Is It Constitutional?

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Is It Constitutional? Protecting Our Kids Act

The thing about the Constitution is that, in many cases, it’s very cut and dry. The founders didn’t write it to list out all the rights citizens have and then government can kinda legislate anything they want around the those rights. Rather, they wrote the Constitution as a fortress, built around government power directing it …

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Is It Constitutional? The Patriot Act and Bank Account Seizure

No. I won’t be able to unpack the entire Patriot Act in one article, however, what I would like to do is draw your attention to some specific provisions in the act that Americans should be made aware of moving forward. The recent events in Canada, along with all the writing and research I’ve been …

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Is It Constitutional? Civil Asset Forfeiture

According to classic, liberal philosophy, governments exist for one reason and one reason only: to protect us and our private property from each other. That means that if government violates its citizenry’s property, it has violated the very reason for its existence. Locke put it this way, “Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy …

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Is It Constitutional? Federal Drug Policy: Part 3

“Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe, until a trespass on the constitutional provisions for either, shall be felt with the same keenness that resents an invasion of the dearest rights, until every citizen shall be an Argus to espy, and an Aegeon to avenge, the unhallowed deed.” “The natural progress of things is …

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Is It Constitutional? Federal Drug Policy: Part 2 of 3

In order to delve into the “Constitutionality”, or lack thereof, of drug policy, I realized that such a task requires that I open a can of worms I’ve been avoiding: the commerce clause. So, the topic of today’s post, How Is Drug Policy Constitutionally Justified? Is It Justified? will explore, almost exclusively, the commerce clause …

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Is It Constitutional? Federal Drug Policy: Part 1 of 3

In my research about law enforcement and their place in a Constitutional society, I realized that I can’t discuss law enforcement without also discussing drug policy, specifically, federal drug policy since the majority of federal incarcerations in the country are for violating federal drug laws. Plus, haven’t you heard the common trope, “War on Drugs” …

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Are Police Constitutionally Required to Protect You?

We assume the job of law enforcement is to enforce the law but is their job to “protect” the citizenry from other citizens? Seems like an odd question and one that, frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever asked before. Presumably some of the laws they are tasked with enforcing are meant to protect the citizenry; …

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