Tag: U.S. Constitution

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  Since that fateful day of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL, a hornet’s nest has been stirred, and it’s long overdue. President Trump is hearing from all sides, hosting law enforcement, governors, as well as students and parents. I heard on the radio part of his discussion with Diane Feinstein and other […]

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It has been suggested from time to time that the institution of the Electoral College be abolished as the mechanism for selecting the President of the United States. Most advocates of eliminating the Electoral College support some form of national election, a “one-person-one-vote” direct democracy. Simple, right? The candidate with the most votes nationwide wins. […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Constitutional Change: A Parable

 

640px-Scene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_StatesOn Monday I say, “Here is a wonderful document. It establishes a federal republic based on checks and balances with the purpose of protecting our natural rights and securing the blessings of liberty. It is a living document, and explains how we can update it if we need to.” And you say, “This is a good document.” On Tuesday I say, “The document has some new sentences. Now it also says we should end slavery.” And you say, “That is also good.”

On Wednesday, however, I say, “Now the document says there are some other rights that overrule some of the old ones.” And you say, “Can I read the new sentences?” I reply: “There are no new sentences. Just a new meaning.” You ask, “Where did the old meaning go, and how did you squeeze this new meaning into the old sentences?”

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has put forth a proposal called, “Restoring the Rule of Law with States Leading the Way.” The proposal includes nine amendments to the United States Constitution: I. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State. More

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Whether the Democrat majority is 60 votes, 56 votes or 44 votes, Sen. Mitch McConnell has proven himself to be an excellent Minority Leader. He has worked mightily to prevent Obama from implementing his agenda through legislation after the initial spurt during 2009-10 when ObamaCare and “economic stimulus” were pushed through. Sure, Obama has achieved […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. On This Constitution Day, Is There Any Hope For Our Founding Document?

 

shutterstock_204257752It’s Constitution Day! My husband is off giving a paid speech at a midwestern university. It turns out the Feds require some sort of recognition of the day in higher education. I’m happy enough that our family can profit by this, but distressed about the bureaucratic overreach that demands it. He first wrote an interesting speech detailing the parallels between our own contemporary circumstances and the decline of the Roman Empire, but when the organizers emailed the program, it turned out he was supposed to talk about his latest book, The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom. Doh. I guess the other speech is destined for a magazine or SSRN or something.

Anyway, I’m curious to hear what you all see as the future of our wonderful Constitution. It has been nearly buried by the bureaucratic state, overweening judiciary, and imperial president. We the People seem to have been lost in the shuffle.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. George Will’s Advice to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell

 

On Wednesday, as the dust was settling, George Will published a column that deserves attention. In it, he suggested a number of measures that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should press as soon as the new Congress meets.

Some of his suggestions are obvious: the Republicans should repeal the tax on medical devices, authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, mandate completion of the nuclear waste respository in Nevada’s Yucca mountain. Passing these will place President Obama in the awkward position of following their lead or vetoing these popular and sensible measures.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Happy Constitution Day!

 

Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago, 40 men from 13 states signed the constitution produced by the Philadelphia Convention. On June 21 of the following year, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the document, thereby activating it. New York and Virginia quickly followed suit and North Carolina and Rhode Island limped in by the the end of 1789.

While there’s credit to go around, the true heroes of the day were Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and George Washington. In a little-known part of the tale, the three of them hijacked the Annapolis Convention of 1786 — convened to help settle trade disputes and reduce tariffs between the states — and used it to call for a second convention to consider amending the Articles of Confederation. Largely through their leadership, that meeting overstepped its mandate and proposed an entirely new form of government. What Adams did to the Continental Congress in 1776, they repeated twice in the decade that followed.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Libertarian Podcast: Understanding Property Rights

 

In the latest installment of The Libertarian podcast, Professor Epstein takes us through a thorough consideration of the issue of property rights: how the Founders thought about them, when the courts started distorting them, and what can be done to restore them to reasonable strength. Take a listen:

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