“When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different; liberty, sir, was then the primary object.” -Patrick Henry (1788)
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As James Madison said in Federalist #45, the powers of the federal government are “few and defined.” “Few and Defined,” not “Anything and Everything.” If you like the work here then please donate today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe by email and never miss a post.
Under the Constitution, a war is a war whether they call it a war, or not.
Did you know, your rights don’t come from the Constitution? Or even the Bill of Rights? Today, we’re talking about the source of your rights – and how you defend them.
In an 1800 letter, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government.” Today, the federal government really does try to direct virtually all of our affairs – – from what our kids learn in school, to what plants we can grow in our own yards, […]
The founders didn’t trust the executive branch to exercise complete power over war.
“To assume that government gives you rights takes you down a very dangerous path. After all, whatever government gives, government can take away.”
“The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress, therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they have deliberated upon the subject, and authorized such a measure.” -George Washington (1793)
If there were 10 or 11 million undocumented short-barreled shotguns in violation of the national firearms act of 1934, there is absolutely no way that the federal government would have the resources to stop them without local enforcement of federal law.
Archibald Maclaine was a well-known attorney in North Carolina, and was a leader there in opposition to the Stamp Act. He argued in favor of ratification of the Constitution and suggested nullification as a response to federal overreach.