Monthly Archives: December 2017

In Response to “Wonk Republic”


An article was recently published in The New Republic detailing how American policymaking has changed over the centuries and how the Constitution has become a stumbling block to good government.  The article can be found here.  It is written by Dr. Timothy Shenk, a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and a Carnegie Fellow at New America.  Not only is the article impeccably written, but much of it is correct where it describes the history of the federal […]

The Historical Context of Commissions on Federalism


To understand the need for these Commissions on Federalism, we must understand their context in American history and what they can provide us in our efforts to reaffirm the checks and balances of Constitutional governance in our modern age. The popular parts of the history leading up to the American Revolution and the period between the Battles of Lexington and Concorde and the formal Declaration of Independence are well known and celebrated.  They include such items as the Boston Massacre, […]