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I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.

— James Madison

Unforgotten Reading

1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

This is an interesting examination of the influential players leading up to the 1920 election.        

The 5,000 Year Leap

I am actually re-reading this one. It is interesting that I find folks are willing to attack the author of this book, but they never attack the content. Give it a read for yourself.

Posts Tagged ‘constitution’

LIVE SHOW TODAY! 5PM Pacific Time!

That’s right, today will be the first ever “Robert April Program”! The topic for this first show will be the second amendment. I am excited to get the show started with such a topic and look forward to getting some live listeners! In addition to being able to participate live, you will also be able to listen to the show from the archives.

You can find the show here: The Robert April Program

If you are on the go, you can listen using your iPhone. Download the app here.

You will be able to use the chat features to participate and I am also planning to have Skype up and running to take calls live!

Politicians score lower than public in Constitutional knowledge

This is the kind of story that should make you realize that handing over more control of your life to the politicians is not the way to make your life better.

Apparently, one study suggests that the politicians know less about our government and the constitution than the average citizen does. Continue reading for the details.

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The 3/5ths Clause and Congressional Cowardice

As many of you know, the 112th Congress opened with a reading of the Constitution. However, they lacked the courage (or perhaps the education) to understand how important the 3/5ths clause was to the ultimate abolition of slavery.

For those that do not know, the 3/5ths clause was part of the Constitution in which slaves were counted as 3/5ths of a person for the purposes of representation and taxes. It reads in the Constitution like this:

Article I, Section. 2
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.

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The powers of the congress

The United States Congress

As the 112th Congress gets started this week, we should all keep in mind what the Constitution says they are authorized to do. Remember, the Constitution was designed to limit the government. If a power is NOT enumerated in the constitution for government, they are not supposed to have the authority to do it. That authority would fall to the individual states. So for your reference is Article I of the Constitution where all the legislative powers are spelled out. If you want to get right to the meat of what the congress can do, skip down to Sections 7,8,9 and 10.

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