NewsWatch Dec. 21, 2011: Scripture on Immigration- Detention of Citizens -Mike Lee Speaks Up

 

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Blog:
Defense Authorization Act Violates Constitutional Rights
How serious is it when a bill passes both houses of congress with wording that tinkers with the constitutional protections keeping Americans from being harmed by the government?
Very serious, especially when it intends to give one person, the president, the ability to effectively toss out the constitutional rights of citizens by sticking a label on them…not exactly what you call due process.
Assuming we have at least a few true constitutional minded leaders in Washington, I wondered who voted against this. You judge for yourself.
The Senate bill passed on December 1, 2011 by a vote of 93-7. Merry Christmas! Only three Senate Republicans voted against the bill; Coburn (OK), Lee (UT) and Paul (KY). Did all the other Republicans know what they were voting for?
Read more on The 1789 Project Blog here.

Video:
We Are Still A Constitutional Republic
Senator Mike Lee and Judge Napolitano discuss the status of the Constitution in American politics on Fox’s FreedomWatch. Our Constitution is still the supreme law of the land, but Congress, the executive branch, and the courts don’t seem to care about its limits on federal government power. Sen. Lee correctly explains that the answer is for voters to wake up and work to elect new leaders who will honor the Constitution. Please join The 1789 Project as we seek to do just that…
Read more, and watch the video here.

Opinion:
The Use and Abuse of the Bible in the Immigration Debate
One of the most important responsibilities of the federal government is to protect our nation, including securing our borders. The federal government has largely ignored this responsibility for quite a while, as businesses demand “cheap labor” from immigrant laborers. There are now 12 million+ illegal immigrants in the United States.
Liberal groups use all kinds of arguments to excuse the government’s refusal to enforce the rule of law, but one of the most interesting is their distortion of scripture. Dr. James Hoffmeier, a professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archeology, has an interesting article exploring some errors in their scriptural understanding.
Read more in the 1789 Project’s opinion section here.
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1789 Newsfeed Top Picks

Spending and Debt:
An 11th-Hour Spending Deal That Comes Up Short: Failure to Make Real Cutbacks Continues
Deal on Yearlong Tax Cuts Starts to Unravel: House Refuses Short-term Fix, Senate Leaves Town
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Government Dependency:
Liberty to Bondage is Not an Option: We must reverse course before it is too late to save our liberty
US Accepts Pieces of Socialism: Slowly moving towards total dependence on government
My Time at Walmart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform: Witness tells of rampant waste and abuse
Obama’s Freeloader Economy: Trying to get a majority of voters dependent on government
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Over-Regulation:
Obamacare Costs 100,000 jobs in January: Insurance companies struggle to meet new regulations
Millions to Lose Health Coverage: Businesses look to cut costs by eliminating employee health insurance
Obamacare and Waning Trust in Government: Obama administration doesn’t get lack of trust in government
American Energy can Jump-Start US Recovery: A real jobs plan that doesn’t cost taxpayers
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Fundamental Rights:
They Don’t Believe In God, Yet Fear Christ?: ‘Tis the season for the annual manger scene wars
Free Speech For Me – Unless It Offends Thee: Blasphemy codes making their way into int’l law
Criminalizing Intolerance: State Department hosts forum that may destroy speech, religious liberties
Lawfare: The War Against Free Speech: Sharia Law spreading through Europe, coming to U.S.
Bill Against Constitution: Defense Appropriations bill may violate Americans’ rights
‘The Rule of Law’ = Indefinite Detention Powers: President wants broad, unconstitutional authority
Feinstein Introduces Due Process Guarantee Act: Attempt to correct errors of Defense appropriations
Capitalism and the Right to Rise: In freedom lies the risk of failure. But in statism lies the certainty of stagnation.
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National Defense and Foreign Policy:
U.S. Proposes Unmanned Border Entry With Mexico: Park Rangers to Guard Border Crossing
Steve King IDEA Act: Would hold employers of illegal immigrants financially liable
The Monroe Doctrine Ain’t the Bush Doctrine: Is the entire world our backyard now?
Obama Calls on Iran to Give Back Downed U.S. Drone: The foreign policy confusion continues
U.S. Drone Crashes in Seychelles: Another one goes bad, landing in China-friendly Island nation
China Says Mulling Seychelles Naval Hosting Offer: But China claims no intent to spread its power
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Constitutional Guardians: The Judiciary:
Obamacare Set for Oral Argument in March: Full day-by-day schedule released; March 26-28
Obama Administration Continues Implementation: The chosen ones are selected for new policies
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Constitutional Solutions:
Is America Exceptional?: The Constitution and our liberties make it so, but these are fading
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Ignoring Constitutional Limits:
Stories to Watch

The Week Ahead
Congress failed to come to agreement on a bill to extend the payroll tax cut, and it seems unlikely that the issue will be resolved, as both houses have now left for Christmas break.

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