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Surprise: Secret Court Fails to Oversee and Control Federal Spying

Surprise: Secret Court Fails to Oversee and Control Federal Spying

This should be obvious: We can't depend on the courts to protect our privacy ...
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The Unheeded Advice in George Washington's Farewell Address

The Unheeded Advice in George Washington’s Farewell Address

Rarely mentioned: a warning about ignoring violations of the Constitution ...
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Constitution Day: Every Day, Not Just a One-Day Federal Mandate

Constitution Day: Every Day, Not Just a One-Day Federal Mandate

Ok, here we go again. It’s September 17th and that means it’s “Constitution Day” in the United States. On this ...
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We Can't Ignore the "Militia" Clause of the Second Amendment

We Can’t Ignore the “Militia” Clause of the Second Amendment

While many defenders of private gun ownership recognize that the Second Amendment was written to provide some sort of counterbalance ...
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The 10th Amendment

The 10th Amendment

 The Tenth Amendment The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the ...
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The Supremacy Clause

The Supremacy Clause

 The Supremacy Clause This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and ...
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Nullification

Nullification

Nullification Any act or set of acts which results in a particular federal law or program being rendered null and ...
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The Commerce Clause

The Commerce Clause

 The Commerce Clause [The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and ...
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Necessary and Proper Clause

Necessary and Proper Clause

 Necessary and Proper Clause [The Congress shall have Power] To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for ...
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General Welfare Clause

General Welfare Clause

 General Welfare Clause [The Congress shall have Power] To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the ...
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Thomas Jefferson: Foundation

I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that “all powers not delegated to the U.S. by the Constitution, not prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people”

James Madison: Few and Defined

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.

Theophilus Parsons: Usurpation

An act of usurpation is not law and any man may be justified in its resistance.

Patrick Henry: Primary Object

When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, Sir, was then the primary object.

Mercy Otis Warren: Servitude

We have seen in all ages the many become the slaves of the few; preferring the wretched tranquillity of inglorious ease, they patiently yield to despotic masters, until awakened by multiplied wrongs to the feelings of human nature

Oliver Ellsworth: Void

If they make a law which the Constitution does not authorize, it is void.

Thomas Paine: War Taxes

Taxes were not raised to carry on wars, wars were raised to carry on taxes.

Samuel Adams: Taxation

The supreme power cannot Justly take from any man, any part of his property without his consent, in person or by his Representative.

St. George Tucker: Usurpation

Every extension of the administrative authority beyond its just constitutional limits, is absolutely an act of usurpation.

Rufus King: Judges

The judges must interpret the Laws, they ought not to be legislators.

Patrick Henry: Sword and Purse

Unless a miracle shall interpose, no nation ever did, nor ever can retain its liberty after the loss of the sword and the purse.

 

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The Virginia Ratifying Convention and the Birth of the 10th Amendment

While the essays found in the Federalist Papers provide an intellectual argument in favor of the Constitution, it was at the conventions where its supporters had to confront the specific concerns of skeptics and opponents. Of all them all, the Virginia Ratifying Convention – held June 2-27, 1788 – may offer the best insight into what kind of government the Constitution created.

The 14th Amendment and the Incorporation Doctrine

Gaining a complete grasp on the 14th Amendment is one of the more mind-boggling and complicated aspects of constitutional interpretation. It is also one of the most important, and anybody embarking on a thorough study of history will likely formulate contempt toward the impulses of modern judicial orthodoxy.

The Jefferson Letters, Vol. 1: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

As Thomas Jefferson and James Madison strategized on how to address the Alien and Sedition Acts, they corresponded by mail, discussing their ideas. Ten key letters give further insight into their strategy. Their correspondence reveals that the resolutions were merely intended to serve as a starting point, setting the stage for additional, more aggressive steps to stop the federal overreach.

The Constitution and the Report of 1800

In 1798, James Madison composed a document commonly known as the Virginia Report of 1800. While it was specifically written as a defense of the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, a close reading of the report provides a detailed analysis and keen insights into several of these key constitutional issues. Madison effectively obliterated arguments apologists for federal power were using to justify ignoring the First Amendment, separation of powers, and other constitutional provisions meant to limit federal authority.

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