Monte Kuligowski column
Monte Kuligowski
Monte Kuligowski is an attorney and writer whose legal scholarship, including "Does the Declaration of Independence Pass the Lemon Test?" (Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy), has been published in several law journals.

His opinion commentary has been published by the Washington Times, Virginian Pilot, Pajamas Media, American Thinker and other venues.

His commentary has been quoted by Rush Limbaugh and is widely posted and cited by diverse media outlets.

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Is it fair to say: 'Zimmerman shot an unarmed teen'?
Monte Kuligowski
July 22, 2013

George Zimmerman had no right to follow Trayvon Martin. That was harassment based on race. Trayvon was stalked and hunted down like a dog. The police dispatcher . . .

Romney's been given a great gift
Monte Kuligowski
September 21, 2012

In the classic movie It's a Wonderful Life, the angel Clarence tells George Bailey: "You've been given a great gift, George." Well, Mitt Romney has been . . .

Why Obama's college records matter
Monte Kuligowski
July 22, 2012

In context of the "mounting pressure" for Mitt Romney to provide more tax and employment records, a reporter recently asked White House Press Secretary Jay . . .

Barack Obama: The original birther
Monte Kuligowski
May 19, 2012

We've always known that the original birthers were Democrats. Phillip Berg, a disgruntled Hillary supporter filed the first lawsuit demanding that Obama produce . . .

A 'sensible' newspaper would demand that Obama produce his records
Monte Kuligowski
May 16, 2012

Poor Jim Pendergraph. He is a candidate for Congress in North Carolina's 9th District. And he has recently fallen from the capricious graces of the Charlotte . . .

A fraudulent president for a fraudulent system
Monte Kuligowski
May 4, 2012

Having Barack Hussein Obama II at the helm of the postmodern ship of state is perfectly fitting. Sometimes a country gets what it deserves. Sometimes it gets . . .

How sturdy is the Obama narrative that 'keeps us silent'?
Monte Kuligowski
April 14, 2012

Count Roger Kimball in among those who recognize the totalitarian atmosphere somehow created to protect President Obama. The entire range of questions related . . .

Obama's manipulative tactics vs. the Supreme Court
Monte Kuligowski
April 5, 2012

President Obama is giving new meaning to the term "bully pulpit." Reuters reports that, "President Obama took an opening shot at conservative justices on the . . .

Warnings from the Kirk Cameron interviews
Monte Kuligowski
March 29, 2012

Who would have thought that stating basic Christian doctrine could cause a "firestorm" of condemnation in the United States? Welcome to the post-Christian . . .

Monte Kuligowski
March 24, 2012

Is it reasonable to demand that Obama release his birth certificate for authentication? Now that Sheriff Joe Arpaio has released his 10-page report on . . .

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Barack Obama
Monte Kuligowski
February 15, 2012

For my liberal friends, the title of this piece doesn't imply that Obama and Justice Ginsburg are literally the same person. They do, however, share precisely . . .

The Obama ballot challenges: A crisis of confidence
Monte Kuligowski
February 6, 2012

Just a few months ago FOX News reported on polling data which suggested, "If Americans could cast a 'confidence' vote in the style of European parliaments, . . .

Obama's got Georgia on his mind
Monte Kuligowski
February 2, 2012

Those who get their news from the establishment media may not know that Barack Obama stands in jeopardy of being denied placement on Georgia's ballot for the 20 . . .

Obama's class agitation is not an American value
Monte Kuligowski
November 3, 2011

We can't fault journalists for getting excited about the image Barack Obama presented to the public from behind the teleprompter. What's not to like about a . . .

The consequences of ignoring Constitutional eligibility
Monte Kuligowski
November 1, 2011

Many were recently greeted with this news headline: "Qadhafi's death lets the president claim another foreign policy success and quiet his critics." The . . .

What explains the left's affinity for OWS and abhorrence for the Tea Party?
Monte Kuligowski
October 24, 2011

The 99ers, which more accurately are 22ers, have no coalescing message other than a desire for a central command-and-control government, whether nationally or . . .

Dear Herman Cain: Either move to a flat tax or push for repeal of the 16th Amendment
Monte Kuligowski
October 21, 2011

Intrigue over the 9-9-9 plan has lifted Herman Cain to the top position (or number-two spot, depending on the poll) among GOP presidential candidates. Of . . .

Nobel Peace laureate assassinates U.S. citizen
Monte Kuligowski
October 13, 2011

Good luck reconciling the inconsistencies of President Obama's war and terrorism positions. Of all people to order the summary execution of Muslim terrorists . . .

Barack Obama: 'This is not a game'
Monte Kuligowski
October 8, 2011

Lawyers can tell you that if a witness prefaces his answer with, "Honestly," or "To tell you the truth," you can generally brace for some contemporaneous . . .

Obama's 'gay' military: a sign of the times
Monte Kuligowski
October 3, 2011

Bill Clinton's policy of "don't ask, don't tell," seemed harmless enough at the time. It gave activists what they claimed to want, legal protection, while . . .

Will the media ever get to the core of the 'Styrofoam Demigod'?
Monte Kuligowski
September 29, 2011

Formerly hopeful enthusiasts are abandoning Barack the false messiah in droves. Our woefully unqualified president has predictably become an embarrassment among . . .

Obama risks all on his Jobs Stimulus 2
Monte Kuligowski
September 24, 2011

In analyzing Barack Obama's new and improved jobs bill from a tactical perspective we have to ask ourselves: why would Obama take such an absurd risk? We . . .

ObamaCare's individual mandate: A new twist on old-fashioned central control
Monte Kuligowski
September 20, 2011

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed the Commonwealth of Virginia's lawsuit which challenges the constitutionality of ObamaCare's . . .

Are liberals insane?
Monte Kuligowski
September 10, 2011

A basic definition of insanity often attributed to Albert Einstein is doing the same thing, over and over, while expecting different results. President Obama . . .

Anders Breivik: a teachable moment on fundamentalism
Monte Kuligowski
August 3, 2011

In the politically correct world of multicultural moral equivalence anyone can be a terror suspect. That's why little old Caucasian ladies are violated by the . . .

Herman Cain got it right on the right to ban mosques
Monte Kuligowski
July 25, 2011

A common assumption is that a national right of freedom of religion is afforded by the U.S. Constitution. Regarding the Ground Zero mosque, how many times have . . .

Humberto Leal Garcia and U.S. federalism
Monte Kuligowski
July 14, 2011

Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr. was executed by lethal injection by the Texas government on July 7, 2011. Garcia was an illegal alien from Mexico who abducted, . . .

What authority justifies Obama's actions in Libya?
Monte Kuligowski
June 22, 2011

At this point, no lingering questions should remain as to whether Barack Obama is faithful to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States.  . . .

The easiest way to access Obama's original Birth Certificate
Monte Kuligowski
June 1, 2011

After years of fighting its release, on April 27, 2011, President Obama finally released a detailed birth certificate. Well, actually he posted another PDF . . .

What it will take to resolve the natural-born question
Monte Kuligowski
May 25, 2011

Americans waited from Feb. 10, 2007, when then-Senator Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy, to April 27, 2011, for Obama to release a detailed . . .

Assassination, OK! Waterboarding, no way
Monte Kuligowski
May 11, 2011

Ordinary Americans believe that waterboarding terrorists for life-saving information is perfectly reasonable. They also believe that gunning down Osama bin . . .

The (possible) brilliance of Team Obama
Monte Kuligowski
May 2, 2011

President Obama spent a lot of hard-earned taxpayer and private money during a recession to block the release of his birth certificate. In one lawsuit after the . . .

Mr. Speaker: You should have listened to Michele Bachmann
Monte Kuligowski
April 15, 2011

In context of a $1.65 trillion deficit and $14 trillion debt, the Republican leadership agreed to a purported $38.5 billion in 2011 cuts. The cuts extract about . . .

Should the U.S. surrender freedom to stop Islamic terror?
Monte Kuligowski
April 12, 2011

A Jed Clampett-type figure burns a Quran somewhere in Florida and the Muslim world breaks out in an uproar. In keeping with Islam's spirit of peace, rioting, . . .

Per the War Powers Resolution (and his own words), Obama should be impeached
Monte Kuligowski
April 8, 2011

President Obama ordered a non-emergency military attack on a sovereign country without the authorization of Congress. Immediately after Obama thundered . . .

Hey Whoopi: It's not about skin color
Monte Kuligowski
April 6, 2011

Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump had to negotiate a whole lot of blind emotion as a recent guest on The View. Like Carrie Prejean, The Donald was . . .

Obama reveals his character by withholding birth records
Monte Kuligowski
March 30, 2011

Constitutional scholar and Notre Dame Law School professor emeritus, Charles Rice, takes no position on the venue of Barack Obama's birthplace in his recent . . .

Eric Holder, the Panthers, and the Constitution
Monte Kuligowski
March 18, 2011

What were those New Black Panthers thinking when they were intimidating white voters in 2008 at the polling station in Pennsylvania? Just about everyone in line . . .

Chris Matthews and the thrill-O-meter
Monte Kuligowski
March 10, 2011

During the 2008 presidential campaign Chris Matthews began to experience a psychosomatic phenomenon occurring within his own mind and body. While listening to . . .

Libs say Republican budget cuts could cause 'nuke terror attack'
Monte Kuligowski
February 26, 2011

Well, the Republicans are winning the public opinion battle on budget reform and spending cuts from Wisconsin to Washington. So what's the Obama media to do . . .

The era of the Obama 'blank screen' is over
Monte Kuligowski
February 16, 2011

Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., a/k/a Barry Soetoro, appeared out of nowhere as a political Melchizedek with a mysterious and unknown past. Obama's lofty speech in 2 . . .

Judge Vinson's bittersweet ObamaCare ruling
Monte Kuligowski
February 9, 2011

Ruling that the ObamaCare insurance mandate is unconstitutional is like saying that water is wet. Of course it's an unconstitutional abuse of federal power.  . . .

State eligibility law: Obama's Achilles' Heel in 2012?
Monte Kuligowski
February 2, 2011

In his recent American Thinker piece, Paul Kengor looks at Obama's aggregate poll numbers and concludes that the president may cruise to reelection in 2012.  . . .

Governor inadvertently unravels Obama's birth narrative
Monte Kuligowski
January 24, 2011

Several narratives on Obama's birth and secrecy have been firmly set in place by the president's biggest fans: the major news media. One media template on . . .

Now is the time to tone-up the political rhetoric
Monte Kuligowski
January 18, 2011

After the tragedy in Tucson, a common theme has emerged among liberal politicians and pundits. CBS News reports that "Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland . . .

Paul Krugman's 'climate of hate'
Monte Kuligowski
January 11, 2011

A Democrat Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, is shot, along with 18 others by a deranged 22-year old white male at a time when the national political climate . . .

Overturning Obamacare in the Supreme Court will not be a slam dunk
Monte Kuligowski
January 3, 2011

After the Virginia district court ruling against Obamacare, U.S. Secretary of Health, Kathleen Sebelius coauthored a piece with Eric Holder for the Washington . . .

Another reason for a flat tax: freedom of speech
Monte Kuligowski
December 10, 2010

During early periods of U.S. history, the country relied on tariffs on imported goods and taxes on internal goods to run the federal government. The first . . .

Obama's presidential eligibility: A misguided focus
Monte Kuligowski
November 30, 2010

As recently as Aug. of 2010 a CNN opinion poll revealed that 29% of Americans believe that Barack Obama, Jr., was "probably born in the U.S." A mere 42% believe . . .

Why Obama should lead the charge to repeal Obamacare
Monte Kuligowski
November 21, 2010

There's been a lot of ink spent on the rigidity of Obama's political ideology. Little doubt remains that the 44th president is a left-wing ideologue in the . . .

Barry Soetoro: the boy who would be king
Monte Kuligowski
November 15, 2010

President Obama recently visited "a nation that knew him as Barry," as worded by a New York Times personal interest story on Obama's visit to Indonesia. What we . . .

Happy Meals and constitutional liberty
Monte Kuligowski
November 10, 2010

I can almost hear the bristly voice of Burgermeister Meisterburger, "I hate toys and toys hate me," from the 1970 Christmas animation. It's not necessarily that . . .

Out with central control, in with constitutional liberty
Monte Kuligowski
November 5, 2010

We have a systemic problem in the country and electing a wave of conservatives to federal office is a start, but will not sweep away the predicament. The . . .

President Obama and 'our core American values'
Monte Kuligowski
October 29, 2010

Based on the sheer volume of usage, President Obama's teleprompter must love the phrase "our American values." The phrase comes in a close third after "Let me . . .

What's the significance of O'Donnell's church and state remark?
Monte Kuligowski
October 21, 2010

Tuesday's debate between U.S. Senate candidates Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons at the Widener Law School is being sensationalized by the media in an . . .

Liberal policy didn't cause the mortgage crisis, racism did
Monte Kuligowski
October 12, 2010

"Predatory lending aimed at racially segregated minority neighborhoods led to mass foreclosures that fueled the U.S. housing crisis, according to a new study . . .

Are we getting closer to understanding what makes Obama tick?
Monte Kuligowski
October 6, 2010

In retrospect, Barack Obama's afterthought in 2006 of tossing his hat into the 2008 presidential race was both bodacious and harebrained. Then-Senator Obama . . .

God's great patience with Christopher Hitchens
Monte Kuligowski
September 29, 2010

"I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked," says the Almighty in Ezekiel, "but that the wicked turn from his way and live." Christopher Hitchens, the . . .

It's a long way back to the Constitution
Monte Kuligowski
September 22, 2010

Back when Candidate Obama announced that he was only five days away from "fundamentally transforming the United States," most people didn't know what that meant . . .

Why do 'our values' tolerate the mosque but not Koran burning?
Monte Kuligowski
September 15, 2010

Proposing the building of an Islamic center and mosque a stone's throw from the former Twin Towers, in a building damaged by the 9/11 attacks, was insensitive . . .

Brian Williams plays pat-a-cake with the president
Monte Kuligowski
September 9, 2010

When one considers the rules that were set during the 2008 presidential primaries and election campaign, it's no small wonder why journalists are afraid of . . .

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