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  • How Conservatives See America

    05/10/2016 4:41:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 10, 2016 | John Hawkins
    Have you ever seen an incredible talent who is destroying himself? An Elvis Presley, a Jimi Hendrix, a John Belushi?  A Marilyn Monroe, a Prince, an Amy Winehouse? What do you think when you look at someone who’s rich, famous, gifted and has the world at his fingertips after he just throws it all away? Well, America is in the same situation. We’re the greatest nation that has ever existed. We saved the world three times; we’ve helped hundreds of millions of people become free; we put a man on the moon and we stand alone with the world’s strongest...
  • Federal Park Ranger Mocks Founders, Constitution ... While Leading Tour of Independence Hall!

    04/20/2016 10:58:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 127 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 19, 2016 | J. Christian Adams
    A federal employee of the National Park Service who offers guided tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia -- the birthplace of the Constitution -- stunned a group of tourists this week by telling them the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were the product of "class elites who were just out to protect their privileged status." Mary A. Hogan, a federal employee making in excess of $95,000 per year in salary and benefits, provided a tour Monday afternoon at Independence Hall laced with factual inaccuracies and disparaging comments about the Founders and the Constitution. Hogan, who goes by the...
  • Admonitions From Washington Worth a Listen

    04/13/2016 12:23:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Terry Jeffrey
    Had you been in Philadelphia on Sept. 19, 1796 and picked up a copy of the American Daily Advertiser, you would have discovered a remarkable statement -- not on the front page, but on the second. It was from high-ranking and popular elected official who had no interest in keeping his office. "Satisfied that if any circumstances have given peculiar value to my services, they were temporary," he said, "I have the consolation to believe that, while choice and prudence invite me to quit the political scene, patriotism does not forbid it." When this farewell address appeared in what was...
  • Walter Williams: Attacking Our Nation's Founders

    04/11/2016 11:19:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 11, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    During Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign visit to Liberty University, he told the students that our nation was created on racist principles. Students at a Christian-based university, such as Liberty, do not often hear the founders-as-racists argument. But it is featured at many other universities, as well as primary and secondary schools. Most often, the hate-America teachings are centered on the fact that slavery is a part of our history. What is left untaught is: Slavery was a routine part of human history. Blacks were the last people to be enslaved. Plus, our Founding Fathers struggled mightily over the issue of...
  • Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson: From Sally Hemmings to His "Deism"

    04/02/2016 12:11:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/02/2016 | Richard Kirk
    What kind of criticism would prompt a major publisher to withdraw from circulation a New York Times bestseller by a recognized scholar? One would think the objections would have to be weighty and the critics unquestioned experts in the particular field. In the case of "The Jefferson Lies", one would be mistaken to make those assumptions. In 2012, David Barton's popular analysis of Thomas Jefferson was pulled by the book's publisher, Thomas Nelson, based on what appears to have been an academic putsch designed to protect the now popular view of the third president as a secular deist and hypocritical...
  • Obama Says He’s Required to ‘Maintain Faith With Our Founders’

    03/19/2016 7:32:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 19, 2016 | 10:02 AM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    In his weekly address released today, President Barack Obama said that Supreme Court Justices are supposed to apply “the principles written into our founding documents.” “The men and women who sit on the Supreme Court safeguard our rights,” Obama said. “They ensure that ours is a system of laws, not of men. And they’re given the essential task of applying the principles written into our founding documents to the most challenging questions of today.” …
  • What John Adams Knew -- Donald Trump: the populist demogogue John Adams anticipated

    03/18/2016 5:53:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 77 replies
    National Review ^ | 3-18-16 | Kevin Williamson
    There is a line from John Adams of which conservatives, particularly those of a moralistic bent, are fond: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people." The surrounding prose is quoted much less frequently, and it is stern stuff dealing with one of Adams’s great fears - one that is particularly relevant to this moment in our history. John Adams hated democracy and he feared what was known in the language of the time as "passion." Adams's famous assessment: "I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run,...
  • 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...
  • Plans for Congress Term Limits Must Be Kept Short and Tight

    01/30/2016 3:26:51 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/30/16 | Jerry McConnell
    The Founding Fathers vision of a “citizen’s legislature” vanishes when the process of reelection enters the picture How many times over the years have you seen one group or another with a proposal to get Term Limits for Congress enacted? I’d say there were more of those than suggestions for Obama’s Impeachment which should be a slam-dunk. Well, more or not, this one initiated by Americans for Constitutional Liberty is the latest one to cross my desk and while I would like to see a realistic one put out there for a change. All the ones I have seen just...
  • Equality Babble

    12/29/2015 10:32:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Or do we? At the end of a long, bitter political year, with a still grimmer one facing us, shall we take a look? The Founding Fathers' abstract commitment to equality -- reinforced by the Gettysburg Address -- vexes and perplexes Americans across the political sphere. We know we're "equal," more or less. But equal on what terms: nature's or the government's? "Equality" takes on the quality that 21st century politicians assign it according to vote tallies, with backing from the media's noisier voices. We hear about...
  • Attacking Our Founders: The truth about the Founding Fathers' views on slavery.

    11/10/2015 8:57:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/10/2015 | Walter Williams
    Many of my columns speak highly of the wisdom of our nation's founders. Every once in a while, I receive an ugly letter sarcastically asking what do I think of their wisdom declaring blacks "three-fifths of a human." It's difficult to tell whether such a question is prompted by ignorance or is the fruit of an ongoing agenda to undermine American greatness. Let's examine some facts about our founders and slavery. At the time of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, slaves were 40 percent of the population of southern colonies. Apportionment in the House of Representatives and the number of electoral...
  • Dear Dr. Carson: Our Founding Fathers Were Not Novices

    11/09/2015 2:27:00 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 21 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 9, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Late in the evening on November 4, 2015, Dr. Ben Carson sat down to his computer, as he reportedly does regularly, to answer questions that had been sent to him on Facebook during the day. His November 4 post had the desired effect. With 300,000 likes and 180,000 shares (at this writing), read aloud by major talk show hosts from Rush Limbaugh in Florida to Joe Walsh in Chicago, this post is the dictionary definition of “going viral.” So as a politician, he deserves congratulations; the post was effective. But as an honest statesman, it fell short. The Question of...
  • The Founding Fathers - Who is your favourite?

    10/27/2015 1:48:04 PM PDT · by ConfusedSwede · 75 replies
    Archives.gov ^ | Today | ?
    My favorites are Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine.
  • James Madison's argument against wealth redistribution

    Its not uncommon for a progressive to rattle off the phrase "The Founders could not have foreseen" - and fill in the blank. The Founders couldn't have forseen x, they couldn't have foreseen y, and so it goes. Well, Mr. Progressive they did foresee you and your tyrannical schemes. This is illustrated by James Madison himself, at the Convention on June 26th, 1787: We cannot however be regarded even at this time, as one homogeneous mass, in which every thing that affects a part will affect in the same manner the whole. In framing a system which we wish to...
  • Is It Ever Right to Oppose Legitimate Authority?

    09/15/2015 2:05:07 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 52 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 9/15/2015 | Mark Landsb aum
    When is it OK to break the law? When can you disobey the authorities? Should you be punished for meaning well? Before reflexively answering, let’s imagine some possibilities. Say the government came looking for spies hiding in your house. Is it OK for you to have allowed the spies to hide there? Isn’t it even worse if you cover up by denying the spies are hiding? Should you compound your treason by helping the spies escape? Next hypothetical: Should you disobey a law legitimately enacted and legally upheld by the highest court in the land? Last hypothetical: Do you think...
  • [Redux: from July 4, 2012] The 7 Most Badass Founding Fathers

    07/05/2015 12:11:18 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    PJ media ^ | July 4, 2012 | David Forsmark
    They all pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honors,” and it was more than just an idle boast. The Founding Fathers were committing treason against the most powerful empire that the world to date had ever seen. It was also their Mother Country, to which many of their friends, family, and neighbors were still loyal. And while they certainly, in the words of Patrick Henry, “made the most” of their treason, the idea that they would establish the most free and powerful nation in the history of mankind was not the most likely outcome. So in singling out these 7...
  • What candidates really mean when they invoke the ‘Founding Fathers’

    07/05/2015 6:15:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/04/2015 | By Andrew M. Schocket
    There’s nothing more American than Fourth of July cookouts, fireworks — and political speeches, especially as we enter another presidential campaign season. For politicians, nothing suits the holiday better than invocations of our nation’s Founders. Not all such exclamations are cut from the same red-white-and-blue cloth, however. Pay close attention as the candidates praise the “Spirit of ’76,” and you’ll see that they’re not taking a break from partisan rhetoric, but engaging in politics at its most elemental level. Here’s a guide to some founding-related phrases and what they really mean today. “Founding Fathers” Nothing says “I’m a conservative” more...
  • Our moment in history...FR...what say ye?

    07/04/2015 9:09:56 PM PDT · by IAMNO1 · 30 replies
    Self-indulgent diatribe | July 4, 2015 | IAMNO1
    This post is a long time in the making, and spurred on by the significance of today's date (July 4th!) and a recent post made by ETL about the Revolutionary War series (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3307499/posts). (I'm a first-time poster of a thread, so hopefully got this down right!) While I’m busy watching the very first episode of this excellent historic series, on this night of July 4th, 2015, as fireworks go off in the distance, and seeing graphical representations of events leading up to our own Revolutionary War (such as the turning of Franklin’s political sensibilities toward the American cause while in...
  • On this day in 1776, a new nation was founded on an idea: Freedom.

    07/04/2015 3:49:11 PM PDT · by walford · 13 replies
    Facebook ^ | 07/04/2015 | walford
    It was the first time in history that a country was based upon something other than place or ethnicity. The Founding Fathers built upon the thoughts and actions resulting from the Reformation and Enlightenment, deliberately crafting a government legitimized by a popular mandate. No longer did someone rule by Divine Right. Religion and the Divine were not possessed by a Chosen aristocracy and the coercive power of government was not used to impose it upon the populace. Political influence and economic success could be attained by other means than birth. For the first time in history, one could use hard...
  • God's "Invisible Hand" at The Battle of Long Island (an excerpt from my upcoming book)

    07/04/2015 9:36:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 19 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 7/3/15 | Trevor Thomas
    In his inaugural address to Congress President Washington said, “It would be peculiarly improper to omit, in this first official act, my fervent supplication to that Almighty Being, who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States…No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the...
  • Independence Day 2015

    07/04/2015 9:41:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 4, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Greetings and salutations on this most patriotic of days. I hope that this Independence Day finds you all safe and well, with plenty of time to spend with friends and family, as well a chance to contemplate the past and future of our country. Given the importance which I’m sure most of you reading this place on the Constitution of the United States and its welfare going forward, perhaps we could start by revisiting the words of one of its chief proponents in the days of the Founding Fathers. Let’s hear from Alexander Hamilton in the opening volley of one...
  • John Adams on Independency

    07/04/2015 6:34:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    When it was first perceived, in early times, that no middle course for America remained between unlimited submission to a foreign legislature and total independence of its claims, men of reflection were less apprehensive of danger from the formidable power of fleets and armies they must determine to resist than from those contests and dissensions which would certainly arise concerning the forms of government to be instituted over the whole and over the parts of this extensive country. Relying, however, on the purity of their intentions, the justice of their cause, and the integrity and intelligence of the people, under...
  • 800 Years of English Rule of Law

    06/17/2015 12:48:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Ricochet ^ | June 16, 2015 | Rand Simberg
    Yesterday was the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede. The “Great Charter” (actually, its full name was Magna Carta Libertatum, or Great Charter of Liberty) was the first codification in English history of the principle that the power of government had limitations. I attended a mini-conference to commemorate it on Sunday night and yesterday morning. Hosted by the American Freedom Alliance, in Bellaire (near the UCLA campus), it was an intellectual feast, with talks and panels from historical scholars and law professors (including Amy Peikoff, an Objectivist atheist who declared Ted Cruz to be the...
  • Letter: Cost doesn’t have Christian world view (Push-back on an anti-Cruz screed)

    06/08/2015 3:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Rock Hill Herald ^ | June 8, 2015 | Austin G. Abercrombie
    If Scott Cost thinks that Ted Cruz is scary because he declared in a speech, “our rights don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty,” then he would really be frightened of the Founding Fathers. Enshrined in our Declaration of Independence are terms such as the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” referring to God’s law written on the heart and God’s law revealed in the Bible, and “they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” referring to rights bestowed by God and non-transferable to anyone else. Cost would be absolutely terrified of Martin Luther King, Jr....
  • Enough with the Holy Founders' Undemocratic Constitution

    05/31/2015 11:59:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    TeleSUR ^ | May 31, 2015 | Paul Street
    The U.S. constitution has remained in place with occasional substantive amendments over more than 220 years. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in a foreword to the book Dollarocracy wrote that, “we cannot govern our own affairs when our national, state, and local debates are bought and sold by billionaires, who use thirty-second commercials to shout down anyone who disagrees…The money and media election complex, producing a slurry of negative ads, spin, and obstruction, is not what the founders intended.” [1] Sanders was right to suggest that the United States’ revered “founding fathers” would be scandalized by the plutocratic madness of the...
  • A Christian Nation

    05/13/2015 10:09:51 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 4 replies
    Self | 5/14/15 | Me
    Excuse me, Mr. President, but the New Testament, not the Old (a historical account of the era's events and immoral practices), represents the true teachings of Christ. And exactly how is Sharia law - those tenets denying women basic human rights, condoning sex with children and killing gays for merely existing - the moral high ground or an acceptable alternative to anything? I too can tear apart politically convenient misconceptions but without resorting to distorting religious texts. America, our very laws and cultural norms - from liberty to marriage and our fabled work ethic - was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles....
  • Vatican rewriting American Founding Father History

    05/04/2015 8:31:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/04/15 | Judi Mcleod
    It is well past time for the Vatican to yank Pope Francis from the classroom of Obama the Professor and to force him back into the Classroom of Christ, the Classroom of Saving Souls In an upside-down world where revisionists get to do the rewriting of history and truth, it seems that the ‘Star Pupil’ in the wicked classroom of President Barack Obama is none other than Pope Francis. This is the worldwide image of Pope Francis over the Internet. And if that image is the wrong one, then neither the Pope nor the Vatican is doing anything to try...
  • Walter Williams: What's Gone Wrong With Democracy?

    03/23/2015 10:43:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 114 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The Economist magazine recently published "What's gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?" The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct. That's a popular misconception. The ideal way to organize human conduct is to create a system that maximizes personal liberty for all. Liberty and democracy are not synonymous and most often are opposites. In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison explained, "Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an...
  • America is Screwed Unless ‘We The People’ Get Baptized Afresh In Our Founders' Rebel Spirit

    03/22/2015 9:10:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Doug Giles
    For those who didn’t know this, our nation was founded by brilliant, freedom-loving heavy weights. It’s hard to imagine that nowadays because our country is currently being deconstructed by moronic, liberty-choking, light weights also known as “politicians”. In particular…Liberal politicians. Liberals, you see, don’t mind what you do as long as they approve. They’re kind of like King George III and his inbred dipsticks in that regard. Or, for a more current example, they’re somewhat like Islam with their fascism, sans the billygoat beards and the suicide vests. That said, our current crop of freedom-stranglers aren’t entirely made up of...
  • Obama: 'Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding'

    02/19/2015 9:04:47 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 151 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 19. 2015 | Susan Jones
    We hear a lot about the United States' Judeo-Christian heritage, but according to President Obama, "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding." That's what the president told a White House conference on "countering violent extremism" on Wednesday. Obama has said similar things in the past: "I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story,” Obama said in a June 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt. "Islam has always been part of America," he said in a 2010 statement marking the start of Ramadan. And in a 2014 statement marking Eid, Obama...
  • George Washington, the Man Who Established the Republic

    02/22/2015 5:14:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | David Boaz
    At the end of the American Revolution, King George III asked his American painter, Benjamin West, what George Washington would do next. West replied, “They say he will return to his farm.”“If he does that,” the incredulous monarch said, “he will be the greatest man in the world.”Colloquially we now call the federal holiday on the third Monday in February “Presidents Day.” Legally, though, it’s still “Washington’s Birthday.” Which is appropriate, because without Washington we might not have had any other presidents.George Washington was the man who established the American republic. He led the revolutionary army against the British Empire,...
  • Sons of Liberty (History Channel) First Look

    01/25/2015 9:04:43 AM PST · by Mozilla · 88 replies
    Tv equal ^ | 1/25/15 | staff
    The upcoming six-part miniseries, Sons of Liberty, follows a defiant and radical group of young men – Sam Adams (Ben Barnes), John Adams (Henry Thomas), Paul Revere (Michael Raymond-James), John Hancock (Rafe Spall) and Joseph Warren (Ryan Eggold) – as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they light the spark that ignited a revolution. Though their names have become American legend, this group of young rebels didn’t start off as noble patriots in powdered wigs. They were a new American generation of young men from...
  • Sons of Liberty

    01/19/2015 12:53:10 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Channel Guide ^ | 1-19-15
    Sons of Liberty Three-Night Event Begins Jan 25 at 9/8c on the History Channel. Video at source link. Topics will include Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, and more.
  • The US Constitution and Religious Liberty

    01/09/2015 6:53:30 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    The Wall Street Journal recently ran a fascinating op-ed by William A. Galston, "The Christian Heart of American Exceptionalism," much of which I agree with but some of which I don't. Galston argues that the idea of American exceptionalism should not be discounted and that its primary source is the "durability of American religious belief" -- mostly Christianity. Bravo. This will doubtlessly come as a shock to zealots for the blurry concept of multiculturalism, which on its face dictates that all cultures are equal and that all who disagree with the notion are more or less bigoted. At a deeper...
  • Oldest US time capsule will be opened today in Boston

    01/06/2015 2:59:06 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    abcnews ^ | Jan. 6, 2015
    The oldest time capsule discovered in the country that dates back to 1795 will be opened Tuesday in Boston, ABC News reported.American Revolution patriot Paul Revere and then-Gov. Samuel Adams originally placed the relic under a cornerstone of the Boston Statehouse in 1795.
  • The Founding Fathers were clear about who sets immigration policy

    12/02/2014 4:54:12 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 12-2-14
    The coming clash between President Obama and Congress over immigration promises to light up what I like to call a constitutional moment. This is a moment in which our politics are so divided that we have scraped away the soil of legislation and are fighting on American bedrock. Rarely has it shone more clearly than in respect of who has the power to decide who can come here and be naturalized as a citizen.
  • John Adams on Thanksgiving: Ask God to Make Our Schools ‘Nurseries of Sound Science, Morals

    11/27/2014 7:55:59 AM PST · by PROCON · 9 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Nov. 26, 2014 | CNSNews.com Staff
    On March 6, 1799, President John Adams issued a proclamation “Recommending a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer”--for “thanksgiving to the Author of All Good.” Among the things Adams wished Americans would ask God on this day was to make American schools teach not only sound science but also sound morals and religion. Americans, Adams said, should ask God to “smile on our colleges, academies, schools, and seminaries of learning, and make them nurseries of sound science, morals, and religion.”
  • Ted Cruz Rallies Religious Right Voters To Save the Nation

    11/04/2014 11:55:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    FSTV ^ | November 4, 2014 | People for the American Way
    For the last two days, Sen. Ted Cruz has been the guest on "Life Today," telling host James Robison that it is vitally important for Christians to vote so that America can continue to enjoy God's blessings. On yesterday's program, the Texas Republican declared that Christians are required by Scripture to vote and cast their votes based on biblical values. After praising his father's efforts to mobilize right-wing pastors and get them involved in politics, Cruz said that Christians could fundamentally reshape this nation is they simply voted according to the Bible. "Can you imagine how different our country would...
  • 8 Founders Advise How to Vote

    11/04/2014 6:11:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    Vice President Joe Biden was exactly right when he said as he campaigned in Iowa on Oct. 27, "Folks, this election is even more important than the two elections you elected Barack and me." With President Obama's approval rating tanking to 38 percent in September, I can understand why Biden is shaking in his boots. The fact is that this election can serve for the 6 in 10 voters who are disappointed with the administration as a mega-loudspeaker and overarching referendum. As a way of showing the potential power of that vote, I want to share what America's founders told...
  • The Presumption of Liberty

    10/30/2014 6:16:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was Secretary of State under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives. During that period of his life, he gave illuminating speeches and wrote elegant essays and letters about human freedom. In one of his essays, Madison noted that freedom came about in Europe when the people rose up and cast off or intimidated tyrants, who reluctantly granted the people the freedoms they sought. That was, in Madison's words, "power granting liberty." The American experience...
  • Why Ferguson grand jury was needed

    10/22/2014 11:55:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | October 22, 2014 | Paul Callan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)If the local grand jury brings no charges against police Officer Darren Wilson in the case of Michael Brown's killing, street protests in Ferguson, Missouri, are inevitable. Demonstrators angry about Wilson's shooting of the unarmed black teenager in August already decry the grand jury's secrecy and "lack of transparency." But for those who believe that the grand jury procedure is some sort of cop and prosecutor conspiracy to trample the rights of minority citizens, a little background on this hallowed institution might be in order. Although prosecutors are often accused of controlling grand jury proceedings, the institution was actually created...
  • A House Under Siege, and the Restraint of Rebels

    10/05/2014 11:02:31 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 5, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the anniversary of the Fort Wilson Riot... America’s War of Independence was striking for many reasons, reasons that are sometimes overshadowed by the shock of a ragtag army defeating the world’s greatest military power. But this striking issue is in fact just as important as the victory itself: As historian Joseph J. Ellis puts it, the American Revolution is famous for the fact that “it didn’t eat its young.” Consider the French Revolution, and its subsequent Reigns of Terror, followed by the Napoleonic Wars. Most revolutions go through stages: overthrow the incumbent ruling class, then kill them all,...
  • Who are the Real Liberals?

    09/20/2014 4:04:23 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 20, 2014 | Benjamin Aguda
    A few hundred years ago, humanity went through a remarkable period of transformation, the Enlightenment. A number of different developments enabled this transformation to take place, and the impact of the Enlightenment has been tremendous. One area where the Enlightenment had particularly strong influence was in political theory. Before the Enlightenment, it was common knowledge that all men were natural slaves. We were slaves to our parents and slaves to our rulers in the same way that we were naturally slaves to God. This ancient doctrine justified the despotic political systems that had existed in one form or another throughout...
  • Reflections on the Question of Scottish Independence

    09/19/2014 1:07:42 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 12 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As we reflect on the historic vote in Scotland this week (all votes seem to be “historic” these days, don’t they? Might have more to do with news network ratings than actual history), we Americans find ourselves rather conflicted. On the one hand, we cheer for the idea of independence, a race memory of sorts that dates back to our own War for Independence over 230 years ago. We feel a special affinity for all members of the British Empire; we speak the same language, share the same customs, even enjoy many of the same television shows. Their heroes are...
  • Top 10 myths about the Constitution on Constitution Day

    09/17/2014 9:04:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    National Constitution Center via Yahoo ^ | September 17, 2014 | NCC Staff
    The Constitution is our most endearing document, but not everything you read online about the Constitution is accurate! Here are some of the top myths about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers still out there on blogs and websites. To be clear, these myths are not about interpretations of the Constitution; they center on people and events related to the founding document.
  • Small (r)epublicans’ Ruling Class

    08/18/2014 10:04:28 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2014 | David Corbin and Matthew Parks
    For years, we’ve read a lot of stories about “anti-establishment” Republicans “attacking” their “mainstream” opponents. But the mainstream media narrative rarely runs in the opposite direction. House Leadership GOP Elections The coordinated ruling class surge against constitutional conservatives who don’t know their place gained force last week with both serious and farcical attacks on its presidential contenders. Rand Paul got the viral video treatment for a gotcha moment at an Iowa fundraiser for Congressman Steve King (R-IA)–a compliment of sorts for the senator regarded by many as “Democrat’s Enemy #1.” Senator Paul’s offense is his ability to draw some of...
  • 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 people’s 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,...
  • Who rules America? [Great, but unsurprising, read]

    08/13/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Allan J. Lichtman
    "The public be damned!"— William H. Vanderbilt, railroad magnate, 1882 A shattering new study by two political science professors has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States.This study should be a loud wake-up call to the vast majority of Americans who are bypassed by their government. To reclaim the promise of American democracy, ordinary citizens must act positively to change the relationship between the people and our governmentThe new study, with...
  • Study: You Have 'Near-Zero' Impact on U.S. Policy

    08/13/2014 6:29:13 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 12, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." The startling study, titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Perspectives on Politics and was authored by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page. An early draft can be found here. Noted American University Historian Allan J. Lichtman, who highlighted the...
  • Common Core's Growing Unpopularity

    08/12/2014 1:41:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The highly acclaimed school standards called Common Core are becoming so unpopular that they may soon be politically untouchable. The critics are piling on from Glenn Beck to the Wall Street Journal, with senior academics and activist parents in-between. The latest is a detailed criticism of the mathematics standards by a prize-winning math professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Marina Ratner. It is refreshing that her criticisms are very specific and include examples of assignments that parents can see are ridiculous. Professor Ratner became alerted to the stupidity of Common Core by looking at the homework assigned...