Gary Porter

About Gary Porter

Gary Porter is Executive Director of the Constitution Leadership Initiative (CLI), a project to promote a better understanding of the U.S. Constitution by the American people. Mr. Porter presents talks on various Constitutional topics, writes a weekly essay, "Constitutional Corner," which is published on multiple websites, and is the former host of a weekly radio show, “We the People, the Constitution Matters,” on WFYL AM1140.

George Washington Resigns His Military Commission

By |2020-12-28T11:27:17-06:00December 22nd, 2020|Categories: American Founding, George Washington, History|

John Trumbull, who would memorialize this great event in a painting which—commissioned in 1817 by Congress—now hangs in the United States Capitol Rotunda, called Washington’s resignation “one of the highest moral lessons ever given to the world.” In an example of unrivaled statesmanship, General George Washington resigned his military commission at the State House in [...]

1619: The Beginning of Self-Government in Virginia

By |2021-04-22T10:57:37-05:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Civilization, Government, History, Politics|

On July 30, 1619, the newly appointed Governor, Sir George Yeardley, set in motion the concept of self-government in the Virginia colony. He called forth the first representative legislative assembly in America, establishing Virginia’s House of Burgesses—today, the Virginia Assembly. The yearning for self-government springs eternal. In the first Federalist essay, Alexander Hamilton famously observes: [...]

The Constitutional Intrigue of West Virginia Statehood

By |2020-01-18T20:59:39-06:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Government, History, Politics|

Admitted in June 20, 1863 by ratifying the U.S. Constitution, West Virginia became the thirty-fifth state. It is known as “The Mountain State” with the West Virginia State Constitution in current use adopted in 1872. The story of how West Virginia became a state is an amazing story, full of constitutional intrigue and sleight-of-hand worthy [...]

Maryland’s 1867 State Constitution, Among the Oldest in Use Today

By |2021-04-22T18:35:02-05:00April 10th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, History|

Maryland has one of the oldest state constitutions in use today, as well as one of the longest Declarations of Rights. As such, it provides both the historian and constitutional scholar much to occupy their time. A detailed study of the rights of Maryland’s citizens will be time well spent. Maryland is the seventh state [...]

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