America Must Return to the Noble Traditions of Her Founders

By |2020-09-23T12:45:12-05:00September 27th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, History, Politics, Slavery|

That it is the founding principles themselves to which we can turn to recover from the great evils of slavery, of the loss of virtue and moral standard, and of grotesque dehumanization should be a measure of the gratitude we owe to our Founding Fathers for their magnificent achievement. Robert R. Reilly is the [...]

The Indispensable Legacy of Gouverneur Morris

By |2020-09-15T11:01:27-05:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Constitution Day, Founding Document, History|

The role Gouverneur Morris played in the Miracle at Philadelphia is one that is often cropped out of the greater American Story. However, based on James Madison’s detailed account of the proceedings of the Convention, Morris has had a much greater impact on American political institutions than what Americans give him credit for. The [...]

Can Cities Be Held Liable for the Riots?

By |2020-09-08T15:37:24-05:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Civil Society, Constitution, Rule of Law|

Can the residents of Seattle whose property and businesses were destroyed, vandalized, or shut down in June, when the city for three weeks allowed and approved of the “autonomous zone,” now sue the city? Two such lawsuits have in fact already been filed in federal court; and in one of them, seventeen different persons and [...]

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

By |2020-08-14T16:58:56-05:00August 14th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Education, Politics|

Too often foundations support particular political causes rather than supporting the even greater need for a citizenry schooled in the Constitution. But if we really want to make a difference in our nation, I suggest funding courses on the Constitution and the Founding documents in every high school, college, and university in the country. [...]

Will the Republic Survive the Death of the Filibuster?

By |2020-08-04T06:56:26-05:00August 4th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Barack Obama, Constitution, Pat Buchanan, Politics|

After abolishing the filibuster, says Barack Obama, Democrats should ram through statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., thereby expanding the Senate to 104 members, and adding four new Democratic senators. That new Senate, says Mr. Obama, should enact every law possible to enlarge and expand the electorate, including extending the ballot to ex-convicts. "When the [...]

To Faithfully Follow ‘Roe’: How ‘Roe v. Wade’ Now Protects Human Life

By |2020-05-21T00:18:43-05:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Abortion, American Republic, Compassion, Constitution|

As a majority of states have rejected the application of capital punishment in certain cases, United States law has moved toward mercy, away from cruelty. Consensus about human dignity and the inception of human life now calls for a similar move at the beginning of life. Just Mercy In his book Just Mercy, attorney Bryan [...]

Religious Liberty in an Age of Pandemic

By |2020-05-16T20:17:34-05:00May 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, First Amendment, Freedom, Liberty, Politics, Religion|

Is our nation witnessing a soft form of religious persecution beneath the cloak of public health? I pray and hope that this is not the case and that governments, preventing the free exercise of religion, will reverse course and allow church leaders to reopen their doors to once again proceed with the most essential [...]

Can No One Be Left Alone? The Little Sisters of the Poor Case

By |2020-05-05T17:42:45-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, First Amendment, Government, Politics, Religion, Senior Contributors, Thomas R. Ascik|

The Catholic order of nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor, are apparently not little enough or poor enough to avoid governmental coercion and interference with their works of charity. For almost a decade now, they have been involved in court cases resisting governmental attempts, first federal and now state, to require them to [...]

John Marshall: A Primer

By |2020-03-30T10:14:33-05:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Constitution, History, John Marshall, Senior Contributors, Supreme Court|

Perhaps more than any other figure in the early history of the American Republic, John Marshall shaped the Supreme Court as well as attitudes toward and understandings of the U.S. Constitution. John Marshall (September 24, 1755–July 6, 1835) was the fourth man to serve as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, [...]

What Prohibition Teaches Us

By |2020-03-30T16:10:00-05:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, History, Politics|

As the clock struck midnight to begin 2020, talk of a new “Roaring Twenties” began in earnest. This portends a wave of retrospectives, historical, fictional, and sensational. One of these will inevitably be Prohibition, the outlawing of the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors” or their import/export into the United States and its [...]

The Contributions of Eva Brann to American Political Thought

By |2020-07-16T17:21:49-05:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, Constitutional Convention, Declaration of Independence, Eva Brann|

Eva Brann’s contributions to American Political Thought are a starting point that allows the student to grasp the heart of her pursuits—that is, education. For Dr. Brann, the effort to understand the principles of the Declaration of Independence or discern how best to educate the citizens of a democratic republic can take place between [...]

The Landmark Decision of “Dred Scott v. Sandford”

By |2020-03-05T16:23:46-06:00March 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Congress, Constitution, Politics, Slavery, Supreme Court|

“Dred Scott” is a landmark decision because it answered questions regarding slavery that the Supreme Court had not previously addressed. It is also one of the most infamous decisions, furthering the great divide facing the nation regarding the question of slavery and moving the country further down the path toward the Civil War. Dred [...]

Virginia’s New Secession Crisis

By |2020-02-20T23:26:32-06:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Constitution, History|

The governor of West Virginia has invited the disaffected counties of Virginia to leave the Old Dominion and become a part of the mountain state. The loss of these counties and their “deplorables” would mark an end to what little is left of the Old Dominion’s influence in the counsels of the nation. The American [...]

Natural Law and Our Constitutional Crisis

By |2020-02-03T02:39:43-06:00February 2nd, 2020|Categories: Constitution, Natural Law|

In the coming debates over the nation’s future, a return to natural law is the most secure way to fight against the legal chaos that has destroyed the rule of law. We must explore natural law notions of self-defense, private property, and even national sovereignty. This law will direct us to God, who made both [...]

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