PODCAST: Border Security and National Economic Strength.


George Landrith’s interview will actually be his recent speech at the Western Conservative Leadership Summit in Denver. He discussed an issue that is at the intersection of national security, homeland security, border security and national economic strength. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, has been criticized for being almost 100 years old and out dated, but the Constitution is more than 200 years old and has served us well. The Jones Act supports our military and our ship building and ship repairing capacity, while also making us safer from terrorism. And now we find that the Jones Act is a virtual border wall that prevents the 25,000 miles of navagable waters from becoming an open border. The bottom line is that the Jones Act provides America and its citizens with a number of important benefits — national security, homeland security and support of our military.

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. In that capacity she has testified before Congress on assorted constitutional issues and briefed Senators on judicial nominations. Mrs. Severino has been extensively quoted in the media and regularly appeared on television, including MSNBC, FOX, CNN, C-SPAN and ABC’s This Week. She has written and spoken on a wide range of judicial issues, particularly the constitutional limits on government, the federal nomination process, and state judicial selection. Mrs. Severino regularly files briefs in high-profile Supreme Court cases. She was previously a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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