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

March 17, 2008

John Adams

Let all become attentive to the grounds and principles of government, ecclesiastical and civil. Let us study the law of nature; search into the spirit of the British constitution; read the histories of ancient ages; contemplate the great examples of Greece and Rome; set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who have […]

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March 16, 2008

The Least Understood Founding Father

Starting tonight, HBO will begin running what looks to be an amazing mini-series about one of America’s most misunderstood Founding Fathers: When in the course of media events, a network devotes six Sunday nights, more than seven hours of airtime and $100 million to a miniseries, it’s likely that the show will be awash with […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:18 am || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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March 14, 2008

The Founders And Earmarks

Earlier this week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made this rather absurd comment in the debate of earmarks: “As we look back in history, the Founding Fathers would be cringing to hear people talking about eliminating earmarks,” Reid said, noting that the Founders dictated in the Constitution that all spending should originate in Congress, not […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:48 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Government Waste
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February 24, 2008

Ralph Nader: Jeffersonian ? I Don’t Think So

For reasons known only to him, Ralph Nader announced today that he’s running for President: WASHINGTON (CNN) — Ralph Nader is entering the presidential race as an independent, he announced Sunday, saying it is time for a “Jeffersonian revolution.” “In the last few years, big money and the closing down of Washington against citizen groups […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:02 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Founding Fathers,Politics
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February 18, 2008

Superdelegates And The 17th Amendment

The Democratic Party is finding itself in a very strange position. They’re approaching a potential situation where neither of their candidates have enough elected delegates to secure the nomination, and the race will turn to the superdelegates to decide. Primary results can then be trumped by the say-so of the “party elites”. Thus, the party […]

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February 17, 2008

Today In History

  On this day in 1801, Thomas Jefferson was elected President of the United States.

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:31 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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February 13, 2008

Judge Andrew Napolitano Discusses the History of Civil Liberty Violations in America

Judge Andrew Napolitano gave a speech for Reason Magazine in Washington D.C. in October of last year on the history of Constitutional infidelity. Virtually every president from George Washington to George W. Bush has broken his oath of office to defend the Constitution. President John Adams, the nation’s second president, was the first president who […]

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November 25, 2007

Quotes Of The Day: James Madison Edition

Words of wisdom from the Father Of The Constitution: “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” “It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.” “No […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:28 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Quote of the Day
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November 21, 2007

The Best Explanation of the Second Amendment I Have Ever Heard

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”- Amendment II, U.S. Constitution As Doug reported yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to take its first case on the Second Amendment in almost 70 years. During […]

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November 15, 2007

230 Years Ago Today: America’s First Constitution Ratified

Two Hundred Thirty Years ago today, only one year after The Declaration of Independence was made public, and in the middle of a war that the American Colonies still had a chance to lose, the Continental Congress took the first step toward creating a national government, adopting the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. This […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 6:46 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,History
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November 13, 2007

Is Dick Cheney Unconstitutional ?: The Case Against An Activist Vice-Presidency

In a provocatively titled law review article, Glenn Reynolds, who spends his time at the University of Tennessee College of Law when he isn’t blogging raises some very interesting questions about the Office of Vice-President and what it has become in modern times. The article itself arises out of the controversy that erupted earlier this […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,Separation Of Powers
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November 12, 2007

Do We Need A New Constitution?

Larry J. Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia, seems to think so, and he’s even written a book about it. However, some of his complaints indicate that he simply doesn’t understand that the document was designed for different purposes than he wishes it to be: The Senate is horribly undemocratic. Because […]

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October 8, 2007

Is Ron Paul’s Foreign Policy Good For America ?

Last week, the Manchester Union-Leader, one of the leading newspapers in New Hampshire, and well-known for having a conservative editorial page, criticized Ron Paul’s foreign policy views as the same type of isolationism that gripped the Republican Party, and the nation, in the years prior to Pearl Harbor. Today, Ron Paul responds in a column […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (65) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Foreign Affairs,Founding Fathers,Politics
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October 4, 2007

Only 44% Of Americans Believe The Supreme Court Should Follow The Constitution

The latest Rasmussen Poll asked Americans about their views on the Supreme Court and how it should interpret the Constitution, and the results aren’t all that encouraging: As the Supreme Court begins a new term, 44% of Americans would counsel the justices to base their decisions “strictly upon what is written in the Constitution and […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:23 pm || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,Legal
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September 17, 2007

Happy Constitution Day

It was 220 years ago today that the Constitution was signed by it’s drafters in Philadelphia: What’s the most important day in American history? Most of us would answer the Fourth of July. But think about today, Sept. 17. For on this date in 1787, the convention in Philadelphia completed work on one of the […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 3:46 pm || Permalink || Comments (45) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,History
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September 13, 2007

Why Ron Paul Faces An Uphill Battle

It’s hard to win with a campaign based on liberty, when so many Americans don’t seem to really believe in it: WASHINGTON — Sixty-five percent of Americans believe that the nation’s founders intended the U.S. to be a Christian nation and 55% believe that the Constitution establishes a Christian nation, according to the “State of […]

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August 10, 2007

Individual Rights And The Right To Save Your Life

Earlier this week I wrote about a particularly outrageous decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia which essentially held that terminally ill patients do not have the right to use drugs for purposes not approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Today, the Cato Institute’s Roger Pilon, writing in the Wall […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:52 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,Individual Rights
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August 1, 2007

One Man’s Freedom of Expression is Another Man’s Hate Crime

We seem to have strayed a long way from our valuing of free speech, perhaps best stated by Voltaire “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” In this age of political correctness, both the Right and the Left has bastardized the idea of free […]

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July 31, 2007

Why Ron Paul Cannot Be President

John Derbyshire who is, admittedly, a conservative, has a mostly positive piece about the Paul phenomenon at National Review Online where he tries to figure out why more conservatives aren’t supporting Ron Paul. In the process, he comes up with the reason that Ron Paul cannot be President: If Washington, D.C. were the drowsy southern […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:53 pm || Permalink || Comments (61) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Founding Fathers,Politics
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July 12, 2007

Dinesh The Gun Totin’ Libertarian Is At It Again

Dinesh D’Souza has a post up responding to his earlier post claiming that Ron Paul isn’t really a libertarian because he doesn’t want to conquer the world. This time, he tries to explain away the fact that the Founding Fathers were non-interventionist: In response to my argument, some Ron Paul supporters have noted that the […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,Theory and Ideas
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