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  • Choosing a republican President

    10/16/2014 8:21:03 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 15, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    Note: This is the first in a series of essays examining the prospects for electing a republican president in 2016 and ultimately reining in the modern imperial presidency through the lens of Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist essays on the executive branch. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a politician making Iowa or New Hampshire his second home must be in want of the presidency. We’ve got more than a few of those these days and can expect the 2016 presidential campaign to begin in earnest minutes after the mid-term elections conclude. Expect the Big Announcement from Hillary some time “around”...
  • Audit the IRS

    07/01/2014 2:48:33 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 7-1-14 | Michael A. Needham
    There is “no evidence of criminal wrongdoing,” the Internal Revenue Service assured Americans during an internal investigation of the agency’s targeting of conservative groups. Few will find comfort in those words, and understandably so. Last week, while seeking to reassure Americans he has seen no evidence of a crime, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen acknowledged he had not even bothered to review any of the applicable laws. It seems like only yesterday that President Obama called the scandal “inexcusable” and pledged to work “hand in hand with Congress to get this thing fixed.” More recently, though, he dismissed it as a...
  • El Documentos Federalistas Completa

    03/22/2014 6:30:02 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 4 replies
    Heritage Libertad.org ^ | 1787-1788 | Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
    Enduring Truths In this section you will find links to these texts and enduring truths that are part of the history of this great country, the United States, a nation founded on the idea of ​​freedom. The truth will set us free. Verdades imperecederas En esta sección encontrará textos y enlaces a esas verdades imperecederas que hacen parte de la historia de este gran país, Estados Unidos de América, una nación fundada sobre la idea de la libertad. La verdad nos hará libres. The Federalist The Federalist is a collection of essays arguing the case for the adoption of...
  • Federalist 1 Published October 27, 1787

    10/27/2013 3:55:04 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 33 replies
    Constitution Org ^ | Alexander Hamilton
    It's time to revisit the first Federalist and the wonderful series freep-authored by our own Publius and Billthedrill. The Federalist No. 1 Introduction Independent Journal Saturday, October 27, 1787 [Alexander Hamilton] To the People of the State of New York: AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate...
  • Why Republican Politicians Sell Us Out

    01/28/2012 7:30:40 PM PST · by bksanders · 18 replies
    WordPress ^ | 28 Jan 2012 | Publius Huldah
    It is a cliché to speak of “spineless Republicans”-google spineless republicans and you will see. They talk “conservative” when they campaign; but once in office, they go along with the progressive agenda.That agenda is to grow the federal government until it controls every aspect of our lives. Why don’t they oppose the progressive agenda? Rush Limbaugh says they don’t oppose it because they want to be invited to the right parties and praised in the liberal media. But on this, our Rush is wrong. Rush is a man of Principles; but he doesn’t understand the Constitution.So he doesn’t see that...
  • The Anti-Federalists Were Right: Predicting The Most "Arbitrary Government" From The Supreme Court

    08/12/2011 12:57:19 AM PDT · by stevelackner · 15 replies
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | August 11, 2011 | Steve W. Lackner
    The Anti-Federalists were those that opposed the ratification of the United States Constitution by their respective State Ratifying Conventions. "Federal Farmer," whose identity is unknown, though scholars have put forward Richard Henry Lee and Melancton Smith as possibilities, wrote essays that were among the more important documents of the constitutional ratification debate. He warned in 1788 in Federal Farmer No. 15 that because "particular circumstances exist at this time to increase our inattention to limiting properly the judicial powers, we may fairly conclude, we are more in danger of sowing the seeds of arbitrary government in this department [of the...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #85

    03/03/2011 3:37:35 PM PST · by Publius · 27 replies · 1+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 3 February 2011 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Rests His CaseOn 26 July, New York ratified the Constitution, which must have caused Hamilton no end of satisfaction and elation. His work done, the master lawyer summarizes his case to his jury, the people of New York. Federalist #85Conclusion Alexander Hamilton, 13 August 1788 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 According to the formal division of the subject of these papers announced in my first number, there would appear still to remain for discussion two points: “the analogy of the proposed government to your own state constitution,” and “the additional security which...
  • Federalist Society to host lecture by James L. Buckley Nov. 10

    11/04/2010 8:59:54 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 17 replies
    Quinnipiac University School of Law Website ^ | Sept. 27, 2010 | Quinnipiac Univeristy
    The Federalist Society, a student organization at the School of Law, is hosting a lecture by the Honorable James L. Buckley at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Grand Courtroom in the School of Law Center. In his lecture, "Overloading the Federal Horse," Buckley will discuss what he sees as the disastrous consequences for law and policy caused by the federal government's abandonment of concepts of federalism. His particular focus will be on the consequences for good law-making in Congress. Buckley served as a U.S. senator from New York State from 1970 to 1977. He had many legislative...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #30

    06/24/2010 7:20:26 AM PDT · by Publius · 10 replies
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 24 June 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Returns to TaxationAfter Brutus’ attack, Hamilton put Federalist #29 back in his desk drawer, put quill pen to hemp paper, and wrote the first of seven essays to refute his old colleague. The issue of defense could wait a few weeks; the issue of taxation could not. Hamilton starts by laying the foundation of his case that the method of taxation available to the federal government was insufficient not only to its present needs but to the possibility of future war. Federalist #30Concerning the General Power of Taxation (Part 1 of 7) Alexander Hamilton, 28 December 1787 1 To...
  • The Federalist Papers: Federalist 3

    04/30/2010 8:35:21 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 122+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/30/2010 | Gary P
    Federalist 3 is a continuation of the theme John Jay started in Federalist 2. In today’s read, Jay continues to speak to a United States and their combined power, vs separate sovereign nations. This time we are talking about national security. Jay points out that there are strength in numbers, and a strong United States would, in itself, would deter many actions and invasions. Remember, at the time America was surrounded by foreign territories.
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #10

    04/05/2010 8:13:00 AM PDT · by Publius · 34 replies · 819+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 5 April 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Madison Enters the FrayThe tone of the argument changes. Hamilton is the brilliant raconteur and legal thinker, and Madison is the earnest professor of history. After Shays’ Rebellion, Madison sat down and wrote a scholarly paper titled “Vices of the Political System of the United States”, known by historians today as “Madison’s Vices”, which would have prompted a giggle from the man himself. James Madison was a man of abstemious habits who did not smoke and drank only in moderation with meals. If one wanted a dinner guest who could charm a room with his repartee and sing old songs...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #7

    03/25/2010 9:09:25 AM PDT · by Publius · 7 replies · 281+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 25 March 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    Hamilton Tackles Territorial and Financial Causes for WarHamilton now lays out the case for possible disputations between the states if the Union is sundered. He takes on commercial and territorial issues, bringing up the ongoing unpleasantness in Pennsylvania and the lingering Vermont issue. Federalist #7Concerning Dangers from Dissensions between the States (Part 2 of 2) Alexander Hamilton, 15 November 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 It is sometimes asked with an air of seeming triumph what inducements could the states have, if disunited, to make war upon each other? 3 It would be...
  • Our Subversive Founders - A warning label on the Federalist Papers? It’s not such a crazy idea.

    03/14/2010 3:56:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,079+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 12, 2010 | Fred Schwarz
    Our Subversive FoundersA warning label on the Federalist Papers? It’s not such a crazy idea.  Recently my colleague Jay Nordlinger wrote about a new edition of the Federalist Papers that comes equipped with a disclaimer for unwary readers: This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.  As the reader who tipped Jay...
  • FReeper Book Club: The Debate over the Constitution, Federalist #4

    03/15/2010 8:36:16 AM PDT · by Publius · 23 replies · 462+ views
    A Publius/Billthedrill Essay | 15 March 2010 | Publius & Billthedrill
    America’s Position in the WorldJohn Jay had served in the diplomatic jungles of Europe and had seen what designs the great European powers held for America. Here he explains just how parlous America’s position was in the world. It’s not a pretty picture, and Jay describes it in terms of diplomatic realism. From his perspective, the Union was the only hope of keeping Europe’s predators at bay. Federalist #4Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence (Part 3 of 4) John Jay, 7 November 1787 1 To the People of the State of New York: *** 2 My last paper assigned...
  • National conservative leaders rally behind Calif. AG candidate

    02/23/2010 4:08:05 AM PST · by legalwatch · 140+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 2-23-09 | Chris Rizo
    LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline)-Jack Pitney, a leading authority on California politics, had it right last month when he foretold that Republican state attorney general hopeful John Eastman's candidacy would attract support from leaders of the nation's conservative movement.
  • Federalist 10 - The MUST-READ of all Federalist!

    12/21/2009 7:02:39 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 25 replies · 1,045+ views
    Constitution dot Org ^ | 11/22/1787 | James Madison
    If you only read one of the Federalist Papers, this is it. This is the one you want to read and carefully study. This is the one that relates to today’s political wars more than any other of the Federalists. From the beginning Mr. Madison starts with a strong statement. Follow along and find where his warnings match today’s political efforts. Line breaks have been added for easier reading and a few sections have been emphasized. But this Federalist is important to study, especially now. Ping your friends! < The Federalist No. 10 The Utility of the Union as a...
  • Hiring Lawyer Rejects Federalist Society Members

    12/10/2009 7:09:03 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies · 1,077+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | Dec 7, 2009 8:43 AM CST | By Debra Cassens Weiss
    A hiring lawyer from Greenwich, Conn., wrote to The Ethicist of the New York Times with this question: Is it ethical to recommend rejection of members of the Federalist Society simply because you disagree with their conservative politics? The Ethicist, Randy Cohen, said politics should not be a factor.... The lawyer, who made recommendations on summer and full-time associates, had noted the review was intended to take account of judgment and personality. The Ethicist countered that reasonable people differ over politics. “I am tempted to believe that those whose politics differ from mine lack ‘judgment and personality’ and taste in...
  • Federalist 2 - the series continues

    12/08/2009 9:35:50 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 88 replies · 1,319+ views
    Constitution dot org ^ | October 31, 1787 | John Jay
    This paper is an enjoyable read, especially its fourth paragraph that describes some of the new lands that made up the new nation. Jay defines some elements that promised a great nation: With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people -- a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout...
  • Federalist 1 - The start of a series

    12/02/2009 10:54:13 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 42 replies · 887+ views
    The Federalist [Papers] ^ | 1787 | Alexander Hamilton
    A study of the foundations for our new nation are in order; so, let’s enjoy a study of the Federalist, starting with the first. We will initiate these threads with an excerpt of the Federalist being discussed, followed by the entire text, and then leave the thread open for your amplifications and comments. For those of you who focus on the Anti-federalist papers, I invite you to chime in with relevant passages from those papers. As we have 85 of these threads providing forums, I ask you to be patient and wait for the proper time and context for quotes...
  • Federalist 84 – Hamilton Opposes a Bill of Rights for Good Reason

    07/30/2009 5:02:27 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 51 replies · 2,392+ views
    Constitution.org ^ | 1788 | Alexander Hamilton
    We now see people clamoring for their right of health care, their right of same-sex marriage, their right to reveal information that will damage national security and so on. None of these rights are listed in our first ten amendments, yet the claims continue unheeded. Such claims were forecasted by several of the founding fathers; Alexander Hamilton penned his thoughts on the dangers of a Bill of Rights in Federalist 84. What follows here is a small section of the essay. Prior to this section he sets a foundation for his argument that is worthy of serious study. “I go...
  • WHAT ARE THE FEDERALIST PAPERS?

    06/15/2009 4:03:52 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 7 replies · 697+ views
    The Freedom Post ^ | June 15, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Plowing through the 85 essays of the Federalist Papers, one can read how the Founding Fathers foresaw the problems of impeachment, corruption of government, regulatory excess, gun control, and all the other headline grabbing issues we read about today!
  • Indiana soldier to auction rare piece of history

    06/15/2009 6:38:39 AM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies · 533+ views
    AP ^ | Mon Jun 15, 2009 | RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press
    Indiana National Guard Capt. Nathan Harlan was a high school junior when he paid $7 for a 1788 first edition of volume one of "The Federalist" — a two-volume book of essays calling for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Well, which is it to be ... Federalist or Ant-Federalist?

    05/22/2009 6:06:36 AM PDT · by knarf · 12 replies · 493+ views
    Our framers ^ | before the Constitution | many
    I intend to spend this weekend reading these more diligently ... from argument to argument.
  • Symptom of a Constitutional Disease

    04/02/2009 9:01:20 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 11 replies · 1,033+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 4 April 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    On special occasions, I wear a red silk tie printed with 56 signatures, all but one of them in black; the featured one in white is “Th. Jefferson.” The names are, of course, the signers of the Declaration of Independence. When asked, I tell folks I practice law for a bunch of dead guys. They pay me nothing. But it is an honor to represent them, especially when it reaches into the Supreme Court. That brings me to President Obama’s nomination of Harold Koh, Dean of Yale Law School, as Legal Advisor to the State Department. This nomination is a...
  • The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared

    03/11/2009 7:53:05 AM PDT · by NonLinear · 4 replies · 1,009+ views
    The Library of Congress - Thomas ^ | January 29, 1788 | James Madison
    [....] On the other hand, should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be...
  • Founder's Quotes - Madison from Federalist 63 on the Senate

    03/05/2009 8:39:31 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 10 replies · 790+ views
    The Federalist 63 ^ | 1788 | James Madison
    The people can never wilfully betray their own interests; but they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is required in every public act. short context: It adds no small weight to all these considerations, to recollect that history informs us of no long-lived republic which had not a senate. Sparta, Rome, and Carthage are, in fact, the only states to whom that character can be...
  • Skinning Cats: Legal Means to Disarm the Second Amendment

    05/06/2007 8:21:20 PM PDT · by Carry_Okie · 131 replies · 5,086+ views
    Vanity | May 6, 2007 | Mark Edward Vande Pol
    There are few things that keep me up at night, but this is one of them. It may be cynicism, but more likely it’s the long sad experience of watching the courts over the years. So when your side finally wins one that should have you celebrating, and yet you walk away with a knot in your gut, it’s probably warranted. Senior Judge Laurence H. Silberman’s majority opinion in Parker v. District of Columbia was a thing of beauty, affirming armed self-defense as an individual right pre-existing the Constitution. It was almost hard to believe. Maybe that's what’s bugging me....
  • A Conservative for Obama

    10/06/2008 8:59:48 PM PDT · by BRK · 75 replies · 1,790+ views
    dmagazine.com ^ | 9-23-08 | Wick Allison
    THE MORE I LISTEN TO AND READ ABOUT “the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate,” the more I like him. Barack Obama strikes a chord with me like no political figure since Ronald Reagan. To explain why, I need to explain why I am a conservative and what it means to me. ---SNIP--
  • Local woman to auction copy of The Federalist

    03/26/2008 11:08:41 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 8 replies · 529+ views
    The Kerrville Daily Times ^ | March 27, 2008 | Jeff Wright
    A Kerrville women who’s the owner of a 200-year-old book with ties to the Founding Fathers could net thousands of dollars from its sale this summer. “The Federalist,” conceived in 1787 by the likes of James Madison and others, is a powerhouse of a historical document, according to Heritage Auction Gallaries of Dallas, which plans to unveil the book June 3-4. Its estimated value is $150,000 to $200,000. James Gannon, director of rare books for Heritage Auction Galleries, said 50 or so first editions of the papers exist, “but not all complete.” He said Halsey Bascom’s two volumes are in...
  • Federalist Founder Supports McCain

    Steven Calabresi, Professor of Law at Northwestern University (http://www.law.northwestern.edu/faculty/fulltime/Calabresi/Calabresi.html) and co-founder of the premiere conservative legal organization, The Federalist Society, who previously backed Rudy has now endorsed John McCain. In an e-mail to me he explained: I have endorsed Senator McCain and think he would be an excellent president because he is tough on foreign policy, committed to spending restraint which is the key to small government, and because he has consistently voted for good judicial nominees in tough fights like Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. I am not troubled by his role as a member of the gang of...
  • Put ‘em to this test (Politicians)

    01/02/2008 12:17:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 144+ views
    The Asheville Mountain Express ^ | January 2, 2007 | Joyce Vaughan Byars
    Choosing a person for the office of president of the United States is the most difficult decision that a citizen of America must make. The person I chose is of high quality in character, integrity, wisdom, knowledge, education, experience, and a love for our Creator, [the people] and for our nation—[some]one of obvious moral and ethical character ... including unimpaired soundness in [such] qualities as honesty, reliability, faithfulness and maturity. And, of course, wisdom. Knowledge is also a requirement, and that is acquired from tried-and-true hard work, using the tools of a fine education and experience from the trails of...
  • Fred Thompson - The only choice

    12/31/2007 8:45:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies · 218+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | December 31, 2007 | Gary Loftis
    The campaigns are in the final stretch. The Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary are but days away. In just over a month, the presidential nominees for both major parties will be effectively set, and a nine-month contest for the leadership of our nation and the power to choose between starkly different directions for our republic will ensue. The Democrat nominee will advocate higher taxes and more government involvement in Americans’ everyday lives. The Republican nominee should advocate lower taxes with greater fiscal accountability, limited government intrusion, and tough law enforcement. Any of the Democrat candidates can advocate their...
  • Undeniably Conservative (Fred Thompson)

    12/18/2007 11:53:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 155+ views
    Let Freedom Ring ^ | December 18, 2007
    That’s the verdict rendered in this article. It’s just another example of the case conservatives should be making on Fred’s behalf. Here’s one of the key sections of the article: In short, Thompson holds the same conservative positions of all the other candidates combined, and has none of their flaws. In fact, any close observer of the campaign season would tell you that Thompson has been on the receiving end of barely any substantive attacks on policy issues. This is no coincidence. And it is the reason he has had to bear the brunt of shallow attacks about his demeanor,...
  • Fred Thompson: a maverick conservative who loves the law

    12/12/2007 6:37:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 327+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 13, 2007 | Ariel Sabar
    <p>"...It was an odd time for a dispassionate look at federalist theory. Fifteen people had been killed in one of the worst school shootings in US history. Even the National Rifle Association had scaled back its annual meeting.</p> <p>But in many ways, it was signature Thompson: a defiant faith in his own judgment, an indifference to political fallout, and a near zealotry about the limits of government. A few days after his hearing, he not only opposed a juvenile-justice overhaul backed by his own party but was one of just three senators to vote against funds for a set of antiviolence programs.</p>
  • The Sleeper Awakes? (Fred Thompson)

    12/08/2007 1:19:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 176+ views
    National Review's The Corner ^ | December 8, 2007 | Peter Robinson
    From the day in June when I interviewed the man until this very morning, Fred Thompson has caused me to scratch my head in puzzlement and disappointment. On the one hand, Thompson displays energy, intiative, and principle in all matters of policy. He has forthrightly and uapologetically opposed Roe, arguing that abortion law should be returned to the states. He’s solid on health care. Has has displayed more courage and honesty in addressing the need for entitlement reform than all the other Republican candidates combined. In his insistence on the need to achieve victory in Iraq and prevent Iran from...
  • Fred Thompson Ain't a Half Bad Fellow

    11/27/2007 11:34:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 115+ views
    BC Politics ^ | November 26, 2007 | Al Barger
    I'm not entirely thrilled with anybody who's running for president at this point, although some of them have their good points. Right today, I'm just thinking broadly on some of Fred Thompson's good points. That's because he had an interesting confrontation on Fox News earlier today with reporter Chris Wallace, to whom he gave on air criticism of FNC for their coverage of his campaign. He didn't try to intimidate the host with a wagging finger and threatening gestures like Bill Clinton, or send out third party threats and cheap manipulation like Hillary. Instead, he had some specific grievances that...
  • If nothing else, Fred Thompson is unconventional in his campaign

    11/27/2007 12:26:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 211+ views
    The Newport News Daily Press ^ | November 27, 2007 | Peter Brown, Asst. Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
    Fred Thompson's presidential campaign has been unorthodox since Day 1, and his decision to grab the "third rail" of American politics with both hands is a clear indication that he really is a different kind of candidate. Since agreeing to run, after a mild draft effort by conservatives looking to fill the void in the race for a candidate who shared their views and values, Thompson has pursued what can only be considered a nontraditional path. He has eschewed the traditional 24/7 campaign run by his competitors and expected by the Washington-based mainstream news media, which has labeled him poorly...
  • Thompson Woos Gun Rights Contingent

    11/25/2007 4:20:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 143+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 25, 2007 | Marc Santora
    LADSON, S.C., Nov. 24 — Joe McCormick, a burly man over six feet tall, a World War II-era Mauser rifle at his side, said he was frightened. “Giuliani scares me,” Mr. McCormick said of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. “What does a mayor of New York know about guns?” Fred D. Thompson, who was about 30 yards away — just past the “Confederate Cutlery” collection of knives, fingering an M-1 rifle at the Land of Sky Gun Show here Saturday — was more his kind of candidate. Mr....
  • Candidates on Second Amendment Case

    11/21/2007 8:30:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 526+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 21, 2007 | Jonathan Adler
    Yesterday, Senator Fred Thompson issued a statement on the Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari in the District of Columbia gun ban case. It reads, in part: I’ve always understood the Second Amendment to mean what it says – it guarantees a citizen the right to “keep and bear” firearms, and that’s why I’ve been supportive of the National Rifle Association’s efforts to have the DC law overturned. In general, lawful gun ownership is a pretty simple matter. The Founders established gun-owner rights so that citizens would possess and be able to exercise the universal right of self-defense. Guns enable...
  • Shaking up the Republican primary abortion-style (MUST READ!)

    11/18/2007 6:55:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 216 replies · 259+ views
    Arkansas News Bureau ^ | November 18, 2007 | David Sanders
    Make no mistake about it - when the nation's largest pro-life group endorsed Fred Thompson on Tuesday its goal was to shake up the Republican contest for the presidency. The National Right to Life's endorsement is the gold standard coveted by those Republicans seeking the White House because it bestows a legitimacy and authenticity on the candidate who receives it as the standard-bearer for those who want to end abortion on demand. The Thompson endorsement not only signals how the organization representing 3,000 pro-life groups has grown up, but it shows just how close the country is to seeing Roe...
  • What Fred Said [Thompson On CNBC Kudlow & Co. Tonight - 7PM (EST)]

    11/15/2007 2:36:10 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 59 replies · 256+ views
    NRO ^ | November 15, 2007 | Larry Kudlow
    Thursday, November 15, 2007 What Fred Said [Larry Kudlow] I just sat down with presidential candidate Fred Thompson, for an interview that will air tonight on Kudlow & Company. The former Tennessee senator was in good form. He attacked Warren Buffet’s tax-hike proposal on the rich as totally wrong, and Buffett himself as nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic party. He agreed with Dick Armey that the GOP will lose if it departs from the first principles of limited government and lower tax rates. He called the farm bill “disgraceful” and would veto it if he were president....
  • The Kingmaker’s New Subject (Pat Robertson's Rudy endorsement)

    11/11/2007 6:07:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 306+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Nov 19, 2007 Issue | Michael Gerson
    There is an old hymn written by Fanny Crosby, sung at generations of camp meetings, which exclaims: "Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!" Since the emergence of evangelicalism as a cultural force in the 1950s, three approaches to politics, represented by three personalities, have emerged. They are the prophet, the priest and the kingmaker. The prophet has been psychologist James Dobson, who dispenses child-rearing advice on the radio from his Colorado ministry, Focus on the Family. On family issues, Dobson's counsel is moderate and broadly appealing. On politics, his tone sharpens. He rails against compromise on social-conservative...
  • Fred Thompson: Federalist

    11/06/2007 3:43:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies · 78+ views
    This is a big reason why I’m a supporter of Thompson: Senator Fred Thompson appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning....One thing I found notable about the interview was Thompson’s explicit commitment to federalist principles. . . Many politicians say such things. President Bush, for one, spoke quite a bit about the need for state flexibility when he was a Governor and a candidate, but seems to have forgotten about such things over the past six years. It appears Thompson actually means it, however, as he stuck to his federalist guns even when confronted with issues where many “conservatives”...
  • Continuing the River Metaphor, People are Dredging Thompson's Answers

    11/05/2007 3:23:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 111+ views
    The National Review ^ | November 5, 2007 | Jim Geraghty
    Kathryn thinks Thompson's answer on abortion was muddled. (Between the muddiness and meandering, he's the Mississippi River of political rhetoric.) But I'll just note that for wary pro-lifers, Fred Thompson can say something that Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani can't, which is, "look at my record." Maybe that won't be enough for some people; maybe they'll conclude that Romney is speaking more boldly and making more credible promises. But it seems that one way or another, pro-lifers are going to have to compromise with a less than ideal candidate this cycle. Besides Giuliani's obvious flaws and Romney's conversion on the...
  • Will Fred Thompson's Strong Federalism Pass Muster With the Base?

    11/04/2007 9:16:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 100+ views
    Paxalles ^ | November 04, 2007
    Senator Fred Thompson appeared for the hour on "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert and it was evident that this is a more comfortable milieu for him then the debate format at this point in the campaign. He talked easily and comfortably about issues of foreign policy such as Pakistan and Iran - and displayed a staunch defense of federalism with some positions that may not please some of the members of the base. Thompson certainly came across as authentic - and his grasp of foreign policy issues gives lie to the contention that those with executive experience have a...
  • HUMAN EVENTS Polls Conservatives

    10/30/2007 3:22:56 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 18 replies · 103+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 10/30/2007 | Michelle Oddis
    Human Events’ presidential preference poll of American conservatives found that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson leads the competition for conservative support with 23% of the participants selecting him over the other candidates. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tied for second with 19%, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in third at 13% and Arizona Sen. John McCain -- in what is probably a direct result of his stance on amnesty for illegal aliens -- came in dead last at 2.1%. The poll, conducted by e-mail between October 24-29, was sent to approximately 32,000...
  • What's a conservatarian?

    10/24/2007 8:11:42 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 11 replies · 921+ views
    Conscience of a Conservatarian ^ | October 24, 2007 | Sturm Ruger
    Ive seen several others use the term, but I'm not quite sure that it has the same meaning for them that it holds for me. In my case, at least, a conservatarian is a mainstream conservative in the Goldwater/Reagan tradition who subscribes to the fiscal and modern federalist principles of the libertarian philosophy. Why not just refer to myself as a conservative?I don't believe that's possible in the 21st Century. The ink on the conservative label has been smudged by too much abuse of the term. There are people who call themselves "conservatives" these days who leave me scratching my...
  • Tests abound for Republicans with religious conservatives [Values Voter Summit]

    10/17/2007 9:32:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 178+ views
    The Hill ^ | October 18, 2007 | Sam Youngman
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his rivals for the Republican nomination will face a tough crowd when they address the religious conservatives at the Values Voter Summit starting Friday. “I think what we can expect is a lot of folks talking about how dissatisfied they are with the choices they have,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said. Giuliani’s positions on abortion and gay rights continue to dog him as he looks for support within the leadership of the religious conservative movement, and those leaders say they want to hear more from the former mayor this weekend than...
  • Fred Thompson Says He's Got Time To Spread Message

    09/06/2007 9:41:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 920+ views
    Candidate Says U.S. Must Return To Basics. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson said Thursday that he's ready to work hard in Iowa to make up for lost time. Thompson was in Des Moines a day after announcing his White House run. He said he still has enough time to get out his message. "The preliminaries are over, the game is beginning as far as I'm concerned and I'm looking forward to it," he said. He said he skipped the debates in an effort to reach more people. "I want to reach them as directly as I...
  • Fred Thompson has 'right' stuff vs. Hillary Clinton, say conservatives

    09/03/2007 2:48:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,006+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | September 3, 2007 | Thomas M. DeFrank
    Conservative Republicans disenchanted with their presidential options dream that Fred Dalton Thompson is the Great Right Hope for 2008. Fans of the 65-year-old actor and former Tennessee senator call him a Southern-fried Ronald Reagan clone with impressive name recognition and a folksy appeal who can unite the party - and beat Hillary Clinton. It won't be a cakewalk for Thompson, who, after several false starts, will launch his candidacy Thursday via his I'mWithFred Web site. He's starting unusually late, has had trouble raising cash and has been soporific in recent testing-the-water outings. "The wow factor is gone," a Republican operative...