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Taking On California’s Lawless Agenda

HARRY G. HUTCHISON, ACLJ The long-simmering battle between the federal government and the state of California’s lawless agenda has erupted as part of escalating conflict...

Separation of Powers or Confusion of Powers

American Minute with Bill Federer NOVEMBER 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address where 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in a 3 day...

Thoughts on Government, by John Adams—1776

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS, 1776 Editor's Introduction: In January 1776, six months prior to the writing of the Declaration of Independence and eleven years...

Tippecanoe and Tyler too

American Minute with Bill Federer "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" was the campaign slogan of 9th President William Henry Harrison, born FEBRUARY 9, 1773. Harrison was an...

Federalist Papers No. 73, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Friday, March 21, 1788 The Provision For The Support of the Executive, and the Veto Power THE third ingredient towards constituting the...

Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws

American Minute with Bill Federer Society...must repose on principles that do not change." - wrote Montesquieu in Book 24 of The Spirit of the Laws. Montesquieu...

Blackstone—Of the Parliament

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England , Book 1 (Rights of Persons) CHAPTER 2—OF THE PARLIAMENT  WE are next to treat...

Federalist Papers No. 51, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, February 6, 1788 The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments TO WHAT...

Federalist Papers No. 43, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, January 23, 1788 Miscellaneous Powers Conferred by the Constitution Considered THE fourth class comprises the following miscellaneous powers: A power "to promote the...

Federalist Papers No. 41, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, January 19, 1788 The Powers Conferred by the Constitution Further Considered THE Constitution proposed by the convention may be considered under two...

Federalist Papers No. 42, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Tuesday, January 22, 1788 General view of the powers conferred by the proposed Constitution THE second class of powers, lodged in the...

Federalist Papers No. 40, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Friday, January 18, 1788 The Authority of the Convention THE second point to be examined is, whether the convention were authorized to...

Federalist Papers No. 38, James Madison

FOUNDERS CORNER, MAJOR WORKS Saturday, January 12, 1788 Concerning the Difficulties of the Convention in Devising a Proper Form of Government and the Incoherence of the...

The Road to Collectivism

CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part V Americans came upon the road to collectivism by diverse ways and...

Federalist Papers No. 32, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Federalist 32, by Alexander Hamilton 02 January 1788 Concerning the General Power of Taxation (continued) ALTHOUGH I am of opinion that...

A Law for Governments, by Clarence B. Carson

CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY According to the lore of our time, business monopolies are highly dangerous—so dangerous in their threat to the commonweal...

Attorney, talk host Mark Levin wins court case against Obama

BY JIM KOURI A federal appeals court ruled on Friday in favor of a well-known plaintiff's argument that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution by...

Check and Balances Victory

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ Today is a good day for constitutional governance. To recap, at issue was whether NLRB appointments made while the Senate was not...

Useful Liberal Liberal Idiots and Vote Fraud

BY SELWYN DUKE Among the responses to my recent article on Democrat vote fraud were those of liberals who were happy to hear no evil,...

Nov. 15: The only clergyman to sign the Declaration

American Minute with Bill Federer He lost two sons in the Revolution and was the only clergyman to sign the Declaration. A delegate from New...

Five Great Fundamentals Of The Constitution

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Dallin H. Oaks On my list there are five great fundamentals. 1. Separation of powers. The idea of separation...

Where in the Constitution is it Divine Inspiration?

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Dallin H. Oaks It was a miracle that the Constitution could be drafted and ratified. But what is there...

James Madison on Federalism and the Limitation of Powers

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1788 The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain...

DOJ’s total disregard of the Constitution blasted by lawmakers

BY JIM KOURI Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) released a biting report  this week highlighting the Obama Justice Department’s alleged disregard of the Constitution and the rule of law. Smith and the House Judiciary...

Obama Threatens the U.S. Supreme Court

BY PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY President Barack Obama is more and more behaving like a petty dictator who thinks he can say and do anything, regardless of...

President Obama Can’t Set Senate Rules

JAY SEKULOW, ACLJ It's an important case that underscores the separation of powers. Senate Republicans will file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a federal...

Checks and Balances and the Separation of Powers

Liberty Letters, James Madison, 1788 One of the principal objections inculcated by the more respectable adversaries to the constitution, is its supposed violation of the...

President Obama Scolded for Remarks to Supreme Court

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, LIBERTY COUNSEL Washington, DC – President Obama was publicly scolded this week for warning the Supreme Court against overturning ObamaCare. The President said...

MN Continues Fight Against Federal and Executive Overreach

EDUCATION LIBERTY WATCH As the state and federal controversies increase over the unconstitutional and illegal requirements of the No Child Left behind waivers and the...

Too Great a Temptation

Liberty Letters, John Locke, 1689 Perhaps the most fundamental violation of the Constitution today, and the most dangerous, is the combining of the Executive, Judicial,...