Letters to the editor: More on the devil stickers

Too much police time spent on small fry In a Feb. 16 letter to the editor, Clovis police Officer Marty Williamson wrote that Lisa Morrow’s comments were “stupid” and show her “ignorance.” Foregoing derogatory terms toward Williamson, I am certain he missed Morrow’s meaning. Sure she knows there are seatbelt laws. Her comment was meant […]

Train of principles has left the station

Walter E. Williams: CNJ columnist Charity to man’s fellow man is praiseworthy, and Americans are the most generous people on Earth. An article in Philanthropy magazine (November/December 2004) quoted American philanthropist Daniel Rose saying: “American private charitable contributions this year will exceed $200 billion, equal to about 10 percent of the total federal budget; … […]

No, U.S. government is not democracy

By Walter E. Williams We often hear the claim that our nation is a democracy. That wasn’t the vision of the founders. They saw democracy as another form of tyranny. If we’ve become a democracy, I guarantee you the founders would be deeply disappointed by our betrayal of their vision. The founders intended, and laid […]

Interpretation of Constitution too broad

I love my country. I served in the Army, Air Force and reserves for 32 years. I love the freedoms we inherited by the foresight of our founding fathers, but today these rights are being totally abused. Our Constitution was written at a time when our founding fathers had no concept of the advance technology […]

Citizen’s rights go beyond those in constitution

Freedom Editorial For 228 years now, this nation has celebrated its independence on July 4. In eastern New Mexico, we began celebrating on Thursday this year with the performance of the military band Tops in Blue. Muleshoe held its annual parade on Saturday morning with a fireworks show scheduled that night. Fireworks shows are scheduled […]

Iraq’s interim constitution first step of many

Freedom Newspapers It took a while, and the delay has been a profound embarrassment to the United States and the Iraqi Governing Council. But Iraq now has an interim constitution, signed by all 25 members of the council. It’s a start, but only a start, on a road whose destination few would be foolish enough […]

It’s too late to nitpick U.S. lawmaking

Tibor Machan If we had a country governed by the rule of law, where legislatures respected individual rights and did not pass edicts and regulations that violate our unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then all the bellyaching about “judge-made laws” would make sense. Sadly, however, it is too late to complain […]

Iraq solution could be recipe for chaos

By Steve Chapman On Monday, after the approval of an interim constitution by the Iraqi Governing Council, one member proclaimed, “This is a great day in the history of Iraq, an unforgettable day.” Tuesday became unforgettable as well when suicide bombers at Shiite Muslim shrines killed well over 100 people, making it the deadliest day […]

Could American Presidents soon be foreign born?

Freedom Newspapers Could Arnold Schwarzenegger become president of the United States? Politically, it seems possible. Although we still have to see how he does in the rest of his time as California’s governor, so far he has shown an ability to learn the job and lead. But legally, for him to run for president, the […]

No evidence that secession is unconstitutional

By Walter Williams A fortnight ago, in “Let’s Do Some Detective Work,” I provided unassailable evidence that Congress had vastly exceeded powers delegated to it by our Constitution. In a recent column, I argued that liberties lost are seldom regained, but there was an outside chance to regain them if enough liberty-minded Americans were to […]

Judges becoming too power hungry

By Thomas Sowell Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you think the issue in the recent Supreme […]

Constitutions are hard to make from scratch

Freedom Newspapers I n talking about efforts to create a new constitution for Iraq, comedian Jay Leno quipped that perhaps the Iraqis could use the U.S. Constitution, given that it isn’t being used here much anymore. That’s a good line, and a reminder of how difficult it is to create a constitution from scratch. The […]

Free State Project a last bastion of liberty

Walter Williams Last week’s column provided unassailable evidence that the protections of liberty envisioned by the Constitution’s framers mean little today. I was pleasantly surprised by the responses from fellow Americans expressing disgust and fear over what our nation is becoming. Several asked how we can regain our liberties. My short answer is: I’m not […]

Evidence shows Constitution mistreated

Walter Williams I’d like to enlist the services of my fellow Americans with a bit of detective work. Let’s start off with hard evidence. The Federalist Papers were a set of documents written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison to persuade the 13 states to ratify the Constitution. In one of those papers, […]

‘Commerce Clause’ is easy to manipulate

Walter Williams Several weeks ago, I discussed how Congress systematically abuses the Constitution’s “welfare clause” to control our lives in ways that would have been an abomination to the framers. Quite a few readers pointed to my omission of Congress’ companion tool to circumvent both the letter and spirit of the Constitution, namely the “Commerce […]

Judge’s book is politically one sided

Tibor Machan Judge Robert Bork is known to many Americans. Back in the presidency of Ronald Reagan he was nominated by “the great communicator” to the Supreme Court, then rejected on controversial grounds by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which at that time was ruled by liberal Democrats. They didn’t like some of his published opinions, […]

‘Controlling’ mandates unconstitutional

Walter Williams We all can agree that having money to pay our mortgage or rent on time is very important. Since some people are spendthrifts and don’t manage their money well, what about a congressional mandate whereby mortgage or rent money is deducted from our paychecks each month and sent directly to our mortgage holder […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]