Tag: American History

Dr. Ron Nate: Our Divine Constitution and Our Personal Responsibility

Dr. Ron Nate, a Senior Fellow at the Madison Liberty Institute, explains the significance of September 17th and the Constitution. Ron NateRon is a professor of economics at BYU-Idaho and an Idaho state representative (LD.34). He specializes in applied microeconomics, public economics, quantitative methods, the economics of education, poverty economics, and public choice. He has…

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Have We Forgotten to Remember God?

The ratification of our U. S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, was a miracle. The attendees to the convention were of strong and varied opinions as to how the government of our new nation should be structured. Debate stretched over four hot summer months in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When compromise or agreement seemed hopeless, Benjamin Franklin…

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The Constitution — Our Liberty Charter

Taking the oath of office, swearing to uphold the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Idaho, has been a great privilege and sacred honor.  These documents, which have a genealogy of at least 900 years of sacrifice and struggle, safeguard and secure the liberty, progress, and happiness of the human family….

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A More Perfect Union

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” In the preamble, or the reason for its existence, the founders stated that the Constitution was designed and intended to form “a more perfect Union.”  What is the meaning of the word “Union” in this first phrase of the preamble?…

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Wisdom, Virtue, and the Unwritten Foundations of the Constitution

The knowledge of the science of legislation, the character of legislators, and the duty of the citizen determine the character of our government. What were Election Sermons about? One sermon encouraged us to “never elect someone you wouldn’t trust with your personal matters.” Are we looking for “perfect” politicians? Do we change our views after…

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OTD: You’re Elected Mr. Lincoln!

On this day, February 13, 1861, a day after his 52nd birthday, Abraham Lincoln is officially recognized as President of these United States. Abraham Lincoln left Springfield on a thirteen-day trip to Washington,  where he would begin serving as our President. He celebrated his 52nd  birthday along the way, being born on February 12, 1809….

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John Adams Defends The Rights Of All Mankind

The Founding Fathers are famous for promoting the rights of Americans based on the laws of nature and nature’s God, but John Adams went further and defended the rights of all humanity. He made his case in writing, especially his work on the Canon and Feudal Laws, which put to shame civil and religious tyrants….

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The Great Charter: The First Great Step In Constitutional Liberty

During the early Middle Ages, English kings were oppressive, and neither the nobles nor the people had any voice in the affairs of state. The nobles despised the absolute rule of the king, and the common people resented the high taxes. The clergy, the nobles, and the middle class concluded that the only way they…

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Plymouth Rock and Stepping Stones

America’s First Written Governing Document What makes America unique in world history is our emphasis on local government and written Constitutions. Written Constitutions mark “a momentous advance in civilization, and it is especially interesting as being peculiarly American.” To keep our civilization advancing, let’s gather up our heritage and pass it on to the next…

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Happy Birthday, United States Marine Corps!

On this day, November 10, 1775, the United States Marine Corps, is born. Thomas Jefferson loved peace, but the pirates of Morocco, Algiers, Tripoli, and Tunis were capturing European and American vessels, dividing the plunder among the robber sovereigns, and then ransoming the crews or selling them into slavery. Some nations, including the United States,…

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