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Every Vote Counts

By Don Westen Contrary to popular belief, the United States of America is not ruled by one centralized government. In fact, the name “United States” is quite literal.  The United States of America is comprised of 50 state governments united under 1, equal, federal government. When we elect a chief executive (the President), each state casts a vote that is worth a number of points dependent upon that state’s population. States with larger populations, such as California and New York, […]

What Makes for a Successful Presidency?

Written by: Bearing Truth The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.  — James Madison, Federalist #57   Every president has supporters, loyalists who call him a “good” president,” but what […]

Judge Thomas Hardiman, Short List SCOTUS Nominee

Judge Thomas Hardiman(i), federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit is currently considered a favored(ii) candidate of President Trump, from his short list for Supreme Court Justice. The other two favored contenders are Judge Neil Gorsuch (U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit) and Judge William Pryor (U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit)(iii). Personal Background Thomas Michael Hardiman was born July 8, 1967 in Winchester, Massachusetts. Hardiman is from a blue collar family (his father owned a taxi-cab […]

Judge William Pryor, Short-List SCOTUS Nominee

Judge William Pryor is one of the top three contenders in President Trump’s short list for Supreme Court Justice. Judge Pryor’s background and some of his judicial writings reveal his pro-life leanings and defense of the Constitution. Indeed, attempts to block his 2003 nomination as an 11th Circuit Justice are indications of his conservative nature and the strong opposition of his nomination from NARAL Pro-Choice America(i) provide additional evidence to his conservatism and stance on the right to life(ii). There […]

Judge Neil Gorsuch, Short-List SCOTUS Nominee Favorite

Judge Neil Gorsuch, federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit is currently considered the favorite(i) candidate of President Trump’s short list for Supreme Court Justice. Personal Background Neil McGill Gorsuch was born August 29, 1967 in Denver, Colorado. In 1988, he earned a B.A. from Columbia University, where he co-founded the alternative newspaper The Fed. A 1991 Harvard Law School graduate, he went on to become a Marshall Scholar(ii) and earn a Doctorate of Legal Philosophy from Oxford […]

Judge Diane S. Sykes, Short-List SCOTUS Nominee

Judge Diane Sykes is one of the top contenders in President Trump’s short list for Supreme Court Justice. President Trump referenced Sykes and another candidate, Judge William Pryor, by name in February of 2016 as prospective Supreme Court (SCOTUS) nominees(i). Hon. Sykes was also considered as a possible SCOTUS nominee by President George W. Bush in 2008. Personal Background Diane Schwerm Sykes was born on December 23, 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sykes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism […]

Rex Wayne Tillerson

Rex Wayne Tillerson, Nominee, Secretary of State On December 13, 2016, Rex Tillerson was nominated as President-Elect Trump’s Secretary of State.  Mr. Tillerson is the chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil. He has chosen to retire from this company in light of his nomination. Mr. Tillerson began his career with ExxonMobil in 1975, moving up the corporate ladder, eventually becoming the chairman and CEO in 2006.  As such, he has worked with a broad range of businesses and with many different […]

General (Ret) James Mattis

General (Ret) James Mattis, Nominee for Secretary of Defense and Congressional Waivers Much has been said about President-Elect Trump’s potential nominees during the vetting process, especially for the key Secretary of Defense position in the Executive Branch. President-Elect Trump has nominated General (Ret.) James “Mad Dog” Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps. General Mattis has an impressive resume in regards to military service, with the experience necessary to understand the complexities of National Defense, military engagement in the world, and cooperation between […]

Senator Jefferson B. Sessions

Senator Jefferson B. Sessions, Nominee for Attorney General of the United States President-elect Donald Trump nominated Senator Jefferson B. Sessions (R-AL) as the Attorney General for the United States of America on November 18, 2016. His nomination again sparked controversy, with renewed speculation over his past actions during his time as Assistant United States Attorney in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and as United States Attorney for the same office, for which […]

The Federalist System

Despite their many differences, most countries have one thing in common: a centralized government as the ruling body, with smaller parcels of territory sectioned off for subordinate leaders to directly control the populace. Such was the governmental system in place when our thirteen founding colonies were established. However, our forefathers revolted against the British precisely to escape this sort of oppressive governing. They saw a better way that allowed the people to rule over their government rather than having the […]