading confusion about fast track amid the last couple weeks’ TPA votes. He also discusses who read the TPP before voting to fast track it, and how the JBS has derailed previous sovereignty-destroying trade initiatives and will continue the fight to do so.