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  • Commentary posted September 30, 2014 by Edwin Meese III, Ryan T. Anderson Let States, Not Courts, Decide Marriage Policy

    On June 26 of last year, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, and since then lower courts have issued a string of decisions redefining marriage in the states. This month, in a widely celebrated opinion written by Judge Richard Posner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit declared that it had…

  • Commentary posted October 21, 2013 by Edwin Meese III Kasich Is Wrong about Reagan

    In the course of his ongoing crusade for Medicaid expansion, Ohio governor John Kasich has suggested that Ronald Reagan, Saint Peter, and God Himself all would support his plan to accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. While we do not have special insight into the mind of the Almighty or His divine agents, we do know something about Ronald Reagan. Expanding a failing,…

  • Commentary posted October 11, 2013 by Edwin Meese III Christians, Pastors and Politics

    America was founded to be a beacon of liberty, particularly religious liberty. The framers of our Constitution sought to preserve religious liberty to such an extent that they made it the first right protected in the Bill of Rights. President Reagan, expanding on President Lincoln’s phrase, referred to America as “the last, best hope of man on Earth.” But this last, best…

  • Commentary posted June 13, 2013 by Edwin Meese III I Recall the 1986 Immigration Act Rather Differently

    Karl Rove's recollection of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act ("Immigration Reform and the Hispanic Vote," op-ed, June 6) is, shall we say, highly selective. That law, he writes, "essentially told those here illegally that if they had arrived in the U.S. prior to 1982 and wanted to become citizens, simply raise your right hand." He asserts that the Gang of Eight…

  • Commentary posted October 7, 2012 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Edwin Meese III A Summer of Intolerance

    As summer faded to fall, a Chicago alderman's fury toward Chick-fil-A finally seemed to be cooling. But fall is fickle in the windy city, and Proco Joe Moreno once again is threatening to stall the chicken chain from opening in his ward. Moreno, Mayor Rahm ("Chicago Values") Emanuel and other big-city officials piled on Chick-fil-A after Dan Cathy, the company's…

  • Commentary posted September 16, 2012 by Edwin Meese III On Constitution Day, Preserving our Founding Document

    Two hundred and twenty-five years ago, America's founders penned the United States Constitution. Today, it stands as the world's oldest national constitution still in use. It is also the shortest constitution, and therein lies its brilliance. Rather that concoct a detailed recipe covering every possible eventuality, the founders instead articulated a set of stable…

  • Edwin Meese Discusses DOMA on Wallbuilders Live! Audio Recorded on July 24, 2012 Edwin Meese Discusses DOMA on Wallbuilders Live!

    Edwin Meese, Distinguised Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation, discusses the fight over DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Amendment), whether it is a state or federal issue, and what the Constitution has to say about it.…

  • Commentary posted July 1, 2012 by Edwin Meese III What Does the Supreme Court's Health Care Decision Mean?

    With its decision on the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has left it to Congress to uphold the Constitution and its limitations on the power of the federal government. It is now imperative that Congress repeal the entire Obamacare statute. The president and his partisan allies in Congress rammed through the legislative process a law that gives federal agencies…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2012 by Edwin Meese III Law of the Sea Treaty No Better Today Than During Reagan Years

    President Ronald Reagan so strongly opposed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that he didn't just not sign the treaty. He very publicly refused to sign it. He also dismissed the State Department staff that helped negotiate it. And in case anyone didn't get the message, he sent special envoy Donald Rumsfeld on a globe-trotting mission to explain his…

  • Commentary posted June 6, 2012 by Edwin Meese III Still lost on the Law of the Sea Treaty

    President Reagan so strongly opposed the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea that he didn't just not sign the treaty. He very publicly refused to sign it. He also dismissed the State Department staff that helped negotiate it. And in case anyone didn't get the message, he sent special envoy Donald Rumsfeld on a globe-trotting mission to explain his opposition…

  • Lecture posted January 26, 2012 by Edwin Meese III, Lee Edwards, Ph.D., James C. Miller III, Steven Hayward A Constitutional President: Ronald Reagan and the Founding

    Abstract: Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan was guided by the principles of the American founding, especially the idea of ordered liberty. In the opening of his first inaugural address in 1981, President Reagan echoed the preamble of the Constitution, calling on the country’s citizens to “preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.” Eight years later, in…

  • Commentary posted January 11, 2012 by Edwin Meese III Guantanamo Bay Prison is Necessary

    The detention and interrogation facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which I have visited, has served and continues to serve an important role in the war against terrorists since it opened 10 years ago. It houses high-value terrorist detainees, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of September 11. The military commissions' courthouse, called the Expeditionary Legal…

  • Commentary posted January 5, 2012 by Edwin Meese III, Todd F. Gaziano Obama's Recess Appointments are Unconstitutional

    President Obama’s attempt to unilaterally appoint three people to seats on the National Labor Relations Board and Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (after the Senate blocked action on his nomination) is more than an unconstitutional attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role. It is a breathtaking violation of the…

  • Testimony posted December 13, 2011 by Edwin Meese III Principles for Revising the Criminal Code

    Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security December 13, 2011 Edwin Meese IIIChairman, Center for Legal & Judicial StudiesThe Heritage Foundation Mr. Chairman, Vice-Chairman Gohmert, Ranking Member Scott, and Members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to present my views…

  • Commentary posted November 7, 2011 by Edwin Meese III Ohio's Battle for Health Care Freedom

    Since passage of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation in March 2010, this attempted government takeover of health care has drawn protests across the country from Americans concerned about their loss of liberty. Ohioans went a step further — circulating petitions for an amendment to their state’s constitution to protect health care freedom. Citizens of…