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By Angelo Lopez on February 26, 2016

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his advocacy of the judicial philosophy of Originalism. Scalia would define "Originalism" in this way:

The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring. It means today not what current society, much less the court, thinks it ought to mean, but what it meant when it was adopted.

Many propopents of the Originalist philosophy have tried to use this philosophy to roll back many of the progressive court precedents of the past century that have strengthened the power of the federal government to try to redress various social problems. These same conservatives have championed the Tenth Amendment as an argument in favor of more state and local power and as a way to weaken the power of the federal government. A look, though, at the original debates of the Constitution at the 1787 Constitutional Convention shows that the convention attendees were looking for a means to create a stronger federal government than the weak federal government that had then existed under the Articles of Confederation. James Madison had a vigorous debate with South Carolina representative Thomas Tudor Tucker over the wording of the Tenth Amendment that would have far reaching implications on the power of the American federal government.

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By Angelo Lopez on February 18, 2016

Last Saturday I was very surprised to hear about Justice Antonin Scalia's death. I'm not a fan of Scalia's political philosophy and have abhorred many of the opinions that he was written in the Supreme Court. In spite of my political difference with him, though, I was very sad to hear about his passing. Though Scalia was a passionate conservative judge, he was also a warm person who respected people of different points of view. One sign of this was the fact that Scalia's two closest friendships in the Supreme Court were with the two most liberal Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.

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By Ken Poland on February 15, 2016

Yes, I'm still kicking. Just not very high or hard. But, I do keep abreast of the political scene.

It is deplorable that the Republicans can't put a better line up on the stage. They're like a bunch of teenage boys bandying over a girl. Bragadocio and bluster is their style. Calling each other names and liars is powerful content for their resumes. I guess I'd rather risk Kasick or Carson for president than any of the others, but they don't present any plausible solutions to the economy or social dilemma we are in.

I like much of Sanders idea on economics and regulation of the economy. He's quite right on the fact that taxes has accelerated the inequity of wealth going to the upper (extreme) echelon. His 'Democratic Socialism' is in no ways close to the USSR or China's communism. And, it certainly isn't fascist. Unlimited or unregulated capitalism will ultimately lead to a feudalistic society, and finally revolution. Dictatorship by virtue of wealth will never consistently guarantee equity for all in terms of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

The truth is that our nation has leaned toward his 'socialistic' philosophy from the very beginning. Government funding is socialistic, from the most local levels on up to the natiional level.

From local law enforcement, State Highway Patrol, State National Guard, right on up through our Federal Military systems are all 'socialistic' in funding and service. The limits of jurisdiction have always been subject to debate.

The transportation infrastructcher from local township, county, state, and national are all based on social control and funding. I live in a sparsely populated county with township and county road systems. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is that individuals do not have to try maintaining private roads beyond their own premises. We have county maintained roads that stretch through areas that have little benefit to some local residents in a particular township, but they facilitate transportation from other locales. Local townships have problems coordinating systems determining level of maintenance needed. When you take this on up through State and Federal Systems you can see the same advantages or disadvantages, but the benefit to society in general is quite evident. Can you imagine the problems for todays mobile society and freight transportation systems with out the Federal highway systems? Could all states or local communities afford or justify the cost on the basis of their own little economic situation?

We hear so much about regulation by government, either local, state, or national. Some regulations maybe are overreaching, but do you want to go back to no regulations on health care? No licensing requirements for practitioners, drugs and other pharmaceuticals? No regulations on building codes, appliances, etc.? No regulations on environmental practices? No regulation on food handling or preparation?

With no organized regulatory system you would be open to dangers in nearly all areas of your life. I can't give proper credit to who said it, but someone said, 'No man is an island unto himself'. That is more true today than ever before. No nation can exist in isolation from the rest of the world. Technoligy in communication and transportation has made someone on the other side of the world more accesable to me, today, than someone on the other side of the county, when I was a kid. That means they have access to me and my property, too.

I grew up with seven siblings with a mom and dad. No single one of us could exercise absolute control over everyone else, not even mom or dad. How do some politicians think the United States can dictate to the rest of the world. I grew up a minority of nine. The United States is a minority of some three hundred million people in a world of seven or eight billion. Oh yes, the United States is the most powerful and richest nation in the world. Dad was the most powerful and held complete control of the spendable resources in our family, but that by itself did not enable him to have absolute control of the rest of the family. Our parents were able to maintain a stable family because every member of the family knew that at times they gave up individual wants or pleasures of their own or single members for the benefit of the whole family. Can the United States give up any of its own wants and pleasures for the benefit of the world?

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By Angelo Lopez on February 14, 2016

I'm a Hillary supporter but I do like Bernie too. Bernie inspires the idealism of the young and has an agenda that would challenge powerful financial and political interests. But does Bernie have the political and tactical skills to maneuver through the Republican majorities in Congress and fight the same conservative opposition that Obama has faced these past 8 years? Hillary's shown herself to be a capable legislator in her time in the Senate and she is a tough political fighter with years of experience fighting conservative attacks. But her proposals are much more modest than Sanders, more in line with Obama's policies. Does she have the imagination to articulate a vision that can inspire people the way Sanders is capable of? When I look at the great progressive politicians of the past, like FDR, Bella Abzug, Paul Wellstone, Ted Kennedy, among others, they inspired people with their ideas and they had the political toughness and savy to convert those ideas to meaningful legislation.

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