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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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American Politics as a Confidence Game

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Remembering the Significance of VJ Day

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Remember Victory-In-Europe Day

Remember Victory-In-Europe Day

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Sick Chickens and Sick Laws

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God and Man at CPAC

God and Man at CPAC

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Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

Remembering the Battlers of the Bulge

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