Richard Kelsey is an attorney practicing with The Impresa Legal Group and is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative. A former Assistant Law School Dean and a former Virginia state court law clerk and commercial litigator, Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company.  He has previously taught legal writing and pre-trial practice.  He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, and on radio and TV.   His opinions are his own, and do not represent any institution or entity.

My Articles

April 2, 2018, 2:21 PM EDT
The Constitution does not give people in this country illegally the same constitutional rights or privileges as U.S. citizens.  When an illegal alien caused the horrible death of Ms. Kate Steinle, people were outraged.  Now, a jury’s acquittal in courtroom meant for U.S. citizens has reignited that outrage.
April 19, 2017, 10:20 AM EDT
No juror should carry the burden of a failed system.
December 20, 2016, 3:41 PM EST
How far behind are we in this struggle? 
December 19, 2016, 11:17 AM EST
The truth is we have always had both fake and biased news.
December 8, 2016, 3:20 PM EST
We must stop letting those who thwart our laws profit from it.
November 22, 2016, 12:32 PM EST
It’s bad enough that politicians do it. 
November 17, 2016, 2:07 PM EST
Criminal law is clear on inducing and harboring aliens.
October 19, 2016, 2:16 PM EDT
Great Americans make for a better government.
October 6, 2016, 8:35 AM EDT
Who are The Slants, and how did they get to the Supreme Court?
September 21, 2016, 9:46 AM EDT
America has a love hate relationship with the First Amendment.
July 14, 2016, 3:28 PM EDT
Do we want to fix racism in this country? 
April 25, 2016, 2:47 PM EDT
On April 19, 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals effectively ruled that a person’s right to choose how he or she identifies personal gender would determine public bathroom privileges.  Finding that Title IX mandated the right to make such a choice must have been a real shock to those who actually passed Title IX.  The legal reasoning in Grimm is flawed; it also is hoisted on its own petard.  The Court built an opinion that again relies on the misplaced rationale of the Chevron case, expands the power of federal bureaucrats, and permits executive-branch, appointees to re-write laws and statutes decades after they are passed, only to have courts bless the extra-constitutionality of the action under the guise of agency deference.  The decision is malignancy on the soul of federalism and representative democracy.  Americans stand as helpless witnesses to the continued rise of the administrative state.
February 17, 2016, 4:41 PM EST
His passing was a jolt to the world and a loss of intellect and integrity that will not be replaced.  Not everyone is pro-Constitution.  Most lawyers and politicians are for the Constitution when it suits them, opposed to it when it does not, and willing to manipulate it to reach any means they cannot achieve politically.  In his passing, we have had hardly a moment to remember the man before we were forced to consider his replacement.  His death not only silences a Constitutional giant, but it will usher in a possible seismic shift in one very important branch of our government.  With the talk of his replacement comes discussion again about what is Constitutional and what is not.  Justice Scalia would have reveled in the debate, though I suspect his vote will be sorely missed when President Obama again tests the boundaries of his Presidential authority.
January 5, 2016, 3:51 PM EST
If you think the President is mad about gun deaths in the United States, imagine how mad the founders are about his frontal assault on the Bill of Rights and his naked abuse of executive power.  Fortunately for Mr. Obama, the founders are dead, and the Bill of Rights is nothing but a quaint historical reference to a bygone era for a growing number of Americans.
December 14, 2015, 10:39 AM EST
December 10, 2015 was a very important date in American history.  It is the date when Mr. Obama’s press secretary reminded America what is fundamentally wrong with Mr. Obama and his failed policy in combating radical Islamic terrorism.  Mr. Obama has long despised the global war on terror, and he is unapologetic in his failed belief that wars end if one side chooses not to fight.  The whole fighting for freedom and liberty thing is just a bit beneath Mr. Obama, and he is from a mindset that identifies those who attack and kill us as people driven to hate us because of our own arrogance, our phony American Exceptionalism, and our long history of colonialism and antipathy against the people he thinks we have repressed world-wide. That mindset is most strange since it belongs to an American President.  It is either a naive, sinister, or nakedly ignorant view.  Nonetheless, Mr. Obama is determined to ignore the war on Western Civilization, redefine its armies, and re-direct his energies from it.  Mr. Obama prefers to treat radical Islamic terrorism like a barking dog somewhere on another block.  He believes eventually someone else will take care of it, or it will just run out of steam.  When the dog gets lose and bites people in his yard, he still seems to think the problem is best addressed by someone else, perhaps a dog whisperer, but not him.
November 17, 2015, 2:54 PM EST
My father was part of what some call the mythical “greatest generation.”  They were no myth.  They fought a world war where more than 50 million people died.  They won.  They came back to America, and they built the greatest country and economy the world has ever known.
July 21, 2015, 3:19 PM EDT
Open borders advocates, big business types, and political demagogues of all stripes have rallied around the false flag of comprehensive immigration reform.  The phrase itself is political speak for lax enforcement and amnesty.  The entirety of the immigration debate has been solely to focus on how many people who have come here illegally get to stay, and under what conditions.  It’s a farce.  Americans are not even talking about what matters in immigration policy.  The central premise of a national immigration policy must be that immigration policy first and primarily serve Americans, not immigrants.   Recent events serve as a stark reminder that real comprehensive immigration reform is not just about letting illegal immigrants stay; it is about choosing who gets to come here legally.  Our broken immigration system is not broken just because of illegal immigration; it is broken with respect to our legal immigration practices.   
July 14, 2015, 2:39 PM EDT
Why did the chicken cross the road?  It seems it did so to allow an 11th century death cult to obtain nuclear weapons.  Everyone can understand the desire of a single, caged-chicken to reach any agreement it can with the fox in its coup then ready to eat it.  No one understands, however, why it is that the heavily armed farmer would negotiate that same agreement for the chicken, particularly when the fox is rabid and is a threat also to friends and family.  That’s the deal Mr. Obama and his European partners made with the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The deal stinks.  When one considers the rabid fox gets to be well fed, heavily armed, and will have time to develop missiles to deliver its nuclear weapons, one has to wonder if it is the rabid fox or the farmer who is mad? 
January 29, 2015, 10:54 AM EST
Elections have consequences. Mr. Obama’s historic 2008 election and re-election in 2012 entitle him to choose the appointees he wants for the open positions in our government. In the case of Attorney General and most appointments, the senate must advise on and consent to those appointees. I have long held the belief that a president’s appointments should be confirmed if the individual is qualified. Subjecting a nominee to a political or philosophical litmus test is improper, in my view. After all, one should rightly expect that the elected president has the right to choose qualified individuals whose views and policy prescriptions are consistent with the President. To the winner goes the spoils.