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Systemic Police Problems Go Beyond 'Bad Apples'

by Tim Baldwin With technology, the public is becoming increasingly aware of problems with police abuse, brutality and corruption. Everyone has a cell phone and thus a camera. In a real sense, America is filled with millions of independent daily reporters who show everyone what is happening in their local areas. This tool is tremendous to protect liberty, and it is increasingly revealing problems with law enforcement agencies and offices. Despite the common excuse, you can't judge them all by a few bad apples, evidence reveals that our problems with police go beyond a "few bad apples." A recen...
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New 'Separate But Equal'?

by Tim Baldwin The Flathead Beacon published the following article of mine it its latest weekly column: Years ago in America, the majority discriminated against people based on sex, religion and race. Until 1920 (19th amendment, USC) women could not vote. Until the 13th and 14th amendments, black people were property. Until 1967, states criminalized white and black people marrying each other. Those who supported these discriminations used either religion or natural law for justification. Liberal thinking people fought these discriminations successfully, and most conservatives today praise this fact. With...
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Follow the Dark Money

by Tim Baldwin published in Flathead Beacon, April 3, 2015   Money has always corrupted politics. America is no different, and it will continue to until we pass better laws (whether through statute or constitutional amendment) to protect our political system. Not all corruption can be eliminated, but there are rules that can be implemented to mitigate and punish the tendencies of corruption. The Citizens United decision may have ruled that corporate spending for political advocacy is free speech (and thus protected by the First Amendment), but it did not rule that states cannot require politicians to...
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Judge Roy Moore v. Gay Marriage

by Tim Baldwin The Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore, has a reputation for standing firm on his beliefs—though some despise him for it. Years ago, he was removed by Alabama's executive branch from chief justice because he refused to remove the rather large Ten Commandments monument after a federal court ruled that it violated the “separation of church state." It was extremely controversial at the time. Ironically, in 2003, he ran for chief justice again and won. Now, Justice Moore is again defying a federal court ruling that struck down Alabama’s law that prevents the st...
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Conservatives Can Promote Big Government Too

by Tim Baldwin For the past eleven years I have been practicing law as a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney. I have closely seen how the “War on Drugs” has ruined people’s lives and given tremendous, over-reaching police power to government. If you want to reduce police power and reduce taxes, there is a tremendous place to start. However, some Republicans only want to grow this police power. The latest example of this is Gov. Scott Walker’s intended policy of mandatory drug testing of welfare and unemployment recipients without even a suspicion of illegal drug use. Some politi...
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Open Letter to John Birch Society re: Article V

John Birch Society, You are confused and determined to spread your propaganda more than teaching truth. Foolishly, you would rather the States take the same course of action that led our union to Civil War; namely, nullification and unilateral secession. Any student of American history can see that your preferred and proposed course of action will lead us to that kind of war. This begs the question: do you WANT to see the destruction of the States as we saw in the 1860s? You claim that you advance the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Yet, when it comes to the safest and most practical method (...
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Revolutionists, Not Constitutionalists

by Tim Baldwin I am convinced that most advocates of state nullification who oppose Article V (hereinafter referred to as “nullification purists”) are effectively revolutionists, not constitutionalists. An article that demonstrates my point is entitled Tool for Liberty: Nullifying for the Sake of Nullification, which was written by Tate Fegley and posted by the Tenth Amendment Center. In this article I will show how: (1) nullification purists do not promote real nullification but give only lip service to the idea; (2) nullification purists invoke Natural Law, not Constitutional law, as the...
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My Response to Tom DeWeese on Article V (Part 1)

by Tim Baldwin “Caution and investigation are a necessary armor against error and imposition. But this untractableness may be carried too far, and may degenerate into obstinacy, perverseness, or disingenuity.” Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper 31. Tom DeWeese expressed his opposition to using Article V in an article entitled, Some Thoughts on the Article V Issue. I respect Tom and what he has done regarding liberty issues, but I believe his logic and approach to Article V is flawed. I believe Hamilton’s description (above) of the Constitution’s opponents in 1787 applies to Articl...
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Montana CI 114 Is Anti-Democratic

by Tim Baldwin In 2014, Montana may be able to vote on citizen initiative (CI) 114 if enough signatures are gathered to put on the ballot. CI 114 would amend Montana’s Constitution requiring that the State legislature be 50% men and 50% women. Democracy and Republics are about real choice, not forced choice. I oppose CI 114. There is nothing democratic about CI 114. It puts sex above qualifications. It degrades women, implying that without this law, they cannot compete against men for public office. It takes away the voters’ choice as to which candidates they believe will best represent them in ...
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The Lesser Evil Principle: A Choice Inside and Outside the Political System

The Lesser Evil Principle: A Choice Inside and Outside the Political System I have shown that Natural Law creates the lesser evil principle (hereinafter “LEP”) and that the Founders, philosophers and statesmen of yesteryear applied it in politics. The LEP simply states, where a person must choose between an evil and a greater evil, he must choose the lesser. The way one applies this principle depends on the circumstances, which is a philosophical study of its own. In a political context, there are, generally speaking, two main circumstances where the LEP applies. The first is inside the system, and...
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Passion and Politics Don’t Mix, Part 4

by Tim Baldwin Part 4 addresses A Conservative Vision of Government section, Law and Character. I will refer to A Conservative Vision of Government  as “the article,” not to be confused with the article I am writing, which I do not refer to herein as “the article.” The article contrasts the difference in philosophy between libertarians and Republicans and shows why all conservatives should work together to defeat the greater enemy destroying the basic principles of limited government. The article states the fact, but according to TeaParty.org, this should make conservative blood...
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Natural Law Creates Lesser Evil Principle

by Tim Baldwin I explained in Lesser-Evil Principle Shaped the Constitution how the Founders used the lesser evil principle to form the Constitution. This is hard for some to admit, but the Founders expressed and incorporated this principle plainly. There is no denying it. One who does is only fooling himself. So, these questions necessarily follow: Did the founders use an evil principle? If not, then you admit the lesser evil principle is not evil. If yes, then is our Constitution founded on a bed of evil? If it is, why are lesser-evil rejecters insisting that we “get back to the Constitution&r...
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Passion and Politics Don’t Mix, Part 2

by Tim Baldwin Part 2 addresses A Conservative Vision of Government sections, Introduction and The Anti-Government Party. Introduction The section introduces the common notion that government’s size and role have been “at center stage of our national politics”—an obvious observation—and then states its thesis: conservatives must do more than assert what government should not do; it should articulate what government should do. The article highlights what the TEA Party highlights: the harmful policies of the Obama administration—like, “$6 trillion in debt,&rdquo...
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Passion and Politics Don’t Mix, Part 1

by Tim Baldwin In politics, passion is a vice—especially according to the Founders and Enlightenment philosophers. Passion distorts reason and causes harmful factions to disregard the common good for the sake of particular interests and goals. For example, among the scores of times the Federalists warned about passion’s political dangers, the Federalist Papers said, [A] faction [is] a number of citizens…who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion…adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and  aggregate interests of the community. A zeal ...
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Lesser-Evil Principle Shaped the Constitution

by Tim Baldwin The Founders used the lesser-evil principle (also called, greater good) to create the Constitution. The proof of their using this principle is undeniable. It is interwoven throughout the Constitutional Convention Debates and Federalist Papers—the two most relevant documents regarding the Constitution’s creation and ratification. People who reject this principle reject the Founders’ teaching (and as will be discussed in the next article, much more than that), while ironically claiming that they are trying to restore the Founders’ teachings. In reality, these people have...
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Pragmatism Formed America

by Tim Baldwin Some people think Pragmatism is bad and void of Principles. These people are wrong. In reality, principles are nothing without pragmatism, and pragmatism is a principle. People who reject pragmatism reject science and the source of principles. Moreover, they reject the philosophy that formed America. The philosophy of pragmatism developed notably during and since the Age of Reason—the philosophy that dominated America’s thinkers before and during its founding. But this philosophy disturbs mostly those who see the world through a purely religious lens. In other words, they believe ...
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Political Change and Destination Are Not the Same

by Tim Baldwin Some political commentators, like David Brooks, are proposing that our Federal Republic take the form of a Monarchy. Brooks identifies logical reasons for instituting a Monarchy—reasons that were articulated hundreds of years ago by philosophers like Charles Montesquieu and John Locke. Still, this transition from a Republic to a Monarchy is a political destination Americans have tried to avoid. Moreover, the Founders provided a constitutional way to redirect what is perhaps an inevitable destiny for all Republics. But are the people willing to use that remedy? Republicans today should n...
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New Jersey’s ‘Dream Act’: Reality or Nightmare?

by Tim Baldwin Governor Chris Christie (NJ-R) signed into law a bill that is compared to the “Dream Act.” The New Jersey law “would allow unauthorized immigrants who graduated high school in New Jersey after attending for at least three years to be eligible for the lower in-state rates at public higher educational institutions, including in-county rates at community colleges” (source). However, the law will not allow them to receive state financial aid, as reported by NBC's Vaughn Hillyard. Some Republicans may oppose this law on the principle that no person in the United States ...
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Article V Opponents Deny Liberty To Posterity

by Tim Baldwin A recent federal court (ruling that the National Security Agency’s gathering private information without judicial warrant is unconstitutional) shows why Article V opponents to limit or redefine federal power are wrong and are more concerned about agenda than evidence. Article V opponents recite the usual reason for why amending the Constitution should be opposed. They say, “we should not amend the Constitution because they don’t follow the Constitution now!” This rationale mistakes many principles of politics and law, but—focusing on only one—it completely ...
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Republicanism Will Die If TEA Partiers Don’t Learn Tactics

by Tim Baldwin In www.Politico.com, Joe Scarborough recently expressed the idea that differences of tactics should never divide people of the same political principles. TEA Partiers must learn this principle because the loss is too great when the greater enemy wins and Republican principles cannot withstand the ever-pressing weight of Socialism. Experience proves that Republicanism loses and Socialism wins every time conservatives go their separate ways and divide their strength. The TEA Party itself reveals the truth of this principle seeing that the TEA Party has not divorced itself from the Republican Pa...
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