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America's Five Great Truths

Editor’s Note: This article, first posted last year as A New Order for the Ages, continues to be one of our most popular.  We are pleased to feature it again now, as another Independence Day approaches. Throughout history, nations have been formed and created for a multitude of varying reasons.  Most have been formed by […]


A Victory For Constitutionalism – An Analysis of Judge Vinson’s Opinion – Part II

A Victory For Constitutionalism – An Analysis of Judge Vinson’s Opinion – Part II

In part I of this Essay, which appeared yesterday, Andy Quesnelle reviews the background of Judge Vinson’s decision. In part II, Andy analyzes the substance and implications of the ruling. Judge Vinson asked two questions: Is “Activity” Required for Congress to Have Power to Regulate? This question was answered with an unqualified “yes.”  In doing […]


A Victory For Constitutionalism – An Analysis of Judge Vinson’s Opinion – Part I

A Victory For Constitutionalism – An Analysis of Judge Vinson’s Opinion – Part I

In part I of this Essay, Andy Quesnelle reviews the background of Judge Vinson’s decision.  In part II, which will appear tomorrow, Andy analyzes the substance and implications of the ruling. For many months, the contents and ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have been front and center in the domestic political debate.  […]


A New Order for the Ages

Throughout history, nations have been formed and created for a multitude of varying reasons.  Most have been formed by people who were of the same race, same religion, or same language.  Such societies, which are based upon sameness and homogeneity, tend to be skeptical and even hostile towards “outsiders” and therefore tend to lack universal […]


A President, Not A Savior

If the finest hour for the people of East Germany occurred with the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, one of the lowest moments occurred just over one month before.  On October 7, 1989, East German leader Erich Honecker hosted all of the Communist dictators of the Warsaw Pact – including Soviet […]


Liberty Enlightening the World?

As we have heard for the last couple of weeks, financial straits are dire for our friends in Europe.  Plagued by years of fiscal mismanagement and overspending, Greece essentially went bankrupt.  Portugal has seen its sovereign bond rating fall by two levels, from A-plus to A-minus.  Other European states such as Ireland, Spain, and Italy […]


Hijacking Jefferson

On May 1, 2010, President Obama delivered the commencement speech to the Class of 2010 at my alma mater, the University of Michigan.  In the address, the President noted Thomas Jefferson’s statement that “with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times,” and extrapolated it into a defense of […]


APPLAUDING ARIZONA

On March 27, 2010, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was shot on his own land.  Police had precious little evidence aside from a set of footprints in the dust which led from Mr. Krentz’s ranch to the Mexican border.  The footprints told a very simple story – Mr. Krentz was senselessly murdered by a Mexican national […]


SUPREME INJUSTICE

Why The Supreme Court Cannot Be The Ultimate Judge Of The Federal-State Division As many of you may be aware, long before President Obama’s health-care power grab made headlines, the fight for states’ rights was being waged over a far less sweeping issue:  guns.  On January 13, 2009, the Montana legislature passed the Montana Firearms […]


Repeal the 17th

REPEAL THE 17TH! In the wake of the passage of President Obama’s health care “reform” bill, many people have been discussing nullification – the act of a state “nullifying,” or declaring null and void, an unconstitutional federal law within the borders of that state.  For reasons that I will explore in a future article, nullification […]


I Don't Worry About the Constitution

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) “doesn’t worry about the Constitution” Recently, Illinois Congressman Phil Hare (representing the 17th District of Illinois) was specifically asked where in the Constitution he finds the authority to implement President Obama’s health-care bill.  Congressman Hare’s response would be shocking if it didn’t simply confirm what many of us have long expected: […]


States’ Rights Should Be a Non-Partisan Endeavor

Liberty is liberty. Economic or personal, its all one and the same. Understand this – if you empower the federal government to invade “economic liberty,” you have empowered it to go after “personal liberty” as well. If you give the government the keys to your bedroom, you have also given it the PIN for your bank account. Where the federal government is concerned, you have two choices: you either stand on principle and deny the federal government the power to do even things you like, or you cling to political expediency, turning the federal government into an instrument to impose your ideas on an entire nation while at the same time allowing others to do the same. Before you make that choice, realize that political parties are the largest and most dangerous “special interest” there is, because their interest is focused on one thing – power.


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