Essence of Traditional Marriage Jan06

Essence of Tradition...

Immanuel Kant, perhaps the world’s greatest modern philosopher, asserted that a thing’s essence (its fundamental definition) must extend to all that necessarily stems from its attributes.  Applied to traditional marriage, then, its essence must extend to the entire human race, and...

Rule of Law and Judicial Activism

When the federal court recently overturned Utah’s amendment protecting the elevated status of traditional marriage, many Utahns doubtless began wondering what exactly justifies (or not) the courts in overturning the voice of the People. The answer to this question lies in the concept of Rule of Law. Rule of Law, according to the World Justice Project, is four things: 1. A system of self-government where all people (including government branches and officials) are held accountable under the law 2. A system based on accessible, and stable laws 3. A system where legal rights and responsibilities are evenly enforced 4. A system with...

On Federalism

We originally had a House elected by the People and a Senate elected by State Representatives.  Now both are elected by the People directly.  Why did the the Constitution originally emphasize a seemingly arbitrary distinction between “the People” on one hand, and “the People of the...

Constitutions and Wo...

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this...

Courage of Opinion

I have the courage of my own opinion. –Frederic Bastiat Do you have the courage of your own opinion?  How do you get it? You might have the courage of your own opinion if you: 1) thoroughly educate yourself relative to the issues, 2) diligently apply your own reasoning and beliefs to come...

Liberty: Madness or ...

Here are some quotes to provide food for thought on Liberty — Madness or Enlightenment? At a low-point in the Revolutionary War, Thomas Paine wrote these stirring words in an attempt to inspire the revolutionaries to greater purpose, and shame the Tory fence-sitters into resolute...

Give me Liberty or G...

“Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry’s statement has continued to ring throughout the ages as a reminder of the bold spirit of freedom that gave birth to the United States of America.  What gave rise to such a resounding declaration?  Here it is in its...