Category Archives: Publius 2.0

The Crisis of Inaction


America got its start in 1776 when a group of 56 men signed a declaration of independence from Great Britain, knowing full well that they were likely signing their own death warrants.  They risked their livelihoods, their reputations, and the lives of their families for a chance at freedom. Many of them and their fellow countrymen went to the grave during the resulting war, believing that liberty was more important than life itself. Our country faces a great many problems […]

The Constitution Doesn’t Care About Your Feelings, or Mine.


On May 29th 1790, Rhode Island became the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.  It did so by the narrowest of margins, 34-32.  The journey that began three years earlier in Philadelphia was finally coming to an end, and a new journey, spearheaded by the United States Constitution, was just beginning. The Constitution has been the bedrock of our body politic for more than 200 years.  Since its inception however, its contents have been hotly debated […]

The Nunes Memo & The Deeper Issue


Six days ago the House of Representatives (HOR) Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released a memo drafted by the committee chairman, representative Devin Nunes alleging very serious indiscretions by leadership in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). If corroborated, the contents of the memo suggest weaponization of our justice system to potentially forward a political agenda, in this case to damage then candidate Donald Trump, by obtaining a warrant to spy on his campaign aides.  […]

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 […]

A Time For Mourning, A Time For Freedom


In the fall of 1941, the Japanese empire attacked Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt described December 7th, 1941 as “a day that will live in infamy.”  There is no denying that statement.  Shortly after this attack, Roosevelt ordered the deportation and incarceration of nearly 130,000 men, women, and children of Japanese descent.¹ They were stripped of their homes, their possessions, and their basic human rights and moved to camps in the center of the country.  The internment was meant to […]

We Need an Article V Convention


Last week, a resolution to call for an Article V Convention of the States failed in the North Carolina House of Representatives.  North Carolina would have been the 13th state to pass such a resolution, and a resolution had already passed the NC Senate.  Specifically, Article V of the United States Constitution defines the process for making constitutional amendments. This can be done by two mechanisms. The first is through passage of an amendment by Congress.  Any Amendment passed through […]

Make us your slaves, but tweet us


“In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, Make us your slaves, but feed us.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Grand Inquisitor In Dostoyevsky’s work, The Brothers Karamov, Ivan recites a poem in which Jesus returns to Earth and encounters a Spanish inquisitor. The inquisitor rejects the wisdom of God’s decision to grant freedom to humanity through Jesus Christ. He points out that people cannot handle freedoms, and will instead choose base comforts, even at their […]

The Antifederalists Were Right….But the Answer is Still Federalism, Part II


As we did in Part I of this Three Part Series, let us look back at history’s lessons so that we can find a better way forward. In the time leading up to, and during the constitutional convention, men like George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison worked to correct the broken system created by the Articles of Confederation. In an overly zealous effort to avoid the same tyranny previously employed by the British Empire, the Articles left the continental […]

The Antifederalists Were Right….But the Answer is Still Federalism


In the fall of 1787, the Constitution was adopted by the attending delegates of the Philadelphia Convention.  There were still many questions to be answered about the document, and a five year battle for ratification was about to begin.  Three delegates refused to sign the document flat out- George Mason, Elbridge Gerry, and Edmond Rudolph. Their concerns represented rumblings throughout the fledgling country. How would the people be represented? Could this new federal government be trusted to restrain itself? If […]