We're about a week into the fervor created by a leaked draft of a decision from the Supreme Court that would finally overturn the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. John and Producer Steve sit down to chat about the illegal protests outside of Justices' homes, the hypocrisy behind the rule of law, the constant end running of the Constitution, and how the Tenth Amendment – central to this potential abortion ruling – always seems to be forgotten. It's important to remember the facts and the truth in every situation. As is becoming more common today, neither of those things are found in this news story.
Does the executive and/or judicial branch have the right to just ignore the Constitution? The answer of course is no, but sometimes that doesn't seem to stop them. Retired engineer John Green is back with us today to discuss the latest rulings and declarations surrounding the eviction moratorium. The Supreme Court admitted it wasn't constitutional to extend the moratorium but allowed it to be extended anyway. The Biden administration picked up the ball and extended it even more – admitting also that it was probably unconstitutional. There are many consequences and precedents that will result from this. How fast are the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves?
Most people have heard of the nearly decade-long battle waged against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado. He is back in court again and he's joining us today to give us an update. With him is a member of his legal team, Jake Warner (adflegal.org) of Alliance Defending Freedom. Mr. Warner describes the history of the court cases and why they were brought. Jack recounts his spiritual journey as well as making the decision to be prepared for the battle long before it came.
It's time we had an honest discussion about how the media are fanning the flames of violence in Israel. John and Producer Steve open the program this week by looking at the events that have led up to the current violence. They discuss how Hamas uses civilians as human shields, but Israel's forces do all they can to minimize civilian casualties when they retaliate. But the media unilaterally condemns Israel and favors Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. It's working only because the media play their part.
Not since the famous Heller decision has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case centering around whether the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment can extend outside of the home. He examines the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. SCOTUS will hear arguments in October so stay tuned.
One reason our education system is failing is that children are being told what to think, not how to think. They are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Closing out the show this week is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. His studies show that students are free thinkers when they interact socially, but in the classroom, they shut down and are told what to think by educators. He describes what other countries are doing to fix their education problems and offers solutions for the U.S. He also gives parents some logical exercises to help their children think and reason better.
Not since District of Columbia v. Heller has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. With us today is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case and its implications. The question centers around the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment and whether that extends outside of the home. He looks at the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. He and John also examines gun control measures and the battle between states and the federal government as far as jurisdiction is concerned.
The court system in America was set up to be free of politics so that justice could be blind. Well, not only has the blindfold been thrown away, but the judges are all defined by the party of the politician who appointed them. Retired engineer John Green joins us today to discuss the politicization of the court system at all levels in the United States, from activist judges finding things in the Constitution that weren't written there to legislating from the bench to avoid the amendment process. Is there a way to get the blindfold back over the eyes of Lady Justice?
On today's bonus podcast, John briefly covers the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and looks at the single most important issue going forward – the Constitution. Will we have a Court that will rule based on things that are actually in the Constitution? Or will judicial activism flourish, working backward from a desired outcome and torturing the language in the Constitution to get there? The battle ahead will determine whether the Constitution is the law of the land guaranteeing our freedoms, or just another piece of paper.