Author, Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution
Myron Magnet is editor-at-large of City Journal, where he served as editor from 1994 to 2007. He earned an M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he also taught for several years. A 2008 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, he has written for numerous publications, including Commentary, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He is the author of several books, including The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817 and, most recently, Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution.
The following is adapted from a speech delivered on September 17, 2019, at Hillsdale College’s Constitution Day Celebration in Washington, D.C.
Read these amazing stories which highlight accounts of law-abiding gun owners in America using their Second Amendment rights for self-defense in this online edition of the Armed Citizen®.
September, 2019 –
An armed robber was shot dead by a 22-year-old man early in the morning on Detroit’s West side. Two men on foot reportedly approached three people, seated inside a vehicle, from behind and attempted to rob them. One robber, armed with a gun, allegedly assaulted the driver and demanded items. The 22-year-old drew his concealed-carry firearm and shot the robber multiple times. The man died at the scene from his injuries. The other man allegedly fled. (detroitnews.com, Detroit, Mich., 8/8/19)
Does the Second Amendment protect an individual right to gun ownership, or is it a collective right that can and should be heavily regulated by the state?
In light of recent debates about mass shootings and gun control, that argument—which has been at the heart of many conversations about gun control—was fleshed out by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.
Rather, the fresh celebrity “Squad” of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed that about half of so-called millennials would like to live in a socialist country.
Five years ago, septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) was considered an irrelevant lone socialist in the U.S. Senate — Vermont’s trademark contribution to cranky quirkiness. But in 2016, Sanders’ improbable Democratic primary run almost knocked off front-runner Hillary Clinton, even as socialist governments were either imploding or stagnating the world over.
The national gun control conversation often sounds like a broken record, with the same advocates resorting to the same talking points about decades-old proposals, such as banning so-called assault weapons or imposing universal background checks.
John Cooper, lead singer for the rock band Skillet, responded to the litany of recent apostasies among young Christian leaders. In a Facebook post titled ‘What in God’s Name is Happening in Christianity?’ put up on Tuesday, August 13, Cooper directly addressed the reasons given by Hillsong songwriter Marty Sampson for renouncing his Christian faith, before highlighting the need for Christians to stay grounded in a truth-driven faith over an emotion-driven one. Here is the text of the post in its entirety (not corrected for spelling or punctuation):
“Ok I’m saying it. Because it’s too important not to.
“Why do we think it would be ridiculous for the government to mandate which cars we must drive, but not which health insurance plans we must choose?” writes Elad Vaida. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
America suffers from a grave societal ill that somehow has been totally ignored.
As debate rages about health care (among other hot-button issues), no one is discussing a very alarming statistic: As of 2015, nearly 10% of U.S. households didn’t have a car.
That’s a severe problem, because affordable transportation is a basic human right, and not an issue for car companies to profit from greedily.
Millions of Americans are living without cars, and the only way to remedy that is by implementing a national, government-funded “Chevrolets for All” plan that would put a Chevy in the garage, driveway, or parking lot of every single adult American.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks about her proposed Green New Deal during a May 13 rally at Howard University in Washington. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Family incomes will take a severe hit and household electricity prices will jump rapidly if policymakers use the “social cost of carbon” to justify new environmental regulations, a Heritage Foundation statistician warned during a climate change conference in Washington.
Since computer climate models are grounded in assumptions about the impact of carbon dioxide emissions, the results “can be all over the map,” Kevin Dayaratna said at the Heartland Institute’s conference.
These results then can be “rigged by policymakers” to achieve their desired results, Dayaratna said during his presentation.
Roxann Dawson arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of her movie “Breakthrough” on April 11 at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo: Lisa O’Connor/ AFP/Getty Images)
She has become an in-demand director of popular TV shows, including “This Is Us,” “The Americans,” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Science fiction fans know her as Lt. B’Elanna Torres, the Klingon chief engineer during seven seasons of “Star Trek: Voyager.”
But Roxann Dawson would rather be known as a mother raising two girls, including one adopted from China—and for how her Christian faith informs every aspect of her life.
When the Green New Deal comes to the floor of the Senate, its supporters won’t want to talk about it.
After the publication (and near-immediate deletion) of an FAQ page detailing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s lurid plans for “massive transformation of our society” through the Green New Deal, some supporters publicly distanced from the specifics; now the bill is being touted as a statement of principles, rather than what it really is — a roadmap for a near-total government takeover.
“The #GreenNewDeal is a positive vision,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “a roadmap—for our future.”
But as the environmentalist left is realizing, the devil is, in fact, in the details.