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North Carolina Senate Passes Bill Requiring Teaching of Founding Principles

North Carolina’s State Board of Education would require that students learn principles that were fundamental to the founding of the United States, if legislation now being considered in the Tar Heel State is enacted. Continue reading

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Abortion Versus The States

To see states debating the abortion issue is not only heartening for those innocents who might yet be saved, but also encouraging for Americans who would like to see federalism revitalized in their country. 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 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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Tyranny and the Monopoly of Arms

The U. S. Government, though they trust themselves with the largest arsenal the world has ever known, including everything from napalm and M-16’s to tanks and H-bombs, will not trust its thralls with .22-cal. revolvers. Why does this trust not exist? The people want to be free, a great number of blacks as well as many non-ruling class whites desire self-determination, and the Establishment must frustrate these movements. Laissez-faire gun ownership is feared for the same reason that Hitler would have been afraid of a gun-owning Jewish population or Stalin a bunch of pistol-packing Ukrainians. Well does the State know Mao’s dictum: political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” The rulers realize that the only way to retain their control over the people is to monopolize the firearms. The powers-that-be perceive that the people can never exercise their right to be free if they have no might to be free. Thus it is in part by gun control that Big Brother perpetuates his hegemony. Continue reading

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The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

Our Constitutional Bill of Rights notwithstanding, the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 (authored by Thomas Jefferson) and the Virginia Resolution of 1798 (authored by James Madison in collaboration with his friend, colleague, and fellow Virginian, Mr. Jefferson), represent the first affirmations of State Sovereignty in the face of federal legislative overreach. Continue reading

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Virginia Resolution of 1798

The Virginia Resolution of 1798 was adopted by the Virginia Senate on December 24, 1798, as a protest against the Alien and Sedition Acts passed by Congress. It was authored by James Madison, in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson, who authored a set of resolutions for Kentucky. Continue reading

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Kentucky Resolution of 1799

RESOLUTIONS IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY THE representatives of the good people of this commonwealth in general assembly convened, having maturely considered the answers of sundry states in the Union, to their resolutions passed at the last session, respecting certain unconstitutional laws … Continue reading

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SCOTUS and the Collapse of States’ Sovereignty

The dissenting governors and those who support them will have a hellish fight on their hands as the administration, its confidence bolstered by the SCOTUS decision, seeks to make ObamaCare the means of fundamentally transforming this United States of America. Continue reading

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The States’ Rights Tradition Nobody Knows

In 1798, the legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky approved resolutions that affirmed the states’ right to resist federal encroachments on their powers. If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned the resolutions’ authors (James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, respectively), it will continue to grow — regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power. Continue reading

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