Our Founding Fathers were keenly aware about the risks of governing solely by majority rule, which is why they gave us a constitutional republic laden with checks and balances.
For the American Founders, unalienable rights—not property—was the overarching concept. How is this so hard for modern scholars to grasp?
The president was right. First, they came for the Confederates, and then they very quickly came for everyone else, the Founders included.
Americans in 1913 showed by their votes they had forgotten the purpose of the Framers’ design for the Senate. We today, by and large, have even forgotten that generation’s forgetting.
It seems the Montpelier Foundation has adopted a version of the ‘blame America first’ mantra: Blame the Founders first, instead.
Democratic candidates’ demands of abolishing the Electoral College and reducing the voting age will eventually lead to the death of our country as we know it.
The Great Chief Justice was not present to sign the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution, but few can lay better claim to achieving their noble purposes.
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.
The Founders were deeply flawed, but democracy and liberty are not. Let’s focus less on their failings, and more on their ideals. The Founders are for everyone, and we need them.
On this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech shares speeches and thoughts on freedom, liberty, slavery, and democracy.
The Scottish Enlightenment was an explosion of creative intellectual energy. It arrived just in time to have a decisive influence on the American Founders.
If you think the 2nd Amendment antiquated, that’s fine. Repeal it. Its history, though, doesn’t change to comport with your contemporary positions.
A closer look at the Founders’ thought about government shows their political philosophy that culminated in the Constitution was anything but libertarian.
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.
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.
Since politicians can’t manage more persuasive rhetoric than ‘delete your account,’ Robert Curry’s book ‘Common Sense Nation’ outlines the benefits of understanding and discussing America’s founding principles.
Democratizing presidential elections helped to mislead Americans into believing that presidential elections are primarily supposed to reflect their will. They’re not.
Today’s strong judicial activism goes against the purpose of the Supreme Court envisioned by the Founders, and defined in the Constitution.
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