UPDATE: Don't forget to watch the livestream of this event at 4:30pm today, Nov. 14! Click here to watch.
Twenty-five years ago, on Nov 9, 1989, the Wall between East and West Berlin was knocked down and the citizens of Berlin were at last allowed to go between East and West Berlin freely after 50 years of Soviet subjugation. The opening of the Berlin wall is one of the most important events in the spread of freedom to the former Soviet Block nations and represents one of the greatest triumphs of the free world over oppression. This week, Liberty University Young Americans for Freedom will celebrate that historic event with the tearing down of a wall. LU YAF has built a mock wall to symbolize the Berlin wall and on at 4:30pm Eastern Time on Friday, November 14, they will knock it down and destroy it with sledge hammers in celebration of the opening of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. This event will be streamed live on the internet for anyone interested in watching it. To celebrate freedom by watching this event live at 4:30pm on Friday, Nov. 14, just visit the livestream page at www.freedomsdefenders.com/livestream.
In 2002 President Bush signed a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to have the words: Jerusalem, Israel, printed on their passports for their location of birth. Recently the Obama Administration refused to print this on the passport of an American citizen born in Jerusalem - his parents promptly sued. The case arrived at the Supreme Court and went in for oral arguments last Monday. This case is rather simple, since the Supreme Court should not be interested in US foreign policy matters it must only determine one question; whether the law is unconstitutional because it "impermissibly infringes on the President's exercise of the recognition power reposing exclusively in him."
Freedom's Defenders does not believe that Congress codifying passport law for Israel in anyway infringes on the President's power. Also official United States policy has been that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
To read the briefs of both sides click here
To read the transcript of the arguments click here
Over the past few months proponents of traditional marriage have continually received bad news as Court after Court overturned State's bans on homosexual marriage, but today the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the voter-approved bans of four States: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The homosexual marriage proponents are sure to appeal these cases to the Supreme Court, which declined a hearing on similar cases early last month. Because of this ruling, which contradicts all of the recent rulings, the Supreme Court will likely accept one of the cases from one of the four states.
Only Michigan's and Kentucky's cases deal directly with the legality of marriage, the other two cases deal with the "rights" of homosexual couples.
Freedom's Defenders applauds of the 6th Circuit's decision to uphold the Constitutionality of these laws. As we have pointed out these cases have nothing to do with people's rights, but rather with the an attempt to redefine the meaning of the word marriage. Indeed the Supreme Court said it best in their 1885 case, Murphy vs. Ramsey; "For certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth, fit to take rank as one of the coordinate states of the Union, than that which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guarantee of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement."
The 6th Circuit's opinion explored Constitutional Theory as well as Government involvement in morality. The Court decided that it is only logical to use to obvious meaning in the text of the Constitution rather than and inferred meaning: "From the founding of the Republic to 2003, every State defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman, meaning that the Fourteenth Amendment permits, though it does not require, States to define marriage in that way."
The Court also notes the slippery slope and inconsistency of the homosexual proponent's argument; "If it is constitutionally irrational to stand by the man-woman definition of marriage, it must be constitutionally irrational to stand by the monogamous definition of marriage. Plaintiffs have no answer to the point. What they might say they cannot: They might say that tradition or
community mores provide a rational basis for States to stand by the monogamy definition of
marriage, but they cannot say that because that is exactly what they claim is illegitimate about
the States’ male-female definition of marriage."
Ultimately the Court reasoned such decisions, since these laws are not directly discriminating against anyone, must be left to the people. The Court did not come to a conclusion on the morality of redefining marriage.
To read the 6th Circuit's full opinion click here.
Read Governor Snyder of Michigan's statement here.
From Alaska all the way down to Florida and almost everywhere in between, November 4, 2014 was a great night for conservatives.
Come January, Republicans will hold a 53-seat majority in the United States Senate -- with a very real opportunity to expand that to a 54-seat majority if Rep. Bill Cassidy defeats incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu in a Louisiana run-off election on December 9. The GOP holds 243 seats in the United States House of Representatives, will some races still not settled that will likely go red once the final vote tallies are in. Republicans control both houses on the legislature in 30 states, and one house in 8 more (Colorado results are not final, it will either be fully GOP-controlled or a split between the two parties). The GOP now holds the governorship in 31 states.
It's important to remember, especially with this momentous victory, that we did not do this ourselves. Zechariah 4:6 is a fitting reminder of how this victory -- and all our victories -- are won:
" ...Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts."
Congratulations to our endorsed candidates that won elections across the country:
We have a lot of great candidates here in the crossroads of America!
I can say that all of the republican candidates for congress are great but I would like to particularly mention Todd Rokita, and Jackie Walorski.
Todd Rokita (4-IN): Todd is a principled man, a father, a husband and a volunteer pilot! I can't say enough good about him, check out his voting record and I think you will like him as well!
Jackie Walorski (2-IN): Jackie, in her two years as the Second District's representative, has shown herself to be a principled leader and a strong voice for conservatism and Indiana common sense.
We have a few major races statewide here in IN, I would like to take this chance to endorse the entire republican ticket statewide. Connie Lawson for secretary of state, Suzanne Crouch for Auditor, Kelly Mitchell for Treasure.
Please go vote! Your voice matters.
"Duty is ours, results are Gods." - John Quincy Adams
On the evening of December 11th, 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed Right to Work legislation into law. In Michigan.
It underscores the state's shifting political climate. Michigan is considered a blue state, we haven't elected a Republican U.S. Senator in 20 years, and haven't voted Republican in a Presidential election since 1988.
Yet all four state-wide elected office -- Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State, are held by Republicans. Republican hold a majority in both houses of the State Legislature. And we have a 5-2 rule of law majority on the State Supreme Court.
Not exactly what you'd expect from a "blue" state.
Not only that, but on November 4th, Republican incumbents are favored to retain all four state-wide positions, the GOP will most likely continue to hold the majorities in the state legislature, and there's a very real possibility that the 5-2 rule of law majority will turn to a 6-1 majority on the State Supreme Court. And on top of all that, we have a decent shot at an underdog victory for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by a 36-year incumbent Democrat, Senator Carl Levin.
That brings us to... (drumroll please) ...endorsements for Michigan!
Guest post by Brinkley Branch. Reposted from ANMNews.com, with permission.
On Friday, a Mexican judge ordered Former U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s release from his imprisonment for a weapons offense. Sgt. Tahmooressi was arrested by Mexican Customs Agents after they confiscated 3 weapons out of his vehicle.
Leading up to Tahmooressi’s release, thousands of Americans have rallied together for his freedom, organizing protest, social media campaigns, and even successfully getting the signatures for a White House petition to gain attention from the president and other Government officials.
“It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in Mexican jail,” a relative said in a statement Friday night.
Mexico’s strict weapon’s law restrict possession of certain firearms to the military; possession of these weapons is a federal offense. The country is in the process of tightening border checks to stop the influx of these weapons from the U.S. that have, in the past made their way into the hands of drug cartels.
Tahmooressi had recently made the move from Florida to San Diego, claims to have taken a wrong turn off of a California highway and over the border to Mexico. The weapons he possessed were a .45 caliber pistol, a 12 gauge shotgun, and an AR 15 rifle.
Article by Brinkley Branch. Used by permission. Orignially posted at anmnews.com/u-s-marine-released-from-mexican-jail-after-214-days-of-imprisonment