Author Archives: Justin Stapley

Be Conscious of Liberty and Justice, Not Class or Ethnicity


Free society can only exist where the markets of both goods and ideas remain open.  That is to say, individual liberty beyond a solitary existence is impossible to maintain if an economy has become overwhelmed by non-market factors or if ideas become crimes by their theoretical merit alone.  This is why class consciousness and ethnic consciousness can become the greatest threats to a free society.  If the predominant factor of life upon which individuals dwell becomes real or perceived injustices […]

Be Conscious of Liberty and Justice, Not Class or Ethnicity


Free society can only exist where the markets of both goods and ideas remain open.  That is to say, individual liberty beyond a solitary existence is impossible to maintain if an economy has become overwhelmed by non-market factors or if ideas become crimes by their theoretical merit alone.  This is why class consciousness and ethnic consciousness can become the greatest threats to a free society.  If the predominant factor of life upon which individuals dwell becomes real or perceived injustices […]

Second Class Citizens?


Emotions in the gun debate are high.  A national movement using the hashtag #NeverAgain and marching under the banner of “March for Our Lives” has risen to the forefront of the discussion.  The outspoken Parkland survivors are leading them towards increased demands for gun reform.  An atmosphere is being engendered where even a former Supreme Court Justice has gone so far as to suggest a full repeal of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  On the other hand, millions […]

On School Shootings: Mitt Romney Touts Federalism


  “States get things done,” said Mitt Romney, who just recently announced his candidacy for US Senate, hoping to replace Orrin Hatch (R-UT) who has announced his pending retirement.  Romney began one of his first public speeches as an announced candidate with some humor saying, “I do want to dispel the rumor that I only ran for president as a stepping stone to become U.S. senator from Utah,” but immediately grew serious on a myriad of topics, including the recent […]

This is Not How a Free Society Responds to Tragedy


Based upon the panicked volume and sheer number of pleas to Congress and the Federal government for immediate action and intercession, a casual observer might wonder if Florida has been invaded by a foreign power.  Surely whatever tragic circumstance that has arisen must involve a hostile army, a biblical plague, or a natural disaster the likes of which we have never seen in order for an entire nation to turn its helpless and hopeless eyes to the central government and […]

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, […]

To My Fellow Federalists


Many and various have been the arguments, in this new political era we find ourselves in, that we are experiencing the age of unprincipled movements, fueled by resentment and identity as opposed to values and ideals.  While I believe this sentiment is true about the loudest and most visible portions of our society, it is not the whole truth.  Hidden from the general coverage of media surrogates (both right and left), is an ever-growing list of principled and grassroots movements […]

A Profile in Virtue- George Washington


Civic and Republican Virtue were once the expectation and duty of an American citizen.  It is an unfortunate reality that such ideals are generally lost in modern American society.  Today, I will discuss a few of these virtues as demonstrated in the founding father, George Washington. Fidelity George Washington became our nation’s first Commander-In-Chief, perhaps, by way of a single gesture of fidelity and brotherhood which shocked the delegates of the Second Continental Congress.  While the war effort had already […]

An Awakening of Federalism


While we may not yet be able to see it, I believe the circumstances of our most recent presidencies have set the stage for an awakening of federalism. Federalism, as manifested in American constitutional government, is a multilateral system where limits and checks on power are more important than the exercise of power, and the rights and liberties of the people are more important than the risks those rights and liberties may place on society. Federalism is inherently optimistic in […]

At Our Best


In the past weeks we have witnessed a continuous stream of heart wrenching scenes as successive hurricanes have caused millions to flee their homes.  The damage and destruction we’ve seen nature unleash upon our fellow Americans is both frightening and humbling.  But, as in all tragedies, there are moments of hope and inspiration often centered around individual and collective acts of selfless bravery and love. I would be the first to admit that the heightened emotion and frantic passion of […]