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Clarence B. Carson

Of Rights and Responsibilities, by Clarence Carson


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‘Founders Corner’

Blackstone: Of the People, Whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives

Blackstone: Of the People, Whether Aliens, Denizens, or Natives

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 10 1765-1769 HAVING, in the eight preceding chapters, treated of persons as they stand in the public relations of magistrates, I now proceed to consider such persons as fall under the denomination of the people. And herein all the inferior [...]

Federalist Papers No. 78, Alexander Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 78, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER: MAJOR WORKS June 14, 1788 The Judiciary Department WE PROCEED now to an examination of the judiciary department of the proposed government. In unfolding the defects of the existing Confederation, the utility and necessity of a federal judicature have been clearly pointed out. It is the less necessary to recapitulate the [...]

Blackstone: Of Subordinate Magistrates

Blackstone: Of Subordinate Magistrates

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 9 1765-1769 IN a former chapter of these commentaries1 we distinguished magistrates into two kinds; supreme, or those in whom the sovereign power of the state resides; and subordinate, or those who act in an inferior secondary [...]

The Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution

The Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: POLITICAL DOCUMENTS 1791 Amendment I Religious establishment prohibited, Freedom of religion, of speech, of the press, of assembly, and to petition. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; [...]

Blackstone: Of the King’s Revenue

Blackstone: Of the King’s Revenue

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 8 1765-1769 HAVING, in the preceding chapter, considered at large those branches of the king’s prerogative, which contribute to his royal dignity, and constitute the executive power of the government, we proceed now to examine [...]

Federalist Papers No. 77, Hamilton

Federalist Papers No. 77, Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS April 2, 1788 The Appointing Power Continued, Other Executive Powers Considered IT HAS been mentioned as one of the advantages to be expected from the co-operation of the Senate, in the business of appointments, that it would contribute to the stability of the administration. The consent of [...]

Blackstone: Of the King’s Prerogative

Blackstone: Of the King’s Prerogative

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 7 1765-1769 IT was observed in a former chapter,1 that one of the principal bulwarks of civil liberty, or (in other words) of the British constitution, was the limitation of the king’s prerogative by bounds so certain and [...]

Fast Asleep in Philosophical Tranquility as Civil War Looms

Fast Asleep in Philosophical Tranquility as Civil War Looms

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In my April 2oth column, "For the Sake of Party or Principle," I promised to follow-up on John Adams' feelings regarding "party spirit" – that it was an impediment, a censor, a book-burner to the truth; ... and then it really gets ugly. Put party before principle, before truth, before thinking, before [...]

Blackstone: Of The King’s Duties

Blackstone: Of The King’s Duties

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Chapter 6. 1765-1769 I PROCEED next to the duties, incumbent on the king by our constitution; in consideration of which duties his dignity and prerogative are established by the laws of the land: it being a maxim in the law, that protection and [...]

For the Sake of Party or Principle?

For the Sake of Party or Principle?

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had different points of view on a few subjects. One significant point of departure, at least in Adams' mind, was on the supposed benefits of party spirit. Jefferson informed the Adamses (John and Abigail) on more than one occasion that there were two kinds of spirit always [...]

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