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Northwest Ordinance: Landmark 1787 Law Set the Foundation

By: Mike Maharrey     On July 13, 1787, the Confederation Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, one of the most important and influential acts of the early republic. It established a ...

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The Supreme Court Was Wrong About Taxes

By: Rob Natelson   Along with some good decisions, Supreme Court justices made some mistakes in the term just ended. One mistake involved taxes—and it is likely to bedevil the court ...

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Bringing Back Gold Clause Contracts: A Challenge to the Fed

By: Mike Maharrey   One of the ways the government maintains its fiat money system is by throwing up legal and regulatory roadblocks to those wanting to use real money. Bringing ...

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Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms

by John Dickinson & Thomas JeffersonJuly 06, 1775 EDITED AND INTRODUCED BY ROBERT M.S. MCDONALD Introduction When the second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775, less than ...

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“General Welfare” and “Common Defense” Explained by James Madison

By: Mike Maharrey   The words “provide for the common defense and general welfare” rank among the most abused phrases in the Constitution. I often refer to this as the “anything ...

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James Madison on the Ignored “Fundamental Principle of the Revolution”

By: Mike Maharrey   Forget schoolhouse history. James Madison exposed a much deeper truth about the American Revolution. It wasn’t just “taxation without representation.” He argued that   This clash, Madison declared, ...

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The Supreme Court Bump Stock Case: Defeat for the “Deep State”

July 8, 2024 2nd Amendment / ATF / Court Cases 0

By: Rob Natelson     Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion for the Supreme Court in Garland v. Cargill—the “bump stock firearms” case—may be more important for what it does not say than for ...

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Free and Independent: The Foreign Policy of Washington and Jefferson

By: Michael Boldin     Anxious to preserve their hard-won independence, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson championed a foreign policy centered on avoiding “entangling alliances.” They envisioned America pursuing peace, ...

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Power From the People: The Revolutionary Roots of the 10th Amendment

By: Michael Boldin     Thomas Jefferson called the 10th Amendment the “foundation of the Constitution,” and for good reason too. It enshrines many of the radical principles that sparked the ...

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When is the real Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?

July 4, 2024 Independence Day 0

by Scott Bomboy of the National Constitution Center     There’s no doubt the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. But which date has the legitimate ...

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