• Supreme Court: The Term in Review (2012-2013) Part 2 of 2
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    Supreme Court: The Term in Review (2012-2013) Part 2 of 2

    – AS I WAS SAYING, THE ACCEPTED TRUTH–EXCUSE ME. THE ACCEPTED TRUTH THAT– THAT THE NEW YORK HIGH COURT OBSERVED IS ONE THAT IS CHANGING AND CHANGING RAPIDLY IN THIS COUNTRY AS PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ENGAGE IN AN EARNEST DEBATE OVER WHETHER THE AGE-OLD DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE SHOULD BE CHANGED TO INCLUDE SAME-SEX COUPLES. THE QUESTION BEFORE THIS COURT IS WHETHER THE CONSTITUTION PUTS A STOP TO THAT ONGOING DEMOCRATIC DEBATE AND ANSWERS THIS QUESTION FOR ALL 50 STATES. AND IT DOES SO ONLY IF THE RESPONDENTS ARE CORRECT THAT NO RATIONAL, THOUGHTFUL PERSON OF GOODWILL COULD POSSIBLY DISAGREE WITH THEM IN GOOD FAITH ON THIS AGONIZINGLY DIFFICULT ISSUE.…

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    Obama Punks North Carolina Amendment 1 – The True Pooka

    a number of people ask me to comment on north carolina’s reason anti same sex marriage bill i wasn’t all that surprised or dismayed by the bill passed in the first place you have to realize that nationwide gay rights groups pretty much abandoned the fight in north carolina has a lost cause they do they couldn’t waiting and felt that the money could be better spent elsewhere in this fight at this moment which leads you to why you got this anti equal rights popular vote passing by over sixty percent majority supporters of amendment one had a green light on putting out all the unopposed propaganda they want…

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    Judicial Decisions: Crash Course Government and Politics #22

    Craig: Hello, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re gonna look at the Supreme Court from a different angle. We’re gonna try to get inside the justices’ heads. Bwahahahahah! Not literally, obviously, but we’re gonna look at the factors that influence the way they decide cases, other than the structure of the court system. So we’re pretty far away from the Constitution here and straddling the nebulous world of government, politics, and dare I say it, history. [Theme Music] Justices, especially on the Supreme Court, are supposed to be independent, but that doesn’t mean they make their decisions in a vacuum. They make them…

  • The Marriage Cases: Legal Challenges to Prop 8 and DOMA
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    The Marriage Cases: Legal Challenges to Prop 8 and DOMA

    The 14th Amendment guarantees liberty and the equal protection of the law to every American. When a state refuses to recognize a marriage of two people of the same sex, is it violating those principles? Or when the federal government decides not to recognize a marriage that is legal in a state, is that a federal overreach? These are the questions that are before the Court in two cases in 2013. However the Court decides the cases, they raise underlying and enduring questions about liberty that all of us should care about. One case challenges a California State law popularly known as Prop 8, which was passed by the voters…

  • The Most Important and Overlooked Amendment
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    The Most Important and Overlooked Amendment

    You might have thought the Constitution and the Bill of Rights covered all of the bases pretty well. Unfortunately it took another hundred years before we got around to writing an amendment that has affected your life in more ways than you probably ever knew. The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments are all referred to as the Reconstruction Amendments. After the Civil War, in order to regain their representation in Congress and be welcome back into the Union, the southern states were required to ratify these amendments. The thirteenth amendment is fairly short and sweet. It ends slavery and involuntary servitude – except as punishment for a crime. This is…

  • Civil Rights & Liberties: Crash Course Government #23
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    Civil Rights & Liberties: Crash Course Government #23

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re finally, at long last, moving on from the structures and branches of government and onto the structures and branches of trees. This is a nature show now. Okay, we’re not moving on completely, because we’re still talking about courts, but today we’ll be discussing actual court decisions, and the kind of things that courts rule on, rather than how they do it. That’s right, we’re moving onto civil rights and civil liberties. [Theme Music] Okay, first I want to talk about something that I find confusing: the difference between civil rights and civil liberties. Usually in…

  • Can States Ignore Federal Law?
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    Can States Ignore Federal Law?

    On February 8th, Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore issued a last-minute order to Alabama probate judges to deny same sex marriage licenses. This directly conflicted with a federal court decision on January 23rd, which legalized gay marriage in the state of Alabama. So, what happens now? Are states able to defy federal law? First off, as you may know, federal laws apply to the whole United States, and state laws apply to just the state. When a conflict between federal and state law arises, Article 6, Clause 2 of the Constitution, AKA the Supremacy Clause, says that federal law trumps state law. So, how is Alabama able to defy the…