Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

August 2, 2010

Quote Of The Day

On taxes in Boston: The business of the Town is still decaying, the taxes are not at all lessened, but continue very high — A great many of our industrious inhabitants are gone into the country, the burden now falls on a small number; and they less able to bear it than ever — This […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:36 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Founding Fathers,History,Quote of the Day,Taxation
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July 24, 2010

On Islam, A Fine Line Between Criticism and Xenophobia

There are serious concerns about radical Islam and political Islam as a movement. It’s something we should be seriously conscious of. I’ve written about this extensively here at TLP. Given that, there is a very, very fine line between critiquing the retrograde nature of radical Islam and outright xenophobia. I honestly find it hard to […]

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May 3, 2010

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Ad: “Find Us Before We Find You”

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is currently running an ad – a friendly reminder to encourage PA residents who owe back taxes to pay up because the PDR knows where you live. Creepy huh? But don’t be alarmed PA residents who owe back taxes, go to the website (PAtaxPayup.com) and you will find that the […]

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April 13, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson

America’s Third President was born 267 years ago today. Since there isn’t anything to write about Jefferson that hasn’t already been said, it seems appropriate to let his words speak for themselves from the text of the two written documents that he was most proud of throughout his life. First, from the Virginia Statute For […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:00 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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April 7, 2010

Memo To Libertarians: There Was No Golden Age Of Liberty

David Boaz has a great piece over at Reason today on the historical blinders that some libertarians seem to have when looking at America’s past: When we look at our own country’s history—contrasting 2010 with 1776 or 1910 or 1950 or whatever—the story is less clear. We suffer under a lot of regulations and restrictions […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:53 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Freedom,History
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April 1, 2010

The Case Against An Article V Constitutional Convention

Virginia Delegate James LeMunyon has an article in today’s Wall Street Journal where he makes an argument that I’ve been hearing with disturbing frequency lately: The remedy is in Article V of the Constitution, which permits a convention to be called for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments. Any proposed amendment then would have to […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:06 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Democracy,Founding Fathers,History,Legal
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March 28, 2010

Don’t Say You Want A Revolution

Over at United Liberty, Kevin Boyd puts forward the best case I’ve seen to date against the idea that we are anywhere near the point where rebellion is justified: For those of you out there who think this is the time for revolution, please consider the following: 1) All political and legal options have not […]

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March 27, 2010

Will The Supreme Court Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Be So Quick To Say Yes

The New York Times’ long-time SCOTUS reporter Linda Greenhouse takes a look at how the current court might look at the challenges to the health care reform law: The challengers invoke and seek to build upon the Rehnquist court’s “federalism revolution” that flowered briefly during the 1990’s. In a series of 5-to-4 rulings, the court […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:24 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Founding Fathers,Healthcare,Legal,Liberty,Politics
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March 23, 2010

Will The Courts Strike Down ObamaCare ? Don’t Count On It

Over at The American Spectator, conservative lawyer Stacy Cline points out that the legal challenges to ObamaCare have the odds, and the case law, against them: Last night’s passage of the greatest expansion of the federal government since the Great Society is a sad day for our country, not only because it may bankrupt our […]

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March 22, 2010

Historically Appropriate Fact Of The Day

It was 245 years ago today, that The Stamp Act of 1765, one of the first of the many punitive taxes imposed on the American colonies and precipitated the Revolution, was passed by Parliament. 244 years and 364 days later, the United States Congress passed a piece of legislation that makes the Stamp Act look […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 11:53 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,Freedom,Healthcare,History
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March 18, 2010

Quote Of The Day

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. – Thomas Jefferson

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:39 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Quote of the Day
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November 16, 2009

Bruce Bartlett, May Your Chains Set Lightly Upon You

Ezra Klein quotes approvingly from Bruce Bartlett’s new book, The New American Economy: The Failure Of Reaganomics And A New Way Forward: The reality is that even before spending exploded to deal with the economic crisis, the government was set to grow by about 50 percent of GDP over the next generation just to pay […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:41 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Fiscal Policy,Founding Fathers,Freedom,Individual Rights,Liberty,Socialism,Taxation,The Welfare State
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August 21, 2009

Leave Us the HELL ALONE

Crossposting something my wife wrote, from here: I’ve been in an incredibly foul mood the last couple of days, and until this morning I did not understand why. We’re planning on moving to where we actually want to be. We’re constantly being asked why we want to move to the middle of nowhere. I tell […]

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July 4, 2009

Independence 1776. Independence 201x?

From the time of 1765 forward, the American people, in fits and starts, began moving closer and closer to breaking ties with Britain and declaring independence. They grew increasingly angry at being dragged into [or paying for] the wars of the Crown. The King had largely held a hands-off approach with the colonies, who largely […]

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July 3, 2009

Liberty Rock Friday: Declaration Day by Iced Earth

Iced Earth “Declaration Day” The Glorious Burden (2004) Written by Jon Schaffer A desperate situation Forced to retaliation The task ahead a burden Men will suffer, that’s for certain We’ll charge into the fire The cause, we must inspire We raise our fists to tyranny A high price, freedom is not free The odds are […]

Posted By: Stephen Littau @ 3:04 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History,Liberty,Liberty Rock
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July 1, 2009

Common Ground for the Left and the Right on the Bill of Rights

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Trying to understand the 4th of July from an African-American perspective

“It’s Independence Day, dammit, not the ‘Fourth of July,’” properly noted a close friend on Twitter. This was countered by what I consider another valid point. “That depends on who you’re asking,” responded African-American Jefferson County (AL) Commission candidate Iva Williams. “Plymouth Rock landed on me!” In my opinion, there is a lot of truth […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 1:44 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Freedom,History,racism
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May 1, 2009

No Secession, No Legitimacy!

Many Republicans, having discovered that Bush’s policies are tyrannical, are making noises about wanting out of the fascist state that they were cheering on a few months ago. While we may wonder why it took the trivial matter of having people who have the letter D appended to their names on news reports executing Bush’s […]

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April 20, 2009

The Constitution really DOES mean what is says

This morning, the 9th circuit court of appeals confirmed that the 2nd amendment is indeed incorporated against the states under the selective incorporation doctrine, in the case Nordyke Vs. King. This means that the 2nd amendment has a lawful status equivalent to that of the first, fourth, fifth, and other amendments which explicitly protect our […]

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April 15, 2009

Hey IRS & DHS, Suck On This!

I’m not going to make it to any Tea Parties today, because frankly I think my personal time is far better spent earning money at my job than engaging in a bit of populism that will likely be forgotten and ignored by the mainstream media — at least those portions of the MSM that don’t […]

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