No meaning behind Constitution

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I’m not a big fan of the U.S. Constitution because, as has been pointed out by numerous observers for well over a century, it either established the criminal government we now suffer with, or it did nothing to prevent it. That doesn’t mean it is worthless, though. I think it is useful for illustrating which […]

ENMU Constitution Week ends with discussion panel

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University ended Constitution Week with their own Constitution Day as they held a discussion panel in the Campus Union Building Friday afternoon to discuss federal budget deficit and a new political topic being buzzed about, the Balanced Budget Amendment. “It is a hot topic issue right now,” ENMU faculty member […]

Constitution exists to guide our nation

Freedom Newspapers With George W. Bush in the White House and Republicans controlling Congress, many Democrats invoked the Constitution when they criticized the administration’s anti-terrorism policies. With Barack Obama in the White House and Democrats controlling Congress, many Republicans invoked the Constitution when they criticized the overhaul of health care. In both cases, the criticism […]

Editorial: Automakers no longer shielded from feds

We pored through the U.S. Constitution and just couldn’t find the clause that says, “the president of the United States shall have the authority to fire the president of any corporation with whom he is dissatisfied.” Maybe it was an amendment that hadn’t been printed yet in the edition we have? We understand the argument […]

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Education pick could bode well for U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Of course, in a genuinely free (or even constitutional) society there would be no such position as secretary of education at the national level. The U.S. Constitution saw no role for the national government in education and education at the time — a time when literacy and enrollment of children in educational […]

Editorial: U.S. Constitution offers freedom for civilized society

Members of the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution 221 years ago this week, on Sept. 17, 1787. A 2004 law that established Constitution Day requires all government-funded schools provide educational programs on the history of the U.S. Constitution each Sept. 17. Although the Constitution has been tattered — some would say shredded — in recent […]

Schools observe Constitution Week

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer Portales students from kindergarten through college are learning more about the U.S. Constitution this week. “All students, especially during an election year, need to understand the Constitution. The outcome of the election may influence both the Supreme Court and the Constitution,” said Steven Palmer, assistant professor of law at […]

Local Briefs Sept. 14

PNT Staff Reports Fire department hosts blood drive The Portales Fire Department, 301 S. Ave. C, will host a blood drive from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the donor bus. A $20 Walmart gift card will be the door prize. Every donor will receive a T-shirt. Free cholesterol testing. Appointments: 356-4406. Flamenco Ensemble to perform Monday […]

U.S. Senate has right to review Iraq agreement

Editorial Almost beneath the radar, with Congress in recess, President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki have signed an agreement for a long-term U.S. occupation of Iraq that commits at least 50,000 U.S. troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely. And these troops will not simply be called on in rare emergencies, but are charged with, […]

It’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Constitution keeps great nation running smoothly

Editorial Sept. 17, 1787, is one of a handful of dates that have changed the world. It was the day a group of men, representing colonies that had recently won independence from England, put forth a rather short and simple, yet dynamic, document that prescribed how their new nation would be run. People today, distanced […]

Imprisonment without charges unconstitutional

Editorial A ruling Monday that President Bush does not have the constitutional authority to detain a legal U.S. resident indefinitely without charges in a Navy brig in South Carolina was narrowly crafted to the facts of the case and studiously avoided discussing prisoners held in similar circumstances at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. But the ruling […]

Constitution must preserve individual liberties first

Editorial Face-scanning technology for police to compare the faces of thousands of passersby with mostly driver’s license photos on file to find known criminals is of serious concern to civil libertarians — and for good reason. As was reported last week, the technology, designed for Arizona law-enforcement agencies, operates on everyone who comes under its […]

Fakers while reprehensible, harm no one

Editorial: Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of […]

Conservatists criticize Bush’s latest nominee

Freedom Newspapers Conservatives, libertarians and other professed believers in limited, constitutional government have had many reasons to be appalled at the George W. Bush administration. For starters, government spending has gone through the roof, the president has further federalized education, he has yet to veto a single bill of any type, and he continues to […]

E.U. constitution was short on political inspiration

Freedom Newspapers I t wasn’t exactly the French Revolution, but French voters’ decision Sunday to reject the European Union constitution is as revolutionary an action as one might find in Europe these days. It’s all for the good, as we see it, even though the reasons for the rejection weren’t entirely laudable. A coalition of […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Inauguration still serves a purpose

By Jim Lee On Thursday, President Bush will take the oath of office for the second time. To most of us, a second term inauguration is about as exciting as an instant replay at a chess tournament. After all, we won’t get a new president. We may get some entertainment value in seeing him try […]

Constitution not our only source for laws

By Jim Lee Here we are rounding the first curve in yet another presidential race. It feels like they get closer and closer together each time. Every four years we have this uniquely American ritual in which the citizens have the chance to show they are in charge. Those who govern are hired and fired […]