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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

Our individual freedoms have been eviscerated so that the government’s powers could be expanded, while reducing us to a system of slavery disguised as a democracy. Continue reading

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Misreading McCulloch v. Maryland

The common understanding of the landmark McCulloch v Maryland case is that it argued in favor of broad congressional “implied” powers. But, an important scholarly paper shows this standard narrative to be greatly exaggerated. Continue reading






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The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions: Guideposts of Limited Government

Ed. Note: This most excellent essay by William Watkins, Jr. was re-published at New York State Sovereignty in 2012. We thought it should be given renewed prominence, given the renewed activity in posts relating to the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions … Continue reading

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Refuting Objections: But Nullification Isn’t In The Constitution!

Madison is not calling nullification a mere legal tool, but a natural right along with “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It is a right which all people are born with innately and cannot be deprived of them without their consent. Continue reading






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James Madison: How the States Can Block Federal Gun Control

What do we do when the federal government simply ignores the Second Amendment and acts in ways that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms? Well, James Madison laid out a blueprint in Federalist 46 before the Constitution was even ratified. Continue reading






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The U.S. Constitution: Beautifully Conceived

In today’s textbooks, there is no sense of honor accorded to the incredible vision of a government “conceived in liberty,” with the centers of power placed under wonderful constraints against tyranny. Continue reading






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Comrade Cuomo Issues Edict to Conservative New Yorkers: Get Outta Town

It is astounding that the American political party that touts itself as the champion of tolerance could be so intolerant of anyone holding or expressing an opposing view. Continue reading






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The People Speak: Thomas Paine

“A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal.”
— Thomas Paine Continue reading






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Constitution Day: Reminding Our Elected Representatives to Exercise Their Power

Remind Washington to stop hiding behind themselves or limits that do not exist, to stop usurping the powers and rights of others, and to start exercising the powers that have been delegated to them. Continue reading






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The Constitution is Alive and Well in New York

If America still has a soul rooted in the founding principles of Liberty, it was on display in full force April 19th, at famed Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan. With bagpipes playing and a period-perfect revolutionary soldier patrolling the grounds, grassroots civic leaders from across New York converged on the historic pub in honor of Patriots’ Day, which commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The event was organized by the New York City Oath Keepers and the assembly did not disappoint. Continue reading






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