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  • A Tale of Two Georges

    07/04/2016 1:33:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 4, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    In Philadelphia, in what now is called Independence Hall, is preserved a Chippendale style chair crafted in 1779 by the cabinetmaker John Folwell, with a sun on the horizon carved at the top. For nearly three months in 1787, George Washington used this chair during the sessions of the Federal Convention. According to James Madison, whose feet would have dangled from it since, at 5’4” he was ten inches shorter than Washington, Benjamin Franklin mused: “I have often in the course of the session looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was...
  • Trump and James Madison

    06/28/2016 12:35:56 PM PDT · by crz · 36 replies
    Founding fathers quotes | 06/28/2016 | crz
    Taxes on Consumption are always least burdensome, because they are least felt, and are borne too by those who are both willing and able to pay them; that of all taxes on consumption, those on foriegn commerce are most compatible with the genius of policy of the states. James Madison, Address to the States, April 25th, 1783
  • Our 2nd Amendment

    03/29/2016 8:28:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 3/29/16 | Senator Mark Green (TN)
    On December 15, 1791 the states which comprised our fledgling democracy ratified ten amendments which became known as the Bill of Rights. The preamble to the Bill of Rights states, the conventions of a number of states expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers. The intent of the Founders was to restrain government abuses, the amendments contained in the Bill designed to be checks and balances on government authority. The second amendment reads: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and...
  • Our Forgotten Statesman (Happy Birthday, James Madison)

    03/16/2016 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 16 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 16 March 2016 | Walter Williams
    George Washington, our first president, is probably our greatest and most decent statesman. We celebrate Washington's Birthday each February. But March 16th marks the birthday of probably the second-most important and decent American, James Madison. Madison became our fourth president, but his presidency is not the chief source of his greatness. There would have been an entirely different America without Madison's enormous input and foresight at the contentious 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. There were 55 delegates to the convention. Like Madison, some had a formal college education, while others did not. From Madison's notes about the quality of the...
  • Our Forgotten Statesman

    03/16/2016 4:05:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    George Washington, our first president, is probably our greatest and most decent statesman. We celebrate Washington's Birthday each February. But March 16th marks the birthday of probably the second-most important and decent American, James Madison. Madison became our fourth president, but his presidency is not the chief source of his greatness. There would have been an entirely different America without Madison's enormous input and foresight at the contentious 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. There were 55 delegates to the convention. Like Madison, some had a formal college education, while others did not. From Madison's notes about the quality of the...
  • Why Property Rights Matter

    09/20/2015 10:29:03 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/20/15 | Karen Lees & Sylvia Zika
    John Adams said, The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. I am not a politician or public figure. I am one of many Americans whose property is under assault by government. I am a student of self-governance living in New Jersey. My state and local governments make a habit of redistributing privately held property among the private parties it chooses. This is absolutely forbidden by the U.S. Constitution. If it can happen here in my...
  • Democracy or Republic? What Difference Does It Make?

    09/11/2015 8:09:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/11/15 | Karen Lees & Bill Norton
    We learned it in school. America is a democracy, right? Its stated as a fact in third grade social studies textbooks. Politicians give speeches about our great democracy. We hear it on TV, radio, in political debates, and from the White House. We even aspire to spread democracy around the world. But is it true? Is our form of government a democracy? Say the pledge of allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic Theres that pesky word Republic. How did that word get in there? Democracy or republic whats...
  • The Presidential Candidate We SHOULD Be Listening To! (And it's not who you think.)

    08/20/2015 10:01:34 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 26 replies
    Politichicks.com ^ | 8-20-2015 | Steven Maikoski
    Perhaps you missed this small and unimpressive candidate for president, for his physical presence was as weak as the voice that delivered his message. At barely five feet, two inches tall, he stood up and criticized our governments expensive actions, focusing on the problems before us instead of engaging in the sound bite war waged by the other candidates. Some in the audience craned their necks to hear his timid presentation, but most quickly dismissed him as being horribly incompetent in todays media society. However, his words hit home with some people as he spoke about how Congress was wreckfully...
  • John Witherspoons Presbyterian Rebellion [Happy Presbyterian Rebellion Day, everyone!]

    07/04/2015 8:54:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/3//2014 | Joanne Butler
    Ben Franklin is the prototype for the celebrity-as-politician. His autobiography is still in print; if he were alive, hed be on Drudges columnists list, and command speaking fees that would turn Hillary Clinton green with envy. A popular T-shirt has a quote erroneously attributed to Franklin: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. But John Witherspoon? He wasnt a fan of self-promotion, which was no less prevalent then. Today, in D.C., his statue stands at a tiny triangle where Connecticut Avenue intersects with N Street and 18th Street N.W. It is routinely ignored. At...
  • Scalia Defends The Constitution, Questions The 17th Amendment

    05/14/2015 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 13, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reaffirmed his commitment to defending the Constitution while speaking to the Federalist Society in his home state of New Jersey on Friday. Scalia, the preeminent conservative firebrand of the court, told the audience it is the structure of the government under the Constitution and not the liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights that makes us free. As reported by The Daily Signal: Every tin horn dictator in the world today, every president for life, has a Bill of Rights, said Scalia, author of the 2012 book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. Thats...
  • Public Opinion.

    02/01/2015 3:35:59 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 12 replies
    teachingamericanhistory.org ^ | December 19th 1791 | James Madison
    Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one. As there are cases where the public opinion must be obeyed by the government; so there are cases, where not being fixed, it may be influenced by the government. This distinction, if kept in view, would prevent or decide many debates on the respect due from the government to the sentiments of the people. In proportion as government is influenced by opinion, it must be so, by whatever influences opinion. This decides the question concerning a Constitutional Declaration of Rights, which requires an influence...
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • VIDEO: The Second Amendment - LIBERAL EDITION!!

    01/13/2015 2:22:49 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 72 replies
    http://louderwithcrowder.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Steven Crowder
    Liberals have been attacking the 2nd amendment for years. THE CONTEXT HAS CHANGED! IT WAS FOR HUNTING! In this video, James Madison sits down to write exactly what they think it is that he wanted. This one's going to sting!
  • 49% of US Presidents suffered mental illness in Duke study

    04/20/2006 10:05:20 PM PDT · by Torie · 95 replies · 10,485+ views
    The Chronicle ^ | February, 2006 | Haley Hoffman
    23/02/2006 - Duke: Duke study posits presidents had mental illness U-Wire via NewsEdge Corporation : By Haley Hoffman, The Chronicle (Duke) DURHAM, N.C. -- No one would ever expect the general who led the Union army to victory in the Civil War to have a debilitating fear of blood. But Ulysses S. Grant was among the 49 percent of former U.S. presidents afflicted by mental illness, according to an article published recently by psychiatrists at the Duke University Medical Center. Jonathan Davidson, professor of psychiatry and director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program, has a particular interest in history,...
  • Historian [Federer]: Ben Carson Did Not Plagiarize My Book

    01/07/2015 11:55:37 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | January 7, 2015 | By Joel Gehrke
    Bill Federer, the author of a quote book featured repeatedly in Ben Carsons America the Beautiful, defends the neurosurgeon-turned-presidential aspirant from charges of plagiarism. In my estimation, he has used my material exactly the way I wanted my material to be used, Federer tells National Review Online. The fact that he had cited me 16 times shows that his intention was to be honest and up front in his use of my material and the two times that the BuzzFeed article cited that he had not, in my estimation, is an editors oversight, errata, and its not plagiarism. The conservative...
  • Five items Congress deleted from Madisons original Bill of Rights

    12/09/2014 3:20:59 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 52 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/09/2014 | NCC Staff
    As Constitution Daily counts down to the debut on December 15 at the National Constitution Center of an exhibition featuring an original copy of the Bill of Rights, we are looking at some fascinating facts about the iconic document. When James Madison spoke to the First Congress he proposed 20 amendments for a Bill of Rights, and not the 10 we all know about. So what did Congress delete from the final list that was ratified by the states?
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasnt until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • Obama not on Smithsonians 100 most significant Americans list; liberals in shock over who is!

    11/22/2014 4:04:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | November 22, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    The Smithsonian magazine compiled a list of the 100 most significant Americans, and to the dismay of his fan base President Obama failed to make the cut. Adding insult to injury, former President George W. Bush made the list. But it gets even better, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was also included. The liberal website Raw Story bemoaned the very idea that the Smithsonian Institution decided that George W. Bush is a more significant figure in U.S. history than the exalted one. Curiously, the only redeeming qualification Raw Story named when mentioning Obama is that he was the countrys first...
  • D.C.s darkest day, a war that no one remembers

    08/24/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8-24-14 | Joel Achenbach
    On Aug. 24, 1814, the British started a fire and ultimately kindled a capitals future. The day began like so many days in Washington, with a painfully long meeting marked by confusion, misinformation and indecision. The British were coming. They were on the march in the general direction of Washington. The precise target of the invaders remained unclear, but their intentions were surely malign. James Madison, the fourth president of these young United States, had raced to a private home near the Navy Yard for an emergency war council with top generals and members of his Cabinet. The secretary...
  • College Board Erases the Founding Fathers

    08/16/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August16, 2014 | Patrick Jakeway
    August 16, 2014 College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. By Patrick Jakeway The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority. It also details how this control was first established. First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the peoples memory of a time before their bondage. Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014. The College Board,...
  • Dear House GOP: Dont Sue Obama

    08/08/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 7, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    House Speaker John Boehners idea to sue the president gained steam last week as the House passed, largely along party lines, a resolution authorizing a suit charging the president with failing to uphold his constitutional duties by unilaterally delaying the implementation of the Obamacare employer mandate. boehner obamacare The Left has expended much effort to show that the lawsuit is a gateway to IMPEACHMENT, despite consistent Republican protestations to the contrary. Five million dollars of online donations suggests President Obama isnt the only one who believes his own baloney. But one might as easily argue that the speakers lawsuit is...
  • Recapturing a Revolution

    08/04/2014 11:10:24 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 4, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Its hard to find a history of the American Revolution from academia that actually tries to recapture it rather than engage in a deconstruction project. Fortunately, the Liberty Fund has re-issued a classic that tries to reconstruct Americas founding, and largely succeeds. That the American Revolution and the American peopleof all the worlds peoples the most materialistic and most vulgar and least disciplinedshould have produced a governmental system adequate to check the very forces they unleashed; this was the miracle of the age, and of the succeeding age, and of all ages to come, Forrest McDonald wrote in E Pluribus...
  • Audiobook: Madison's Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787

    07/04/2014 7:27:56 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 36 replies
    Happy Independence Day everybody! I would like to introduce my largest project to date: Attempting to put together one voice per Founder in the most important debate in American History. The most important debate which nobody has ever heard. We are going to make sure people can finally hear it. You can listen to as well as download the files, here. This is still very much a work in progress. I do not believe it is enough that people can read these notes, nor think that simply making the notes easier to read is enough. Given how they are written,...
  • What Would Madison Do?

    07/02/2014 10:25:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 24 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 1, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    Coming soon: a lawsuit filed by House Speaker John Boehner challenging President Obamas usurpation of legislative authority. According to the Speakers legal theory (summarized in a memo that closely follows a recent George Will column), the courts can resolve disputes between the legislative and executive branches when (a.) no private party has standing to sue; (b.) there is no legislative remedy; (c.) one branch of the Congress has voted to authorized such a lawsuit. Barack Obama Predictably, President Obama has called it a stunt and Nancy Pelosi subterfuge. But, as the distinguished former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy pointed out recently,...
  • James Madison: The Indispensible Founder

    06/26/2014 5:27:18 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 3 replies
    Warning Signs ^ | June 26 2014 | Alan Caruba
    I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents. If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one. 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. The government of the United...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Bill Of Rights Is Born

    06/08/2014 6:31:58 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 8, 2014 | JasonZ
    On this date in 1789, Virginia Representative James Madison addressed the First Congress, proposing a total of twenty amendments to the newly-ratified United States Constitution. These amendments were eventually condensed to twelve, ten of which were ratified by enough states to become the Bill of Rights as we know them today.
  • Harvard grad Chuck Schumer fails history, credits Jefferson for Bill of Rights

    06/04/2014 9:45:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-4-14 | Stephan Dinan
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, stumbled Tuesday over basic American history, crediting Thomas Jefferson for authorship of the Bill of Rights during a debate over the First Amendment and campaign finance. I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute, Mr. Schumer said. While Jefferson is deemed the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, he was not intimately involved in the writing of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights, which is...
  • Lynne Cheney: Madison's profound impact

    05/08/2014 6:03:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/7/14 | Gloria Borger, Kevin Bohn and Brian Rokus
    Lynne Cheney has spent decades studying and admiring the nation's fourth president, James Madison. Her new book, "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered" is a labor of political admiration that began five years ago and culminated in a historical journey in which Madison, the father of the Constitution, also becomes a prophet of productive conservatism. ....She considers Madison the prophet of small government. He pushed for a strong central government early in his political career when he served in the early House of Representatives, but he started having some doubts. "Madison began to worry about too strong a government," Cheney told...
  • The American Flag Daily: James Madison

    03/16/2014 2:18:55 PM PDT · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | March 16, 2014 | FlagBearer
    Today is the birthday of James Madison, 4th President of the United States, author of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, who also served in the House of Representatives and as Secretary of State to Thomas Jefferson. He was the last survivor of the Founding Fathers, passing in 1836.
  • Sen. Graham to Republicans: 'Face Reality That ObamaCare Cannot Be Stopped'

    10/13/2013 4:32:59 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 146 replies
    FOX News ^ | Oct 13, 2013 | FOX News Insider
    Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has called President Obama a pathetic leader for his lack of involvement in negotiations to end the government shutdown. He slammed the presidents unwillingness to compromise with Republicans as immature. Today on Americas News HQ, Graham told anchor Doug McKelway, For [Republicans] to suggest to the American people that we could defund ObamaCare or delay it for a year by shutting down the government, I think was unrealistic. With the debt limit just four days away, Sen. Graham said, Im not going to vote for any deal coming out of the Senate that doesnt have a...
  • Obama's Dangerous Claim to Executive Power

    10/08/2013 1:00:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 8, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    Negotiating with Republicans has never been in Obama's playbook. Three days after his inauguration in 2009, President Barack Obama silenced Republican lawmakers who voiced concerned about the enormity of spending in his stimulus bill by uttering two brash words, "I won." That was his governing philosophy, as he rammed through the American Reinvestment and Recovery. But in the fall of 2010, Republicans swept into control of the House of Representatives, and since then, Obama's agenda has been stalled. With little prospect of gaining control of the House in 2014, Obama is resorting to discrediting the Constitution's limits on presidential power...
  • Democrats Are the Know-Nothings About the Constitution

    09/24/2013 2:31:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 25, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    Displaying their ignorance of the U.S. Constitution, Democratic bigwigs are excoriating Republican members of the House of Representatives for attaching a condition no Obamacare to a stopgap bill to fund the government when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called it "extortion". Sen. Steny Hoyer labeled it "hostage-taking". Representative Nancy Pelosi termed it "legislative arson". In truth, what the House Republicans are doing is not blackmail. It's checks and balances in action. Congress has always had the power to attach almost any condition including repealing or changing a law to...
  • The House has the Responsibility to Defund Obamacide

    09/24/2013 2:28:07 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    TexasGOPVote ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | By Mark Ramsey
    It is quite clear that the deceptively-named Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), was NOT supported by We the People when it was crammed down our throats three years ago so we could see whats in it. Its popularity has plummeted since then as weve found out. Support has dwindled in recent months among the middle and lower classes whose very jobs are threatened by it as employers cut work hours to avoid it, and traditional Democratic bases like unions realize theyve been deceived. Even arch-Osupporter Warren Buffet is now on record against it. One response by the administrationarguably illegalis to...
  • What Would the Founders Think of Defunding Obamacare?

    09/24/2013 2:14:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | Sept 24, 2013 | By Bruce Thornton
    A few days ago CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, speaking about the Republican House bill defunding Obamacare, commented, Certainly not the way the Founding Fathers maybe drew this thing up. Its certainly a surprise to hear an anchor on CNN, an organization biased in favor of progressives, appealing to the authority of the Constitution. For a century the progressives have been telling us that the Constitution is an outmoded document from a different age, and needs to be modernized to meet the challenges of a new world. Listen to Woodrow Wilson in his 1913 book The New Freedom. I am ....
  • Rand Paul: GOP probably cant defeat Obamacare [Reid, McCain concur. Wrong! Read on]

    09/22/2013 11:10:57 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | By Adam Sneed
    Sen. Rand Paul conceded Saturday that congressional Republicans have little chance of stopping Obamacare. We probably cant defeat or get rid of Obamacare, the Kentucky senator told reporters at a gathering of Michigan Republicans, according to the Associated Press. Paul acknowledged that time is running out for Congress to pass a government funding bill, however he said House Republicans efforts to defund Obamacare in its government funding bill could lead to a compromise. ~~snip~~ Reid has said any bill defunding Obamacare would be dead on arrival, and Sen. John McCain said Thursday that it was not rational to think the...
  • Obama Embraces the Imperial Presidency

    08/28/2013 9:39:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 28, 2013 | John Fund
    Suddenly liberals are comfortable with monarchical war-making powers. British prime minister David Cameron has recalled Parliament from summer vacation for a special session on Thursday, where there will be a clear government motion and vote on the United Kingdoms response to chemical weapons attacks, Cameron promised on Twitter. President Obama has a different view. The U.S. governments Voice of America reports: Pressed about calls for congressional authorization, White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday indicated the president believes consulting with congressional leaders is enough. Oh my, how liberals have learned to love the imperial presidency they used to so scorn when...
  • Government is Dangerous. Handle With Care.

    08/12/2013 4:50:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    There is no connection, of course, between the prosecution of notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger and the recent spate of scandals and revelations roiling the Obama administration. Or is there? Law enforcement and criminal justice are essential functions of government. No civilized society could survive for long if it lacked tools to combat lawlessness or make dangerous villains answer for their crimes. And Bulger was certainly dangerous "one of the most vicious, violent criminals ever to walk the streets of Boston," as Assistant US Attorney Fred Wyshak called him in summing up for the prosecution last week. But Bulger...
  • James Madison Saw This Abusive Government Thing Coming

    Americans voted twice for a big-government President, and now were beginning to experience the impact of big government. Are you shocked? Its been nearly five years of the President and Congress spending future generations into the oblivion of debt, the Executive Branch securing control over huge chunks of the private economy (two car companies, multiple banks and the health care industry are only part of it), and a dramatic expansion of both the defined role, and the powers of the IRS. At this point in the Obama presidency, we the people should not be surprised by a government that has...
  • Real Americans Don't Trust the Government

    07/06/2013 5:29:43 AM PDT · by Moseley · 22 replies
    The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | July 6, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    "Question Authority" was a dominant political theme in the '60s and 70s We're talking about the 1760s and the 1770s, of course -- the American Revolution. Well, sure, the 1960s and the 1970s, too. But our country was founded on the idea "Question Authority" while opposing the King of England in the 1760s and 1770s. Over this July 4th long weekend, we are called to remember how good cheeseburgers and hot dogs taste when grilled outdoors in the backyard. Oh, wait. That's not it. Don't tell me; it will come to me! Hearty cheers to the family Grill Master, always....
  • What would the U.S. House look like if you added 100 additional seats?

    06/20/2013 6:35:19 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 47 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 6/20/13 | David Freddoso
    It's probably a really good idea to add more seats, given that each member of a 435-man Congress is representing, on average, more than 700,000 constituents, whereas originally, the target was about 30,000 constituents per member.......To give you some idea of how this all works out, Ive calculated what Congress would look like if you added 100 seats. Here is the table:
  • Even if You Have Nothing to Hide You Have Something to Fear

    06/13/2013 6:58:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Bob Barr
    In a single weekend, Edward Snowden became one of the most famous -- and wanted -- men in the world. This is because last week Snowden, a former contractor technician for the National Security Agency, blew the lid off of a domestic spying program straight from George Orwells worst nightmare. America may never be the same again. As explained by Glenn Greenwald, the reporter with The Guardianwho worked with Snowden to expose the massive NSA eavesdropping programs, There is a massive apparatus within the United States government that with complete secrecy has been building this enormous structure that has only...
  • Lets Get Skeptical: America Is In Need Of A James Madison Moment

    06/09/2013 5:02:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Americans voted twice for a big-government President, and now were beginning to experience the impact of big government. Are you shocked? Its been four years of the President and Congress spending future generations into the oblivion of debt, the Executive Branch securing control over huge chunks of the private economy (two car companies, multiple banks and the health care industry are only part of it), and a dramatic expansion of both the defined role, and the powers of the IRS. At this point in the Obama presidency, we the people should not be surprised by a government that has purported...
  • Second Amendment Ratified to Preserve Slavery (barf-up both lungs alert)

    01/26/2013 11:35:46 AM PST · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Truth-out ^ | 1/26/13 | Hartmann
    Received from a Navy buddy who has since been seduced by the Dark Side. ===================================================== The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the Framers knew the difference - see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too. In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the "slave patrols," and they...
  • NY Times Opinion Writer: Give Up On The Archaic, Idiosyncratic And Evil Constitution

    12/31/2012 7:28:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Mediate ^ | 12/31/12 | Noah Rothman
    Georgetown University constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman has just about had it with the focus of his 40 years of academic study. As he writes in the New York Times on Monday, it is the Constitution itself which has allowed for the series of legislative follies that finally resulted in the fiscal cliff. Seidman says that it is time for Americans to realize what lawmakers have known since the constitutions inception it is okay to ignore it. As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government...
  • Madison never meant Second Amendment to allow guns of Sandy Hook shooting

    12/17/2012 10:58:16 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 85 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 17, 2012 | Aaron Burger
    Following the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. by Adam Lanza , many Americans are wondering what exactly our Founding Fathers intended when they set the Second Amendment to paper more than 200 years ago. Surely not the killing of 20 young children and six women.
  • Tallying the winners and losers of the War of 1812

    12/12/2012 4:08:05 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 38 replies
    National Post ^ | December 12, 2012 | James Careless
    The human cost of the War of 1812 was dramatic. Some 35,000 people were killed, wounded or missing at the end of the war. York (now Toronto), Niagara (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and Washington, D.C. were torched. Elsewhere, homes and properties were looted and damaged and family lives were thrown into chaos. The borders between British North America and the United States might not have changed when the fighting stopped the old lines were reconfirmed in the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the war on December 24, 1814. But once the treaty was signed, there wasnt simply a return to the...
  • Welcome to the Thugocracy

    12/12/2012 6:29:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    "I'm in the top two percent," said Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, this week on CNBC. "Right now, I'm paying 45 percent of my total income in income taxes ... You tell me, what's fair about that when medieval serfs pay 25 percent, I'm paying half? I don't care what the majority voted to do, they don't have a right to steal my money just because they vote for it." But according to most Americans, they do. And that's the problem. As America racks up more debt than God has ever seen on this earth, Barack Obama prepares...
  • 165 Million Americans Are Dependents of the State: Is Tyranny Next?

    08/21/2012 8:52:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/15/2012 | Bill Wilson
    Is America descending into a dependency state, where the majority uses its voting power to demand government services from taxpayers? New research from Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R-AL) reveals that this reality may already be here, with more than 107 million Americans on some form of means-tested government welfare. ... most voting-age Americans do not pay income taxes approximately 50.6 percent. That includes 53.91 million Americans who pay nothing in income taxes, and another 64.7 million who get refunds in excess of what was owed. Thats 118.61 million out of 234.6 million Americans 18...
  • James Madison Letter to General Washington

    06/16/2012 12:52:03 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 32 replies
    The Constitution Society ^ | April 16th 1787 | James Madison
    Two hundred and twenty five years ago, and one month before the Philadelphia Convention, aka the Constitutional Convention, Congressional delegate James Madison responded to a letter from George Washington. He offered thoughts on his new plan of government, the Virginia Plan. Compared to the Articles of Confederation it was radical, yet it was structurally close enough to the mixed governments of the States to be familiar as well. It would emerge in modified form five months later as The Constitution of the United States of America.To George Washington New York, April 16 1787 Dear Sir, I have been honoured with...
  • James Madison explains the uniqueness of the American Revolution

    05/06/2012 9:17:57 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    In "Charters", James Madison wrote the following: In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example and France has followed it, of charters of power granted by liberty. This is what makes modern revolutionaries so backward. They are stuck on stupid in old-think - that is, that power grants liberty. If only government could get bigger, we could grant the rights to _________________ for whatever special interest group they have in mind at the moment. Like the "right" to healthcare. In the comment "America has set the example", he makes it clear that it's...