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Jefferson’s Achievements

In 1743, on April 2, Thomas Jefferson was born. But the old Julian calendar was superseded in 1752, so we now mark his birthday as April 13. Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the United States’ Declaration of Independence. He authored the State of Virginia’s Statue of Religious Freedom,

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Trump’s Empire?

The next president will take office as this year’s $544 billion deficit pushes up the U. S. national debt to nearly $20 trillion . . . which is chicken feed compared to nearly $127 trillion in unfunded liabilities racked up by our entitlement state. And, on top of that, add

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The Ruins

We have just learned something interesting about the nastiest presidential election in American history. No, not this year’s. It’s not the nastiest . . . yet. It is about the election of 1800, when Thomas Jefferson beat back the Federalist Party and its Alien and Sedition Acts. The Federalists made

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Term Limits and Jefferson

“My reason for fixing them in office for a term of years rather than for life was that they might have an idea that they were at a certain period to return into the mass of the people and become the governed instead of the governor, which might still keep

Opposites for Independence

Could any two men be more different than John Adams and Thomas Jefferson? And yet, I doubt if the United States would exist were it not for both. Somehow, they worked together when it counted. And worked against each other, when it seemed necessary. Yet they respected each other (in

Nullification Today

As the federal government lurches further out of control, wildly grasping to increase control over our lives, an old and controversial method of reining in our central government gains popularity: State nullification of federal law. A recent Rasmussen survey asked whether “states have the right to block any federal laws

Townhall: Want Milk?

This weekend’s contribution to by Yours Truly concerns another one of those automated congressional time bombs. You know, like the “fiscal cliff” but less cliffy and more bomby. Head on over, and then back here, for a few links: Thomas Jefferson’s pithy contribution to the socialist calculation debate, here.

Romney-Biden 2012?

The most interesting presidential election in U.S. history may have been the fourth, wherein Thomas Jefferson won. Sort of. How Jefferson got to be president may be relevant in this election, which is now so close that some wonder what would happen if there were an Electoral College stalemate, 269

A Caricature Worth 25 Lashes?

One hallmark of a free society is the legal right to make fun of our leaders. Several times per week I engage in ridicule as well as argument against the folks who think they know what they are doing when they attempt to rule us. We should wear this freedom

Down and Out and California

Barring drastic action, the Golden State will run out of cash in March. There is no provision in the Constitution for dealing with a bankrupt state. But then, there’s nothing explicit dealing with federal bankruptcy, either. The founding fathers didn’t expect their republic to permanently accumulate debt. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson

Video of the Week: Attack Ads, Circa 1800

Every election you hear the same old mantra: Declining civility and nasty campaigning. And it’s getting worse! Well, if you have some knowledge of history . . . You might find a lot of interesting stuff from the video source, Reason TV.

Potted Presence

The State of the Union Address has become political, said Justice Alito last week, so he will follow the lead of Justices Scalia and Thomas and not sit in Congress while the Commander in Chief intones his annual duty. Last January, Alito objected to President Obama’s little stab at the

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