Most people today have no sense of how small the federal government is actually supposed to be. But a 19th century veto from President James Madison helps explain.Details
What is the federal government constitutionally authorized to do? The short answer, according to James Madison, not a whole lot.Details
One of the most common complaints of constitutionalists against the conduct of our federal government is that the judiciary at all levels routinely oversteps its boundaries, intruding into those areas that are beyond its constitutional reach.Details
Speaking in Forth Worth, Texas on Sept 4, 2010, Tom Woods explains Jefferson’s view of the courts.
“The federal government IS the problem …and last I checked, the federal courts are part of the federal government.”Details
Chief Justice John Marshall (in office 1801-1835) is often identified with an expansive “big government” interpretation of the Constitution. Fans of big government cite him as an ally; opponents as an enemy.
This view of Marshall is a caricature.Details
On the Tenth Amendment Center’s Feedback Forum, a member asks: “What was James Madison’s view on secession? I read some of his letters and he states that a state cannot secede at will but only by consent of the union or by intolerable abuses. Does the (Constitution) support the idea that a state can secede…Details
In a letter written in 1783, Benjamin Franklin said, “In my opinion, there never was a good War, or a bad Peace.”
That kind of talk today probably would get Ben branded a terrorist or an associate of al-Qaeda, ISIS, or the latest enemy in the perpetual War on Terror. Lindsey Graham definitely would tell him to shut up and then send him to Gitmo.Details
Sometimes it comes down to the question of what is more important, the rights of individuals or the existence of the nation state? In this case, in the face of serious difficulties faced by the colonists in their war against the British Empire, Jefferson came down on the side of individual liberty.Details