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America's Founders on the Matter of States' Rights

In the aftermath of the War between the States, the federal government asserted that "might makes right." As they mobilized troops throughout the Southern states, during and for many years after the war, they busied themselves with political reconstruction of the Union, flatly disregarding the question of constitutionality. Upon the surrender of the Confederate States, the federal government claimed that "might makes right."  Upon claiming victory, they celebrated the "preservation of the Union" as they brought the Southern states under their control as "conquered provinces". From their point of view, the truth was simply irrelevant, or otherwise whatever they determined it should be. Strangely their assertion that "might makes right" seems to stand alone today, as it did then, as a sufficient case for its acceptance. After all, upon having proven sufficient might, what use is there in any argument?  Should the argument prevail in reaso

How Homeownership Turned Into Slavery

At the very outset of America's republic, the Framers rightly anticipated the dangers inherent to any form of government which pits the rights of people against the rights of property. James Madison communicated his observations on this threat in October of 1788, stressing that "the bulk of the people" ought first to be sufficiently invested in property, or the prospects of the rights of property, with still a sufficient interest in the rights of persons.  Madison sharply described the inevitable power to be suffered at the hands of those "not interested in the rights of property." In his observations he warned that "one of two things cannot fail to happen" in such a clash of interests: "either they will unite against the other description and become the dupes and instruments of ambition, or their poverty and independence will render them mercenary instruments of wealth." Madison then concluded that, "In either case liberty will be subve

We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore

Many Americans today fondly remember The Andy Griffith Show , the popular television series that spanned eight seasons from 1960 to 1968. The television show captures the sentiments of a generation and the nostalgia of another, and it represents what law enforcement could be.  The show is still especially popular today among conservatives in America, who fondly recall sweeter times and the traditions of a bygone era. The show stars Andy Griffith, the widowed sheriff of the quaint little town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Griffith is the charming and charismatic sheriff who nearly always does right by his community. He’s an exemplary citizen and role model who respects his neighbors and leads by example, and he makes people laugh all the while.  Unfortunately, the truth about modern law enforcement in America is far more sinister, yet the politicians are more than happy to exploit the sensibilities of their enemies who remember the good old days back in Mayberry. Have you ever considere

Let Freedom Ring!

As the Freedom Convoys around Canada advance the timeless cause of liberty, I can’t help but wonder what it will take to spawn a freedom movement across all of America.  It is a tragedy that people around cities like Detroit aren’t heeding the call to join their allies in the fight for freedom. It is a tragedy indeed that so many people in “the land of the free” and “the home of the brave” are content to see the status quo run its course, or to otherwise observe the fight from a distance.  It’s possible that we’re living through a pivotal moment right now and yet Americans, and Michiganders in particular, appear to be sitting on their hands or twiddling their thumbs as freedom fighters across the bridge fight to reclaim their liberty. At long last,  I think it’s time to start rallying around the cause.  It’s now or never, because if it’s not now, it won’t be peaceful the second time around; if not now, there will always be another excuse for inaction. Those who don’t act now will be th

The Court of Public Opinion: The 2018 Case of Michael Drejka

On July 19, 2018, an altercation ensued after 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton violently shoved 47-year-old Michael Drejka to the ground in a parking lot outside a convenience store in Clearwater, Florida. McGlockton blindsided Drejka, who was alerting McGlockton’s wife of the fact that she was illegally parked in a handicap spot. Within 2 seconds of being violently shoved to the ground, Drejka would draw his firearm and discharge a single round that would enter McGlockton’s torso. McGlockton would later die from his injuries at a local hospital.  In the months following these events, the media hastened to paint the narrative of a racially-motivated killing. In response, the public organized protests against Drejka and what they described as further evidence of racism and white supremacy in the United States. Of course, the events of this case are limited to mere seconds, but the ensuing hours, days, months and years since that moment have afforded every activist and Monday morning quart

The Dallas Cowboys' 26-Year Super Bowl Drought

After the Dallas Cowboys' 17-23 playoff loss against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, the sports world couldn't help but ask the question:  What's the ultimate reason for the Cowboys' 26-year Super Bowl drought?  The explanation is a bit nuanced, but the answer is fairly straightforward: team owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones.  It doesn't take a forensics team to map out the events of the past twenty-six years. It wasn't Colonel Mustard with the candlestick or the lead pipe. It's actually much simpler than that: it was Jerry Jones who killed the Dallas Cowboys.  Since the day that he fired the beloved Tom Landry, Jerry Jones has chased away every good coach who's entered the building, and he's singlehandedly compromised the identity and destroyed the culture of the organization. The firing of Tom Landry was just the beginning. Today, the Dallas Cowboys are the Dallas Cowboys in name only. There's absolutely nothing left, in terms