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  • What Are Our Representatives Supposed to Do?

    11/15/2017 5:12:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2017 | Ben Shapiro
    Warning Graphic LanguageDuring America's founding era, a significant debate took place about the nature of representation in a democratically elected government. Were representatives supposed to act as simple proxies for their constituents? Or were they supposed to exercise independent judgment? Edmund Burke was a forceful advocate for the latter position: A representative, he said, was supposed to exercise his "mature judgment, his enlightened conscience. And "he ought not to sacrifice to you, to any man, or to any set of men living." John Stuart Mill, too, believed that representatives ought to act independently; he said: "A person whose desires and...
  • America's Founding Ideals Are Worth Fighting For

    11/02/2017 6:41:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    These are tough times to be optimistic about America. Terror attacks in New York City, mass shootings in Las Vegas and campus violence against targeted speakers fill the news. Rather than addressing the problems, partisan politicos act as if each tragedy is merely a platform for their own talking points. Despite this, I am optimistic about America's future. Pessimistic about our politics, to be sure, but optimistic about our nation. There are two core reasons for this optimism. The first is that politicians don't lead the nation. There are countless more effective ways that we can work together in communities...
  • Undermining America

    10/25/2017 6:24:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    Our nation's leftist progressives have long sought to undermine the American values expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Though typical Democrats and Republicans do not have this leftist hate for our nation, they have been willing accomplices in undermining the most basic value the Founding Fathers sought to promote -- limited government. Leftists have had their greatest successes in undermining American values on the nation's college campuses. Derelict and dishonest college administrators, professors and boards of trustees have given them carte blanche. Let's look at some of it. Students at the University of Virginia want to remove the...
  • America Might See a New Constitutional Convention in a Few Years

    10/02/2017 1:19:11 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 63 replies
    The Economist ^ | September 30th 2017 | Unknown
    THE I’s had been dotted; the T’s were crossed. The 55 delegates to America’s first and so-far-only constitutional convention had hammered out compromises on the separation of powers, apportionment of seats in the legislature and the future of the slave trade. But on September 15th 1787 George Mason, a plantation owner from Virginia, rose to his feet to object. Article V of the draft text laid out two paths by which future amendments could be proposed. Congress could either propose them itself, or it could summon a convention of representatives from the states to propose them. Mason warned that if...
  • John Adams: A Government of Laws, and Not Men, in Virginia

    09/16/2017 5:25:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2017 | Ken Blackwell
    They say past is prologue. Let’s hope so in this fall’s election for Virginia attorney general. In a state of so many founders that advanced the cause of individual liberty, religious freedom and the rule of law, Republican John Adams is running for attorney general on a record and platform that fully embraces this cause. Not only does Virginia’s John Adams share the Massachusetts founder’s name and principles, but he’s actually related to Presidents John and John Quincy Adams. The original John Adams talked famously of “a government of laws, and not of men,” and his son John Quincy remarked...
  • Thomas Jefferson, ‘emblem of white supremacy,’ targeted in UVa. students’ list of demands

    08/23/2017 7:15:50 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 60 replies
    University of Virginia students have issued a list of demands regarding a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus because his visage allegedly serves as “an emblem of white supremacy.” President Trump asked reporters on Aug. 15 if violence in Charlottesville over historical monuments would inspire campaigns against the nation’s third present. A coalition of minority student groups answered his call less than one week later with a list of demands for administrators. The Minority Rights Coalition hosted a “March to Reclaim Our Grounds” on Aug. 21, at which point they revealed a ten-point ultimatum obtained by Campus Reform on Wednesday....
  • CNN ..Warns 'America Is Close to Slavery Now,' ..George Washington and Confederates Equally Bad

    08/19/2017 11:08:39 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 88 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 08/19/2017 | Virginia Kruta
    The conversation about monuments — particularly which should stay and which should go — has eclipsed nearly all other conversations in the week following a rally-turned-near-riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. CNN's Kate Bolduan spoke to liberal analyst Angela Rye on Thursday, asking her whether the uproar was truly just about the monuments. Rye claimed that the problem ran much deeper than that: .. Rye concluded her argument by asserting that America was very close to once again being a nation of slavery: “We definitely need to learn about it so that we don't repeat it, because we're very close to repeating...
  • To Move Our Nation Forward, Lift Up America's Founding Ideals

    08/17/2017 7:36:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    In the decade leading up to America's War for Independence, much of the drama took place in and around Boston. Sam Adams was the ringleader on the colonial side and public enemy number one to the British. He had been thinking about liberty and independence since he attended Harvard decades before. He was motivated partly because what we would now call the Regulatory State targeted his family because of their political views. Eventually, British troops were sent to occupy Boston and keep things from getting out of hand. Naturally, the occupying force was hated and the tension between colonists and...
  • It’s Time To Blow Up Mount Rushmore

    08/16/2017 10:14:06 AM PDT · by McGruff · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2017 | Scott Greer
    If the Left takes follows the course of its own logic, then there’s one landmark they should want to blow up ASAP — besides Stone Mountain. It’s Mount Rushmore. All four presidents carved into stone on the mountain would be called white supremacists today. So it would make sense for our progressive nation to wipe them from the face of the landmark. Let’s start with Washington. He owned slaves. He approved the Naturalization Act of 1790 that restricted citizenship to “free white men.” He also earned the nickname “Town Destroyer” from the Iroquois for he fought against Indian tribes. Jefferson...
  • "The Root" magazine engages in gross historical malpractice

    07/05/2017 7:08:34 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 9 replies
    It's such a shame to see a magazine that claims to be "The Root", be so willing to ignore "the roots" of what you would think would be their own history. Recently, The Root engaged in gross historical malpractice by giving voice to people who would benefit greatly from learning their own true history. They created a short video titled "No Country for Me." This is (among many reasons) one of the reasons why I recorded William Cooper Nell's 1855 book The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution as an audiobook. There are many outlets out there, even outlets such...
  • 'There You Go Again' Liberals, Denying Our 'Rendezvous With Destiny'

    07/04/2017 8:50:23 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/04/17 | Katy Grimes
    Happy Independence Day July 4, 2017! As crazed Democrats are trying to impeach our duly elected United States President, important reminders by our founding fathers and greatest modern day Presidents and world leaders are never more relevant. “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”—Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President America’s second President and drafter of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson warned,”The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.”
  • On this day in History: Congress votes for independence

    07/02/2017 9:40:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    History.com ^ | July 2, 1776
    On this day in 1776, the Second Continental Congress, assembled in Philadelphia, formally adopts Richard Henry Lee’s resolution for independence from Great Britain. The vote is unanimous, with only New York abstaining. The resolution had originally been presented to Congress on June 7, but it soon became clear that New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and South Carolina were as yet unwilling to declare independence, though they would likely be ready to vote in favor of a break with England in due course. Thus, Congress agreed to delay the vote on Lees Resolution until July 1. In the intervening...
  • Mark Levin's 'Rediscovering Americanism'

    06/30/2017 6:57:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2017 | David Limbaugh
    My friend Mark Levin is nothing if not a patriot of the first order. He loves the United States and its founding principles -- and his latest book, "Rediscovering Americanism," explains his passion and encourages ours. Levin believes that America's greatness lies in its unique founding ideals -- and documents -- and correctly observes how far we've strayed from those principles and the structure of government they inspired. In his other books, Levin has outlined the problems confronting us and proposed solutions, but in this book, he takes a deeper look into the Framers' vision and examines the anatomy and...
  • Trashing the American Revolution in the Age of Hysteria

    06/02/2017 8:08:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2017 | Suzanne Fields
    Liberal hysteria over Donald Trump was hardly required to pose questions about the "patriotic myths" of the Founding Fathers, but his elevation to the Oval Office has accelerated the trashing of the heroic past, even the stories of the American Revolution that generations of school children cherished. It's not just Parson Weems' imaginative tale of George Washington cutting down his father's cherished cherry tree, and his owning up with his assertion that "I cannot tell a lie." That story, from the first biography of the first president, has long been exposed as the fiction of a teaching moment meant...
  • The Nation's Capital and the Wall

    04/10/2017 5:14:43 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 10, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the first week of April, 2017, a nostalgic nation watched as one of the grand old institutions crumbled into dust: the Senate filibuster was removed from the toolbox for presidential appointments. Many on both sides of the aisle shed a tear or two as the US Senate lost one of its most famous and romantic tools; until the Democrats overplayed their hand on the Gorsuch nomination, a single Senator could hold up a presidential appointee with a filibuster. No more. Before you shed any more tears, though, dear Gentle Reader, please consider who had long been empowered with this...
  • Professor Horrified to Learn Daughter likes George Washington, Tells her he was Racist

    03/15/2017 8:53:44 AM PDT · by rightistight · 64 replies
    IOTW Report ^ | 3/15/17 | Aurelius
    Professor Jennifer Harvey took to the New York Times yesterday to ask: “Are We Raising Racists?” She begins her article by recounting how “dismayed” she was that her daughter admired George Washington. Her daughter was “signing the praises” of the first President, which surprised Dr. Harvey. “I was dismayed,” she writes, “that the peace- and diversity-centered curriculum she gets at her public school had left her with such a one-dimensional view of history.” Her 7-year-old daughter, she felt, needed to know the whole story. Eventually, her daughter asked her about news. Professor Harvey, after discussing ethics violations with her 7-year-old,...
  • Were Our Founding Fathers Racist? The Slaves are 3/5ths of a Person Debate

    02/10/2017 12:25:57 PM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    RedState ^ | July 18, 2010 | Jeff Dunetz
    Many in the progressive world, believe that our founding fathers were racist. As their evidence they point to Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution: “ Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” To the liberals, the 3/5th figure is an indication that our founding fathers...
  • "The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution" on C-SPAN

    01/29/2017 1:51:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 22 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 11/14/2016
    Michael Klarman talked about his book The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution, in which he recalls the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, from its tenuous start, according to the author the Philadelphia convention almost didn’t occur, to the many competing interests and internal debates that marked the Constitution’s creation. Michael Klarman spoke with Patrick Spero at the National Constitution Center.
  • The Pros and Cons of the Electoral College

    12/24/2016 10:06:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 24, 2016 | Michael Curtis
    Politics is a game, in some ways akin to football. A win depends on how many points are on the official scoreboard, not on how many yards have been covered. For a stable society to exist or a game to be successful, certain rules must be followed. They may be simple or complex, few or many, handed down orally or through a complex code, but they underlie a structured order. Adherence to that structure is essential even in politics, which is an ongoing process with no eternal answers. It is natural in politics that conclusions and procedures once generally accepted...
  • John Adams on Aristocracy, Democracy, and Tyranny

    12/21/2016 1:53:34 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 24 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | December 21st 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    My previous posts regarding repeal of the horrid 17th Amendment were built on a simple republican foundation; members of republics are represented in the lawmaking body. The Constitution acts on the people and states, and both had their place in congress until 1913. In its wake, the 17th Amendment left behind a federal Constitution without a federal government. Here, I take a different tack as to why the 17A must go. I will show from the standpoint of balancing society's natural proclivities, we must reestablish a federal senate of the states. Without a strong middle institution to repel democracy, the...