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Ladies In White

It always astounds me when national leaders get something so entirely wrong.  In this example, we see a group of women in Congress with so little understanding of the history of our nation that while they intended to mock President … Continue reading

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First Principles: The President Is To Periodically Report On the State of the Union Along With His Recommendations

“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” – Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution … Continue reading

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First Principles: Congresspersons Are The Servants of the People

“[Members of Congress] are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People’s Business…” – Benjamin Franklin (1785)    

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First Principles: Congress Is Meant To Be Limited With Enumerated Powers

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” — James … Continue reading

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First Principles: Executive Nominees Are Subject To Congressional Approval To Weed Out the Bad Seed

“If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism.”  – Roger Sherman, to John … Continue reading

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First Principles: Government Acts Not Enabled By the Constitution Are Illegal

“[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of executing its powers, pass laws for the accomplishment of objects not entrusted to the government, such [acts are] not the law of the land.” –John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819 Back in the day, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Our Intentional Checks And Balances Are To Guard Against Excess

“What is to be the consequence, in case the Congress shall misconstrue this part [the necessary and proper clause] of the Constitution and exercise powers not warranted by its true meaning, I answer the same as if they should misconstrue … Continue reading

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First Principles: Congress Should Be Limited To Its Enumerated Powers

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.” —James Madison … Continue reading

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First Principles: Congress Should Stick To Its Enumerated Powers

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions.”– James Madison … Continue reading

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