Thursday, December 20, 2007

Alan Keyes is Running for President

I've been a fan of his for a long time. He's someone who really knows the Constitution and I would even consider him as someone who would make a great addition to the Supreme Court. I can't support him for President though. But I'm glad he's running. He was on Hannity and Colmes tonight (pilfered from Ian Schwartz):

And this is my favorite article from him, evah, that I still reread every once in awhile. It is called : On the establishment of religion: What the Constitution Really Says. From Worldnetdaily:

The First Amendment to the Constitution plainly states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ..." Since there can be no federal law on the subject, there appears to be no lawful basis for any element of the federal government – including the courts – to act in this area.

Moreover, the 10th Amendment to the Constitution plainly states that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." This means that the power to make laws respecting an establishment of religion, having been explicitly withheld from the United States, is reserved to the states or to the people.

Taken together, therefore, the First and 10th Amendments reserve the power to address issues of religious establishment to the different states and their people.
The article is long, but is an eloquent, powerful, piece that explains why the federal government has no authority to make a law, or listen to a court case in which religion is the subject matter and why states rights are so important to the foundation of this republic. I would just recommend reading the whole thing.

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burnitup said...

Great post.
I have wondered why the ACLU sues school boards and municipalities in Federal court. As you've pointed out the constitution clearly puts limits on the US Congress (feds) on establishing religion. And so a federal court has jurisdiction over what a state does in its schools how? Engel v. Vitale was wrongly decided, and Hugo Black was a bigotted jackass.

Randolphus Maximus said...


It truly is the encroachment of the Federal Government on powers that should be left to the states to decide. Raich vs Ashcroft (the medical marijuana case) was another example that I've quoted a couple of times as well. Interesting times we live in.

Anonymous said...

You forgot that the 14th amendment made the constitution applies to the STATES too.