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No Place Like Rome: How Classic Republicanism Influenced the Founding Fathers

September 24, 2022 Uncategorized 0

By: Bob Fiedler It has become commonplace for people to explain the current condition of the United States with allusions to the decline of the Roman Empire. But few talk about ...

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Today in History: Benjamin Franklin Urges Adoption of the Constitution with a Warning

September 24, 2022 Uncategorized 0

By: Mike Maharrey On this date in 1787, James Wilson delivered a speech written by Benjamin Franklin on the last day of the Philadelphia Convention. The speech urged the adoption of the Constitution ...

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Constitutional Genealogy: The New England Confederation of 1643

August 29, 2022 Founding Principles 0

By: Mike Maharrey The foundational ideas underlying the Constitution took root long before the founders drafted the document. In fact, they began to take root in the earliest days of American ...

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The Prophetic Anti-Federalist Warnings About Constitutional Taxing Power

August 6, 2022 Anti-Federalists / Taxation 0

By: Bob Fiedler In June 1794 the United States Congress passed a tax on the ownership of carriages. The tax called for a levy, “Upon all carriages for the conveyance of ...

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Whose Job is it to Keep the Feds in Line?

July 25, 2022 Founding Principles 0

By: Michael Boldin For the federal government to take even a “single step” beyond the limits of the Constitution, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “is to take possession of a boundless field of power, ...

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A Tale of Two Courts

July 5, 2022 Uncategorized 0

By: Mike Maharrey I recently appeared on It’s Too Late with Alan Mosley to discuss the recent Supreme Court decisions. We not only delve into some of the specifics of the ...

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The Constitution isn’t Absolute?

June 28, 2022 Constitution 0

By: Mike Maharrey Arguing that “high-caliber” weapons should be federally banned, President Joe Biden claimed, “Remember, the Constitution was never absolute.” Biden was merely advancing the popular notion of a “living breathing ...

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How to Interpret the Constitution, and How Not to

June 15, 2022 Constitution 0

By: TJ Martinell How does one properly interpret the U.S. Constitution? Is originalism just a codeword used by “conservatives” to interpret it in the same manner as “liberals” view it as ...

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Setting a Foundation: The Virginia Declaration of Rights

By: Mike Maharrey On June 12, 1776, the Virginia House of Burgesses passed the Virginia Declaration of Rights. It is arguably the most important founding document that most people have never heard ...

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The First Salvo in the Ratification Debates: James Wilson’s State House Speech

By: Bob Fiedler While most people today think of the Federalist Papers as the leading defense of the Constitution’s original meaning, it was actually a speech by James Wilson that had a far ...

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