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  • Earliest-born person ever captured on film [Pope Leo XIII in a colorized film]

    11/07/2021 7:58:33 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 48 replies
    YouTube ^ | Oct. 18, 2021 | Nineteenth Century Videos
    Pope Leo XIII was born in 1810. At that time James Madison was president of the United States and Napoleon was master of Europe. This remarkable film was shot in 1896.
  • Our constitutional crisis is already here....(Donald Trump will be the Rep. candidate for president in 2024)

    09/24/2021 10:53:17 PM PDT · by caww · 95 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/23/2021 | James Madison
    The US is heading into its greatest political and constitutional crisis since the Civil War, with a reasonable chance over the next three to four years of incidents of mass violence, a breakdown of federal authority, and the division of the country into warring red and blue enclaves.... The warning signs may be obscured by the distractions of politics, the pandemic, the economy and global crises, and by wishful thinking and denial. But about these things there should be no doubt: First, Trump will be the Rep. candidate for president in 2024...He enjoys mammoth leads in the polls; he is...
  • The Spirit of Governments (2016)

    07/31/2021 1:51:22 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 8 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 28th 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In a 1792 column in the National Gazette, James Madison* briefly touched on Charles de Montesquieu’s three operative principles of government: fear in despotisms, honor in monarchies, and virtue in republics. From this starting point, the genius Madison divided governing principles into three species which reflect their predominant spirit. Madison:May not governments be properly divided, according to their predominant spirit and principles, into three species of which the following are examples?First. A government operating by a permanent military force, which at once maintains the government and is maintained by it; which is at once the cause of burdens on the...
  • James Madison’s Council of Revision and Modern Judicial Review

    06/19/2021 12:39:08 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | April 15, 2016 | Rodney Dodsworth
    While our Constitution famously set up a government of divided powers, the powers within each branch are not absolute. Each is subject to various checks from the others. Congress is responsible for lawmaking, but the president has a qualified veto over congressional bills. It is not absolute, for congress may override on two-thirds majority vote. As a theoretical check on the judiciary, scotus is subject to Article III congressionally determined “exceptions . . . and regulations.” Scotus has developed a habit of going far beyond its duty to adjudicate between parties and protect the constitutionality of law. Instead, it often...
  • Historical Portraits of Early American Presidents Brought To Life Using AI Technology

    06/05/2021 8:52:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 16 replies
    Mystery Scoop ^ | December 25, 2020 | Mystery Scoop
    Today we're going to try and use modern technology to breathe some life into the historical portraits of the very first Presidents of the United States by adding facial animations. The history teaches us that United States declared independence from Great Britain, on 4th July 1776, during the American Revolutionary War that lasted about 8 years. The Declaration of Independence has been largely written by Thomas Jefferson who was a member of five-man committee, appointed by the Continental Congress, that included John Adams, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin and Robert Livingston. The revolutionary war ended with the Treaty of Paris on...
  • No to DC Statehood

    03/26/2021 3:56:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 26, 2021 | David Harsanyi
    There are numerous principled reasons to oppose D.C. statehood. But, really, no arguments are more applicable than the ones offered by the founders, who created a federal district for the distinct purpose of denying it statehood. First, because they were concerned about the seat of federal power being controlled by a hostile or intrusive state government. Second, because they knew that if the capital were in a state -- much less its own state -- the people would vote to grow and accumulate federal power. Both situations were incompatible with the proper separation of powers and state rights. Today, though,...
  • The Greatest Testing of Madisonian Constitutionalism in Our Nation’s History

    The current situation over the Presidential Election of 2020 is the greatest test of our American system, which, if it doesn’t pass this test, our system of the Rule of Law, Checks and Balances, Freedom of Speech, and Democracy will be over. As the book, THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF JAMES MADISON shows, our Founding was premised on the Christian appreciation of human weakness and sin, lust for power, corruption, and evil. Madison’s whole argument for Separation of Power and Pluralism in Federalist Paper #10 was that Freedom with Law and Justice could only be maintained if our Constitutional system checked...
  • Why The Price Of Face Masking Is Not As Small As It Seems

    08/17/2020 6:09:53 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 50 replies
    thefederalist ^ | 08/17/2020 | Laura Baxter
    “There are no solutions, only trade-offs,” Thomas Sowell famously said. When government takes action, even if that action is desperately needed, we still give something up. In the case of the Wuhan virus — with the endless mask mandates, social restrictions, and shutdowns it has ushered in — that something is our precious freedom. The American founders recognized this conundrum. According to James Madison in Federalist 37, one of the greatest challenges of the Constitutional Convention was to find the right combination, the right proportions, of government power and individual liberty. The more we ask from our government, the more...
  • Impeachment witness Turley says wife, dog threatened: 'Who would shoot a Goldendoodle?'

    12/09/2019 1:48:10 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 82 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12 09 2019 | Joe Concha
    Law professor Jonathan Turley told CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell that "his wife and dog" have received threats after he testified in front of the House Judiciary last week as part of impeachment proceedings. “I know you received a lot of threats after what you did last week,” O’Donnell told the George Washington University law professor during CBS coverage of the impeachment hearings that took place on Monday. “And my wife and dog,” Turley noted. "To be fair, you did talk about them during your testimony. You did bring up your wife and dog," O'Donnell responded, referring to Turley's mention of...
  • Why the Electoral College is Bad for America - Part II

    09/30/2019 12:59:34 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 33 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | September 30th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    A book by George C. Edwards III, 2004. Criticism of the status quo is easy. What is harder is to create a better alternative. I confess to having little patience with those who fault the 1787 Framers for the condition of our government in 2019. They didn’t write a Bible. They didn’t hand down immutable Commandments. Their Constitution, one that’s consistent with republican principles unique to the American experience, is infinitely amendable. Don’t like it? Amend it. But one must be aware of what one is doing. Nearly all of the twenty-seven amendments are wise and contribute to the lofty...
  • In Praise of Alexander Hamilton Part IV

    03/04/2019 1:54:54 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | March 4th 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    “If we are to be considered as a nation, all State distinctions must be abolished; the whole must be thrown into a hotchpot and when an equal division is made, then there may be fairly an equality of representation.” – New Jersey delegate William Paterson. Today’s squib reviews the last few days of the Federal Convention leading up to Alexander Hamilton’s June 18th speech. In Part V we’ll find that, considering the previous exchanges among delegates, Hamilton was far from alone in his disdain of the States. What he shared with them was the search for a governing design adequate...
  • James Madison’s Appeal

    12/20/2018 1:15:21 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | December 20th 2018 | James Madison
    Can liberty be preserved across a continent? In 1787, the historical record said “no.” The Roman and contemporary Russia, China, and Ottoman Empires were glaring examples. Not everyone was buying the Federalists’ argument that the federal structure of the Constitution, in which smaller republics were represented in the umbrella republic, would keep the new government in check. As pundits and patriots today wonder if resolution of the centrifugal forces that threaten the American Union is possible, perhaps we can find solace in the words of James Madison. From the 14th Federalist: I submit to you, my fellow-citizens, . . ....
  • Progressing the Constitution -The Ninth Amendment Part I

    12/03/2018 1:32:07 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | December 3rd 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Over the next few squibs I will show why Scotus has no Constitutional business fabricating rights. As opposed to its assumed authority to invent rights, it is instead duty-bound to defend the Constitution. Like the rest of the Bill of Rights, the Ninth Amendment deserves equal protection from the Scotus. Despite this presumption, Scotus has generally interpreted the Ninth Amendment in a manner that denies the sovereign people’s prerogative to assert the rights that Scotus is Constitutionally bound to accept.1Background. Thanks to the assurances of James Madison and other Federalists, the draft Constitution made its way unscathed through a rough...
  • America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare

    09/23/2018 10:37:29 AM PDT · by thecodont · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 2018 Issue | Jeffrey Rosen
    James Madison traveled to Philadelphia in 1787 with Athens on his mind. He had spent the year before the Constitutional Convention reading two trunkfuls of books on the history of failed democracies, sent to him from Paris by Thomas Jefferson. Madison was determined, in drafting the Constitution, to avoid the fate of those “ancient and modern confederacies,” which he believed had succumbed to rule by demagogues and mobs. Madison’s reading convinced him that direct democracies—such as the assembly in Athens, where 6,000 citizens were required for a quorum—unleashed populist passions that overcame the cool, deliberative reason prized above all by...
  • What Kind of Justice would James Madison appoint to the Supreme Court?

    09/10/2018 12:32:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    American Minute ^ | by William J. Federer
    His father was a Boston Tea Party "Indian." He graduated second in his class from Harvard, was a U.S. Representative, then was elected Massachusetts Speaker of the House. At age 32, he was appointed as the youngest Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. His name was Joseph Story, and he died SEPTEMBER 10, 1845. Joseph Story served on the Supreme Court for 34 years. He helped establish the illegality of the slave trade in the Amistad case, 1841. When the Supreme Court ruled against the Democrat's Indian Removal Act (Worcester v. Georgia, 1832), Justice Joseph Story wrote March 4, 1832:...
  • Article V Congressional Amendments or a Convention of States?

    05/14/2018 1:39:01 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 19 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | May 14th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    In the latter half of 1788 the man whom history praised as the “Father of the Constitution” opposed an Article V general convention of the states. Recall from last week’s squib the various state demands for a convention after the establishment of the first Constitutional congress. While few were entirely comfortable with the draft Constitution of September 17th 1787, Federalists in several states won over enough Anti-Federalists once they felt confident the new government would call an Article V convention to sort out the various amendments recommended by most of the eleven state ratifying conventions. Although to all outward appearances...
  • On Factions II

    02/01/2018 1:07:20 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 2 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | February 1st 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Our Constitution confronted and minimized the dangerous consequences of factions made possible by overly democratic governments. To the nationalists at the Federal Convention of 1787, the measure of a free government was its ability to control factions, for without control they were certain to grow and eventually tear the social fabric apart.1 In his defense of the Constitution, James Madison devoted Federalist No. 10 to factions. Too popular, factional governments are unstable and rent with injustice and confusion.2 Madison identified two ways to minimize the problem of factions; remove their causes or control their effects. There are two approaches to...
  • On Factions

    01/29/2018 1:46:50 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 29th 2018 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Look no further than recent comments from Clintonista Jennifer Palmieri to see why republics must minimize the destructive effects of factions. A portion of her recent confidential memo, which leaked to the press, reminded senior democrats that their future electoral success depends on keeping the illegal alien so-called “dreamers” here in the US. Not for the good of the nation, but for the profit and ambitions of the party, democrats must defend, keep, and make democrat voters of these people at all costs. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. How did our government, one designed to promote the general...
  • Tyranny of the Minority

    01/13/2017 2:09:50 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies ^ | May 31, 2012 | publius2013
    In Federalist #10, Madison explained how our government, formed as a republic, was superior to pure democracy in that it prevented tyranny by a majority. In his article, Madison explained how the founding fathers considered the fallibility of human nature, but prized liberty above all. In fact, in this article, Madison also addressed the reality that “[e]nlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” Madison postulated that by giving a voice to more minority groups, they would be “extend[ing] the sphere” of influence and it would be less likely that “a majority of the whole will have a common...
  • The Times, The Post, and the Fake News of Internment Camps

    11/20/2016 6:00:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | November 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lord
    So the latest round of sheer nuttiness from the mainstream media? The idea that President-elect Trump intends to resurrect the infamous and quite decidedly racist “internment camps” established for Japanese-American citizens in 1942. How did this start? It started last week on FNC’s The Kelly File during a segment with Trump surrogate and former Navy Seal Carl Higbie (whom I know). Kelly cited this story from Reuters: “Immigration hardliner says Trump preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry” The story goes on to say that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach informs Trump advisers “had discussed drafting a proposal for...