Category Archives: Politics

How the Founders Dealt with Fake News

The media response frames the fake news issue as nearly the single greatest threat to democracy in our time. But despite the worries that surround an uptick in fraudulent news, the phenomenon is nothing new, nor does it particularly portend dark times in America’s future. The truth is that while the American media landscape has been in a constant state of change over two centuries, the spread of hyper-partisan, scurrilous, and even phony news stories has been more common than uncommon throughout the history of the republic.

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How Alexander Hamilton Warned Us About Hillary [AUDIO]

One of the greatest fears of the anti-federalists was that the proposed federal government would become a kingdom. And, that that kingdom would usurp the power of the states, turning them into subjugated provinces of the federal government. And, over and over and over again the federalist papers reassured them that the way in which the federal government was setup by the constitution, that it could NEVER have this power. But, today, it is just a matter of fact to most politicians that the federal government can claim almost any power that it wants. This election cycle it is important that we re-visit our founding generations writings to see how America is supposed to function.

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The Evolution of Sovereignty in American Political Thought

Sadly, most Americans have rejected the idea of sovereignty in the people and have instead reverted back to the pre-revolutionary British model of the government’s sovereignty. They’ve placed sovereign power in politically connected lawyers staffing the Supreme Court, and even the president. Americans can take back control over the federal government, but to do so, they must rediscover the founding principle of sovereignty in the people.

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