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

July 4, 2007

When In The Course Of Human Events

Two Hundred Thirty One Years Ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote the following: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature […]

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July 2, 2007

July 2 1776

It was today that the Continental Congress considered, and approved, a resolution brought by Virginia Delegate Richard Henry Lee that went as follows: Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:56 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers,History
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June 27, 2007

Counterpoint: The “Living Constitution” Is The Road To Serfdom

In his opening post, our Guest Blogger Derek Hammer states that the United States Constitution is, and should be considered to be, a living document. In at least one interpretation of that phrase, I agree with him. As we sit here, less than three months shy of the 220th anniversary of the date that the […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:37 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Founding Fathers,Point/Counterpoint
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Point: The Constitution Is A Living Document

In the United States, a document–the Constitution of the United States, the Supreme Law of the Land–binds us, the people, when we are granted citizenship. By becoming citizens of this great nation, we assure ourselves the protections outlined by this document. Unfortunately, many citizens forget these inalienable rights. However, there are some that have not. […]

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June 20, 2007

Counterpoint: Sometimes Intervention is Necessary

(Responding to Brad Warbiany’s post here) After reading Brad’s arguments opposed to interventionism, I found many more areas of agreement than I expected. Brad makes the point that he does not favor isolationism or pacifism and points out that force is sometimes justified, though he does not explain the circumstances where he believes force or […]

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May 19, 2007

1776: The Year Liberty Stood In The Balance

Today, we celebrate 1776, and more specifically the 4th of July as the birthday of American freedom, the day that the American colonists courageously stood up to the most powerful monarch on the planet and declared the independence of the thirteen British colonies on the Eastern seaboard of North America. The truth of the matter […]

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May 16, 2007

Isn’t That What The President Is For ?

Lt. General Douglas Lute was named yesterday by President Bush to fill a position that the media is calling the new White House “war czar” responsible for overseeing the Iraq War President Bush tapped Army Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute yesterday to serve as a new White House “war czar” overseeing the conflicts in Iraq […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Foreign Affairs,Founding Fathers
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May 1, 2007

John McCain Calls For Another Entangling Alliance

As if the alphabet soup of international agencies and treaties that the United States is a part of wasn’t enough, John McCain is calling for the creation of another entangling alliance: WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate John McCain envisions a “League of Democracies” as part of a more cooperative foreign policy with U.S. allies. The […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:08 pm || Permalink || Comments (6) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Foreign Affairs,Founding Fathers
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April 26, 2007

Were the Federalists Really Lying?

Lew Rockwell has an interesting essay in the American Conservative: Maybe the authors of the Federalist Papers were liars. Maybe they were just engaged in political propaganda in order to shove through the Constitution. In secret, perhaps, they were plotting a Leviathan state with a president who can do all that the Bush administration claims […]

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April 13, 2007

Happy Birthday, Mr. Jefferson

Two Hundred Sixty Four years ago today, one of history greatest advocates of human freedom was born. Though he went on to live a life that, at times, contradicted the principles that he advocated, Thomas Jefferson remains one of America’s greatest treasures. I can think of no better way to remember him today than by […]

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April 11, 2007

Book Review: P.J. O’Rourke — On The Wealth Of Nations

I’ll admit a cardinal sin. I’ve never read The Wealth Of Nations. It’s always been on my “to read” list, as it is one of the most revolutionary books in economics history, and routinely quoted by many of the libertarians I admire. I actually bought a copy last year, and took a look at it. […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:50 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Book Reviews,Economics,Founding Fathers,Free Trade
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April 5, 2007

Today In History

The first Presidential veto: On this day in 1792, George Washington exercised his power to veto legislation for the first time in the nation’s history when he refused to sign a bill designed to apportion members of the House. He vetoed the bill because he held that the Constitution did not authorize Congress to fix […]

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March 28, 2007

Somebody’s Gotta Say It (Book Review)

(Cross posted here at Fearless Philosophy for Free Minds) As a regular listener of The Neal Boortz Show, I find this book every bit as hard-hitting, insensitive, informative, and entertaining as his show. The High Priest of the Painful Truth pulls no punches in his assault on ignorance whether from the Right, the Left, or […]

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March 9, 2007

D.C. Circuit Court Gets it Absolutely Right

I couldn’t imagine a better statement about the right to keep and bear arms coming from any court in this land (emphasis mine): To summarize, we conclude that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and […]

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February 28, 2007

Is Islamofascism a Legitimate Threat to Liberty?

In my recent post about Michael Charles Smith, I received a response from a reader by the name of Carl Deen regarding my support for the war against terror Islamofascism (Not the war on terror. Terrorism is the method the Islamofascist uses to accomplish his political-religious goals). I think his challenge is worth a post […]

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February 22, 2007

Happy Birthday Mr. President

David Boaz discusses why George Washington is so important: George Washington was the man who established the American republic. He led the revolutionary army against the British Empire, he served as the first president, and most importantly he stepped down from power. In an era of brilliant men, Washington was not the deepest thinker. He […]

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February 19, 2007

Quotes Of The Day: George Washington Edition

As we mark the 275th anniversary of the birth of our nation’s first President, there isn’t a better time to note some of his more important observations: Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. It will be found an unjust […]

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Unveiling A Piece Of History

On December 23, 1783, George Washington addressed the Continental Congress for the last time as Commander of the Continental Army. Today, the original copy of the speech, in Washington’s own handwriting will be unveiled to the public: It was a speech so moving the crowd wept. It was a speech so personally important George Washington’s […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:55 pm || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Founding Fathers
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We Don’t Need Anymore “Great” Presidents

As we mark the 275th anniversary of the birth of America’s first President, Robert Higgs argues that we need more President’s who don’t aspire to greatness: In the New York Times Magazine for December 15, 1996, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., presented the results of a poll of historians asked to rank the presidents (excepting only […]

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February 13, 2007

Thomas Paine: More Harm than Good?

Thomas Paine is one of the least respected figures of the American Revolution and early American history. Many of Paine’s compatriots believed that his anti-religious ideas found in The Age of Reason were so dangerous that they would undermine the moral character of America (Keane 475). Paine further caught the ire of the American public […]

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