Hillsdale Professor Thomas G. West joins Federalist Radio to discuss the beliefs at the time of American’s founding and what we can learn from them.
A closer look at the Founders’ thought about government shows their political philosophy that culminated in the Constitution was anything but libertarian.
In his new book ‘The Political Theory of the American Founding,’ Thomas G. West argues the founding fathers emphasized natural rights and the need to actively create the moral conditions where freedom could flourish.
The Founders wrote in Washington DC’s special status to protect the other states, and American citizens, from federal overreach. We still need that protection.
To understand liberals’ sudden admiration for Alexander Hamilton, it helps to consider what they think of the other Founding Fathers.
America is no longer a nation in any meaningful sense—because it has neither Europe’s ‘blood and soil’ nationalism, nor a robust ideas-based nationalism.
The readily observable fact that we no longer think politically in terms of unalienable rights is a perfect measure of how much we have abandoned the Founders’ vision.
While many overlook Crispus Attucks’ contribution to American history, he still provides a powerful example of moral courage we should follow.
It will take more than walls and jobs to ‘make America great again.’ We need to return to the philosophies that undergirded the American founding.
Most everything in the Constitution has stood the test of time, but the method for electing the president was the Founders’ biggest error.
Immigration policy is vital to our nation’s future. So it behooves us to approach it with cautious optimism and strategic thoughtfulness.
Do conservatives need to be ashamed of winning elections by means of the Electoral College that they would not win in a more directly democratic contest? No.
What began as a mere afterthought to the Constitution ended up saving the Constitution from its Anti-Federalist critics, and today looms larger in the American mind than the Constitution itself.
Why would someone willingly help build the Death Star? The answer may help us understand why the Founders didn’t immediately abolish slavery.
Some very nice, apparently well-educated people are peddling absolute Pablum about the Electoral College.
Today’s strong judicial activism goes against the purpose of the Supreme Court envisioned by the Founders, and defined in the Constitution.
I cannot tell a lie: George Washington could drink! He was our commander-in-chief, and home-brewer-in-chief as well.
American exceptionalism doesn’t mean doing great stuff. It means having an entirely different system of government, one that trusts individuals to run their own affairs.
An executive that does not need to ask the legislature for funds is one that does not need to ask the people for permission or respond to their concerns. Self-funding is self-rule.
Donald Trump is conservative—but not in the way most Americans, and many modern conservatives, think of that word.
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