Category: Foundations

Madison’s Formula

Separation of Powers and the Prevention of the Spawning of Tyrannical Government 

James Madison, having gone through numerous arguments in his essays compiled into the Federalist Papers regarding the need for a centralization of power into a national government, also takes care to efficiently explain how such power is to be delegated and split amongst the new government’s branches.  In Federalist No. 47, Madison finds himself in agreement with some of the principal objections of his opponents to the new Constitution.  Specifically, regarding the departments of the new government (of which the objectors argued needed to be separate and distinct), Madison concedes that “The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” His arguments provide perhaps one of the most brilliant cases for why liberty can only be truly protected from tyranny if power is divided amongst those who have the authority to exercise it.

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America’s Christian Heritage – The Purpose Of Early National Education

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace in society.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Attending school three hundred years ago, a young student would have listened to a passage read directly from the Bible, bowed his head in prayer with the rest of his classmates when led to, and afterwards open his McGuffey reader (heavily laced with Biblical references) to the appropriate page.

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America’s Christian Heritage – A Firm Foundation

Recently, a friend of mine on social media asked the perplexing question: Is America still a Christian nation?  Looking through the comments, I was not surprised to see that many viewers had either wrote, “No,” with little or no evidence to back up their answer, while others completely sidestepped the question.  And though it is easy to look upon the reign of corruption and sin within our nation and join the rather large dissension on this particular topic, perhaps a different perspective is needed, one that proudly, yet humbly, reads, “Yes, America is still a Christian nation.”

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The Conservative Apologist: The American Nightmare

Oh please, don’t ask me how I’ve been
Don’t make me play pretend
Oh no, oh what’s the use
Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too.
—Paramore, Fake Happy

Until 2014, there was a well-known actor who was successful no matter what role he played.  He was a hilarious comedian that could improvise like no other.  However, he could also bring an element of drama and realism to any character.  Many people were touched by his acting skills.  Whether it be in comedic roles such as in Licensed to Wed, Mrs. Doubtfire, or RV, or in more serious roles such as Dead Poets Society or Good Will Hunting, he brought life and honesty to all his films.

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