Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Thursday October 2nd 2014

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Federalist 58 by James Madison. 1. Under the proposed Constitution whose interests were represented by the U.S. Senate? Is it so today? If not, how might it be remedied & by what means? 2. How did the Constitution provide for updating representation in Congress? 3. Madison credits the U.S Constitution with assigning the greatest power, that of the “purse strings” to the U.S. House. In your opinion, how might the House assert that power to reduce the size & cost of government today? 4. Explain in your own words Madison’s warning against too many men serving in the House. How might his warning be applied today as calls abound for a more direct democracy & for scrapping the electoral college system? 5. Is democracy the form of government our Founders gave us or was it a republican form? Explain the difference.


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Defending Business Owners From the Mandate

BY DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ

Americans don’t shed their constitutional rights when they open a for-profit business. While much of the attention surrounding the HHS mandates has focused on religious institutions, the Obama mandates also improperly restrict the liberties of private businesses. Today my colleagues at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed the first lawsuit by a private business owner challenging Obama’s mandate. The suit, brought by Frank R. O’Brien and O’Brien Industrial Holdings, centers around a fundamental claim: Mr. O’Brien — a Catholic — “wishes to conduct his business in a manner that does not violate the principles of his religious faith.”

One of the great virtues of American capitalism is the ability of citizens to open and run businesses that not only sell products but also reflect the values and world view of the owner or shareholders (O’Brien’s values and goals include employees purchasing their own home, paying for college, and preparing for retirement). With the explosive growth of the regulatory state, business owners can often feel as if they’re working for the government from the moment they open their doors, and now the government is coercing employers to pay even for contraceptives and abortifacients. That’s a bridge too far.

The multiplicity of business regulations has misled the government into thinking its power to regulate is unlimited and that the act of operating a for-profit business somehow delegitimizes the values and viewpoint of the owner. Mr. O’Brien believes the First Amendment still applies to entrepreneurs, and now the dispute moves to federal court in the Eastern District of Missouri.

This article is crossposted at National Review Online.


David French is a Senior Counsel for the ACLJ. A Kentucky native, David is a 1994 graduate (cum laude) of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a 1991 graduate (summa cum laude, valedictorian) of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.


Used with the permission of the American Center for Law and Justice.