March 17th, 2013

It’s All Been Done Before – BNL Said So!

In 1998, the Canadian rock band Bare Naked Ladies released their album Stunt.  The album’s second song, It’s All Been Done, was a big hit.  The lyrics seem to confirm that – unless we are careful – history repeats itself. Verse 1: I met you before the fall of Rome. . . . . . […]

March 13th, 2013

Baseline Budgets, Increases, Cuts – More Nonsense!

Listen closely to recent political nattering relating to the “sequester,” and you realize that this is all semantics.  Is the automatic sequester an across the board “cut” in the actual dollars spent?  Or, is the automatic sequester a 2% reduction in what otherwise would have been a 7% increase in the dollars spent? On December […]

March 6th, 2013

From Crisis to Crisis Part II – Our Deliberative Republic is the Casualty!

Our December 3, 2013 post is turning into a broken record.  Our deliberative republic is the casualty. http://www.thenewfederalism.com/from-crisis-to-crisis-our-deliberative-republic-is-the-casualty/ “The Fiscal Cliff” on December 31, 2012 was Armageddon – minutes away.  There was no time to debate or discuss, for hearings, and, luckily for elected officials, for accountability.  There was only room for brinksmanship, name calling, […]

December 16th, 2012

Hutcheson’s Student – Adam Smith – Liberty’s Role in Creating Modern Society

Our last post was about Frances Hutcheson, who held the Chair of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.  Hutcheson’s influence on the course of the Scottish Enlightenment led directly to the incorporation of individual liberty – i.e. the “pursuit of happiness” – into Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, each of […]

December 12th, 2012

Frances Hutcheson – Liberty Finds Its Way to the Founders

The mid-course corrections proposed in The Second Bill of Rights and The New Federalist Papers are centered around the restoration of individual liberty.  Frances Hutcheson was born in Northern Ireland.  He arrived in 1711 at the University of Glasgow for an education, but stayed as a teacher and writer till his death in 1746.  He […]

December 3rd, 2012

From Crisis to Crisis – Our Deliberative Republic is the Casualty!

The November 2012 election is now in the rear view mirror.  If the election as a “mandate,” as some pundits claim – its nature is obscure.  The President received a narrow popular vote “mandate” (and a larger margin in the Electoral College) to stay on his course.  The Senate received a “mandate” to stay on its […]

November 5th, 2012

A Republic, if You Can Keep It!

As America reaches election day, 2012, we are reminded of the famous exchange between Benjamin Franklin and a Philadelphia woman as the Constitution Convention concluded and as he walked home on September 17, 1787. “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”  “A Republic, if you can keep it.” “A Republic, if you […]

October 12th, 2012

Can a President Ignore the Rule of Law?

Once again, we find the principles set forth in The Second Bill of Rights and The New Federalist Papers in close agreement with a recent post by Prof. Thomas Sowell. http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/08/21/issues_or_america In a piece entitled Issues or America, Prof. Sowell raises the same constitutional question that is the subject of the first amendment in The […]

October 11th, 2012

The Income Tax: Never as Advertised! Time to Replace It!

During the 1912 Presidential campaign, each of the three candidates (President Taft, former President Teddy Roosevelt, and eventual winner Woodrow Wilson) appeared to favor the substitution of a federal income tax for the complex system of tariffs on imported goods. Tariffs presented practical political problems that pitted portions of the American economy against one another.  […]

October 7th, 2012

Thomas Sowell: On a Roll

Prof. Thomas Sowell is one of our favorites.  Our second post, March 25, 2012, highlighted what Sowell calls his “favorite book”: http://www.thenewfederalism.com/a-conflict-of-visions/ That book – A Conflict of Visions – presents his view that there is a basic conflict between two visions of the role of government, a conflict the Founders resolved one way in […]

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