Sam Adams on his birthday: “If we love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude…”
Part of Jeffersonâ€™s defense of the sovereignty of the several states concerns the right implicit in that status to legislate in matters that â€œconcern themselves alone.â€
In 1830, when South Carolina politicians were arguing for â€œnullificationâ€ of a federal tariff they viewed as unconstitutional, the elderly James Madison penned a public response.
Maintaining government over the daily concerns of people at the lowest level possible was necessary for self-government to thrive and kingly government to have no place in the future of the United States.
Are we securing the blessing of liberty or the chains of economic servitude?
One’s answer to that question depends on how one defines “greatness.”
The celebration of our founders’ 1776 revolt against King George III and the English Parliament is over. Let’s reflect how the founders might judge today’s Americans and how today’s Americans might judge them.
The Constitution, as designed, is the mechanism to ensure we stay a Republic. We must demand from our leaders a strict adherence to that document in order to preserve our liberty, and that of future generations.
Barack Obama and other supporters of unlimited federal power would like us to believe that we canâ€™t uncover the Constitution’s original meaning. In essence, theyâ€™re telling us that we donâ€™t have a Constitution at all. Rob Natelsonâ€™s new book, The Original Constitution, shows us that such a view is little more thanâ€¦.a crock.
As the 18th centuryâ€™s most influential political pamphleteer, Paineâ€™s reputation was born with the American Revolution he was largely responsible for creating, and he wanted to spend his last years among people with whom he shared a passion for liberty.
Those who hope to revive a constitutional role for the States as counters to the present U.S. Empire, must hope to make the States once more into self-conscious, viable polities who have the political will to enact nullification and stand by it.