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October 06, 2014


Federalist 62. Madison reminds us that the election of U.S. Senators by their respective state legislatures secured state rights or authority. In your opinion, how might a return to this vital constitutional principle become a key element in empowering a push back against federal intrusion into powers our heaven inspired Constitution clearly retained as jurisdictionally belonging to state & local governments, to families & individuals, to private businesses, churches, & charities?


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Joseph Story, the Natural Law, and Modern Jurisprudence

Joseph Story, the Natural Law, and Modern Jurisprudence

DIARMUID F. O'SCANNLAIN, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Joseph Story As a natural law thinker, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story believed that human nature is inherent and unchangeable. Story wrote that God fixed the laws of mankind’s being, and thus it is “altogether unchangeable in its first principles.” But whereas Story’s [...]

The Direct Definition of a Slave – Samuel Adams

The Direct Definition of a Slave – Samuel Adams

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PAMPHLETS, LETTERS, QUOTES Sam Adams, July 16, 1788 For your use I subjoin the following creed of every good American :—I believe that in every kingdom, state, or empire there must be, from the necessity of the thing, one supreme legislative power, with authority to bind every part in all cases the proper object of [...]

Thomas Paine on Just War

Thomas Paine on Just War

Thomas Paine LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In his 1776 bestseller “Common Sense," Thomas Paine cautions his fellow Americans that “a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.” Is the six decade old American policy of [...]

Samuel Adams: “Matters of this kind…are Serious Things”

Samuel Adams: “Matters of this kind…are Serious Things”

They Were Believers, Samuel Adams, 1778 In this letter to the Earl of Carlisle and Others, Samuel Adams responds as to the justness of their cause, and their hope and prayer that God and Christ will vindicate it: You have told Congress, "if, after the time that may be necessary to consider this communication and transmit your answer, the [...]

James Wilson—Of The Natural Rights Of Individuals

James Wilson—Of The Natural Rights Of Individuals

Foundations of the United States Constitution James Wilson—signator of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, drafter of the U.S. Constitution, and an original Justice on the Supreme Court—delivers a series of lectures on the law late in his life.   The opinion has been very general, that, in order [...]

Cooper—On the Moral Responsibility of the Press

Cooper—On the Moral Responsibility of the Press

American Thought James Fenimore Cooper returns from Europe to publish an open letter to his fellow Americans. THERE is one thing in Cooper I like, too, and that is That on manners he lectures his countrymen gratis; Not precisely so either, because, for a rarity, He is paid for his tickets in unpopularity. Now he may overcharge [...]

Abraham Lincoln or the Progressives: Who was the real father of big government?

Abraham Lincoln or the Progressives: Who was the real father of big government?

ALLEN C. GUELZO, FIRST PRINCIPLES Abstract: Early Progressives co-opted Abraham Lincoln’s legacy to justify their program of expansive government powers over American life. In so doing, they obscured how their philosophy of government broke with Lincoln and the Founding to which he was heir. Nevertheless, much conservative and libertarian [...]

Madison: Vices of the Political System of the United States

Madison: Vices of the Political System of the United States

American Founder, James Madison Liberty Letters, James Madison VICES OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE UNITED STATES, 16 APRIL 1787 James Madison to George Washington (also, a copy taken by permission by Daniel Carroll and sent to Charles Carroll of Carrollton) 1. Failure of the States to comply with the Constitutional [...]

Sam Adams: How to Deserve and Enjoy Liberty

Sam Adams: How to Deserve and Enjoy Liberty

Liberty Letters, Samuel Adams The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we [...]

Jefferson & Washington on the Morality of the National Debt

Jefferson & Washington on the Morality of the National Debt

Liberty Letters with Steve Farrell American Founder Thomas Jefferson, discussing the so-called morality of a national debt — what some dare to describe in our day as something that "we owe to ourselves"! as if debt were a privilege to be sought after — had this to say in response to what debts might be incurred to finance the War of 1812 [...]

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