From the Right



An American in Moscow

When the Trump administration obtained an indictment of Edward Snowden for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917, many of us who believe that the Fourth Amendment means what it says were deeply critical of the government, and we remain so today. This week, retaining his American citizenship, Snowden became a Russian citizen.

Snowden is the ...Read more

The Right to Travel

Watching the unprecedented, forced removals of immigrants from Texas to New York City, Martha's Vineyard and the District of Columbia, I thought that my grandparents were fortunate to have entered the United States in an era, though xenophobic toward those from Southern Europe, that did not condone the use of government assets to dupe and kidnap...Read more

Why You Should Use Cash to Buy Guns

Under pressure from the governors of New York and California and their enormous state pension funds, Visa, Mastercard and American Express have agreed to keep a list of commercial transactions made through their credit card systems at gun shops. These credit card middlemen make more money the more purchasers spend, but this pivot to social ...Read more

The Right to Be Left Alone

Every move you make, and every vow you break, every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I'll be watching you.
-- Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to privacy. Like other amendments in the Bill of Rights, it doesn't create the right; it limits government ...Read more

Why Donald Trump Will Soon Be Indicted

It gives me no joy to write this piece.

Even a cursory review of the redacted version of the affidavit submitted in support of the government's application for a search warrant at the home of former President Donald Trump reveals that he will soon be indicted by a federal grand jury for three crimes: Removing and concealing national defense ...Read more

On Government Invasions of Private Property

The execution of a search warrant on the home of former President Donald Trump has brought to mind a dark and dangerous side of law enforcement. The idea of government agents rummaging through the private possessions on the private property of anyone against that person's will brings back the specter of British soldiers knocking down doors in ...Read more

Trump and the Department of Justice

Former President Donald Trump will soon be indicted by a federal grand jury.

He is the victim of a federal government that knows no bounds and has assumed powers nowhere granted in the Constitution by the sheer force of its own will. It has created a security state, replete with three lettered acronymic-named agencies -- FBI, CIA, DEA, NSA, DIA...Read more

Roe Haunts From Its Grave

The Supreme Court's recent Dobbs opinion, reversing the court's 1973 Roe v. Wade opinion, which unleashed 64 million abortions in the United States, is based on the principles of popular democracy and federalism. In a popular democracy, the majority of voters determine all laws either directly or through popularly elected representatives. Under ...Read more

Presidents Kill Because They Can

What if the purpose of sending nearly $60 billion in cash and military aid to Ukraine is to extend the war Ukraine can only win if American troops become involved? What if the government is giving Ukraine more borrowed federal dollars in six months than Ukraine's entire annual budget? What if the government wants American troops in this war to ...Read more

Your Gun Is None of the Government's Business

No sooner had the Supreme Court released its decision last month recognizing the personal right to carry a handgun outside the home than the big-government politicians began to resist the court's holding. None was more anti-Constitution than New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who told the court that "New York is ready for you."

I understand that ...Read more

Why Keep a Government That Fails Us?

The failure of law enforcement at all levels -- local, state and federal -- to protect 19 children who were slaughtered by a madman in Uvalde, Texas, in May has raised serious questions about the role of police in our once-free society. Admittedly, the Uvalde case was extreme, as 376 armed police officers did little or nothing to stop the ...Read more

The Tyranny of the Majority

"Which is better -- to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or three thousand tyrants one mile away?" -- Rev. Mather Blyes (1706-1788)

Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, along with the witty version of it put to a Boston crowd in 1775 by...Read more

What If Leviathan Destroys Our Freedoms?

What if the federal government views the Constitution as an obstacle to be avoided? What if many of its most earnest endeavors have been spent finding ways to evade it? What if the dual purposes of the Constitution were and remain the establishment of a limited federal government and the imposition of restraints upon it?

What if the states ...Read more



Bart van Leeuwen Kevin Siers John Cole Mike Lester Mike Peters Steve Breen