The New American

A biweekly news magazine of Constitutional politics in the United States. Articles include expert analysis of current events, editorial commentary, free-market economics, history, and culture. Published by the John Birch Society.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 16, August 16

A Brilliant Exposition on the Effectiveness of Nullification: Thomas E. Woods' New Book, Nullification, Shows That Nullification Has Been Regularly and Effectively Used to Render Federal Laws Moot and That It's Time to Use It Again
Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing Inc., 2010, 309 pages, hardcover. See page 21 to order. Nullification is an indispensable book about what could become...
Arizona: An Allegory ... and the Reality: The Arguments against the Arizona Immigration Law May Have Some Well-Meaning Advocates, but When the Case Is Made for the Law, It Seems the State Had Little Other Choice
Mr. and Mrs. Smith were thrilled when they purchased their new home in a very desirable neighborhood in an equally desirable state. Their subdivision was gated and governed by a homeowners' association charter that promised peaceful enjoyment of their...
Doing Our Share
In hard times, we all need to make cutbacks, and Arizona's State Legislature is no different. Often those cuts are difficult, though necessary. One such recent painful cutback was some of the state's funding for people with mental disabilities. Laurie...
Extending Unemployment While Enabling Welfare
The White House on July 21 extolled the extension of unemployment insurance by the Senate, claiming it was "not only the decent thing to do but one of the most effective ways to boost our economy." President Obama signed the extension into law immediately,...
God's Servant First: Sir Thomas More Was Beheaded for Treason, Which He Was Not Guilty of. He Remains a Prototype of One Who Lost His Life Rather Than Overrule His Conscience and Risk His Soul
There is, if you will, an arresting scene in A Man for All Seasons, Robert Bolt's magnificent play about Sir Thomas More. The scene concerns an arrest that does not take place at the home of More, the Lord Chancellor of England. An acquaintance named...
Lies and Anti-Gun Stats
Anti-gunners are clearly alarmed by the fact that the number of concealed-carry permit holders in the United States has gone from about 5 million three years ago to over 6.2 million today. They have begun ratcheting up their rhetoric to demonize the...
No Compromise on Compromise
From infancy on, most Americans hear a steady litany of "compromise, compromise, compromise." Whether parents are breaking up a toddler fight in a sandbox over a big, yellow Tonka truck or a teen scrape between siblings over which child will get to...
NRA Sells Out?
Democrats were successful in getting H.R. 5171, known as the DISCLOSE Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 24. The campaign finance reform bill was touted as a way to "rein in special interest money," but opponents complained that...
Obama's Russia Advisor Michael McFaul and the Russian Spies
The mainstream media have been quick to write off the recent Russian spy scandal as an inconsequential matter, a case of the gang that couldn't shoot straight. These were bumbling wannabe spies who didn't obtain anything of value, goes the standard...
Quick Quotes
Arizona Law Popular Throughout United States "I'd be willing to bet a lot of money that almost every state in America next January is going to see a bill similar to Arizona's." [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] While seeking reelection, Nebraska Governor...
Repealing ObamaCare: Since ObamaCare Will Finish Bankrupting Our Country and Gives Our Government Virtually Unchecked Powers to Command Americans to Make Lifestyle Changes, It Must Be Repealed
Repealing ObamaCare is not an option--it is absolutely essential. It is absolutely essential, that is, if the United States of America is to survive as a constitutional republic with a federal government of limited powers. Repealing ObamaCare is also...
"Stimulated" out of Jobs
ITEM: Speaking in Canada where he was attending the Group of 20 summit, "President Barack Obama said on Sunday he would follow through on a pledge to rein in soaring U.S. budget deficits and said that would involve presenting Americans with 'sonic...
The McDonald Decision & the Second Amendment; the Supreme Court Decided in McDonald V. City of Chicago That the City Could Not Ban Handgun Ownership, but at the Same Time, It Opened the Door for Gun Control
The Supreme Court has issued its ruling in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. The court found, in a 5-4 vote, that local and state authorities could not effectively ban handgun ownership. The ruling prompted Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein...
The New World of Obamacare: Most Americans Know the Broad Strokes of the New Healthcare Legislation Dubbed ObamaCare, but Scratching the Surface of the Law Reveals Large-Scale Unstated Changes
By now most Americans are familiar with the broad outline of ObamaCare: Everyone is required by law to purchase health insurance, with a tax penalty assessed upon those who fail to comply. Insurers may not refuse to cover those with pre-existing conditions...
White House Increases Deficit Forecast
President Obama has drastically increased his forecasts for budget deficits over the next two years, reported the Washington Post for July 23. "The latest forecast from the White House budget office shows the deficit rising to $1.47 trillion this year,...
WikiLeaks.org Releases over 90,000 Afghan War Secret Documents
The whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.org on July 25 released more than 90,000 classified U.S. documents related to the war in Afghanistan, prompting severe reaction from the Afghan and U.S. governments. "The Afghan government is shocked with the report...