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Tenth Amendment Center | Thomas Jefferson: Can the Dead Bind the Living? tenthamendmentcenter.com • May 25, 2017
Tenth Amendment Center | Thomas Jefferson: Can the Dead Bind the Living?
tenthamendmentcenter.com • May 25, 2017
We tend to think of Thomas Jefferson a a great American constitutionalist. And of course, he was. But it’s easy to forget Jefferson’s thinking sometimes roamed beyond what we would call traditional American constitutionalism.
We find a great example of this in a letter Jefferson wrote to James Madison in September of 1789 on the subject of the popular basis for political authority. The letter was essentially an extended musing on this question: does one generation have a right to bind another?
This question is particularly poignant as the U.S. government continues to run up the national debt. It currently stands at nearly $20 trillion and growing. In all likelihood, our great, great, great grandchildren will still be burdened by this debt.
Jefferson goes to great lengths to show no generation has a natural right to bind another, and he goes as far as to call it unwise and unjust.
“But with respect to future debts, would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare, in the constitution they are forming, that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself, can validly contract more debt than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19. Years?”
Jefferson took his thinking a step further, writing “On similar ground it may be proved that no society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation.”
This letter displays the breadth and depth of Jefferson’s thinking and raises some interesting ideas we can consider today.
Memorial Day is Monday. Most Americans don’t realize that the holiday would not exist without the Confederacy. In fact, the first Memorial Day was held in Columbus, GA in 1866 to honor Confederate dead. It spread across the South and was later co-opted by Union veterans in 1868. The holiday was often seen as a time of reconciliation. With Confederate symbols and monuments under attack, it would be a good time to learn a bit of the history of the holiday.
The perpetually aggrieved have recently settled upon various Confederate monuments, particularly in New Orleans, as the next thing to be destroyed. Given the level of American discourse (a word I use laughingly in this context), anyone saying a word against this is of course condemned with all the usual low-IQ language of the left. Rev. Larry Beane, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Gretna, Louisiana, and historian Brion McClanahan, join me for the discussion.
About the Guests
Brion McClanahan’s books include The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution, 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America — and 4 Who Tried to Save Her, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers.
Rev. Larry Beane is pastor of Salem Lutheran Church in Gretna, Louisiana. He teaches at Wittenberg Academy, an online Lutheran high school.
The Everything Bubble': Why The Coming Collapse Will Be Even Worse Than The Last By The Best of Tyler Durden • lewrockwell.com • May 19, 2017
Lew Rockwell has introduce the Liberty Lessons Classroom to a professor with a lesson you should not ignore. Mike Maloney.
The next crash is coming, and the decision by central banks to paper over their economy’s troubles with a massive injection of debt likely means that the next crash is already overdue.
Soon, investors will be forced to reconcile a massive expansion of debt and falling productivity and growth with a host of potentially disruptive crises: The advent of government-sponsored cyberwarfare, followed by the collapse of the global dollar-based monetary system. Whereas the last crisis trigger massive devaluations in the real estate and stock markets, the next crash will be the result of a triple bubble in stocks, real estate and bonds as investors bail out of traditional assets in favor of the safety of gold, silver and – perhaps – cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
Gold analyst Mike Maloney believes that traditional assets will plunge, and gold, silver and cryptocurrencies like bitcoin will outperform, as investors seek protection from the coming collapse of the global dollar system
Tenth Amendment Center | This Week in History: The Philadelphia Convention Begins tenthamendmentcenter.com • May 20, 2017
This is today’s Tenther newsletter, which everyone in the nullification movement gets daily or weekly. Be one of them – and Become a member here to support the TAC.
Our topic for the day: The Philadelphia Convention started 230 years ago this week.
While we’ve published a great deal about what the Founders approved at the Convention of 1787, it’s just as important to understand what was proposed but did NOT get approved.
Think of it this way.
Many times, someone will claim that the feds have the power to do something that the Constitution never authorized, and they’ll even go through some legal gymnastics to prove their case.
Sometimes, however, there is a clear record of that same thing being proposed by the Founders, but rejected at the convention. In short, we tell them – “Well, you have an interesting legal argument. However, your idea was proposed by the Founders, voted on by them, and they voted it down. That means they thought about what you want the feds to do, and intentionally decided to keep that power out of the Constitution.”
While that doesn’t win over everyone, it sure does make some honest people think and even reconsider.
Today, I wanted to share with you an article by Dave Benner that introduces this idea. Commemorating the start of the Philadelphia Convention on May 14, 1787 – Dave gives a brief overview of some of the many proposals that various founders suggested – but didn’t get approved.
This is something I’d like to see TAC explore in more detail in the future, so if there are any specific topics you’d like to see us cover fully at some point, please do let us know.
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