Tag Archive: Alexander Hamilton


Daily Quote 3.29.15

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” If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 9.10.14

Alexander Hamilton

 

 

 

” If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 6.16.14

Alexander Hamilton

 

 

” Jurors should acquit, even against the judge’s instruction … if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction that the charge of the court is wrong.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Quote 6.3.14

Alexander Hamilton

 

 

 

” If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 4.11.14

Alexander Hamilton

 

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” Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 3.12.14

Alexander Hamilton

 

 

” If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 2.28.14

Alexander Hamilton

 

 

” If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 1.25.14

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“To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude, that the fiery and destructive passions of war, reign in the human breast, with much more powerful sway, than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and, that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 12.3.13

Alexander Hamilton

 

 

 

” Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wisdom Of The Founders Is Still Evident

 

 

 

” The Federalist Papers are a set of 85 essays written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay, published in 1787 and 1788. These papers were written in defense of, and promoting, the new American Constitution.

At this time in history, America’s leaders knew that their current system of government, the Articles of Confederation, were not able to sustain their new and fragile country. The Articles were considerably flawed; the state governments held all of the power, and the central government held very little power.

This was the time when the first two political factions arose – the Federalists being in favor of the Constitution, and the Anti-Federalists who weren’t exactly in favor of the Constitution.

People who believe that the Constitution is a living document tend to argue that, “The Federalist papers were written to support the ratification of the Constitution only and are biased papers that don’t explain the intent behind the Constitution.”

However, this could not be more wrong. The entire purpose behind the essays was to support the ratification of the new Constitution as well as explain each part of the Constitution and why it was written the way it was.

Moreover, Hamilton and Madison, who wrote the majority of the papers, were in attendance at the Constitutional Convention; and they were among the thirty-nine signers. Because they were there and participated in the debates, they would have a more working knowledge of the intent behind each part of the new document.

Therefore, when explaining the Constitution in the papers, they were able to give first-hand knowledge behind the intent and creation of the Constitution. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 7.25.13

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” In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

Obamacare and the Unconstitutional Revolution

 

 

 

” Contrary to the complaints one hears from Rand Paul and other libertarians, the revolution has not occurred in foreign affairs and national security. Instead, Obama has dramatically changed the presidency by claiming the right to refuse enforcement of laws with which he disagrees.  This newest development only compounds Obama’s injury to the Constitution by refusing to enforce the immigration and welfare reform laws.

Under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, the president has the duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” The framers included this provision to make sure that the president could not simply cancel legislation he didn’t like, as had the British king. Since the days of Machiavelli, through Hobbes, Locke, and Montesquieu to the Framers, executing the laws (along with protecting national security) has formed the very core of the executive power. As Alexander Hamilton explained in Federalist 75: “The execution of the laws and the employment of the common strength, either for this purpose or for the common defense, seem to comprise all the functions of the executive magistrate.”

Under this understanding of presidential power, President Obama may not refuse to carry out an act of Congress simply because of disagreement. The Framers gave the president only two tools to limit unwise laws.”

 

Read it all to see just how blatantly unconstitutional have been many of the current president’s actions . A Constitutional scholar Obama is not , all reports to the contrary not withstanding .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nullification Is No Crackpot Theory

 

 

 

” In a May 2 column [Alabama State Senate Embraces Crackpot, Antebellum Legal Theory], Robert Schlesinger relegated the idea of nullification to the historical trash heap. But if James Madison and Thomas Jefferson strolled down the streets of D.C. today, listening to current political discourse, they’d likely declare conventional wisdom holding the federal government supreme in all it does a “crackpot post-antebellum legal theory.”

Even Alexander Hamilton would undoubtedly express shock. After all, he was one of the first Constitution defenders to point out the limits of federal supremacy in Federalist 33.

Thirteen independent sovereign political societies came together to form the United States, delegating specific powers to a general government. Both supporters and opponents of the Constitution agreed the new government was to remain limited. The ratification debate revolved around one question: Would the Constitution create the limited government intended?

When anti-federalists insisted the government wouldn’t remain constrained, Madison countered that the states would serve as a check. In Federalist 46, he wrote that state “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union” and “legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions” would serve to “present obstructions.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote 3.7.13

Alexander Hamilton

 

” If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense…”

Daily Quote 2.27.13

Alexander Hamilton

” Impeachable conduct is misconduct by public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust.”

 

Nullification Deniers! This Is What James Madison Really Said

 

 

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  A thorough , detailed and link-filled post on why nullification is not only feasible but our right . Very much worth your time .

 

” Nullification deniers such as Matthew Spalding of Heritage Foundation, Jarrett Stepman of Human Events, law professor Randy Barnett,  David Barton of Wallbuilders, and history professor Allen C. Guelzo, say that nullification by States of unconstitutional acts of the federal government is unlawful and impossible. They make the demonstrably false assertions that:

  • States don’t have the right to nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government because our Constitution doesn’t say they can do it;
  • Nullification is literally impossible;
  • The supreme Court is the final authority on what is constitutional and what is not; and The States and The People must submit to whatever the supreme Court says; and
  • James Madison, Father of Our Constitution, opposed nullification.

Their assertions contradict our Declaration of Independence, The Federalist Papers, our federal Constitution, and what James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton really said.

What are the Two Conditions Precedent for Nullification?

The deniers seem unaware of the two conditions our Framers saw must be present before nullification is proper and possible. These conditions are important – you will see why!:

  • The act of the federal government must be unconstitutional –  usually a usurpation of a power not delegated to the federal government in the Constitution; and
  • The act must be something The States or The People can “nullify”- i.e., refuse to obey:  the act mustorder them to do something or not do something.

What is “Interposition” and What is “Nullification”? “

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