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Trump News Speech at the UN September 18 2017

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump spoke for the first time at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the need for international cooperation and UN reform. The President attended bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Emmanuel Macron of France. President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu affirmed the historic bond and continued cooperation between the United States and Israel. President Trump will address the General Assembly this morning. Watch the speech.

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United Nations General Assembly
President Trump is participating in the 72nd United Nations General Assembly this week. The President is meeting with world leaders to discuss the many challenges facing the globe, as well as how the United States can continue to join with others to promote peace and prosperity and uphold sovereignty and accountability.
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President Trump Meets with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel 
President Trump met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday in New York for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), reaffirming the special relationship and unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel.
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President Trump Meets with President Emmanuel Macron of France 
President Donald J. Trump met last night in New York with President Emmanuel Macron of France. They exchanged views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran and how to curtail Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.
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PHOTO OF THE DAY

President Donald J. Trump at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly | September 18, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

POTUS AND VP TODAY

Today, President Trump remains in New York for the second day of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President will address the General Assembly today. Watch the speech.

This afternoon, President Trump will participate in two bilateral meetings with the President of the United Nations and the nation of Qatar, and the President and First Lady will host a Diplomatic Reception tonight.

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President Trump will continue participating in bilateral meetings with world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow and Thursday.

Source: Will County News

The danger of patriotism

The danger of patriotism

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My friends, it is frightening how simple we are and how easily we are manipulated simply because we are intellectually lazy.

The U.S. establishment has confused cause and effect by and through a flag-waving mania in America. “Patriotism” throughout history has covered a multitude of mischief. We are seeing it now!

Phony patriotism is strong leverage against a population ignorant of the ways of treason by its own government. I also have no doubt that U.S. history is full of wars “for democracy” killing millions under the propaganda of patriotism with the majority support of the people and the full support of all but a small cadre of “elected representatives” — who are paid by the federal government, incidentally. In addition the millions of foreign dead, these wars have left hundreds of thousands of American military members dead or maimed physically and/or emotionally.

The whole world knows about the U.S. military industrial complex war machine and its pursuit of profits. But Americans tend to turn a blind eye.

When George Washington said “government is force,” he meant that government is force against its own people.

Since by definition government is force, then it follows that government will use any ruse imaginable to increase its power. Increased use of government force or power could backfire unless skillfully handled and justified in the public mind. Therefore governments rarely take action unless accompanied by skillful propaganda.

The brouhaha over certain NFL players’ refusal to stand for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner has erupted anew. The reaction of most Americans — who claim to believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights — is that this expression cannot be tolerated… it is un-American… it is “unpatriotic.”

But is it? Or is it not the most American of all things to resist and rebel against what we perceive as tyranny and its symbols?

If we deny one — whether through intimidation and threats, monetary sanctions or government force — his rights, are we not creating a situation where rights are just privileges that can be denied on a whim? If we support police power to invade our homes and wallets and steal our property just because government has made it “legal,” are we not again conceding that rights are merely privileges?

You cannot say, “I believe in the 1st Amendment, but…; I believe in the 2nd Amendment, but…; I believe in the 4th Amendment, but…” There is no but.

Source: Will County News

Rep. Brady: Conversation is not about raising gas tax, it’s about how high to raise it

Steve Balich Editors Note: guess the State of Illinois needs more money for capital projects, and they will get it by any means maybe taxing oxygen we breathe. The State controlled by Democrats and the city of Chicago for over 50 years continues to extract the disposable income of its citizens in the name of need. They never talk about the spending and special property tax deals for business in the downtown area of Chicago. They never talk about the ruling class and employes of the government being part of the ruling class with privilege, better wages and benefits than the remaining citizens who have to pay for their lifestyle. We the under class just saw a massive State income tax hike. We also saw 2% of local tax being swooped into their coffers by the stroke of a pen that bailed out the corrupt incompetent  Chicago Public Schools. As taxes increase the under class leaves, eventually the only people left are those on government programs and the ruling class. Maybe then they will look at spending. Maybe then then the number of votes over the number of registered won’t matter cause everyone including the ruling class will be fed up.

Rep. Brady: Conversation is not about raising gas tax, it’s about how high to raise it

  • By Benjamin Yount and Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network
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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

An Illinois Republican lawmaker says the question isn’t whether the state should increase its gas tax to raise new revenue for roads and other capital projects. It’s a matter of how high it should be raised.

State Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, said there’s been plenty of talk at the State Capitol about raising the state’s gas tax. Now, those talks are narrowing in on how high the state will raise the tax.

“I don’t know how high we’re going to go,” Brady said. “But certainly the governor and others want a capital bill. We want a capital bill. Our infrastructure is crying for a capital bill in the state of Illinois.”

Brady isn’t sure when lawmakers may sit down and formalize the plan to raise gas taxes in order to build new roads. But those talks may not be too far off.

“I think that [a gas tax increase] may absolutely be where we can come together,” Brady said. “Whether that’s a five percent increase, I don’t know. That’s going to be the ultimate debate.”

The Illinois News Network reported Sunday that legislative leaders planned to meet this week to discuss a capital plan and gas tax hikes, but spokespersons for House Speaker Michael Madigan, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady denied that a meeting was even scheduled.

But Gov. Bruce Rauner, fresh off his return from an economic summit in Japan and China, said Monday that the leaders are scheduled to meet Tuesday.

“Leaders will start meeting tomorrow,” Rauner said. “We gotta fix the budget. It is not balanced, and it is not in good shape. Now we’re going to try to lower our interest costs by refinancing some debt. It doesn’t solve our problems and it’s going to require more cuts to service that bond offering.”

Rauner has said the budget approved over his veto in July is about $1.7 billion out of balance despite a $5 billion income tax increase also approved over his veto. He’s also said he wants to borrow $6 billion to pay down the state’s now $16.1 billion bill backlog, money the budget imposed by lawmakers this summer didn’t include.

Rauner wasn’t asked Monday about the potential for a gas tax hike to fund a capital roads plan.

In response to the governor’s statement about a leaders’ meeting Tuesday, Senate Democrat spokesman John Patterson confirmed it.

“My understanding is the Republican leaders were interested in having a discussion among the leaders, and the Senate President always enjoys working with his colleagues across the aisle,” Patterson said. “I’m not aware of any set agenda.”

Illinois already has among the highest gas taxes in the nation. Chicagoans pay 49.5 cents a gallon before sales taxes from the city and state are applied. In downstate Carbondale, the gas tax is 41.4 cents, again before sales taxes.

“Illinoisans feel like their pockets are being picked all the time,” state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said. “This is just another example. An idea of increasing the gas tax after you just increased the income tax when there’s been zero reform on property taxes?”

But Brady said a new round of road construction could help improve the dwindling condition of Illinois’ roads and potentially create thousands of jobs.

Illinois last saw a new road, school, and bridge building program in 2009 under then-Gov. Pat Quinn.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Junior High golfer wins state title

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

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Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

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For Immediate Release:

Sept. 18, 2017

 

Homer Junior High golfer wins state title

 

Homer Junior High School has its first-ever State Champion in golf!

 

Lizzie Anderson, an eighth-grader, shot a 76 at the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) state golf tournament this past weekend, winning the state title!

 

“We are so proud of Lizzie,” said Homer Junior High School Principal Troy Mitchell. “She is an outstanding student athlete who has brought much excitement and honor to Homer Junior High.”

 

Seventy-three girls competed in the IESA state tournament Sept. 16 in Peoria. Among them were last year’s State Champion, Dani Grace Schrock of Pontiac. She finished tied for eighth this year with an 81.

 

Competing in the boys division this year were Homer Junior High’s Brody McCarthy and Joseph Sluzas.

 

Brody earned a medal in the tournament at 8th place with a score of 78. Joseph finished in 13th place with a score of 80.

 

Both boys are headed to the PGA Junior League Golf National Championship in Arizona on Nov. 15-19. They are part of the Coghill All Star team and play in the PGA Junior League. The Junior League Championship will be televised on the Golf Channel.

 

Highlights from the IESA state tournament can be found at: https://www.iesa.org/activities/go/

 

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Source: Will County News

Will County Speaker Calling For A Countywide Hiring Freeze

Will County Speaker Calling For A Countywide Hiring Freeze

Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort) has called for a countywide hiring freeze for the 2018 fiscal year. His announcement was made in the wake of the recently passed state of Illinois budget which reduced funding for local governments. He has also asked county departments to hold the line on personnel hires for the remainder of this year’s fiscal budget.

Local governments across Illinois, such as Will County, will see less funding from the state of Illinois as it keeps a greater percentage of local sales tax receipts and decreases replacement tax allocations, local distribution funds, sales tax surcharges, and regional transit authority dollars. Will County specifically will see $2.4 million less. Finally, county health insurance premiums for employees are expected to rise by an estimated $2.3 million next year. In total, Will County will have to make up for a $4.7 million reduction in revenue. The total county budget for the current fiscal year is $570 million.

Along with a temporary hiring freeze, Moustis asked departments not to increase their budgets for personnel during the next fiscal year. Essential services, such as the Sunny Hill Nursing Home, would be exempt from the freeze. Individuals currently in the hiring process would also not be affected.

Source: Will County News

New Illinois law prohibits excessive accumulation of township reserve funds

New Illinois law prohibits excessive accumulation of township reserve funds

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ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

A measure signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner caps the amount of taxpayer money that township officials can sock away in numerous local government accounts.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 1896 after it passed the legislature by a near-unanimous vote. The bipartisan bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, and Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, grew out of an investigation by the Edgar County Watchdogs group into financial records of Shelbyville Township southeast of Springfield.

The Watchdogs group, a citizen organization that advocates for transparency in local governments across Illinois, found that Shelbyville Township was stockpiling funds in multiple accounts that far exceeded what the Illinois Supreme Court found in 1969 to be reasonable. The township’s Medicare Fund contained nearly 18 times what was deemed sufficient based on average expenditures; the Unemployment Fund, more than 205 times the needed amount; and the Workers Compensation Fund, more than 63,000 times the required amount to pay bills, according to the citizens group.

The township also doled out more than $93,000 over a recent four-year period to nonprofit groups the township board felt merited the money, the Watchdogs group found.

In the wake of those revelations, some Shelbyville Township officials have resigned, and the board plans to rebate excess funds back to the taxpayers, according to Kirk Allen, one of the Edgar County Watchdogs’ researchers.

“It’s good because those types of people didn’t have an interest in doing what’s best for the people …” Allen told Illinois News Network. “Good people step up and fill the void.”

Nearly 270 public officials have left their positions as a result of the transparency group’s investigations over the past five years, he said.

Evidence of excessive local taxation is common around Illinois, Allen said. Even though the state is broke as a result of out-of-control spending policies, he said, local boards can raise property taxes by up to 5 percent annually. The boards that oversee townships are often advised by attorneys to seek the maximum amount year after year regardless of projected service needs, according to Allen.

Township board members also gain from handing out taxpayer funds to community groups and nonprofits, he said.

“It’s a way to secure their re-election,” Allen said, adding that such donations also make them look like saints in the community, even as the property tax burden continues to rise.

HB 1896 basically codifies the 1969 high court decision by requiring all township funds, with the exception of capital funds, not to exceed 2.5 times the annual expenditure based on a three-year average, according to Rep. Halbrook, who also said Shelbyville Township was in the process of correcting its problems.

Excessive accumulation of local funds is a big problem affecting several townships, Halbrook said, adding that he expected that some townships would lower levies to get their finances in order.

“They’re going to have to make decisions about whether they have to rebate or transfer the money,” he told Illinois News Network.  “I’m very hopeful that there will be rebating going on.”

Halbrook sees the accumulation-of-funds issue as another possible reason to move forward on local government consolidation efforts. Laws have become increasingly complex, and some of the part-time elected officials who oversee local agencies may not be able to keep up, he said.

“I’m for consolidation when it makes sense, like coterminous townships,” Halbrook said.

Staff members at the Chicago-based Better Government Association also expressed optimism that the new law would do some good.

“The BGA has seen through research and investigation that many townships do keep significant amounts of money in reserves,” Madeleine Doubek, the BGA’s policy and civic engagement director, said in an email to Illinois News Network. “We supported this legislation because of that.”

Township officials should consider rebating excess funds to taxpayers, Doubek said.

“If they’re building up reserves every year, then in a given situation, it could be that they’re taxing too much,” she said.

Doubek, however, stopped short of saying that accumulation of funds by townships would be evidence of excessive taxation as a general rule.

Her colleague, Jose Sanchez, a BGA policy analyst and state lobbyist, also sees the passage of HB 1896 as positive.

“My hope would be that they, number one, assess what the proper property tax payments should be and then, second, look at services that haven’t been fulfilled or any changes to infrastructure or improvements that need to be made,” Sanchez told Illinois News Network.

Otherwise, local taxpayers will have doubts about the ability of the government agencies they are funding to provide efficient public services, he said.

Source: Will County News

Trump News September 18, 2017

President Donald J. Trump will be participating in the 72nd United Nations General Assembly this week. The President will meet with world leaders to discuss the many challenges facing the globe, as well as how the United States can continue to join with others to promote peace and prosperity and uphold sovereignty and accountability.

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President Trump Leads the United States’ Delegation to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly
President Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City this week, where he will participate in approximately 20 meetings with world leaders and other events.
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The United States Air Force is 70 Years Strong 
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday to commemorate the seventieth birthday of the United States Air Force. The President delivered remarks to Service members and their families saying, “Americans have trusted in the United States Air Force because we know you will never flee, you will never yield, and you will never fail.”
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Frank’s Dream Comes True 
11-year-old Frank “FX” Giaccio wrote to President Trump earlier this year to offer his services in mowing the White House lawn free of charge. On Friday, Frank’s dream came true. As Frank mowed the Rose Garden lawn, President Trump met him outside to applaud his work ethic and lawn care expertise. Frank then had the opportunity to join President Trump in the Oval Office and shortly after was pinned a Junior Park Ranger in the Rose Garden.
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PHOTO OF THE DAY

First Lady Melania Trump delivers remarks to military personnel and families at Joint Base Andrews | September 15, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

POTUS AND VP TODAY

Today, President Trump will arrive at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City and deliver remarks on reforming the UN through changes in management, security, and development. This afternoon, he will participate in bilateral meetings with leaders from Israel and France followed by a working dinner with Latin American leaders.

COMING UP

President Trump will be at the United Nations General Assembly most of this week. He will deliver an address to the 72nd United General Assembly, and participate in bilateral meetings with numerous world leaders.

Source: Will County News

Tax Dollars should not be used to fund abortion

Kill HB 40: Wombs Should be Sanctuary Spaces and No-Kill Shelters

Kill HB 40: Wombs Should be Sanctuary Spaces and No-Kill Shelters
Written By Laurie Higgins 

If signed into law by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, HB 40, which passed in both the Illinois House and Senate, will force taxpayers to subsidize abortions for women on Medicaid and for women covered by state employee health insurance.
Feticidal maniacs in Illinois—including lawmakers—are desperate to have Rauner sign this bill into law. They reason that since abortion is legal, the public should subsidize it. Leftists believe all Illinois taxpayers should pay for poor women’s and state employees’ choices to have their unborn children killed. Ironically, while Leftists command that men never express an opinion on abortion, Leftists also say male taxpayers should fund abortion. Word to Leftists:
1.) Those tiny humans growing inside women get half their DNA from men.
2.) The issue of whether the product of conception between two humans is a human with rights is a human rights issue—not exclusively a women’s issue.
3.) There are no criteria that Leftists can manufacture to defend the right of some humans to snuff out the lives of other humans that apply only to incipient human lives. Whether those criteria are intrinsic or extrinsic to humans in the womb, they all can be applied to humans who escaped the torture chamber that the womb has become. Intrinsic criteria such as immature development, dependency status, lack of sentience, or lack of perfection apply to humans outside the womb as well. Extrinsic criteria such as being considered a financial or emotional burden also apply to humans outside the womb.
4.) According to Leftists, men can have wombs, menstruate, become pregnant, and give birth, and, therefore, abortion is a men’s issue.
5.) Using the language of “rights,” feticide-defenders are appealing to the respect Americans have for “negative rights”—also known as liberties—(e.g., the right to vote, assemble, exercise one’s religion, and speak freely), which are notaccompanied by any obligation for others to subsidize them. But what feticide-defenders are really suggesting—without explicitly saying—is that women have a “positive right” (i.e., an entitlement) to abortion, which imposes a duty on others to subsidize it. Abortion, however, is not an entitlement, and society has no obligation to pay for women to get them. Neither wanting something; nor really, really wanting something; nor experiencing suffering from not obtaining this desperately desired thing means the public has an obligation to provide it.
7.) We, as a benevolent society, have created safety nets to provide for basic health care for those who are unable to provide for it themselves. No matter how many times feticide-defenders call the killing of incipient human life “health care,” it’s not. Killing human fetuses is neither health care nor reproduction. It’s death facilitation and anti-reproduction. If Leftists want to help poor women and state employees kill their offspring, they have the choice and negative right to do so.
In an editorial appearing in Crain’s Chicago BusinessK. Sujata, president and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), frets about the implications of an HB 40 veto. She worries about the economic interests of pregnant women, many of whom choose to have sex when they can’t afford or don’t want to provide for the needs of humans who may result from their choice to have sex:
HB40 also removes restrictions on reproductive health care coverage that put women’s economic security at risk…. In order for women and their families to achieve full economic security, all women in Illinois must be able to make the important decision of when to start or grow their family.
Do Illinoisans really have a moral obligation to provide for the “full economic security” of state employees? Do Illinoisans really have a moral obligation to pay for the destruction of the tiny family members already growing inside of poor women?
And how does killing humans—including female humans—whose lives are just beginning fulfill this core principle of the Chicago Foundation for Women:
We believe that equality is a universal human right, and we uphold respect and dignity as guiding principles in all our work.
If Leftists really believe that more developed, sentient, able-bodied, and cognitively superior humans have the right to exterminate less-developed and cognitively and physically impaired humans whose self-awareness is diminished or absent, then they are kindred spirits with Princeton University bio-unethicist Peter Singer who makes the same argument but applies it to post-natal humans as well. What possible ethical difference does a few days or few inches of birth canal make in terms of the right to kill?
Remember ten years ago when Hillary Clinton expressed her belief that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare. And by rare, I mean rare“? Northwestern University law professor Andrew Koppelman expressed the same sentiment during a forum at Northwestern Law School several years ago. When I asked why abortion should be rare if incipient human life is so devoid of personhood as to be undeserving of even minimal constitutional protection, he had no answer.
If Leftists really wanted abortion to be rare, they wouldn’t be fighting tooth and nail for the passage of HB 40, which, it is estimated, will result in an additional 15,000 abortions each year at taxpayer expense.
But no one actually believes Leftists care about whether abortion is rare or common. To them destroying human fetuses is no different from excising tumors.
Wombs should be sanctuary spaces and no-kill people shelters where all humans are safe. Governor Rauner should kill HB 40.
Take ACTION: Click HERE to email Governor Bruce Rauner. Urge him to keep his pledge to veto HB 40. Also, please continue to call the governor’s public comment line every day until this is resolved: (217) 782-0244 and (312) 814-2121. 
You can also send Gov. Rauner a message via Twitter: @GovRauner

Source: Will County News

After Encouraging Kneelers, NFL Just Got Hit With Worst News Yet

After Encouraging Kneelers, NFL Just Got Hit With Worst News Yet

Conservative Tribune September 2017

Football season is a time fans look forward to all year.

Nevertheless, with the NFL seemingly encouraging players — or at the very least giving a pass to players who protest the national anthem, that trend may be diminishing. Many fans have expressed their frustration with the league by turning off their televisions and choosing not to attend games.

Last week was the first week of the league games, and one of the first things people noticed was empty seats in the stadiums.

On Twitter, Sportswriter Ian Rapoport noted that the empty seats did not go unnoticed.

“NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart on the attendance in LA & SF: ‘Any time we empty seats that something we want to address.’ Focused on sellouts,” he tweeted.

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Sellouts may be happening less and less as the league becomes mired in politics, and fans get fed up with it.

This is how the stadium looked in Los Angeles during the Rams game:

And this is how the San Francisco 49ers game looked during the second half:

Empty seats in stadiums indicate a serious problem for the NFL. When stadium bleachers have gaping holes where fans should be sitting, it looks especially bad. It indicates that fans do not care enough to pay for a ticket and watch their favorite teams play.

Empty seats also hit the multi-million dollar franchise where it hurts — the pocketbook.

Sports Illustrated reported that in the past year, more players with the NFL have protested the anthem. In the third week of the preseason games, players in at least six games exhibited some form of protest during the anthem.

One of the unintended consequences of NFL players protesting the anthem could be the destruction of their own league, and the league’s encouragement of this kind of behavior does’ help the situation. In fact, it angers patriotic fans who simply want to watch a game and not be bothered by political and anti-American statements.

The NFL is privately owned, and it is certainly free to do as it chooses, but it is not free from the consequences of those choices.

From the looks of these sparse crowds, it is already paying the price.

H/T Red Flag News

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What do you think of the NFL’s handling of “kneelers”? Scroll down to comment below!

Source: Will County News

Deputy Attorney General Says Rule of Law Is About ‘Character of the People’ Enforcing the Law

Deputy Attorney General Says Rule of Law Is About ‘Character of the People’ Enforcing the Law

The Constitution’s 230th anniversary is  Sept. 17, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says it is incumbent on the American people to help preserve the rule of law as the Founders intended.

“On Constitution Day, it is appropriate to keep in mind that although the power of the federal government is vast, it is expressly limited, and those who are entrusted with the exercise of federal authority must be energetic in enforcing the law,” Rosenstein said at an event at The Heritage Foundation Thursday.

The challenge, nearly two centuries later, Rosenstein said, is to stay within the confines the Constitution dictates.

“We must restrain ourselves from assuming authority beyond our lawful [place],” Rosenstein said. “Our power is limited by law, and we are obligated to respect those limits, even when no one objects.”

Another challenge, Rosenstein said, is communicating to society the importance of the Constitution.

“Unfortunately, too few American citizens know the details of our Constitution,” Rosenstein said. “And some discount the rule of law. If you ask whether a particular legal decision is right, most of the citizens focus on whether they favor the policy outcome.”

Rosenstein, who assumed office as the 37th United States deputy attorney general on April 26, recounted a story about how Benjamin Franklin, a signer of the Constitution, warned about the struggle future Americans would have staying true to the Founders’ vision.

As the story is told, Franklin was walking home from the Constitutional Convention when he encountered a woman named Mrs. Powell who asked Franklin what kind of government the Founders had created.

“And Franklin replied with these words, ‘A republic, madam, if you can keep it,’”  Rosenstein said. “Mrs. Powell’s question illustrates that it was not inevitable that our nation would begin as a democratic republic.”

Ordinary citizens play a significant role in preserving the role of the Constitution as the Founders saw it.

“The rule of law is not just about words on paper. The rule of law is about the character of the people who are charged with enforcing the law,” Rosenstein said. “If they uphold it faithfully, the result will be a high degree of consistency and uniformity. Those features are among the primary reasons why our nation has flourished.”

The Justice Department has a unique role in upholding the Constitution and the rule of law, Rosenstein said.

“The Department of Justice does not choose sides because of the identity of a party,” the deputy attorney general said, adding:

We do not enforce the law among some people, and ignore others based on our own biases, or any other inappropriate considerations. We follow mutual principles. The point of the rule of law is to maintain a fair and rational system, characterized by impartiality and universality. That is, it applies equally to each person.

The task sounds simple, Rosenstein said, yet it remains a detailed process.

“To say that we enforce the law impartially does not mean that we enforce it mechanically,” Rosenstein said. “It means that we enforce it rationally, and the results must be based on different facts, and the differences need to be objective.”

The task of a good prosecutor is “to select cases for prosecution, and to select those for which the offense is the most flagrant, the public harm the greatest, and the proof almost certain.”

He added:

Such … power calls for the exercise of discretion and the wise use of that discretion. So when asked, ‘Why did you prosecute this case?’ it will not do for the prosecutor to respond, ‘Because I can’ or ‘Because I must.’ The right answer is, ‘Because I should.’ The task of enforcing the law is not devoid of discretion.

The event, “A Constitution Day Address,” was hosted by Edwin Meese III, who served as the nation’s 75th attorney general and is The Heritage Foundation’s Ronald Reagan distinguished fellow emeritus.

Rosenstein praised Meese’s role in upholding the Constitution during his service in the Reagan administration.

“General Meese famously told the American Bar Association in 1985, ‘We will peruse our agenda within the context of our written Constitution of limited and energetic powers,’” Rosenstein said, adding:

‘Our guide in every case will the the sanctity of the rule of law and the proper limits of government power.’ Those words resonate today. The rule of law is not merely a feature in America. The rule of law is the foundation of America.

 

Source: Will County News