In Jay Cost’s latest book, ‘The Price of Greatness,’ the scholar and journalist lays out a compelling analysis of the feud between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison showing that their disagreements resulted in a synthesis of differing opinions that allowed our early republic to thrive.
James Madison is credited with debunking a prevailing suspicion that self-government was only possible on a smaller, state level.
The Second Amendment was supposed to protect us from government by dispersing its coercive power among the people. We still adhere to that system today.
The Constitution is still in place today because it works with, rather than fight against, mankind’s ambitious nature.
Separation of powers, checks and balances, and a strong, independent judiciary are what keep the United States from devolving into failed democracies of the past.
President Trump was right that some countries are ‘sh-tholes,’ but we should remember that America is different because it was fortunate enough to be born free.
As an American-Jew whose ancestors came here escaping both Nazism and communism, I totally ‘get’ the Second Amendment ‘fetishists.’
Getting President Trump impeached may give Democrats short-term victory. But by infuriating rural voters, it’s sure to widen the schism between our ‘two Americas.’
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.
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.
Today is Constitution Day. Here’s what the Founders’ path to writing the Constitution can teach us about how to accomplish our typically much humbler pursuits.
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.
A democracy without knowledge corrodes our republic. And that’s exactly how politicians like it.
Donald Trump’s anti-intellectual populism shows why Republicans shouldn’t try to be the party of the regular guys against the eggheads.
Call it logrolling, call it cronyism—the important point is that omnibus legislation such as the recently passed spending and tax bills is bad for America.
Saying government can tax religious organizations affirms the sovereignty of state over church.
Donald Trump appeals to the fantasy that one man can deliver a faction’s whole agenda. But that’s exactly what the Constitution is designed to prevent.
Nearly every other GOP candidate has expressed views more imperial than Donald Trump’s—but is that a good thing?
A regime that seeks “equality for all and special favors for none” may leave many challenges, but America is up to them.
The structural limitations of the Constitution have all disappeared, swallowed up by ideas like “commerce,” “general welfare,” and “necessary and proper.”
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