The inspiration for nullification did not come from a brainstorming session between Jefferson, Taylor, and Madison. It actually came from the citizens of Fredericksburg, Virginia.Details
As he was leaving office, President George Washington’s Farewell Address showed his concern about the increasingly partisan and militaristic path the Republic was heading down.Details
This Constitution Day, the best way to celebrate the founders’ wisdom is to follow their advice on resisting federal encroachment.Details
In Federalist #46, James Madison explained how the states have powerful tools to resist the federal government.Details
Regrettably, today we have the opposite of what the Framers gave us. Today we have a government that alone decides how much wealth we can retain, how much free expression we can exercise, how much privacy we can enjoy. And since the Fourth of July 2012, freedom has been diminished.
In the past year, all branches of the federal government have combined to diminish personal freedoms, in obvious and in subtle ways. In the case of privacy, we now know that the federal government has the ability to read all of our texts and emails and listen to all of our telephone calls — mobile and landline — and can do so without complying with the Constitution’s requirements for a search warrant. We now know that President Obama authorized this, federal judges signed off on this, and select members of Congress knew of this, but all were sworn to secrecy, and so none could discuss it.Details
No one doubts that our understanding of historical figures may need to be revisited from time to time. But academic specialists have been known to overreach. To portray a historical figure in a light exactly opposed to the popular impression and to how all other scholars have viewed him is far more exciting than repeating the boring conventional wisdom. And if you can contrive a case that an admired statesman from history actually supported your own views after all, all the better.Details
Vanity Fair’s sophisticated approach to rescuing a drowning man is this: Lecture him about how we all need plenty of water.Details