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S.E.M., Vol. 1, No. 7
Federalist 69 - by Alexander Hamilton. 1. What are the chief characters in regards to the President as outlined in the proposed Constitution? 2. Why does Hamilton believe the term of office for a President should be longer than three years? 3. What was the term of office for the king of England and what, in your opinion, is the potential for abuse in such a term? Would the term of office of the king of England present any advantages - in the Founders experience and in your opinion - over over the new American system? Read all of the questions and post your response at our new resource Self-Educated Man

Posts Tagged ‘second amendment’

Weekly Story: Fort Gunnybags

Weekly Story: Fort Gunnybags

Weekly Story In 1856, private citizens choose a headquarters for their campaign against a corrupt political machine. For a considerable time after the organization of the Committee, on account of the strenuous opposition of their enemies, who were ironically called the “Law and Order party,” great apprenensions were felt of a clash [...]

Bloomberg: “I Don’t Think There’s Roads” Where Voters Backed Gun Rights

Bloomberg: “I Don’t Think There’s Roads” Where Voters Backed Gun Rights

WALTER OLSON, CATO INSTITUTE Michael Bloomberg has now fully completed his transition from un-libertarian but arguably competent New York City mayor to abrasive, polarizing figure-of-fun on the national scene. Having dumped a sizable chunk of his billion-dollar fortune into gun control and nanny-state campaigns around the country, Bloomberg now [...]

Hamilton—Federalist XXIX

Hamilton—Federalist XXIX

American Debate During the the debate over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, Federalist Alexander Hamilton—as Publius— publishes a paper concerning the militia.   Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be [...]

Voices from the American Founding on the Desirability of Standing Armies

Voices from the American Founding on the Desirability of Standing Armies

America has the largest and most powerfully armed professional military in the world. What would the Founders think of this development? BY DENNIS BEHREANDT Among the American colonists at the time of the War for Independence, experience had taught that standing armies were a danger to peace and liberty. Of the complaints the colonists had [...]

The Second Amendment & the Inalienable Right to Self-Defense

The Second Amendment & the Inalienable Right to Self-Defense

NELSON LUND, PH.D., HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Contemporary debates about the meaning of the Second Amendment—is it a collective right or an individual right?—would have been incomprehensible to the Founders. Everyone at the time agreed that the federal government had no power to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. [...]

First Law of Nature

First Law of Nature

Natural Rights St. George Tucker, a Revolutionary War commander and lawyer from Virginia, comments on the absolute right to self defense as it relates to the recently adopted U.S. Constitution. Self Defence is the First Law of Nature St. George Tucker 8. A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the [...]

Tea Party Write-in Candidate Defies the Establishment

Tea Party Write-in Candidate Defies the Establishment

SECOND AMENDMENT, GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA Newly Elected State Senator, Scott Wagner Earth to the Republican Party:  Ronald Reagan called and he wants his party back. Both Republicans and Democrats alike were stunned when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a state senate race last . The [...]

The Change Liberals Want Most

The Change Liberals Want Most

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY If liberals could change the United States Constitution any way they like, what would they most want to change? The answer is in a new book by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who for more than three decades wrote liberal decisions, before retiring in 2010 and allowing President Obama to fill his position with [...]

Cop: I’d Love to “Bang down Your Door and Come for Your Gun”

Cop: I’d Love to “Bang down Your Door and Come for Your Gun”

BY SELWYN DUKE How would you feel if a police officer you knew for 20 years told you that if an order was issued to confiscate your guns, he wouldn’t hesitate to “kick your door in”? This was the precisely the experience Connecticut resident, Navy veteran and former firefighter John Cinque had after commenting on his state’s 2013 [...]

Time for the Supreme Court to Explain the Scope of the Second Amendment

Time for the Supreme Court to Explain the Scope of the Second Amendment

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE From the 1939 case of United States v. Miller until 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court left unclear what right the Second Amendment protects. For nearly 70 years, the lower courts were forced to make do with Miller’s vague guidance, which in many jurisdictions resulted in a cramped and [...]

The Federalist Papers No. 29, Alexander Hamilton

The Federalist Papers No. 29, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS The Militia Wednesday, January 9, 1788 THE power of regulating the militia, and of commanding its services in times of insurrection and invasion are natural incidents to the duties of superintending the common defense, and of watching over the internal peace of the Confederacy. It requires [...]

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE Four years is too long to wait for a ruling on a constitutional claim. Not for the ultimate vindication of a right that’s been summarily denied, mind you, but a mere ruling in a case asserting this right that has long ago been briefed and argued. That’s the situation faced by my colleague Tom Palmer and [...]

Thoughts on Defensive War, by Thomas Paine

Thoughts on Defensive War, by Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: Speeches, Pamphlets, Letters, & Quotes Thoughts on Defensive War, by Thomas Paine July, 1775, Pennsylvania Magazine Could the peaceable principle of the Quakers be universally established, arms and the art of war would be wholly extirpated: But we live not in a world of angels. The reign of [...]

A Gun in Your Hand is Still the Best Protection

A Gun in Your Hand is Still the Best Protection

BY ALAN CARUBA Here’s an excerpt from Steven Goddard’s excellent blog, Real Science: “Navy Issues Security Clearances To Delusional Paranoiacs With Multiple Gun Arrests" Posted on September 17, 2013 The DC shooter had two gun arrests, including one where he fired a bullet into his neighbor’s apartment and didn’t even bother [...]

GOA News: Five Traitors is All it Took

GOA News: Five Traitors is All it Took

SECOND AMENDMENT, GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA It’s been a busy week at Gun Owners of America. GOA representatives have covered the airwaves -- both radio and TV -- and have received frequent invitations from national outlets, including CNN and Fox News. This week, gun rights were in the news quite a bit: Much of it was encouraging; some was [...]

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