Category Archives: Politics

Anti-Commandeering: The Legal Basis for States’ Refusing to Participate

The Supreme Court has long held that states do not have to be active participants in the enforcement or effectuation of federal acts or regulatory programs. Other Politics After 2020 Disappointments, Democrats Look To Prioritize Year-Round OrganizingJun 9, 2021 Texas Power Generation Companies Will Have To Better Prepare For Extreme Weather Under Bills Gov. Greg Abbott Signed Into LawJun 8, […]

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Saying “No” To The Feds Is Becoming Popular

James Madison explained in the Virginia Ratifying Convention that: “the powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.” ~ The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Volume 3 by Jonathan Elliot (1836); pg. […]

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What is an “Excise?”

Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution reads as follows: The Congress shall have Power [1] To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the Common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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The Nationalists Lost in 1787

Some have insisted that the result of the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 was a document that provided the federal government with a massive amount of centralized power. This assertion maintains that the nationalists won the political debates and squabbles, creating a government framework that supplanted all pre-existing powers of the states. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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James Madison: How to Stop the Federal Government

In response to federal overreach, most people tend to focus on three types of actions to stop them: elections, conventions, and lawsuits. While they all have their place in an overall strategy to defend the Constitution, none of them should be the first step forward. That is, if you follow the advice of the “Father of the Constitution.” Share This […]

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