by | Mar 29, 2020

In The Federalist, Alexander Hamilton devotes many consecutive articles to addressing the faults of the Articles of Confederation. Occasionally writing together with Madison, he makes the case that the new Constitution would remedy those defects. That the government established by…

by | Feb 4, 2020

After all the great emotion of the impeachment struggle, it’s worth setting out clearly the main issues at stake in their simplest form. What were the core arguments that seem ready to triumph when the Senate makes its vote to…

by | Jan 31, 2020

If we’re more divided now than we were at any time since the Civil War, ask yourself where we’d be in an easily imagined future world in which impeachment has fizzled, Trump is reelected, and a few more conservative judges…

by | Jan 30, 2020

The classics are called classic because of their enduring value. A case in point: Plato’s several dialogues in which he records Socrates’ battle against the Sophists. The Sophists, you might say, were the swamp creatures of their day. They observed…

by | Jan 16, 2020

With Nancy Pelosi finally sending the impeachment articles to the Senate and Mitch McConnell’s plan to open the Senate trial on Tuesday, Impeachment Act III opens. Unlike Acts I (Schiff) and II (Nadler), which jettisoned the Nixon (1974) and Clinton…

by | Jan 9, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly portrayed President Trump as an existential threat to the republic. As she put it when announcing the House impeachment inquiry, “The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution.” She…

by | Jan 8, 2020

Dissenting in the case of Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Co. (2009), the late Justice Antonin Scalia (1936–2016) wrote, A Talmudic maxim instructs with respect to the Scripture: “Turn it over, and turn it over, for all is therein.”…

by | Dec 18, 2019

There will be many lies told today. For posterity, here is the letter from the president to Nancy Pelosi. Read this in full. It is the president’s own words. A note: When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, I…

by | Nov 18, 2019

In November 14’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan properly calls to mind the American ideal of competent public servants whose devotion to the good of the country give balance and coherence to our nation and a sense of purpose that…

by | Nov 6, 2019

In Federalist 78, Publius (Alexander Hamilton) distinguished the three branches of government in part by a characteristic inherent to each. While he defined the legislature by exercise of will and the executive in its use of force, the judiciary possessed…

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