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  • Marco Rubio’s Exceptional America

    The idea of “American exceptionalism” has become a litmus test for patriotism in the last year or so. Politicians from both parties have realized that it resonates with American citizens and have hastened to add it to their list of buzz words. However, it is used often without explanation, which … More

    Today in History: The Call For Independence

    On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, stood in front of the Second Continental Congress and committed treason by proposing a resolution to declare that “these United States are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance … More

    The Summer That Gave Us the Constitution

    On this day in 1787, the Second Constitutional Convention embarked on a four month-long process that resulted in the masterful document responsible for shaping our country. Though battered and bruised today, the Constitution of the United States remains the framework for our nation’s government.  On May 25, 1787, however, the … More

    Is Plain Language the New Newspeak?

    “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” It may be a bit dramatic to quote the opening of George Orwell’s classic 1984, but there is something quite Orwellian about the effects of H.R.946 – a piece of legislation that passed last year without … More

    Unusual Gallantry and Extraordinary Fidelity: Celebrating the Purple Heart

    The valor of the Navy SEALs has received much attention in the last few days – as it should.  Today, on the anniversary of the first awarded Purple Hearts, we remember not only those who now serve, but all those who have already set this example of tenacity and bravery. … More

    The Relevance of the Pumpkin Patch: Whittaker Chambers' Enduring Legacy

    Today we celebrate Whittaker Chambers’ birthday.  This quiet, unassuming man has become a giant in the conservative movement for his condemning testimony against Communism, and his autobiography, Witness, remains one of the masterpieces of American writing.  Even the pumpkin patch on the Chambers’ farm, where he famously gathered evidence of … More

    The Myth of Birthright Citizenship

    Last month, Arizona lawmakers introduced legislation intended to invite legal review of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Other states are quickly following suit.  Why, after one hundred and fifty years of implementation, is this amendment so controversial?  Amendment XIV, Section 1 clearly states that “All persons born or … More

    I’m Just a Bill, Yes, I’m Only a Bill: The Constitutional Way to Make Laws

    Under the Progressive notion of a “living” Constitution, almost every aspect of the Constitution has been subject to reinterpretation.  One section that would seem to defy a new interpretation, however, is Article I, Section 7, Clause 2 – or the “Presentment Clause” – which clearly outlines the process by which … More

    The Appropriate Use of the Appropriations Clause

    This section is commonly referred to as the Appropriations Clause stipulates that “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time,” … More

    The Uses and Abuses of the Commerce Clause

    There seems to be a fairly significant downside to a “living” Constitution: you can’t keep it from growing uncontrollably!  In the latest Constitutional Guidance for Lawmakers essay, David Forte outlines the staggering expansion in the reach of the Commerce Clause under the Progressives, from “The trafficking and trading of economic … More