U.S. Constitution

Concerns remain on calls for a "Convention of States" to restore the nation

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, February 10, 2014

There is a Cuban proverb that reads: Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres, which roughly translates: "Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are." For those who have not studied the issues and ramifications of convening a Constitutional Convention, now referred to as "Convention of States" to make it more palatable to state rights conservatives, the Cuban refrain should ring bells of concern. The Left has brought forth this issue numerous times.

Faria: A Constitutional Convention — Not the Way to Amend the U.S. Constitution!

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, September 23, 2013

Recently, Bill Ferguson, a local columnist in The Macon Telegraph, opined it is "time to call for a new constitutional convention." To make his points, he tells us about the public's general dissatisfaction with the state of affairs in our nation, and then tries to scare us to death with the frightening scenarios of a government shutdown, the U.S. defaulting on the national debt, and the gridlock in Congress, so that "these once-unthinkable situations could come to pass."(1)

The UN and Gun Rights — Taking a Soporific or Guarding the Precious Jewel?

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In a recent article, Bill Ferguson, a local columnist for The Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), attempts to give readers a strong political soporific, as to deaden their need to remain informed and vigilant when it comes to guarding their Second Amendment rights from usurpation by a UN treaty.(1) But before that, he takes a swipe at conservatives, while intimating that he himself is a moderate Republican and was even a Romney supporter in the last election.(2) Once again, we have a liberal writer masquerading as a reluctant Republican or centrist, as to make his snake oil elixir a bit mo

Guns and Freedom: Part 3 — Civilian Disarmament and Tyranny

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.

— Thomas Jefferson

Guns and Freedom: Part 2 — Historical Vignettes on Civilian Disarmament

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.

— Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles
of the Federal Constitution, 1787

DATELINE: Warsaw, Poland, 1943

Guns and Freedom: Part 1 — The UN and the Second Amendment

In the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election on November 6, 2012, and the virtual demoralization of Republicans, it is important to recognize that the political mastery of the left does not last forever. Moreover, three new conservative, pro-Second Amendment senators and several freshmen representatives were elected. A solid Republican majority was preserved in the House of Representatives. So, the election did not mean complete defeat for the GOP.

Editor's Note on Miguel Faria's Editorial on America, Guns and Freedom

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology International
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2012
Source: 
http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/text.asp?2012/3/1/133/102951

Miguel Faria, MD, a neurosurgeon and Emeritus Editor of The Journal of The American Physicians and Surgeons, formerly the Medical Sentinel, and Associate Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Neurology International and its World Affairs Section, has written a two‑part Editorial on “America, Guns, and Freedom.” These essays address a very important topic to physicians everywhere, relate to the often, distorted media reports advocating the disarming of citizens, and the costs of health care of guns in the hands of citizens.

America, guns, and freedom. Part I: A recapitulation of liberty

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology International
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2012
Source: 
http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/text.asp?2012/3/1/133/102951

The role of gun violence and street crime in the United States and the world is currently a subject of great debate among national and international organizations, including the United Nations. Because the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right of American citizens to own private firearms, availability of firearms is greater in the U.S. than the rest of the world, except perhaps in Israel and Switzerland.

Betrayal: The ruling on Obamacare and the federal judiciary

The upholding of Obamacare by the Supreme Court in an unexpected 5-4 political decision is a travesty of American constitutionality. It is a sad day in the country when a knowledgeable chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court betrays the country and places himself and his legacy -- not to mention the chants for “change” and “progress,” and his obvious desire for a favorable, epochal association with the first African-American president -- ahead of the moral and economic well-being of the nation.

Betrayal: The Ruling on ObamaCare and the Federal Judiciary

Journal/Website: 
Exclusive for HaciendaPublishing.com
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Monday, July 2, 2012

The upholding of ObamaCare by the Supreme Court in an unexpected 5-4 political decision is a travesty of American constitutionality. It is a sad day in the country when a knowledgeable Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court betrays the country and places himself and his legacy — not to mention the chants for "change" and "progress," and his obvious desire for a favorable, epochal association with the first African-American president — ahead of the moral and economic well being of the nation.

ObamaCare — Another step toward corporate socialized medicine in the U.S.

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology International
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Friday, June 29, 2012
Source: 
http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/text.asp?2012/3/1/71/97729

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010), more commonly referred to as ObamaCare, has become one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled, 111th U.S. Congress during President Obama’s administration.

Separation of Church and State — Worshipping at the Government Altar of Civil Religion

Recent Macon Telegraph articles and Letters to the Editor continue to discuss "separation of church and state," but frankly, many of them miss the mark. Our Founding Fathers, even Thomas Jefferson, meant something completely different in the "establishment of religion" clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution than what liberal pundits are leading us to believe.

Separation of Church and State — Worshipping at the Altar of Secular Civic Religion?

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Source: 
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/04/19/faria-separation-of-church-and-state-worshipping-at-the-altar-of-secular-civic-religion/

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;
or the right of the people peaceably to assemble,
and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
— First Amendment in the Bill of Rights

Editor’s Note on Miguel Faria’s Editorial on the Russian Elections

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology International
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Source: 
http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/content/3/1/28

Miguel Faria was the Editor of The Medical Sentinel, a publication of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which supports fundamental liberty for all people and governmental non-intervention in the Practice of Medicine. Miguel was a refugee from Cuba during the 1960s when that country was taken over by a communist revolution. He escaped with his family to the USA and went on to become a US citizen, a neurosurgeon, and a noted author of several books on history, liberty, and authoritarian governments.

Faria: ObamaCare — Politics and Constitutionality

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Source: 
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2012/03/20/faria-obamacare-politics-and-constitutionality/

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010), more commonly referred to as ObamaCare, has become one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled, 111th U.S. Congress during President Obama’s administration.

Vehicular Searches and Random Checkpoints — Is Your Car Really an Extension of Your Home?

Just this week, as I was commenting on Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 or National Defense law that was signed by President Barack Obama, the question came up of whether the Supreme Court would rule this offending portion unconstitutional. My response follows:

Is It Socialism Or Part of the ‘General Welfare’ of the Nation?

It has come to my attention some letter writers in The Telegraph and posters at Macon.com, have taken umbrage with the use of the word “socialism” in describing the worsening state of affairs in our nation today — from exorbitant, crippling regulations and taxation to abuse of the “general welfare” clause of the Constitution.

U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Regarding the Second Amendment — Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor Shenanigans!

Nominated by President Barack Obama (after Justice John Paul Stevens retired in April 2010), Elena Kagan has been the first U.S. Supreme Court Justice appointed without prior experience as a judge since the appointment of William Rehnquist in 1972. It now seems to me that her nomination by President Obama was payback for the fact that Kagan had legally represented him in stalling all court challenges attempting to ascertain Obama's citizenship.(1)  But what about her standing on the Second Amendment?

Faria: ObamaCare — Toward Free Market or Socialized Medicine?

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, September 26, 2011

In a recent letter to the editor published in my local newspaper, the Macon Telegraph (9/16/11), Jack Bernard, a self-described "Republican,” retired health care executive, was "disconcerted by the ideological free market rigidity” that he observed during a debate by the Republican presidential candidates concerning “the health care reform question.”

Faria: The Electoral College in the U.S. Constitutional Republic

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This summer at least three editorials have appeared in my local, Georgia newspaper, the Macon Telegraph, about how the Electoral College process works and explaining why our Founding Fathers created that system for presidential elections. They were not always accurate. One writer, for example, wrote, "The framers... felt the common, everyday, average, eligible voter was not intelligent, well-versed, well-read and knowledgeable enough to vote for the most qualified and best candidate.”

The Electoral College in the U.S. Constitutional Republic

Douglas Harden wrote an informative column (Macon Telegrapgh, Aug. 14) about how the Electoral College process works and explained why our Founding Fathers created that system for presidential elections.

However, I beg to differ with his assertion, “The framers... felt the common, everyday, average, eligible voter was not intelligent, well-versed, well-read and knowledgeable enough to vote for the most qualified and best candidate.”

Medicine and the Law

Author: 
Curtis W. Caine, MD
Article Type: 
Medicine and the Law
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution delegates to the Federal Government its powers. The businesses of medical care and insurance are not mentioned therein.  And, Amendment X to the U.S. Constitution states that those powers not specifically delegated to the Federal Government are retained by the states and the people. Therefore, nothing in the venerable document authorizes the Federal Government to run medical care and insurance.

Section 1801 of Public Law 89-97 (July 30, 1965) of the Medicare Statute prohibits Federal interference in the practice of medicine:

RE: The Constitution — Plain and Simple

Author: 
Rep. Charlie Norwood
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
September/October 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
5

Dear Editors,

Thank you for sending me the informative article[s] on the Constitution. It is a pleasure to hear from you.

RE: The Constitution — Plain and Simple

Author: 
Bert Loftman, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
September/October 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
5

Dear Editor,

“The Constitution — Plain and Simple, Taxation” by Curtis Caine, M.D., (Medical Sentinel, May/June 1998) was excellent. I enjoyed his discussion on the origins of the income tax and how this opened the “Pandora’s box” of a big oppressive government that ignored our Constitution. However, perhaps the most important problems of the income tax is not what it does to the government, but what it does to the American people.

RE: The Constitution — Plain and Simple with Author's Response

Author: 
Kenneth D. Hansen, MD, JD
Article Type: 
The Constitution - Plain and Simple
Issue: 
September/October 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
5

Dear Editor,

Office Holder Requirements (and Impeachment)

Author: 
Curtis W. Caine, MD
Article Type: 
The Constitution - Plain and Simple
Issue: 
November/December 1998
Volume Number: 
3
Issue Number: 
6

In the September/October 1998 issue of the Medical Sentinel, this column explored the Constitutional provisions for “Voter Requirements” — intentionally, as a prologue to this logical sequel on “Office Holder Requirements.” Get out your copy and follow along:

U.S. Constitution 101

Author: 
Curtis W. Caine, MD
Article Type: 
The Constitution - Plain and Simple
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

The Constitution of these American States United is their simple, plainly-worded founding charter. It is the supreme Law of the Land. Every act of every citizen (in and out of government), every statute of Congress, every "advice and consent" of the Senate, every word and deed of the Chief Executive and his agencies, and every decision of the Judiciary must conform to, be authorized by, and be within the boundaries of the Constitution. The Constitution is to be read, studied, understood, obeyed, and supported; not interpreted.

The Sixteenth Amendment

Author: 
Bert A. Loftman, MD
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
Spring 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
1

Thomas Jefferson's vision was that the smallest and most local government would maximize individual freedoms and best serve the public good. In a letter to Tom Pinkney, Jefferson stated: "Both of our political parties, at least the honest part of them, agree conscientiously in the same object --- the public good; but they differ essentially in what they deem the means of promoting that good. One side believes it best done by one composition of the governing powers; the other, by a different one.

Why the Declaration Was Written and the Constitution Adopted

Author: 
Curtis W. Caine, MD
Article Type: 
The Constitution - Plain and Simple
Issue: 
Summer 1996
Volume Number: 
1
Issue Number: 
2

When the repeated petitions by the Colonists for redress of their grievances against the King of England met only with additional injury and abuse, the Colonists felt compelled to sever their relationship with the Crown in the Year of our Lord 1776. They listed 27 "causes that impel[led] them to the separation" and declared themselves to be "Free and Independent States."(1)

Here are a few of the 1776 "Facts...submitted to a candid world" in support of their Declaration of Independence vis-a-vis 1996 imposed reincarnations: