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Principles of Freedom: What is Nullification?

Issue 17.17

There have been a significant number of Constitutional thinkers that have suggested or even demanded that the individual states stand up to abuses of power by the Federal Government. Others have opposed this vehemently preferring a Constitutional Convention to correct those abuses or derelictions of duty by the various branches (executive, […]

Principles of Freedom – Jefferson – Part 3

Issue 13.17

Part 3

I recently was introduced to a series of articles that I consider important and well-written. This is the third and final part and is with full attribution to Eylar Robert Coates, Sr. as the author. I also include a link to his website at the end

Later liberal philosophers […]

Principles of Freedom – Jefferson Part 2

Issue 12.17

Part 2

This is the second part of a three part series sharing a paper by Eyler Robert Coates, Sr. I find it to be well-written and clearly thought out. All of it is quoted and is his writing. His extensive works are in the University of Virginia archives and can […]

Principles of Freedom – The Jeffersonian Perspective Part 1

Issue 11.17

Part 1

I recently was introduced to a series of articles that I consider important and well-written. I am sharing the first part of one them here today with full attribution to Eylar Robert Coates, Sr. as the author. I also include a link to his website at the end.

Natural […]

Principles of Freedom – Principles

Issue 9.17

Principles are guiding influences that shape our decisions. Those among us who are without principle continue to make decisions based on other considerations such as profit, personal power, benefitting their friends, revenge, etc. These motives could also be considered principles, but for the purposes of this article, I would like to […]

Principles of Freedom – Executive Orders

Issue 7.17

Today we continue to examine the direction of the new Presidency. I have long decried the use of Executive Orders to “make” law and have criticized Congress for not standing up to any president that tries to do so in that way. Here is an outline of President Trump’s Executive Orders […]

Principles of Freedom – Inaugural Address

Issue 5.17

The Inaugural Address of a new president typically sets a course for the new administration and serves notice of their intention. Usually, what a President wants and what actually happens are somewhat different. This is because Presidents do not have the power to create law – that is reserved to the […]

Principles of Freedom – The Oath of Office

Issue 3.17

January 20th is the date that Donald Trump will be sworn in as the new President of the United States. As part of that ceremony, he is required by the US Constitution to repeat and commit to the following oath of office. The congress (House and Senate members were sworn in […]

Principles of Freedom – Transitions

Issue 2.17

Over the next two or three weeks, the transition teams and the inaugural teams will do all they can to keep America on track as we change Presidents and the congress and begin to consider the appointments by the new administration – especially the cabinet. This peaceful transfer of power is […]

Principles of Freedom – One Person

Issue 50.16

History is filled with examples of singular people making a difference. By force of will, logic or persuasion, they change the course of things for better or for worse. On the one hand there are people such as Plato, Socrates, Jesus, Martin Luther, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Payne, Nathan Hale […]