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The Constitution

Monday, August 20th, 2012

If It Was Not Granted Then it Was Reserved - Why The Lincolnistas Are Wrong

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Mandeville, LA - Noah Millman posts at the American Conservative Magazine in part: "If the secessionist cause is to be justified in the Declaration’s terms, it must make one of two claims. Either there are no “political bands” of note to dissolve – the Union is a mere compact among sovereign entities, that any party may depart from at will. Or, if those bands are granted to exist, the election of Abraham Lincoln, whose party was committed to preventing the spread of sl….Continue

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

John Quincy Adams' Jubilee of The Constitution-Delivered on 50th Anniversary of Washington's Inauguration

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THE JUBILEE OF THE CONSTITUTION: A DISCOURSE Delivered at the Request of THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, in the City of New York, on Tuesday, the 30th of April, 1839; Being the Fiftieth Anniversary of the INAUGURATION OF GEORGE WASHINGTON as PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, on Thursday, the 30th of April, 1789. ________________________________________ Serit arbores, quae alteri seculo prosint - * * quid spectans, nisi etiam postera secula ad se pertinere? Ergo arbore….Continue

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Who Wrote The Constitution and The Preamble "We The People" Script?

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Mandeville, LA -If you have ever wondered which of the Founders who attended the Federal Convention of 1787 actually wrote the text, using a quill pen, of the Constitution, including the beautiful "We The People" script, wonder no more. In this letter, written at the fever pitched height of the Hartford Convention/Secession Crisis of 1814, Morris settles the mystery once and for all. Morris had attended the convention representing PA although he was from New York and spent the….Continue

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Of The Permanence Of The Union - 1825, William Rawles

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Mandeville, LA - The Question on a lot of people's minds is actually one that our revisionist history pretends to answer with impunity: Is secession legal? This book, written 7 years before the first ramblings of "indivisibility" would be heard from Jackson, along with the works of Taylor & St George's Tucker, the Of Presidencies of Jefferson and Madison answer unequivocally "yes!" As Rawle puts it herein... "It depends on the state itself to retain or abolish the principl….Continue

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Kentucky Resolutions of 1798

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Mandeville, LA - Little is known about the evolution of the KY & VA Resolutions of 1798, mainly because the Sedition Act was still in effect and Jefferson, Madison and Taylor did not want to risk arrest for making their plans public. Any American who wants a precise snapshot of what Thomas Jefferson (with an assist from John Taylor of Caroline) thought the Constitution's power was and where it came from will find this document definitive. &nbs….Continue

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Friday, April 27th, 2012

Gutzman: The 14th Amendment does NOT Make 2nd Amendment Universal (or incorporated)

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Mandeville, LA - New listeners to my radio show are always asking the same questions about the Most Hallowed Second Amendment: that Ted Nugent and the NRA, traveling in their WAYBAC machine witnessed Thomas Jefferson applying ink dry powder to the Constitution's second Amendment. Nugent asked: "So, this will cover every gun, in every city, state, county & federal land, forever until eternity, right?" Jefferson, awed by Nugent's stature and LaPierre's John marshal like gaze….Continue

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The Constitution of The United States

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Mandeville, LA - Mike Church wishes to provide this text copy of the U.S. Constitution with clickable hot links to each section. We will be adding much more interactivity to this page as it is developed. ART I ART II ART III ART IV ART V ART VI ART VII AMENDMENTS We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, an….Continue

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Lincoln's Letter To Horace Greeley on Slavery

Since this comes up so often on the Mike Church Show on Sirius/XM I thought I'd go ahead and add this to the site's archives. Notice that the Great Emancipator does not care which method of dealing with the issue of slavery is used to "save the union". It should also come as an intellectual sledgehammer to the head that regardless of his "intentions" Lincoln did NOT save "The Union" because when his reign of fire was concluded federalism was on it….Continue

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The Virginia Resolutions of 1798

Virginia Resolution of 1798 RESOLVED, That the General Assembly of Virginia, doth unequivocably express a firm resolution to maintain and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of this State, against every aggression either foreign or domestic, and that they will support the government of the United States in all measures warranted by the former. That this assembly most solemnly declares a warm attachment to the Union o….Continue

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Framers Debate Rules For Naturalization

From Mike Church - This is the debate held in committee of the whole on the qualifications for holding office in the new federal government. The Framers took great care to discuss the influence that foreigners could weild if they were not careful. I originally came to this debate because it helps flesh out the reasons why the Framers included the enumerated power “To establish a uniform rule for naturalization” which upon review of this mater….Continue

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

John Adams-Thoughts on Government

Adams wrote this letter to Declaration of Independence signer William Hooper of North Carolina. He also transcribed this out by hand to William Penn and R.H. Lee of Virginia. Lee would circulate the contents and ideas among his peers in Virginia. These ideas helped form the foundation for Virginia’s first Constitution which was written and signed into law in June of 1776- weeks before the rest of the colonies would join the Virginians in declari….Continue

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Documentary History of Ratification Book Series

The number one question I am asked about my movies is "where did you get all that information from"? Well, when the subject is the U.S. Constitution there is one very reliable and unimpeachable source: The Documentary History of The Ratification of the U.S. Constitution, edited by Joseph Kaminski... The volumes that I have presonally read are IX and X because they cover the Virginia ratification debates. There are 23 volumes in all and they would make a fantastic edition to an….Continue

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Incorporation Doctrine for Dummies

The most frequent question I get from listeners about the Constitution is "Why don't you believe that the second amendment applies to the states you gun grabber!?" This then brings up the most misunderstood use of the Constitution: to "incorporate" the first ten amendments to the states (using the "due process clause of the 14th amendment). We need look no further than the complete Bill of Rights itself, in the form it was presented to the states ….Continue

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Ronald Reagan LOVED Constitution Day

Ronald Reagan LOVED the Constitution and in fact, issued Constitution Day Proclamations on every Sept. 17th that he was in Office! Were it only so today. I can find no mention of Constitution Day anywhere on the Whitehouse website and have heard nothing from President Bush. Most people will give some sort of "really. today is the Constitution's Birthday!? Yeah, whatever" or ".... hmmm, that's cool" response when learning of today's historical mean….Continue

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Courts Can't Control the Constitution

Begin Mike Church Show Transcript Mike: As a studier of the republic, this is how you can arrive at a – let’s just call it a lazy man’s way to what is constitutional and what is not.  Take whatever case you think that you’re upset with that a judge has decided instead of a legislature and apply the rule.  With what you know about the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence, and with what you know about the founding fathe….Continue

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Constitutional Studies Continues With M.E. Bradford

In my reserach for the sequel to the Fame of Our Fathers - "The Spirit of '76" I have read lots of stuff about the Constitution and the Ratification debates. M.E. Bradford's Book of essays contained in "Original Intentions" are some of the best- modern day defenses - of states rights and the fact that the Constitution was specifically  designed to LIMIT the power of the government. If you want to have a better understanding of this and thus the Constitution, read this book. O….Continue

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Obama Miterates on the Constitution Bumper Sticker!

Just in time for Inauguration - The "Obama-Calvin" bumper sticker is here! I thought long and hard about this sticker folks. I wanted to make it outrageous, relevant and CONSERVATIVE. This is what I came up with. Everyone who has seen the sticker has wanted one so we are offering big discounts for BIG orders. In the "worst economy since Herbert Hoover" you need every break you can get while keeping the pressure on the smarmy Obamaphants who will undoubtedly creep up next to ….Continue

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Happy Birthday, Constitution

On this day 221 years ago, the Founding Fathers gave this country the world's most important legal document of the modern era, and steered a young fragile nation on a path that would lead it to rise to the world's preeminent superpower.  Today, we stopped to reflect on what a magnificent gift the Constitution has been, and the King Dude Official Constitutional Scholar Dr. Kevin Gutzman lends his expertise to the Red, White, and Dude Nation. Today….Continue

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Monday, June 9th, 2008

James Madison Vetoes "Bonus Bill" In Homage To Founding Fathers Intent

Mandeville, LA - I talked at great length last week about Congress and the Senate NOT having the Constitutional Authority to regulate CO2. To support that argument and ground it firmly in Constitutional Scholarship I present to you, Founding Fathers President James Madison's Veto of Henry Clay's "Bonus Bill" of 1815. Madison Clearly states that an enumerated power is just that and that it would have been senseless to define Enumerated Powers if they were mere suggestions of Co….Continue

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Kevin from Florida: Constitutional Scholar

Kevin from Florida starts off the call with a little flattery, and by the time the conversation has run its course, the admiration was fully reciprocated.  His knowledge and understanding of the Constitution is refreshing. Addressing the CNN poll that showed 88% of people in an internet poll were in favor of abolishing the electoral college.  The founding fathers feared the tendency of a pure democracy to be reduced to mob rule, and instituted t….Continue

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