Read what early American political/legal theorists James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Story, & John Marshall said about federalism.
John Jay in The Federalist #2: “The country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence.”
With Federalist 51 it seems that James Madison could see into the future with the current disregard of checks and balances, but he just knew human nature.
I started reading Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Woods whom I’ve blogged about before is Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. In the struggle between an overreaching federal government and state sovereignty he notes that for Jefferson the federal judiciary was not adequate […]
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.“1 In the Preamble […]
This question was put to me recently, “Can we be Christians who offer the truth and hope of Jesus and speak to political issues at the same time?” I believe we can and we should do both being mindful of our words and actions. We may not be blazing a trail to the capitol or […]
Today is the 222nd Anniversary of our Constitution. I know I’m a little late on this, but hey if you forgot you can mark the day tomorrow as well. Some statements made about the Constitution throughout history. We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution […]
“Progressives” who seek changes in the law that would bring about major shifts in our culture have often failed to do that legislatively. Instead they turn to the courts, and favor a dynamic interpretation of the Constitution. The view of seeing the Constitution as “living and breathing” is certainly not new in jurisprudence, as James […]
When the Constitutional Convention met to craft a new government that would supplant the Articles of Confederation they did so feeling a tension. A tension between making the federal government too powerful, and thereby taking away individual liberty and making it too weak where it can’t protect liberties that we have (they can protect and […]