LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In Justice Joseph Story's classic 1883 work, "Commentaries on the U.S. Constitution", he writes of the concept we now refer to as federalism (he called it "complete decentralization"). In his description, however, he notes how the Founding generation carried this concept of the proper relationship...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, George Mason of Virginia, suggested: the necessity of preventing the danger of perpetual revenue which must of necessity subvert the liberty of any Country. If it be objected to on the principle of Mr. Rutledge’s motion that...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL French Philosopher Frédéric Bastiat loved to get to the root of things.  In his 1852 classic "The Law" he teaches: It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property. The existence of persons and property preceded the existence of the legislator,...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Many today look to the state for for a hand up, hand out, or for some other sort of privilege or advantage over other individuals, classes, races or businesses. French philosopher Frederic Bastiat, who believed the states only legitimate role was to serve as a mere...
With slight shades of difference you have the same religion, manners, habits, and political principles. George Washington
PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES Many of Donald Trump’s supporters have compared him to Ronald Reagan. It is quite instructive that Trump himself picked up the 1980 Reagan campaign slogan, “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Trump speaks positively of Ronald Reagan, and, like Reagan, claims to be...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL You and I are "melting pot" people; citizens, that is, of that country set apart by Heaven to receive those in search of the good life from every nation, kindred, tongue and people. As such, we, of all people, ought to recognize the value of a...
PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES William P. Clark died two years ago last month. When he passed, I wrote a tribute at The American Spectator, aptly titled “Bill Clark’s Divine Plan.” For those unfamiliar with Judge Clark, he was, simply put, Ronald Reagan’s architect for the takedown of...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL There is a Christian Church in America that contends, as did many of our Christian forefathers, that America "is a choice land; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and captivity, and from all other nations under heaven; if they but...
LIBERTY LETTERS, 1776 Daniel Webster records that in 1776, while some men vacillated as to Independence, John Adams, the "Voice of the Declaration," arose and stirred the hearts of his countrymen with these immortal words: Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Daniel Webster records that in 1776, while some men vacillated as to Independence, John Adams, the "Voice of the Declaration," arose and stirred the hearts of his countrymen with these immortal words: Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and...
PAUL G. KENGOR, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES As soon as a conservative Republican emerges as a serious presidential frontrunner, liberals in the media suddenly yank out the microscopes they’ve been keeping away from Barack Obama since 2007. They could care less what Obama did in college, how he...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In my April 2oth column, "For the Sake of Party or Principle," I promised to follow-up on John Adams' feelings regarding "party spirit" – that it was an impediment, a censor, a book-burner to the truth; ... and then it really gets ugly. Put party before...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had different points of view on a few subjects. One significant point of departure, at least in Adams' mind, was on the supposed benefits of party spirit. Jefferson informed the Adamses (John and Abigail) on more than one occasion that there...
An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776 2013 Internet Edition (with explanatory notes) by Steve Farrell BOOK I. OF THE CAUSES OF IMPROVEMENT IN THE PRODUCTIVE POWERS OF LABOR, AND OF THE ORDER ACCORDING TO WHICH ITS PRODUCE IS NATURALLY DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE...
An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776 2013 Internet Edition (with explanatory notes) by Steve Farrell BOOK I. OF THE CAUSES OF IMPROVEMENT IN THE PRODUCTIVE POWERS OF LABOR, AND OF THE ORDER ACCORDING TO WHICH ITS PRODUCE IS NATURALLY DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE...
An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776 2013 Internet Edition (with explanatory notes) by Steve Farrell BOOK I. OF THE CAUSES OF IMPROVEMENT IN THE PRODUCTIVE POWERS OF LABOR, AND OF THE ORDER ACCORDING TO WHICH ITS PRODUCE IS NATURALLY DISTRIBUTED AMONG THE...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (1) “Stand therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. … For … ye have been called into liberty; only use not...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. (1) “Stand therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. … For … ye have been called into liberty; only use not...
BY STEVE FARRELL “I suppose persons who mouth the slogan think they are saying something profound. In fact, if that is an argument at all, it is so superficial that an educated person should be ashamed to use it. As should be evident to every thinking person, a high...
Paine’s Christianity: Part 3 BY STEVE FARRELL “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,” argued Thomas Paine. But let common sense have its day in the fertile ground of free speech, let every man have access to the Holy Writ and freedom...
BY STEVE FARRELL Was founder Thomas Paine ever a Christian, and ever anything other than a man who shouted the Bible down as "Fraud!" Most of Paine's backers and critics enthusiastically cry "No!" To hear it from them, Paine was at once, a Deist, a Theosophist, a Secular Humanist, an Infidel,...
BY STEVE FARRELL Was founder Thomas Paine ever a Christian, and ever anything other than a man who shouted the Bible down as "Fraud!" Most of Paine's backers and critics enthusiastically cry "No!" To hear it from them, Paine was at once, a Deist, a Theosophist, a Secular Humanist, an Infidel,...
BY STEVE FARRELL Paine's Christianity: Part 1 Of all the attempts to affix to the Founding Father's the faithless brand, "non-Christian secularist," the only Founder who appears to deserve such a burning indictment is Thomas Paine. After all, Tom Paine was responsible for that infamous shadowboxing match with the Bible called The...
BY STEVE FARRELL Paine's Christianity: Part 1 Of all the attempts to affix to the Founding Father's the faithless brand, "non-Christian secularist," the only Founder who appears to deserve such a burning indictment is Thomas Paine. After all, Tom Paine was responsible for that infamous shadowboxing match with the Bible called The...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Is God the author of liberty, or not? A valid, and need I say, vital question. But in this age of secularism, humanism, and socialism, just try mixing God and government in the same breath and get ready for the snickers, sneers, hisses, and guffaws for daring...
LIBERTY LETTERS QUOTE OF THE DAY, DR. JONATHAN SHIPLEY Arbitrary taxation is plunder authorized by law: it is the support and the essence of tyranny, and has done more mischief to mankind, than those other three scourges from Heaven, famine, pestilence and the sword. Source: Dr. Jonathan Shipley, Speech of the...
THEY WERE BELIEVERS WITH STEVE FARRELL George Washington, perhaps more than any other Founder, saw the hand of God everywhere. It never fails. Write a column in defense of the religious foundations of the United States (my article "Paine's Prophetic Dream Interpreted") and out of the woodwork come all manner of...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Not long ago, I watched a noted atheist - an ACLU member - venomously attacked American Christians for daring to stand up for what they called the right of their children to have access to the truth in the classroom about America's unique founding, a...
LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Editor's Note: This book review was previously published in 2005 at NewsMax.com and elsewhere on the Net. It wasn't too many months ago when David McCullough won a Pulitzer for his biography on John Adams. And so maybe it wasn't the best of timing that on...