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WASHINGTON BY THE WEEK

Week ending April 16 2010

Leftovers
Once upon a time I had a neighbor who insisted his wife never made an original meal, only leftovers. (Is it still OK to say “wife”? I am never sure these days.)

Leftovers from last week, Friday April 9
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens resigns
Stevens was leaning left, as they say, so the numeric balance will not change but the angle of the dangle, as they say, may increase.

Dawn Johnson withdraws
Most Americans are unfamiliar with the name. She was Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. The Leftside bloggers are very upset. The Rightside speculates that Dawn was too far left for Harry Reid to be able to garner enough votes for confirmation, even with his filibuster proof majority.

Originals for this week
Saturday
Obama breaks protocol
The Prez ducks the press and goes to a family function without them. I told you the man is not insane. Good for him!

Monday
Google CEO proposes screening your news
Eric Schmidt is a political activist supporting Obama. He is also CEO of Google. He says technology of the sort employed by Google should be used to determine what you are given to read. Joseph Goebbels would have loved the idea.

Obama bows again
President Barack Obama greets Chinese President Hu Jintao with a bow during the official arrivals for the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. It would be nice if he had shown the same respect to someone like the Dali Lama.

Tuesday
Rasmussen poll – 58% of likely voters favor repeal of Obamacare

White House asks the White House Correspondents’ Association to limit access of conservative newsgroup to the association’s annual banquet.

Wednesday
Rasmussen poll Surprises, Ron Paul vs. Barack Obama would be a dead heat if election were today, 41 to 42 percent. And 24% of voters consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement.

Neil Armstrong says Obama decision will make the U.S. a 2nd or 3rd rate player in space.

Thursday
Cap and Tax revived in Senate.
The House has already passed their own version.

Friday
White House complains about CBS report that potential Supreme Court Justice nominee may be a lesbian
So what?

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BILL OF RIGHTS

The Supreme Court is about to hear a case on gun control. The Second Amendment gave citizens the right to bear arms. The first ten amendments to the US Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights. The case at issue will bring the entire Bill of Rights into the picture.

The narrow issue is whether states and cities can restrict gun control without violating the Second Amendment. One side argues that the Bill of Rights was intended to limit Federal government and does not apply to state and local government. The opposition will counter with the tenet that state and local law cannot contravene Federal law.

If the first argument prevails logic follows that the entire Bill of Rights only prevails at the will of each state. The ten amendments get their name from their function, a list of citizens rights that cannot be abrogated by government.

If you have read A Conflict of Visions or even just the review, you know where each side stands and the core reason why. The Left trusts leaders of government more than it trusts the citizens. They favor more power to our leaders. The Constitution limits the power of our leaders. The Right supports the limitation because it recognizes that all leaders are not good and wants a strong Constitution to protect America from ever drifting into control by a despot.

This case is about a lot more than gun control. It is about government control.

Bob B

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