Is the Fourth Amendment a Dead Letter?

By Ryan S. Walters

“A man’s house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle.  This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege.  Custom-house officers may enter our houses when they please; we are commanded to permit their entry.  Their menial servants may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court may inquire.”  -  James Otis, arguing against British writs of assistance in Boston, 1761

The concept of private property, and being safe within the confines of our own homes, is one of the pillars of strength that supports our free republic and is something unique in the annals of world history. It’s one of the main features of our constitutional system that separates us from brutal totalitarian dictatorships, where there is no regard for citizens or their property.  Colonial experience with the British, who could search and seize where they pleased, caused the Founders to implement tight controls on the rights of government over private property.

But now that sacred American right is not as safe as it once was because the Fourth Amendment, which protects our property rights, as well as many of our civil rights, is being steadily eroded every day by the government at every level. [Read more...]

Pender: Judge Wants McDaniel Election Lawsuit Decided Quickly

Judge wants McDaniel election lawsuit decided quickly

By Geoff Pender, Clarion Ledger, August 21, 2014

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Judge Hollis McGehee wants the trial of Chris McDaniel’s challenge of his U.S. Senate GOP primary runoff loss to Thad Cochran to move along quickly. On Thursday he set the start date for Sept. 15, and ordered it be completed by Oct. 3. [Read more...]

Chris McDaniel: Keep Our Legal Challenge Going

From the Chris McDaniel Campaign:

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Dear Conservative,

Today we learned that our election challenge is moving forward, and we’re very pleased to learn that Judge McGehee has a sense of both urgency and accuracy, and a strong commitment to the rule of law.

Will you chip in today to make sure we can see this challenge through to the end?



Here’s what we learned at the court hearing:

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McClendon: Another Self-Inflicted Wound for the GOP

Another Self-Inflicted Wound for the GOP

By Emery McClendon, Breitbart News, August 20, 2014

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Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour gave black Americans a slap in the face when he orchestrated a cynical, race-baiting campaign targeting fellow Republican Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Senate primary runoff against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. It was insulting to African-Americans, unfair to McDaniel, and dirty pool by any reasonable measure. But the refusal of the Republican National Committee to censure Barbour’s actions shows an astonishing tone-deafness by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and portends continued failure by the GOP to attract black voters. [Read more...]

The Republican Establishment’s 20-Year War On Conservatives

By Ryan S. Walters

It began on a snowy night in New Hampshire. The first-in-the-nation primary. February 20, 1996. The story’s origins, though, began exactly four years earlier in that same frigid state.pat

In 1992, Patrick J. Buchanan, a popular conservative television commentator who had served as a longtime aide to Richard Nixon, took on the sitting President of the United States in the primaries that year.

Party insiders considered his candidacy little more than a joke. But his 38 percent showing in the ’92 New Hampshire primary stunned the political world, and although he won no contests that primary season, he did garner over three million popular votes and forced President George H. W. Bush to shift his rhetoric and his message to the right. [Read more...]

Pender: Gun Carry Right Hasn’t Brought ‘Wild West’

Gun Carry Right Hasn’t Brought ‘Wild West’

By Geoff Pender, Clarion Ledger, August 18, 2014

I’ve seen two people who I suspected were just citizens and not law enforcement wearing holstered pistols. Neither caused an uproar, and neither of their pistols jumped out of their holsters and committed a crime.

About this time last year, there was furor about state House Bill 2, the “open carry” bill.

HB 2 allows someone to openly carry a firearm. It caused an uproar, and litigation to block it, even though the state constitution already had given Mississippians such a right since 1890.

In late August last year, with opponents warning it would bring “chaos” and “the wild West” and with no-guns-allowed signs popping up everywhere, the state Supreme Court upheld the law.

Since then, I’ve noticed … nothing. I’ve seen two people who I suspected were just citizens and not law enforcement wearing holstered pistols. Neither caused an uproar, and neither of their pistols jumped out of their holsters and committed a crime.

“A year later, we don’t have the wild, wild West,” said HB 2’s author, Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton. [Read more...]

PLUNKETT: Hosemann calls McDaniel challenge a distraction, then decides election law changes need HIM to be the champion

BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett

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“If you see a snake, just kill it–don’t appoint a committee on snakes.”~Ross Perot

Last week Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told a group on the coast that he thought Chris McDaniel’s election challenge was a “distraction”. But it’s becoming more obvious that the distraction Sec. Hosemann was actually referring to was from his own political aspirations. [Read more...]

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