“the states who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.”Details
On May 1, Lauren Becker, director of marketing at the Center for Inquiry, declared that “we need to lose religion to save America.”
As part of her plea, Becker makes several significant mistakes in her review of history of the supposed irreligiousness of our Founding Fathers.
Becker’s primary source of support is a proposal to the Virginia General Assembly written in June 1785 by James Madison.Details
When considering modern day nullification and interposition of federal laws (NSA spying, drones, gun control, healthcare, etc.), it benefits us to look at the opinions of two important founders. Although both were advocates of state nullification, each established a slightly different standard for the appropriate time to take this action, as reflected in the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798.Details
Today, it is commonly accepted that the U.S. Supreme Court has the sole and final say as to whether or not a federal law is constitutional (after it winds through the lower federal courts). Recently, for example, the Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional under the auspices that the individual mandate is a tax. This commonly accepted notion is wrong.Details
From Federalist #45, James Madison’s words are pretty straightforward.Details
Here’s something to think about:
You have better toys and technology – but less freedom than the founding fathers had.