George Washington on Political vs Commercial Relations with Foreign Nations

As the military leader of the American Revolution and the country’s first president, Washington is a highly revered figure. His Farewell Address from the office of the President is a timely reminder of a tradition of a non-interventionist American foreign policy which was potent in the early years of the new Republic. This passage comes…

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California Senate Bans Warrantless Drone Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill that would drastically restrict the use of drones by law enforcement in California passed the Senate and now heads back to the Assembly for concurrence on amendments before moving on to the governor’s desk for a signature. AB1327 requires law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before it can operate a drone, with a few exceptions.

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James Monroe writes to Thomas Jefferson on State vs Federal Governments

Written May 4, 1801 The Writings of James Monroe. Edited by Stanislaus Murray Hamilton. 7 vols. New York and London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1898–1903. There is a subject to which I wish to engage yr. particular attention. Before I came into this office I was of opinion that the correspondence between the Executive of…

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Federal Programs Turning Local Police Into Warrior-Cops

Ferguson, Missouri should serve as a wake up call relating to the evolution of our local police departments into extensions of the federal government.  Once agencies primarily tasked with protecting the community, they have intertwined with and become increasingly dependent on the federal government, getting funding and equipment through asset forfeiture, gifts and grants from the federal government.

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State legislatures move to nullify federal gun control.

Last week, a big headline over at NBC News proclaimed, “Butt Out: State Legislatures Move to Nullify Federal Gun Laws.”

It was, oddly enough, a rather fair report on the situation, even though they got the modern history of nullification efforts wrong, and didn’t include some important information on our 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

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Lessons from the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

America has had a long tradition of political discourse.  Enough so, that a whole governmental system was developed with strong recognition of our disagreements. Throughout American history, men of great courage stood up for what they thought was right, even when others scorned them. Most notably were the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799, respectively.

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