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Why We’re Losing Liberty, by Prager University

September 10, 2015

This is a video from Prager University about the original purpose of the constitution and what it has morphed into. Just remember as the power of the State grows the liberty of the individual shrinks.

Alexander Hamilton and James Madison had concerns when other founders wanted to add the Bill of Rights to the constitution. Hamilton stated his concerns in Federalist 84. He thought that individual rights could be limited if they were listed. He asked how could congress infringe on a particular right if the constitution gives congress no power to do so?

To compromise with other founders like Thomas Jefferson, they had the ninth and tenth amendments added to the Bill of Rights. These amendments just restated Hamilton’s position when it came to the enumerated powers of the newly created government.

9th.- The enumeration in the constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Put differently: The listing of certain rights in the constitution, does not mean that the people’s rights are limited to those listed. The people’s rights are many and unprescribed.

10th.- The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Put differently: The United States can only claim the powers listed in the constitution, all powers not listed are reserved for the several states or the people. The United States powers are few and defined.


Looking at it with 20/20 hindsight I guess you could say both sides were correct to fear government power in the hands of imperfect human beings. That is why our founders put a governor on the Corvette, so whoever got in the drivers set couldn’t go over the speed limit.

Even with all of their warnings, look at how big government has gotten. We have no one to blame but ourselves. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, and we’ve been asleep for a long time. Reigning in government now will have a high cost. Are we willing to pay that price?

Here is a great article by Walter E. Williams titled, Was A Bill Of Rights Necessary?.

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What Is Tyranny? The President Should Know The Definition.

May 10, 2013
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President Obama gave the commencement address at Ohio State Universities graduation ceremony last weekend. Here are a few quotes from the speech followed by some of my comments.

Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”


This is what you would expect to hear from someone who doesn’t want his power to be challenged. Lets look at what our founders thought about¬† Government and compare it to our President. (more…)

Senator Ted Cruz Stirs Up A Hornets Nest.

March 17, 2013
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Respect is something that is earned, not given just because of someone’s status. Sen. Cruz is starting to earn my respect because, as you will see in the video, he doesn’t worry about the consequences of challenging¬† senior members of the Senate who think they are his betters. How dare this freshman Senator talk to these senior Senators like this, doesn’t he know his place? I love the fact that he seems not to care what happens when he hits the hornet’s nest with a seven iron.

Sen. Cruz asks some important questions about the constitution which is that pesky little document that gets in the way of what central planners want to do. The best part of this is toward the end when Sen. Feinstein says, “…sir, congress is in the business of making law, the Supreme Court interprets the law….”. Her comment shows exactly why are country is in the chaotic (more…)