Rule of Law

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    Climate-Change Putsch

    Not content with the vast powers that the Constitution actually vests in him as president, Barack Obama is “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” through executive fiat, and the states should refuse to comply with his lawless climate-change decrees.

    Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2015
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    House GOP Promotes Obama’s Crippling of Criminal Justice

    Republicans should be cautious about joining the Obama administration’s efforts to “reform” the criminal justice system, as the administration seems more focused on rolling back proven crime-reduction policies than in protecting American citizens.

    Conservative Review, July 16, 2015
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    ‘Broken Windows’ Policing Is Not Broken

    There were only about one-sixth as many murders in New York City in 2014 as in 1993, yet many liberals—and some conservatives—are pushing to stop the sort of commonsense policing that led to such extraordinary success., June 5, 2015
  • The Rise of Executive Federalism

    If the United States is to stop sliding toward increased executive lawlessness, it must return to real federalism, with states raising and spending their own money instead of getting funding from the federal government under the guise of federal-state “cooperation.”

    Real Clear Policy, May 26, 2015
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    Magna Carta: Eight Centuries of Liberty

    The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta is a timely reminder that our constitutional arrangements, with their protections of property rights, are the only real barrier against the sort of coercion by the state that is on the rise in 21st-century America.

    Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2015
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    GOP: Still the Party of Law and Order?

    As Republicans respond to a legitimate desire to avoid over-criminalization, they risk reversing decades of declining crime rates by overreaching and adopting damaging liberal notions under the guise of “criminal justice reform.”

    Conservative Review, May 28, 2015
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    How Broken Windows Policing Empties Prisons and Jails

    Twenty years of employing effective law-enforcement strategies, including community and “broken windows” policing, have lowered both crime rates and incarceration rates, and reversing course would set us back decades.

    New York Post, May 12, 2015
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    How Civilizations Collapse — Is U.S. Next?

    Civilizations cannot expect to survive widespread disregard for the rule of law.

    Investor's Business Daily, May 6, 2015
  • A Contrived Controversy

    During this administration, there have been numerous egregious and unprecedented violations of the constitutional separation of powers, but Republican senators’ informative letter to Iran is not remotely one of them.

    The Weekly Standard, March 23, 2015
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    Speaker Boehner Gets It Right on DHS Funding

    House Republican leadership is starting to sound serious about using Congress’s power of the purse to fight President Obama’s lawless violations of the constitutional separation of powers.

    Hot Air, February 15, 2015
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    Don’t Give Up the Fight

    Congressional Republicans should step up their efforts to rein in Obama’s lawless executive amnesty, not just because it is bad policy, but because it threatens the Constitutional order that is the foundation of our republic.

    National Review, January 19, 2015
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    Judicial Restraint Is Right

    Judicial activism—as opposed to judicial action that is clearly compelled by the Constitution or laws—involves judges substituting their own will for the rule of law, in violation of the separation of powers, the Constitution, and republicanism.

    National Review, January 15, 2015
  • How to Rebuke a President

    Formally censuring President Obama would complement and strengthen efforts to use the power of the purse to stop his lawless actions, which “would destroy our system of government” should they become the norm.

    The Weekly Standard, December 1, 2014
  • A Case for Self-Restraint

    In the face of President Obama’s rampant lawlessness, the GOP should nominate a 2016 candidate who is committed to upholding the rule of law, the separation of powers, and the Constitution.

    Washington Post, November 28, 2014