Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Friday, May 22, 2015

Lowering the Bar

The New York Fire Department has announced that they will no longer require potential firemen to pass a physical fitness test before they are hired. This test includes carrying a heavy load six feet, raising a ladder up a wall, and punching holes into a ceiling, all while receiving limited oxygen—in other words, the sort of things firefighters have to do while they’re fighting fires.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Affirmed in Court

Voter ID laws are one of the hottest topics in our country. Many insist that providing a photo ID should be required in order to vote and would eliminate a lot of vote fraud. The left, however, has the idea that forcing voters to show proof of who they are in order to vote is a plot to keep people from voting. That is ridiculous. You and I can hardly transact business in this country without providing identification, so why would we not place the same protection on the integrity of our elections?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Historic Flight of Charles Lindbergh

Eighty eight years ago today, on May 20, 1927, at 7:52 am, one of the greatest feats in aviation history began. Twenty-five-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York in his silver monoplane called "The Spirit of St. Louis." You can see a thrilling reenactment of that momentous event in the great movie called “The Spirit of St. Louis” featuring Jimmy Stewart in his greatest role as the young pilot, Charles Lindbergh. You can view a replica of that tiny, fragile plane suspended from the ceiling in the terminal of the St. Louis Airport. The plane was named "The Spirit of St. Louis” because most of the money Lindbergh raised to finance this flight came from St. Louis, and the people I know who contributed to that project believe it was the best money they ever spent. They are so proud of being part of that historic flight.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New book against judicial supremacy

Michael S. Paulsen plugs his new book on the Constitution:
A consistent motif of the book is the recurrent myth of “judicial supremacy” in constitutional interpretation — a view that most textbook accounts (and law school casebook accounts) wrongly ascribe to the framing generation and to Marbury v. Madison. The power of constitutional interpretation, we observe at various points in the book, is not exclusively vested in the courts, with all other branches and officers of government bound to accept, unthinkingly and reflexively, whatever the courts decide. Rather, the power of constitutional interpretation is a divided, shared power incident to the functions of each of the branches of the national government — and to instruments of state governments, and of juries, as well — with none of these actors literally bound by the views of any of the others. ...

The courts have power to decide cases — and thus check Congress and the President — but little practical power to enforce their decisions, and none to command the other two branches.  As Alexander Hamilton wrote in The Federalist No. 78, the judicial branch “may truly be said to have neither Force nor Will, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments.”  Indeed, if the courts could command the other two branches, that would violate Madison’s (and Montesquieu’s) rule that the accumulation of all power in one set of hands is “the very definition of tyranny.” 
There is already a favorable review by one of the US Supreme Court justices.

Phyllis Schlafly wrote a 2006 book making the same points.

Campus Flag Ban

Just when I thought college campuses couldn’t get any more anti-American, I learned that a student government body at the University of California at Irvine voted to ban the American flag. The flag has always hung in the lobby of the student government building, but the Associated Students organization voted six to four to ban it. Their resolution said that removing the flag would make the space more “culturally inclusive” and would “remove barriers that create separation.” It also noted that the American flag was been flown in times of colonialism and imperialism—two of the left’s favorite sins.