For the first time in the history of the United States Congress has passed a bill to authorize the Speaker of the House to file a lawsuit against the pResident of the United States, pResident Obama. The bill was on a party line vote 225 to 201. Not one Democrat voted for the bill. Five Republicans voted against the likely bill because the bill did not go far enough.
WASHINGTON(BHN) – A veteran U.S. law enforcement official has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside in favor of Dora Schriro, a far-less qualified woman she was having a relationship with.
You know the story: Elected officials repay their Big Labor benefactors with new special privileges to force workers into dues-paying ranks.
One outrageous union-boss scheme just took a critical hit thanks to National Right to Work attorneys.
And our class-action lawsuit could set a precedent to end similar schemes around the country and block large union-boss payouts hidden in the ObamaCare legislation.
With free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation, five homecare workers have reached a settlement with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ensuring that the state will no longer be able to force home-based child care providers into union ranks. (more…)
Heathens Lose Lawsuit To Force U.S. Air Force Academy To Stop Praying.
Yesterday, a federal judge upheld the right of the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) to hold prayers at luncheon; it is scheduled for today. Addressing the decision is Catholic League president Bill Donohue:
On January 24, I wrote to Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould, Superintendent of the USAFA, applauding him for standing by the decision to welcome 1st Lt. Clebe McClary as the guest speaker at the February 10 luncheon. Lt. McClary is a national hero who should be welcome to speak on any campus. Unfortunately, there are some who sought to silence him because he is a committed evangelical; they even sought the ouster of Lt. Gen. Gould.
What was most striking about the lawsuit, brought by a long-time enemy of the USAFA, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and an economics professor, David Mullin, was that it was all based on a hypothetical scenario: U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello ruled that Mullin did not have standing to sue because “he has not met his burden that he will actually or imminently suffer the injury he fears.”
“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.”
– Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837
The judge was right. Not only was the event voluntary, Mullin testified that he never suffered retribution when he decided not to go to previous prayer luncheons. Indeed, as told by a reporter from the Associated Press who interviewed him after the verdict, Mullin acknowledged “he couldn’t say with certainty that he would face retribution for not attending.”
In other words, this entire lawsuit was an exercise in demagoguery: unsupported claims of reprisal were made by those who sought to censor the religious speech of a person they dislike. It is too bad they weren’t fined by the judge for bringing a frivolous lawsuit.
The usual enemies of religious freedom, such as Americans United for Separation of Church and State, have been at war with the USAFA for years. Their immediate enemy is evangelicals, but their real enemy is the public expression of any religion.
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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Should Congress approve and President Barack Obama sign the pro-abortion health care bill pending in Congress, a pro-life legal group says it would likely file a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. Liberty Council would file a legal challenge against the measure over abortion and other political issues.
“The current healthcare bills pending in the Senate and the House are unconstitutional, because Congress lacks the authority to mandate insurance coverage for individuals or private businesses,” the group said in a statement today that LifeNews.com obtained.
“Congress clearly lacks the constitutional authority to force individuals to have, or private businesses to provide, health insurance. Congress’s attempt to force health insurance coverage on the nation is a stunning example of what Congress cannot do,” the group continued.
“If a bill passes that mandates individual coverage or requires private employers to provide coverage, Liberty Counsel will file suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill,” the organization promised.
Liberty University, a Christian Virginia-based college with over 50,000 students, would be one of the plaintiffs in such a legal challenge. The pro-life legal group is affiliated with it.
Mathew Staver, the head of Liberty Counsel and dean of the of Liberty University School of Law, talked more about a potential lawsuit.
“The Taxing and Spending Clause and the Commerce Clause are the two primary provisions of the Constitution that enable Congress to act. The healthcare bills do not fall under the Taxing and Spending Clause. Moreover, unlike some other laws Congress passes which impose requirements on states that accept federal funds, the healthcare bills impose requirements on individuals and private employers who refuse to accept the government mandate,” he explained.
“In order to regulate under the Commerce Clause, the activity must affect interstate commerce. Individual decisions about health insurance do not, in most cases, affect interstate commerce. Yet, the proposed bills force coverage on individuals and private employers, no matter how far removed their activities are from interstate commerce,” he added.
Staver expressed confidence about winning such a lawsuit, saying the Supreme Court has cut back on Congress’s authority to regulate private or local matters of concern.
“If Congress had the power to force each person to have health insurance, then individual liberty would be meaningless,” he said.
“No matter the desires of some elected officials, there are some things Congress cannot do. No one wants the federal government or a pencil-pushing bureaucrat in Washington policing private medical decisions,” Staver said.
He concluded: “The threat to liberty posed by the healthcare bills goes beyond healthcare. If Congress can get away with this expansive power grab, then individual liberty and state sovereignty will vanish. The healthcare bills are patently unconstitutional.”