What does the Ohio Constitution Say and How Can We Protect It?
Many of protections of individual rights and limits on government in United States Constitution have been eviscerated. How did this happen; and what is responsible for it? The same thing is in danger of happening here in Ohio, even though (1) the Ohio Constitution is more protective of rights and restrictive on government than the federal constitution; and (2) Republicans claiming an interest in limited government have controlled the Court for a decade.
What does the Ohio Constitution say? And how can you protect it, so as to protect yourself and your families from government? In Ohio, judges are elected; so picking the right judges is the first step. But how can you learn how to do this? And can you know whether our current state judges are upholding the state constitution?
Maurice Thompson is the Executive Director of The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and is "The People's Attorney". When the people of Ohio need help they go to the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law in Columbus which is a non-profit, non-partisan legal center dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of Ohioans from government abuse. The 1851 Center litigates constitutional issues related to property rights, voting rights, regulation, taxation, and search and seizures.
In this one and one half hour session Maurice will "flash teach" us on three of the most important subjects impacting Ohioans in (3) 20 minute sessions. You will learn about
(1) What are the unique protections of the Ohio Constitution, and how can they work for you?
(2) Are our judges shredding these protections? What is the Ohio Supreme Court's track record in enforcing the actual constitution, and has the Court created an "invisible constitution" that is supplanting the real one?
(3) How can you judge Ohio's judges, so that the Ohio Constitution does not go the way of the federal constitution. Who are these people; and what do their rulings mean to you?
With time permitting, Maurice will also explain why taxpayers should be concerned about State Issue 1, a bond issue on the May 6 Ballot that obligates future tax revenue.
Maurice Thompson has directed the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law since founding it in 2008. In that time, he has prevailed in state and federal courts in lawsuits advancing health care freedom, private property rights, taxpayer rights, school choice, political speech, commercial speech, ballot access, and voter integrity, while taking on institutions such as state and federal government agencies, local governments across Ohio, ACORN, teachers' unions, public universities, corporate welfare and cronyism, and smoking bans.
Mr. Thompson has also authored and advanced voter initiatives to advance health care freedom, repeal the Ohio estate tax, reform public employee pensions, and introduce workplace freedom to Ohio. All the while, Thompson is the author of Presuming Liberty: Using Ohio's Constitution to Limit Government, Defending Liberty in Ohio: A Roadmap for Protecting Freedom and Limiting Government with the State Constitution, and the forward to Ohio's Pocket Constitution, along with numerous other publications on law and policy in Ohio.
Mr. Thompson is a regular guest on state and national radio programs, and frequently lectures on natural rights law, constitutionalism, individual rights, education policy, health care policy, and property rights. Although Mr. Thompson has enjoyed stints in the free-market public policy world with the National Taxpayers Union in Washington D.C. and Sam Adams Foundation in Chicago, he is a native Ohioan. He grew up on his family's farm in Northwest Ohio, has run several businesses in Ohio, undertook undergraduate studies in economics and philosophy at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and studied law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
"The People's Attorney" is Virtual Class on www.InstantPresenter.com or you may attend the actual class at Lakota High School West Freshman Campus. The login for participating in this class on-line from your home will be posted on www.empoweruohio.org 6 hours before the class begins. We are limited to the first 100 people logging on to this class so sign-on early.