Mandeville, LA - (Thanks to The Imaginative Conservative for this repost of Prof Gutzman's essay) Kevin Gutzman was once and aspiring young author and not the Colossus of Constitution we know and admire today (see his James Madison & The Making of America"). Back in 1994, Gutzman was presented the opportunity to partially weigh in on the famous dialogue that embroiled the young "American Exceptionalism" movement begun by Professor Harry Jaffa. If you've ever wondered how L….Continue
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"Having served my country from very early life, in all its highest trusts and most difficult emergencies, from the most important of which trusts 1 have lately retired, I cannot otherwise than feel with great sensibility, this proof of the high confidence of this very enlightened and respectable. Assembly.
I regret my appointment from another consideration: a fear, that I shall not be able to discharge the duties of the trust, with advantage to my country. Being placed, however, here, 1 [would] exert my best faculties, physical and mental, such as they are, at every hazard, to discharge its duties to the satisfaction of this Assembly, and of my country."
James Monroe accepting the Chair at VA Constitutional Convention, 1829