15 December 2015
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – The Bill of Rights was used and created to provide further safeguards for the states against the Feds, just in case the Feds got the bright idea that they wanted to try, as the vulgar phrase goes in 2013, take our guns away. The Second Amendment says: No, you can’t; you’re prohibited from doing it. That doesn’t mean the State of Illinois couldn’t do it. It just means that the Feds can’t do it. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
25 June 2015
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - You're certainly familiar with the phrase "Give me liberty, or give me death" and you probably know that it was spoken by Patrick Henry. But what else do you know about the man? Well on today's Founders TV, on Patrick Henry's birthday, Mike gives us a brief history of the life of Patrick Henry. So be sure and watch and listen to today's special episode and you may learn a little, or a lot, about one of the most important, but least known, Founding Fathers. Be sure and sign up for a Founders Pass to watch and listen to the entire episode!
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There are four men that are mentioned in this that were in the Philadelphia Convention that framed the Constitution. All four of them realized the gravity of what it is they're discussing in 1794 in Congress. Three of them decide that the solution is disunion. The fourth says I don't think you should do that, but he doesn't say that they can't do it. Do I have your attention and your interest now?
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"This is another interesting point of discussion when we talk about this. Exactly what is a State? Is a State a geographical entity? Well, you could say that you call the State of Georgia, for example, Georgia because of the border it has with Tennessee and South Carolina and Alabama and Florida, which are very well-defined and well-known, but does that make it a State or is that just a boundary where that State ends and the next State begins?"
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17 December 2013
"He brings up Josiah Phillips and accuses Henry of basically being a tyrant (like an NSA agent). Patrick Henry was most certainly not a tyrant. While accusing Henry of being a tyrant, he then makes the case -- that if Virginia ratifies the new Constitution, then the kind of pursuit and lack of due process and searches and what have you that were going to go on to capture a guy like Josiah Phillips could not happen, that the new general government would not have the authority to do so. All the Fourth Amendment would mean then is just reiterating the fact that police powers like the ones that Henry used in Virginia were not granted to the general government." Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
04 October 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I’m well aware of what that pocket constitution says. I’m well aware of the ahistorical argument and the ahistorical facts, meaning they’re not historical, that says it was ratified. How can an entity that is said to not be a part of the federal union and must ratify said document you have in your hand, how can it ratify and be counted as a ratifying state when the Congress and president say it’s not a state. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
26 September 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – It makes it a national one, or even more dangerously, it makes it an oligarchical system, meaning the rulers make the rules the rest of us live by while exempting themselves from same. There is nothing that prevents them, nothing that prevents them from inserting their opinion and altering the course of human history in any way, manner, shape, or form that they deign to be necessary. That is not how a federal system can operate. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
26 September 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – To the Dude Maker Hotline, my friend and soon to be yours, Dr. Greg Brannon. I want to tell you a little about Dr. Brannon. He is running for what is basically an open United States Senate seat in the great State of North Carolina. He is a practicing doctor, an obstetrician. He has a houseful of children. He keeps himself very busy. I saw him speak at LPAC, Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly, Virginia. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
14 August 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – In the last two weeks, I have immersed myself in research for a short film I want to make. I’ve been wanting to make it since 2009 when I stumbled on this story, a very obscure story about how the effort to stop ratification of the Constitution was intentionally sabotaged. There is no doubt in my mind that it was intentionally sabotaged. The challenge is to try and figure out who it was that did the sabotaging. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
13 August 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I want to take you now to the Guardian UK, the American online edition, Glenn Greenwald writing Friday, “Email service used by Edward Snowden shuts itself down, warns against using US-based companies.” The reputation of the United States continues to sink around the world, and that’s not my doing and it’s not Ron Paul’s doing, it’s not Lew Rockwell’s doing, and it’s not anyone that is a “libertarian” or Rand Paul or Jack Hunter’s doing. That’s the doing of the government. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
02 August 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - What it takes to be a constitutional expert today is to have gone to a law school on the East Coast, it’s as simple as that, and to have had some professor profess to teach the subject. What they actually teach, if they teach at all, is they teach Supreme Court history. It’s not really Constitution history; it’s Supreme Court history. Constitution history is a fairly straightforward field of study. If one were to undertake a field of exploration in constitutional matters, then you would start with my docudrama, Fame of Our Fathers, and you would first answer the question “Why?” Read more in today's transcript...
25 June 2013
During the VA Ratifying Convention Patrick Henry was the most frequent speaker against ratification of the new Constitution. Here, on 4 June, 1788, Mr. Henry first spoke to the delegates and reminded them of Virginia's sovereignty and her membership in a confederation of states. This speech is acted out in my movie "The Spirit of '76 - The Greatest Story Never Told".
18 June 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – I’m going to walk you through a couple of the legal -- these are very easy to understand -- reasoning behind why the power to choose electors was left in the hands of the states, and why the Supreme Court erred mightily yesterday. Justice Thomas points this out at the end of his dissent: What you guys are doing here, you are undermining and eroding the foundation of the constitutional system itself. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
31 May 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - We start off the New Year taking you back to the 25th of June. That is, the 25th of June in the year of our Lord 1788. It was on this date that in Richmond, Virginia in a place called 'The New Academy Of Sciences',which is now just a solitary bronze plaque tacked onto the wall of the hospital at Virginia Commonwealth University. The plaque proudly states that in this location the debate to ratify the Constitution was held. And this debate was the most thorough discussion of the Constitution, the most thorough exploration of the Constitution and finally it was the most reliable guide to the Constitution. This particular Virginia ratification debate there was actual debate, not to be confused with two minutes here and two minutes there - in fact, Patrick Henry once debated the ratification of the Constitution for a whole day. The reason why this is important is because without Virginia's ratification we wouldn't get New York to ratify - and without the two most populous and productive States then the rest of the Union would be screwed. If you don't already have your history on lock, then give Mike a listen to find out Virginia's outcome!
09 May 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Hayes actually went to Red Hill, which is where Henry lived and died, and asked permission of the family and the curator of the family estate and found Henry’s own diaries and the logs that Patrick Henry used to catalog his possessions. Back in those days, if you had books, books were like -- what would you compare a book to today? A book was a prized possession. They were very difficult to make. Usually what would happen is somebody would purchase a copy and they would read it and then they would send it to someone else. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
27 April 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – Nick Dranias is with Compact for America. He is one of the brain trusts of that august body, which includes my friend Kevin Gutzman, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution and James Madison and the Making of America. Nick is on the line with us right now on the Dude Maker Hotline. Nick, how you doing, buddy? Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
14 February 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - A state is a collection of sovereign people. A state is not -- you live in Philadelphia. When your legislature or assembly meets in Harrisburg, that is not the state. That is the elected representatives of the state. The state is the people. The people are the sovereign. The only other way this works is when the king is the sovereign. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
13 February 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - The fact that we’re having this conversation demonstrates yet again that the Constitution is not the work of a God; it’s the work of fallible men. They did not and could not have possibly foreseen all the damage and usurpations that would be visited upon the compact by designing men. You have to perceive these things. Their attitude was correct. You have to go into the proceedings and legislative sessions or conventions with the foregone conclusion that whoever comes after you are going to try and undo what you did because they desire sex, power, and money. It’s as simple as that. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
25 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - For some reason, it has just been seared into the mind of the average American gun owner out there. It doesn’t matter what the facts are and it doesn’t matter what the Constitution as ratified and the Bill of Rights, as you call it, as ratified said. It doesn’t even matter what the first 130 years of life under that amendment, what that intent was and how that intent was honored. That doesn’t even matter. Check out today's transcript for the rest...
25 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - If your sheriff will interpose on your behalf on behalf of the Second Amendment, why won’t your sheriff interpose on behalf of the rest of the amendments? If you sheriffs out there -- there’s probably some of you listening right now. You listen to me, if you’re doing this because it’s good politics, I understand. If you’re doing it out of devotion to principle, my question to you is: What about the other seven amendments that make up the first part of what is known today as the Bill of Rights? Check out today's transcript for the rest...
23 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - Bloody civil wars are entered into by political choice. That is not a legal question; that is a political question. I don’t think, and I reject all of you that are so ginned up and believe a bloody civil war is right around the corner. My God, think about it when you say that. Why would you even wish that on the people? Check out today's transcript for the rest...
23 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Transcript - There are two prohibitions in the Constitution, one against religious tests for office and the First Amendment. I don’t see how if bigamy or polygamy were what the Mormons said was a part of their religion, I don’t see how that could have been used to exclude or say they could not have been admitted as a state provided they ratified the Constitution. Check out today's transcript for the rest...