Since the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the States have allowed the Federal Government to assume powers reserved to the states by the Constitution of the United States. President Lincoln by an act of war seized powers prohibited by the Constitution. The state legislatures have routinely allowed the federal government to take over responsibilities clearly reserved for the states such as the public education of children.

Both the Democrat and Republican Parties have delegated more legislative powers to the President and to the courts. We now have courts making law and overriding laws voted on by the people and passed by their elected lawmakers. For the past seven years, President Obama has created laws by Executive Order and has selectively enforced those Congressionally passed laws and refused to enforce those laws that do not enhance his agenda. With one year to go in his second and final term, Obama is threatening to take drastic actions in defiance of Congress and the American people.

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As we enter the New Year, there are many challenges ahead. As we attempt to forecast the future, there are reasons to be optimistic and hopeful. Much of the optimism is based on hopes to reverse some of the attempts of the current administration to “transform” the Constitutional republic created by our Forefathers and reestablish the credibility of a powerful world leader.

Tragically, while President Obama has been busy destroying the institutions and traditions of the American republic and using the armed forces as laboratories for social experimentation, the potential enemies of our nation have been growing in strength and taking advantage of our leadership void on the world stage.

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Having been active in the Republican Party for more than 30 years, I have observed and been part of efforts to reform the party from the ground up. As pressure has built to make the national and state parties more responsive and accountable to the people, the professional politicians and political consultants began to realize that their lucrative careers were in jeopardy. That is when they began to push back.

The sudden rise of the national Tea Party in the final months of the George W. Bush administration terrified the Republican Party leadership and fellow travelers. Hundreds of thousands of regular folks showed up in Washington, D. C. demanding smaller government, lower taxes and less intrusive bureaucrats. They were not led or controlled by the Republicans or Democrats, they were simply free Americans demanding better representation in Washington. 

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A just released survey of Muslims living in the United States discovered that a majority of those surveyed (51 percent) agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to shariah or the United States Constitution. When the same question was asked of the broad American population, the contrast was drastic. An overwhelming majority, 86 percent of Americans polled held that shariah should not displace the United States Constitution. More than half of US Muslims polled also believe that they should have their own tribunals to apply shariah. Only 39 percent of Muslims polled said Muslims in the U. S. should be subject to American courts.

Nearly 1 in 4 of the Muslims polled that are living in the United States believed that, “It is legitimate to use violence to punish those who give offense to Islam by, for example, portraying the prophet Mohammed.”

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An old adage that I recall from childhood appears more true today than ever. “If you give some people an inch, they will take a mile.”

Before current college-aged South Carolinians were born, schools and other institutions in this state were integrated and Jim Crow Laws scrapped with minimum turmoil. Later, lawmakers proclaimed national, state and county MLK Holidays and began naming highways, streets, schools and other landmarks for the late civil rights leader. MLK is the only American to be so honored.

Then came demands. “Remove the battle flag from the capitol dome or the NAACP will lead a boycott of the state.” In order to maintain peace, a compromise was reached and agreed to by all parties.  The flag would be removed from the dome and placed appropriately at the memorial of the Confederate soldier on the capitol grounds. As part of the agreement, a large monument heralding Black history would be erected on the capitol grounds. The agreement was made into law.

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced he is opening all positions in the U. S. military to women. Obama has been pushing this unwise change for years. This decision will degrade the overall effectiveness of several critical elements of the United States defense establishment. The decision was not made of military necessity or to improve the military in any way. It was made to satisfy the career ambitions of a dozen or so senior military women and to degrade the military by those politicians who loathe the military and want to fundamentally change the United States of America to their twisted vision of a Socialist state.

It is clear that the Obama Administration has no interest in their decision’s impact on national defense or the impact on individual service women or their fellow service members. 

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The first Republican presidential primaries will begin in a little more than two months. In theory and as most voters understand the system, the votes are tallied for each state and the winner of each state receives all the electoral votes. The candidate who receives the largest number of electoral votes will become the nominee of the party and will select their Vice Presidential Running Mate.

The Democrats will nominate and support Hilary Clinton as their candidate although she has a horrible record and could be charged and convicted of a variety of crimes should there be an Attorney General willing to serve the papers.

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Mike Scruggs