Post New Article

The American Founding’s
High-Minded Purposes

Original Article

Posted By: M2, 6/15/2019 11:13:40 AM

James Madison is justly celebrated for his frequently stated opinion that “all power in just and free Government is derived from compact.” But Madison’s view is not endorsed by all purported champions of the founders. A recent article, “Our Unwritten Constitution: Orestes Brownson and the Foundation of American Liberty,” published as part of the Real Clear Policy series on the American Project and co-authored by Richard M. Reinsch II and the late Peter Augustine Lawler, argues that Madison is utterly mistaken in his claim. In fact, the authors claim that reliance on “Lockean contract theory” produced a constitution that was “devised solely in the interest of the rights of individuals”

Post Reply

Reply 1 - Posted by: ZeldaFitzg 6/15/2019 1:46:26 PM (No. 98796)
I trust the Founding Fathers and their genius in crafting our Constitution. I ignore their human frailties, although I do find them interesting.
4 people like this.

Below, you will find ...
Most Recent Articles posted by "M2"
and
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Most Recent Articles posted by M2"
‘Not True!’—Trump Calls NYT Report on Russian Cyber Attacks ‘Virtual Act of Treason’ 9 replies
Posted by M2 6/16/2019 7:21:28 AM Post Reply
President Donald Trump on Saturday denied a New York Times report claiming the U.S. is ramping up cyber attacks against Russia, calling the decision to run the article a “virtual act of treason.” According to the Times, the U.S. is increasingly targeting Russia’s electric power grid and has even gone as far as to install debilitating code inside it. The operation is the first of its kind, according to the newspaper, which also claimed two administration officials said President Donald Trump is believed not to have been briefed on the mission. Reacting to the report in a pair of tweets, President Trump wrote
U.S. Escalates Online
Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid
13 replies
Posted by M2 6/16/2019 6:54:56 AM Post Reply
The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said. In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously unreported deployment of American computer code inside Russia’s grid and other targets as a classified companion to more publicly discussed action directed at Moscow’s disinformation and hacking units around the 2018 midterm elections.
To beat Trump, Dems must practice
a politics of modesty
20 replies
Posted by M2 6/16/2019 6:40:47 AM Post Reply
"It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely stable genius” and those who would replace him promise national transformation, attention should be paid to the granular details of presidential politics, which suggest that a politics of modesty might produce voting changes where they matter, and at least 270 electoral votes for a Democrat.
The American Founding’s
High-Minded Purposes
1 reply
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 11:13:40 AM Post Reply
James Madison is justly celebrated for his frequently stated opinion that “all power in just and free Government is derived from compact.” But Madison’s view is not endorsed by all purported champions of the founders. A recent article, “Our Unwritten Constitution: Orestes Brownson and the Foundation of American Liberty,” published as part of the Real Clear Policy series on the American Project and co-authored by Richard M. Reinsch II and the late Peter Augustine Lawler, argues that Madison is utterly mistaken in his claim. In fact, the authors claim that reliance on “Lockean contract theory” produced a constitution that was “devised solely in the interest of the rights of individuals”
Dear Diary, Nobody likes me.
Nobody wants to buy my book
about how I hate Trump...
9 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 11:11:13 AM Post Reply
CNN blowhard Jim Acosta is having a hard time selling his book to the public. That's the verdict at the Daily Caller and Fox News, both of which have spotted evidence that CNN's self-regarding hairspray boy's melodramatically titled: "The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America" isn't exactly selling like hotcakes. Despite Acosta's built-in soapbox for hawking the whole thing to the public, the book sports a mere #179 rating for all titles on Amazon.com. So now he's taken to doing desperate things. According to Fox News's Hannity: CNN’s White House Correspondent Jim Acosta posted multiple sections of his new book on social media
Reality is Not an Option 3 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 11:08:33 AM Post Reply
Recently, my local morning news channel aired a story about a body discovered in a city park. Sadly, that’s not especially unusual. I was still a little bleary from having just gotten out of bed, so I don’t recall many details. I think they said the body was aged thirty or so, but I remember very clearly that they said it was the body of a man. I remember this because, being of a cynical turn of mind whenever I am conscious at all, I asked my wife -- “How do they know it was a man?” My wife ignored me, of course, either because she was asleep or
Donald Trump: US president in
'Prince of Whales' Twitter error
24 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 8:28:16 AM Post Reply
US President Donald Trump has caused a splash on Twitter after he tweeted to say he had met the "Prince of Whales". Mr Trump made the mistake, intending to refer to Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, in response to articles following an ABC news interview. He said he would listen if a foreign government gave damaging information about a political rival without necessarily reporting it to the FBI. In the tweet, he accused media reporting the statement of "fake news". (tweet) Mr Trump subsequently deleted his tweet and corrected his error. Referring to his recent UK state visit, the president initially wrote on Twitter: "I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day.
Why Evangelical Christians are the key
to compassionate, comprehensive
immigration reform
5 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 8:21:35 AM Post Reply
President Trump owes his presidency largely to evangelical Christians. With four out of five white evangelical voters supporting President Trump in 2016, they made up the core of his voting base. But unless he takes a more compassionate approach to immigration reform, he may not be able to count on the same support in 2020. In recent years, evangelical Christians have been seen as staunchly unsympathetic to immigrants. This view is somewhat merited: A 2017 poll found that three-quarters of white evangelicals supported the “travel ban” preventing refugees and others from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
Alaska Supreme Court rules
state sex offender registry law
unconstitutional
11 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 8:18:50 AM Post Reply
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that a state law requiring the registry of all sex offenders is unconstitutional because it violates offenders' rights to due process. The ruling was issued Friday. In a 3-2 decision, the court said an offender must be given the chance to prove he or she is rehabilitated and no longer remains a threat to the public. “Our decision requiring an individualized risk-assessment hearing is based on the judicial power,” the court wrote in its opinion. If an offender "can show at a hearing that he does not pose a risk requiring registration, then there is no compelling reason requiring him to register, and the fact that
Trump: 'We Are Going to Have Over 400 Miles
of Wall Built by the End of Next Year'
5 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 7:48:03 AM Post Reply
"So the wall is going up, it's going up rapidly," President Donald Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Friday. "We are going to have over 400 miles of wall built by the end of next year. The wall is very important, it's hard to breach it, it's high, it's strong, it's powerful and it's going up at a much lower cost than the wall that was planned prior to me getting there -- it's much better wall, too." Trump said the sections of wall built before he became president are a "disgrace." And we are actually fixing it, and in some cases, we have to take down fairly new wall
AOC, Bernie Vow to Shut Down
Amazon’s New ‘Credit Builder’ Card
7 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 7:44:13 AM Post Reply
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have a new target for their ongoing mission to craft legislation that would force credit card companies to cap interest rates at 15 percent after Amazon announced it is offering a “credit builder” card for people with no credit or bad credit. Synchrony Financial and Amazon are partnering to offer the “Amazon Credit Builder” that “lets users build up credit through a secured card, alongside budgeting tools and tips. It allows people eventually to ‘graduate’ to another Amazon Store card once they’ve established credit,” CNBC reported.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs
Sweeping Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities
4 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 7:40:55 AM Post Reply
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) made good on his campaign promise to stand against impractical and dangerous policies that promote illegal immigration and signed a bill into law Friday, effectively banning sanctuary cities in his state. “Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise,” DeSantis announced in a tweet. “I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the FL Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that our communities are safe,” he added.
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Beto O'Rourke says white Americans
don't know the full story of slavery,
continues to support reparations
39 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 6/16/2019 4:31:59 AM Post Reply
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke took an unconventional approach to reaching out to African-American voters Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina and saying white Americans do not know the full story of slavery. O'Rourke spent Friday at a Baptist church in Beaufort, S.C., where the former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of coastal slave descendants whose separation from the mainland allowed them to retain much of their African heritage, including a unique dialect and skills such as cast-net fishing and basket weaving.
Bernie Sanders pushes for drastic
change to US economy: 'We need
a political revolution'
26 replies
Posted by Imright 6/16/2019 11:58:59 AM Post Reply
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is in full force with his push for democratic socialism as he looks to increase support for his 2020 presidential campaign, and is calling for a "political revolution" in the United States. Days after an address at George Washington University in which he rolled out his platform, Sanders brought his message of income equality to "Fox News Sunday." "If we're going to bring about real change in this country ... we need fundamental change. We need a political revolution," Sanders told host Chris Wallace.
African migrants pass through San Antonio
and swiftly fan out across the country
26 replies
Posted by Ribicon 6/16/2019 12:26:16 AM Post Reply
San Antonio, Texas—Roughly 300 Congolese and Angolan citizens who arrived in San Antonio the first week of June after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border days earlier have all briskly departed the city for destinations across the country, some with fuzzy plans based partly on hope. The hundreds of family members and single adults from Central Africa first showed up June 4 at the southern border’s Eagle Pass and Del Rio towns in south-central Texas.(Snip) “If—a family, the sponsor—it’s been 24-48 hours and they can’t buy the [bus] ticket, then we’ll buy it,” Elizabeth Nemeth, executive director of Catholic Charities'
Donald Trump: US president in
'Prince of Whales' Twitter error
24 replies
Posted by M2 6/15/2019 8:28:16 AM Post Reply
US President Donald Trump has caused a splash on Twitter after he tweeted to say he had met the "Prince of Whales". Mr Trump made the mistake, intending to refer to Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, in response to articles following an ABC news interview. He said he would listen if a foreign government gave damaging information about a political rival without necessarily reporting it to the FBI. In the tweet, he accused media reporting the statement of "fake news". (tweet) Mr Trump subsequently deleted his tweet and corrected his error. Referring to his recent UK state visit, the president initially wrote on Twitter: "I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day.
Trump calls London mayor a
'disaster' after a spate of killings
21 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 6/15/2019 6:46:02 PM Post Reply
LONDON - U.S. President Donald Trump once again criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Saturday, saying he is a "disaster" and will "only get worse" after three people were slain in the city in less than 20 hours. Trump retweeted a tweet by the right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins who called London "stab city" and said "this is Khan’s Londonistan," a phrase used to describe the city's failure to tackle Muslim extremists. "LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster - will only get worse!" Trump said on Twitter. Trump called Khan, a Muslim of Pakistani heritage, a "stone-cold loser"
Oberlin alumni letter predicts
'lengthy and complex legal process'
21 replies
Posted by Harlowe 6/15/2019 1:41:37 PM Post Reply
Less than 24 hours after a $44 million settlement against the college in favor of Gibson’s Bakery, Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar assured alumni in an email that the punitive damage award will change. In the letter sent to alumni that was obtained by the Chronicle-Telegram, Ambar writes: “This is not the final outcome. This is, in fact, just one step along the way of what may turn out to be a lengthy and complex legal process... It will not distract, deter or materially harm our education mission, for today’s students or for generations to come.”
Mayor Jack Young Signs Gender-
Inclusive, Single Occupancy Restroom
Bill Into Law At Baltimore Pride Weekend
20 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 6/16/2019 12:32:34 PM Post Reply
BALTIMORE — History was made at the Baltimore Pride Parade on Saturday. Mayor Jack Young signed a bill that would allow all single occupancy restrooms to be used by anyone, male or female. This is in an effort to provide a safe space for all citizens regardless of their gender identity. “All of your elected officials believe in equality, we believe in everyone treated the same way,” Baltimore Council President Brandon Scott said. The new law will open up all single occupancy bathrooms with gender-inclusive signage to male and female. This will allow members of the transgender community to use
Disgraced Former FBI Deputy Director
Andrew McCabe Says Now Is The
Time To Try To Impeach Trump
20 replies
Posted by Imright 6/16/2019 12:20:17 PM Post Reply
After a leading question from CNN host Chris Cuomo, fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said now is “absolutely” the time to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. (Viedo) McCabe made the statement after being asked by Cuomo, “Do you believe that an impeachment inquiry is warranted based on what you understand and what has come out of the Mueller report?"McCabe, who wrote a memoir trashing Trump and defending the FBI, immediately agreed with Cuomo, saying, “absolutely.”
The rise of Elizabeth Warren spells
bad news for the Democratic Party
20 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 6/16/2019 11:57:19 AM Post Reply
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has recently surged in the polls, achieving double-digit numbers for the first time since officially announcing her candidacy in February. Indeed, Senator Warren has solidified her position as one of the five top-tier candidates who have managed to distinguish themselves from the other two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic Party's nomination. The group of five front-runners includes Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Vice President Joe Biden. Put simply, Warren’s momentum spells bad news for the Democratic Party. The Massachusetts Senator has centered her candidacy around far-left, big-government policies that
To beat Trump, Dems must practice
a politics of modesty
20 replies
Posted by M2 6/16/2019 6:40:47 AM Post Reply
"It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely stable genius” and those who would replace him promise national transformation, attention should be paid to the granular details of presidential politics, which suggest that a politics of modesty might produce voting changes where they matter, and at least 270 electoral votes for a Democrat.
Report: Barack Obama’s Troubling
“Dictator In Exile” Behavior
20 replies
Posted by earlybird 6/15/2019 2:36:28 PM Post Reply
Regardless of whether or not you supported Barack Obama as president, what he’s doing now should not be supported by anyone regardless of their political leanings because a globalist oligarchy is a threat to the freedom and future of everyone. Via The Beltway Report: We started tracking former President, Barrack Obama’s movements over 4 months ago and frankly, I am a bit worried with what we found. Most Americans have not had the time nor inclination to make a deep dive into how many federal agencies and employees were involved in the attempted coup of Donald Trump. Even fewer have
Everyone on board the Pride train!
MTA celebrates LGBTQ culture
with Pride-themed trains, MetroCards
20 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 6/15/2019 10:37:38 AM Post Reply
Everyone hop aboard the Pride train! The MTA is marking the 50th anniversary of Stonewall uprising with a series of World Pride themed MetroCards and special Pride logos that will be put on trains across the city, agency officials said Friday. The multi-colored heart decal will be on five 10-car trains, so a total of 50 train cars will honor LGBTQ pride, an MTA spokesman said. (Tweet) “The MTA celebrates diversity and inclusivity, and we’re incredibly proud to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the WorldPride events in our service area with our special Pride trains, and limited-edition
Post New Article