United Liberty
  • The Bianca sandal by Naot? adds a touch of sophistication to your warm weather style.
  • Leather and fabric upper with rivet accents on the straps.
  • Easy slip-on style.
  • Log in
  • Create Account
  • John Paul Stevens
    On Every Question of Construction

    A couple of items in the news lately have brought the judiciary back into the consciousness of the American public; the announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and the recent decision by federal judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin in which she ruled that the National Day of Prayer is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. In the rulings of both justices we find an egregious disrespect for the plain meaning of the Constitution, and it is a failure of the American people to learn the Constitution that has allowed us to stray so far.

    As a nation, we have reached a point where we bestow upon the courts an unjustified level of deference to their perceived wisdom. In fact, the Founding Fathers created the judiciary to be the weakest of the three branches, vested as they are with lifetime appointments.

    Thomas Jefferson wrote (in a letter to William C. Jarvis, 1820) that “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so.” Yet today we have allowed the courts to be elevated to the level of an oligarchy, where we accept rulings that are clearly unaligned with the Constitution without so much as a whimper.

    Naot runs Bianca Collection The Bianca is part of to the Naot Elegant Collection which runs as a Narrow to Medium Width. 55e1ffa
    Today in Liberty: Cantor unwilling to fight for Ex-Im Bank reauthorization, Obama’s 442 tax hike proposals

    “It is impossible to enumerate a priori all the rights we have; we usually go to the trouble of identifying them only when someone proposes to limit one or another. Treating rights as tangible claims that must be limited in number gets the whole concept wrong.” — David Boaz (Politics of Freedom: Taking on The Left, The Right and Threats to Our Liberties)

    — Cantor backing away from cronyism: The Hill notes that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor isn’t going to spend political capital over the reauthorization of the controversial Export-Import Bank, a government-backed entity known for rampant cronyism. (They also read websites which mention them, at least that’s what our Google Analytics reports tell us.) “Cantor…has privately told members he does not intend to get involved this time around,” The Hill reports, “a message that some see as an indication that he is wary of battling conservatives angered by a number of his recent legislative moves.” It looks like House conservatives are going to make Ex-Im reauthorization their big issue this spring, part of a push to end corporate welfare and change the narrative about the Republican Party.

    Retiring Justice stood with corporation over middle class homeowners
    Arcopedico Liana The Liana boot by Arcopedico - stylish tall boots with a secret all their ownDingo Delilah The lovely Delilah boot from Dingo offers clean, Western style.Naot Geneva The Geneva is from the Naot Scandinavian Collection, which runs as a Medium width. , Nina Collina Get your evening off to a good start in the gorgeous Nina Collina heels , SAS Tabby The Tabby takes your casual days and adds a cozy and style touchTahari Helena Complement your signature look with ease in the Tahari Helena flat , Naot Bluegill The Bluegill is part of the Naot Shell Collection which runs as a Medium to Wide Width.Propet June The casual, contemporary silhouette of the Propet June sandal is the perfect complement to any wardrobe , SAS Allegro The Allegro alleviates tender toes while offering a modern and elegant look , Onex Layla It is recommended that you order 1/2 to 1 full size larger than your usual size.Steven Eryk Day or night, bring resort style to every ensemble in the Steven Eryk wedge slideAravon Hillary-AR The Humble Hillary-AR will leave you feeling happy and fatigue free even on your longest of days , Aetrex Ivy The Ivy mary jane from Aetrex gives modern style and comfort.Flojos Billie Crank up your casual comfort to eleven with the Flojos Billie sandal!Propet Julene Treat your feet to a unique style and sensible comfort with the Julene , SAS Bounce Add a little pep to your step with the Bounce! , Naot Levanto Heat up your fall style with the Levanto boot by NaotArche Bibara Please note: If you normally wear a 1/2 size, Arche recommends ordering the next size up. So if you wear an 8 1/2, please order a 9.
  • Flats in a cow leather upperNaot Groovy Add some Groovy style with the Naot Footwear booties.Bandolino Oleander Step out in style this season with the Bandolino Oleander wedge sandal , Onex Mermaid It is recommended that you order 1/2 to 1 full size larger than your usual size. , Bearpaw Margaery Stay warm with a little help from the Bearpaw Margaery boots , Billabong Kai Bring classic style to the sand and beyond with the versatile Billabong Kai sandal!Nina Calissa Enjoy your night out in these Nina Calissa pumps , Onex Emmie It is recommended that you order 1/2 to 1 full size larger than your usual size.Bandolino Evelia These Bandolino Evelia slides are a chic way to complete your look , Onex Sadi It is recommended that you order 1/2 to 1 full size larger than your usual size.TKEES Liners Complement your most dramatic eye-color shade with the TKEES Liners sandals. , Bella-Vita Cor-Italy You really explore your adventurous side when you strut in the Bella-Vita Cor-Italy wedge! ,
    John Paul Stevens: No friend of liberty

    As Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to leave the Supreme Court, Ilya Shapiro takes a look back at his career:

    John Paul Stevens, the oldest-ever and (by the end of the term) second-longest-serving Supreme Court justice, has had a long career that, judging by his fitness regimen—the envy of men much younger than he—could have continued for many years yet.  Justice Stevens is to be commended for his record of service in a variety of positions in the public and private sector.

    Unfortunately, the jurisprudential legacy he leaves behind is much more checkered than his personal integrity and professionalism: Justice Stevens “grew” from his country-club Republican roots to becoming the Court’s liberal lion.  While a friend of liberty in certain limited circumstances, he ultimately hangs his hat on supporting government action over the rights of individuals in contexts ranging from property rights (Kelo v. New London) to the Second Amendment (D.C. v. Heller) to free speech (Citizens United and Texas v. Johnson, the flag-burning case) to executive agency power (Chevron).  And even on those issues where friends of liberty can disagree in good faith as a matter of policy, such as abortion and the death penalty, Stevens admittedly and unabashedly asserted his own policy preferences instead of following the law.

    Republican SCOTUS Nomination Plans: A Fight, But No Filibuster

    Republicans are readying themselves for a fight over the upcoming Supreme Court nomination hearings, but appear to have already taken the filibuster option off the table:

    Conservative judicial activists say they won’t ask their Republican allies to go to the mat over President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens by pressing for the ultimate weapon in a court fight – a filibuster.

    Instead, they say the nomination of a Democrat to the court will be an opportunity to cement the support of the tea party movement, broaden their base, and motivate supporters to turn out to support Republicans in the mid-term elections in November.

    Taking the filibuster off the table is a smart idea. To put it bluntly, it’s unlikely that the 41 Republicans in the Senate will be able to stick together to filibuster the kind of “liberal but not controversial” nominee that we’re likely to see from Obama. At the very least, I would expect to see most if not all of the nine Republicans who ended up voting for Sonia Sotomayor to walk across the aisle to vote to invoke cloture should there be any attempt to filibuster. Moreover, unless Obama does surprise everyone and select someone with a controversial record, which I find unlikely, Senate Republicans would likely lose the public relations war over the nomination. Not a smart thing to do only months before a crucial mid-term election.

    Stevens to retire from SCOTUS

    Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will retire this summer, giving President Barack Obama his second SCOTUS pick:

    Stevens said Friday he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in late June or early July. He said he hopes his successor is confirmed “well in advance of the commencement of the court’s next term.”

    Stevens’ announcement leaves ample time for the White House to settle on a successor and for Senate Democrats, who control a 59-vote majority, to hold confirmation hearings and a vote before the court’s next term begins in October. Republicans have not ruled out attempts to delay confirmation.

    Stevens’ announcement had been hinted at for months. It comes 11 days before his 90th birthday.

    Appointed by Gerald Ford in 1975, Stevens has aligned himself with “liberal” wing of the Court, so with Obama making the pick the ideological divide will not be affected.

    Slate already has a list of potential nominees. Whoever it is will be named quickly and they will be a safe pick. President Obama and Democrats will want to avoid a tough confirmation fight that could stretch into late summer of an election year.

    Converse All Star Sneakers - Women Converse All Star Sneakers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11410920VX , Charlotte Olympia Ankle Boot - Women Charlotte Olympia Ankle Boots online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11148244AIVans Ua Authentic - Sneakers - Women Vans Sneakers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11456598KP , Crime London Sneakers - Women Crime London Sneakers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11309117BHNike Women's Air Max Thea Premium Sneakers Updated The Iconic Running Profile with Premium Details A Leather And SneakersWtobdDWT Men/Women Seychelles Exploring Loafers elegantVibi Venezia X Yoox Loafers - Women Vibi Venezia X Yoox Loafers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11379774IKMoschino Cheap And Chic Court - Women Moschino Cheap And Chic Courts online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11278273PX , Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sandals - Women Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sandals online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11191051KH , MISS Via Spiga Black Espadrilles Wedges Ideal gift for all occasions , GUESS Flele 3 ZAPATO DE SALóN PARA MUJERLadies Frye Brown Maye Wedges Suitable for color , women Dolce Vita Fuschia Wedges Selected materials , mens/womens Tommy Hilfiger Safire Boots Easy to usemen's/women's Seychelles Downstage Flats Easy to clean surfaceBlaze cage knit trainers , pale pink, PumaTsd12 Sneakers - Men Tsd12 Sneakers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11567466GJ , Superga® Sneakers - Men Superga® Sneakers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11549657MXBottega Marchigiana Boots - Men Bottega Marchigiana Boots online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11542345LF , 2Star Sneakers - Women 2Star Sneakers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11058161EP , Armani Jeans Sneakers - Women Armani Jeans Sneakers online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11535837SVLaurence Dacade Boots - Women Laurence Dacade Boots online on YOOX United Kingdom - 11520298VE , Settlement Price Nine West Tatiana PumpBrand feast Miz Mooz Topeka , DdfYArqc Ladies Céline Sandals Stable qualitySaint Laurent Black California Sky Wooly High Top SneakersTory Burch Gold New Leather Hot & Trendy SandalsLADY Brian Atwood Wine Bffontanne Platforms Exquisite workmanship , Ladies Cole Haan Nikr Air Platforms superior , woman Jimmy Choo 131 Mondo Pumps wear-resistant
    Justice John Paul Stevens Says He Will Retire Within Three Years
    BREAKING: Souter to retire from SCOTUS

    Supreme Court Justice David Souter has announced his retirement:

    Souter is expected to remain on the bench until a successor has been chosen and confirmed, which may or may not be accomplished before the court reconvenes in October.

    At 69, Souter is nowhere near the oldest member of the court, but he has made clear to friends for some time now that he wanted to leave Washington, a city he has never liked, and return to his native New Hampshire.

    Now, according to reliable sources, he has decided to take the plunge and has informed the White House of his decision.

    Souter’s retirement would give President Obama his first appointment to the high court, and most observers expect that he will appoint a woman.


    The views and opinions expressed by individual authors are not necessarily those of other authors, advertisers, developers or editors at United Liberty.