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  • Antonin Scalia's Death Could Mark End Of Constitution

    02/14/2016 10:54:34 AM PST · by Biggirl · 30 replies ^ | February 14, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn’t merely mark a tragedy for Constitutional philosophy – it may mark the death of American Constitutionalism as a whole.
  • Principles of Constitutionalism: You Only Have the Liberty You Are Willing to Fight For

    05/07/2015 3:41:26 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/07/15 | Tim Dunkin
    The failure is one of the will. It is high time for the good and decent people of this nation to regain their nerve and find the will to defend their freedom Throughout this series of essays, I have emphasized that there are a number of key concepts that lay the foundation for a successful republican and constitutional government that serves to preserve liberty. These include concepts such as natural law, natural rights, the rule of law, the division of governing power, and the reasonableness of laws that are made. Now, as I close this series, it is time to...
  • Principles of Constitutionalism: Negative Rights versus Positive Rights

    04/09/2015 3:41:13 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/09/15 | Tim Dunkin
    Natural and negative rights provide for a free, voluntary society, while legal positivism and positive rights provide for a coercive, totalitarian society It has previously been shown that constitutionalism, by which is meant the general proposition that government should be restrained by well-defined principles and structures under which it operates (whether written or unwritten), depends up a recognition of the rule of law as reflecting natural law. From this natural law arises the recognition, in turn, of the natural rights of individual citizens, which ought to be acknowledged and protected by just government, but which are not granted by any...
  • Principles of constitutionalism: the primacy of the Constitution

    12/15/2014 6:42:03 AM PST · by Yashcheritsiy · 15 replies
    Renew America ^ | 13 December 2014 | Tim Dunkin
    The United States of America are in a bad way. All around us we are seeing the fruits of a people who have forgotten the first principles that gave our nation that it had originally. We were founded as a constitutional republic. What this means is that our entire political system, in which we participate indirectly, is supposed to be governed by the Constitution. Yet, we have strayed from this, and many, many people in this nation do not even really understand either the purpose or the workings of that document, because they have never learned them, nor even thought...
  • Time to Give Up or Time to Fight On? An Interview with Dr. Larry P. Arnn

    08/29/2013 7:43:44 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    Imprimis ^ | December 2012 | Author unknown
    Larry P. Arnn, the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He is the author of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution...
  • What Does It Mean To Be A Conservative?

    11/24/2012 7:15:55 PM PST · by Shawn M. Paul · 15 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | 11-24-12 | Shawn Paul
    With the political winds now blowing favorably for liberals, or progressives as they have more recently labeled themselves, another label (conservative) seems to have gained a negative connotation among some. Actually, theres really nothing negative about conservatism, at least compared to all other alternatives. First, we should think about what conservatism actually is. The first definition in Websters Online Dictionary, by Wordnet, defines conservatism as A political or theological orientation advocating the preservation of the best in society and opposing radical changes. The second definition, by Webster, defines the term as The disposition and tendency to preserve what is established;...
  • Terminus

    04/06/2012 10:26:34 AM PDT · by fporretto · 3 replies
    Liberty's Torch ^ | 04/06/2012 | Francis W. Porretto
    I have had enough. The progression that has driven the original, relatively constrained welfare system of the United States to its present, cradle-to-grave assurances of absolute support for whatever form of Taking or Faking one chooses to pursue has taken quite a lot of Americans, including this one, to a completely different destination. Here's a sample of the fuel that's propelled us: I believe that in a society as wealthy as ours, we should have a commitment to our seniors and to the disabled, Obama said. Thats not a sign of weakness. Thats not socialism. Obama called the basic American...
  • What Constitutionalism Means (Not a reluctance to amend the Constitution, but a will)

    09/22/2011 1:20:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 19, 2011 | RAMESH PONNURU
    Soon after Texas governor Rick Perry announced his presidential campaign, a few websites, mostly liberal, compiled a list of the constitutional amendments he has at various times touted. He has spoken favorably about amendments to end the lifetime tenure of federal judges, to allow supermajorities of Congress to overturn Supreme Court decisions, to repeal the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments (which established, respectively, the income tax and the direct election of senators), to limit federal spending, to define marriage in American law as the union of a man and a woman, and to prohibit abortion. Liberals responded, either explicitly or implicitly,...
  • Trashing the Constitution: The Living Document Con

    07/08/2011 8:29:07 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | Friday, 08 July 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Is constitutionalism akin to blind faith? Some statists certainly think so, as they have called the position constitution-worship. In light of this, what should we call those who lack that faith? Given that they dont believe in the Constitution, and that the document is the supreme law of the land, can it be said that they dont believe in law? Are these people, who are often atheists, also alegalists? Whatever you call them, theyre more visible and brazen than ever. Writing in Time magazine recently, Richard Stengel insisted that our Constitution must accommodate each new generation and circumstance. Georgetown professor...
  • Constitutionalism

    01/07/2011 6:21:28 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/7/2011 | Charles Krauthammer
    For decades, Democrats and Republicans fought over who owns the American flag. Now, theyre fighting over who owns the Constitution. The flag debates began during the Vietnam era when leftist radicals made the fatal error of burning it. For decades since, non-suicidal liberals have tried to undo the damage. Demeaningly, and somewhat unfairly, they are forever having to prove their fealty to the flag. Amazingly, though, some still couldnt get it quite right. During the last presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama, when asked why he was not wearing a flag pin, answered that it represented a substitute for true patriotism....
  • Voters sent a message on November 2nd, but did Washington hear it?

    11/09/2010 7:54:56 AM PST · by James H. Shott · 5 replies
    Liberty Ledger ^ | Novermber 9, 2010 | James H. Shott
    Just how important was last weeks election? Well, a list of the damage includes Republicans picking up at least 63 seats in the House of Representatives, more than in any election since 1938, leaving Democrats with the smallest number in the House since 1946. Fifty incumbent Democratic congressmen lost their races, including 22 freshmen, nine senior Democrats with 18 years or more in office, and three committee chairs. Republicans also gained six seats in the US Senate, narrowing the Democrat majority. The North Carolina General Assembly went Republican for the first time since 1870, and the Alabama Legislature turned Republican...
  • Joe Sobran, R.I.P. [Joseph Sobran, 1946 - 2010]

    09/30/2010 7:54:18 PM PDT · by Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo · 155 replies
    Our former NR colleague, Joe Sobran, passed away today after a long battle with a variety of ailments. He was relatively young, just 64, and while physically beaten at the end, he also departed spiritually triumphant. Surely, in short order, there will be ample reflection much of it critical on the hyper-talented, hyper-controversial writer. There will be a recounting of his history at NR, the break, the following years, and Joes soured relationship with WFB (happily, they rekindled their friendship before Bill passed away). Good, lets discuss all that, and more. But later. Right now, let us,...
  • Constitutionalism 101

    05/12/2009 7:11:44 PM PDT · by djsherin · 15 replies · 688+ views
    The New American ^ | May 12, 2009 | Patrick Krey
    If one wants a nearly thorough education about the U.S. Constitution, it would be wise to examine the following: the notes from the Constitutional Convention, the public editorials written both for and against the proposed Constitution that followed, the state ratification debates, and the actual document itself. These all give one an almost comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, although, as any law student will explain, modern constitutional law consists solely of Supreme Court cases mostly from the last 50-100 years. So why should someone bother wasting time on the above-mentioned items when theyre no longer relevant to our federal...
  • We need one more vote (U.S. Surpreme Court)

    04/02/2007 2:51:32 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 1,298+ views
    Red State ^ | April 2, 2007
    In case it wasn't already apparent, Justice Kennedy has completely gone over to the dark side, as evinced by his voting with the majority in the "global warming" case (released today). As usual, Justice Scalia nails it in his dissent:* The Courts alarm over global warming may or may not be justified, but it ought not distort the outcome of this litigation. This is a straightforward administrative-law case, in which Congress has passed a malleable statute giving broad discretion, not to us but to an executive agency. No matter how important the underlying policy issues at stake, this Court has...
  • The Constitution-A citizens view

    11/12/2006 12:58:41 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 15 replies · 385+ views ^ | November 09, 2006 | Hillard Welch
    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm)" and so begins the Presidents Oath of Office that he must repeat upon taking office. (Art. II, Sec. 1, [8]). *** In the days of the founding of the United States, this was no idle statement. It was considered a binding obligation upon the person reciting the oath that he would do everything in his power ("to the best of my ability") to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Of equal significance is the oath taken by both Senators and Representatives at the start of each new Congress in January...
  • Post Americans

    06/26/2006 12:44:11 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 13 replies · 827+ views
    National Review online ^ | 6/22/2006 | Mark Krikorian
    June 22, 2004, 9:44 a.m. Post-Americans They’ve just “grown” beyond their country. By Mark Krikorian The Wall Street Journal editorial page published another of its periodic eructations on immigration last week. This one was essentially a campaign ad for Utah Congressman Chris Cannon, the administration point-man on immigration in the House of Representatives, who was forced into a primary (being held today) because of his avid support for illegal-alien amnesties. The reason for the Journal editorial, not to mention its sneering tone, is not obvious. Cannon is way ahead of his opponent, former state legislator Matt Throckmorton, according to...
  • Davy Crockett on Charity

    CROCKETT was then the lion of Washington. I was a great admirer of his character, and, having several friends who were intimate with him, I found no difficulty in making his acquaintance. I was fascinated with him, and he seemed to take a fancy to me. I was one day in the lobby of the House of Representatives when a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support rather, as I thought, because it afforded the speakers a fine opportunity for...
  • Vanity - Is the foreign aid for tsunami victims unconstitutional?

    12/31/2004 1:18:28 PM PST · by Sir Gawain · 212 replies · 2,501+ views
    Just curious as to what freepers think about this. Is the foreign aid for the tsunami unconstitutional? If yes, why? If no, why not?
  • Ayn Rand Institute: U.S. Should Not Help Tsunami Victims

    12/31/2004 12:18:28 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 290 replies · 5,746+ views
    Ayn Rand Institute ^ | 12/30/04 | David Holcberg
    As the death toll mounts in the areas hit by Sunday's tsunami in southern Asia, private organizations and individuals are scrambling to send out money and goods to help the victims. Such help may be entirely proper, especially considering that most of those affected by this tragedy are suffering through no fault of their own. The United States government, however, should not give any money to help the tsunami victims. Why? Because the money is not the government's to give. Every cent the government spends comes from taxation. Every dollar the government hands out as foreign aid has to be...
  • Say NO To Arnold For Prez (NO FOREIGN-Born Presidents)

    11/23/2004 11:32:59 AM PST · by Jon Alvarez · 113 replies · 2,373+ views
    Petition Online ^ | 11/23/2004 | Jon Alvarez
    Like him or not, as Americans we should all stand together to say NO to any change in the US Constitution that would allow foreign-born, naturalized citizens to run for and hold the highest office in this great land...Apparently a movement is underway to change the US Constitution. We must stand up to this and oppose it. Please sign the No2Arnold Petition
  • Some Members of Congress Promote Agenda 21

    09/13/2004 6:34:06 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 38 replies · 702+ views
    Advance Bulletin ^ | Sep 13, 2004 | Michael Park
    Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Though Congress never voted to support and implement Agenda 21 -- and its implementation has been accomplished through executive orders and the activities of NGOs -- there is evidence that some representatives tried very hard to push it through early on. Full text: Why didn't the American public find out a long time ago how some members of Congress are pushing for the United States to submit to an international regime of comprehensive control? After all, the evidence is in the open -- all congressional bills are in the public domain, along with a list of...
  • We Must Stop the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty!

    03/09/2004 7:01:54 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 66 replies · 762+ views
    American Policy Center ^ | March 8, 2004 | American Policy Center
    Any day now this nation could find itself part of an international treaty that abolishes freedom on seven-tenths of the worlds surface. Thats because the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, a treaty that has remained latent since Bill Clintons presidency, has reemerged as a threat to this nations sovereignty, thanks in large part to Senate Foreign Relations Chair Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and his fellow committee members. In February, this committee voted unanimously to bring the treaty to the full senate for consideration; Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist, who is responsible for scheduling legislation for votes, has not...
  • 'Ten Commandments judge' won't rule out challenge to Bush

    02/02/2004 9:25:46 PM PST · by TBP · 85 replies · 242+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 2, 2004 |
    Ousted Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore is focused on trying to get his job back but will not rule out a third-party run for the presidency that could threaten President Bush's re-election chances. At a recent speaking engagement, the man who became famous for his defense of a Ten Commandments monument was asked during a question-and-answer session whether he would run for president, reported Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund. "Not right now," Moore said, according to Fund, who noted Moore's friends say he is undecided about whether to run for president or to wait two years and seek...
  • Book release today: William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Administration

    08/28/2003 2:20:58 PM PDT · by nicollo · 89 replies · 600+ views
    McFarland Publishers Co. ^ | Aug 28, 2003 | Michael L. Bromley
    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640, USA. Press Release William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency, 19091913 by Michael L. Bromley ISBN: 0-7864-1475-8 447pp. 86 photographs, statistics, notes, glossaries, appendices, bibliography, index $49.95 illustrated case binding (7 x 10) 2003 William Howard Taft declared, I am sure the automobile coming in as a toy of the wealthier class is going to prove the most useful of them all to all classes, rich and poor. Unlike his predecessors, who made public their disdain for the automobile, Taft saw the automobile industry as a great source...
  • Activists on right fear waning influence

    05/21/2003 10:20:08 PM PDT · by TBP · 35 replies · 210+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2003 | Ralph Hallow
    <p>Conservative activists fear that they are not exercising as much influence on the Bush White House as they did in previous Republican presidencies.</p> <p>In a memo to hundreds of fellow conservatives, a former Reagan administration official says traditional views are being edged out by a neoconservative "national greatness" ideology that accepts big government and advocates interventionist foreign policy.</p>
  • How To Pick Judges

    08/07/2002 12:14:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 194+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | Aug. 7, 2002 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The delays and wrangles about President George W. Bush's scores of unconfirmed judicial nominees highlight the underlying issues between the two political parties. The Republicans want constitutionalists and the Democrats want judicial activists. The term judicial activism came into the popular lexicon because of the much-criticized decisions of the Earl Warren Court. Conservatives don't want judges who write their own social and political opinions into the law, while liberals praise what they call a "living" Constitution that is constantly updated by liberal justices. Two federal district court decisions on July 18 in different states offer a good teaching lesson in...
  • San Francisco embracing states-rights

    08/07/2002 11:03:58 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 8 replies · 288+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/7/02 | Jonathan Turley | Even in a city where cross-dressing is a protected right--if not a cherished tradition--San Francisco leaders have turned heads recently by appearing publicly in a new type of trans-political apparel. Members of the ultraliberal San Francisco City Council have suddenly taken on states' rights--normally a conservative stance--as their cause celebre. Their opponent is none other than ultraconservative Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft--normally a states' rights advocate--who is asserting the supremacy of the federal government.
  • The Conservative - Libertarian Schism: Constitutionalism And Freedom

    07/15/2002 6:00:15 AM PDT · by fporretto · 48 replies · 540+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | July 15, 2002 | Francis W. Porretto
    This essay is an extension of some of the ideas in an earlier post, which may be found at: The Conservative - Libertarian Schism: A Harmonization Since the posting of the abovementioned essay, a number of FReepers have written me to comment on "the missing ingredient" of libertarianism: a respect for the law, in particular for the supreme law of the land, the Constitution of the United States. Adherents to the libertarian philosophy, they claim, are entirely too willing to flout the law and to disregard Constitutional stricture in their boundless devotion to principle. I won't dismiss the charge out...
  • Reclaiming The Constitution

    05/16/2002 12:55:27 PM PDT · by fporretto · 4 replies · 284+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 16, 2002 | Roger Pilon
    Byron York's "Schumer's Attack" points to the dilemma Republican judicial nominees are facing in the ongoing confirmation battle in the Senate. On one hand they want to assure the Senate that they'll apply the law, not make it which is fine. But on the other hand, they're reluctant to say much about that law, for fear they'll compromise their independence and, ultimately, the rule of law. That's fine too except that it won't wash with Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee bent on discovering the nominees' ideas about the law and whether those ideas satisfy an ideological litmus...