Defending the Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government, & the American Constitution
Thursday July 10th 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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Founders Library


Major Works

Work# 1. Democracy In America, by Alexis de Tocqueville: 1831 (Complete)

Work #2. The American Crisis, by Thomas Paine (Complete)

Work #3. Madison’s Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787 (Complete)

Work #4. The Debates In The Several State Conventions On The Adoption Of The Federal Constitution, by Jonathan Elliot (Complete)

Work #5. The Federalist Papers (Complete)

Work #6. The Anti-Federalist Papers (Complete)

Work #7. Defense of the Constitutions of the United States by John Adams (Complete)

Work #8. Novanglus Essays by John Adams (Complete)

Work #9. A Plea for the Constitution of the United States, by George Bancroft (complete) - classic founding case against paper money and in favor of gold and silver as the only legal tender.

Work #10.  Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States by Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (in progress)

Work #11The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (in progress)

Work #12 The Works of John Adams (incomplete, in need of volunteers or funding for this project)

Work #13 The Works of Alexander Hamilton (in progress)

Work #14.   Common  Sense, by Thomas Paine (complete)

Work #15. History of the United States, by George Bancroft (in progress)

Work #16. Commentaries on the Laws of England, by William Blackstone (in progress)

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Special Collections

Collection 1. They Were Believers: America’s Founding Fathers on Matters of Religion, Faith & Morality

Collection 2. Historical Documents: Western Civilization & The United States

Collection 3. U.S. Historical Essays by Clarence B. Carson


Early American Thought: Letters, Speeches, Quotes

John Adams

Samuel Adams

Fisher Ames

William Blackstone (strongly influenced post-1789 legal thought)

Edmund Burke (British Statesmen)

J. Fenimore Cooper

John Dickinson

Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Jefferson

Alexander Hamilton

Patrick Henry

John Jay

Abraham Lincoln

John Locke

James Madison

James Otis

Thomas Paine

William Pinkney

Alexis de Tocqueville

George Washington

Daniel Webster

Roger Williams

James Wilson

  • On Federalism
  • On Constitution, State Sovereignty, and Consolidation 1 Dec 1787

Contemporary Essays and Articles


Sheldon Richman

Market, State, and Economy: Who is the True Liberal?

Jonathan Dolhenty

What Form of Government Do We Have Anyway?

Dennis Behreandt

In Praise of Gridlock

Steve Farrell

Regarding Ancient Greek Tyrants, Modern Elites, and Manly Duty: Dec. 10 2011

Tyranny Unmasked: Defense Bill Will War Against Americans: Nov. 30 2011

On Orchestrated Character Assaults: Nov. 29, 2011

Denying Spiritual Man

We Should Soon Want Bread

Men, Freemen, Christian Freemen

Vice President: Loving Heir Apparent

The Great and Terrible Lie

The Public Consequences of So-Called Private Choices

Laying Claim Upon the Higher Law

Hooker, Paine, Roots of the Law, and the Need to Reform

For the Sake of Party or Principle?

Fast Asleep in Philosophical Tranquility As a Civil War is Born

Johnathan Edwards: New England and the Latter-day Glory

Christianity and Religious Freedom: On a Candlestick or Under the Bushel?

Getting Up Front and Personal With the Ten Commandments

Hang the Ten Commandments Back Up!

Candid Common Sense on Morality, Law, and the Nature of Man

Divide and Command

The President’s Unconstitutional and Immoral War

Rights, Wrongs, and the Law

Moral Beings and the Law

Leonard O. Goenaga

Church and State: A ‘Wall of Separation’ (and a 100+ Pound Cheese)


Excellent Offsite Sources

  1. The Founders’ Constitution: Online library a joint project of Liberty Fund, Inc (who produced this five volume wonder, and the University of Chicago.
  2. Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics: A project of Jon Roland’s Constitution Society. Filled with original full text source documents dating back to the 4th Century BC., all the way up through the founding era.

See also Jon Roland’s Constitution Society page arranged by subject.

  1. Library of Economics and Liberty, The Library of Economics and Liberty is dedicated to advancing the study of economics, markets, and liberty. It offers a unique combination of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and aficionados of economic thought. The website is provided by Liberty Fund, Inc., a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. The Foundation develops, supervises, and finances its own educational activities, with the goal of fostering discussion and thought on enduring topics pertaining to the creation and maintenance of such a society.

  2. Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.