Tag: Through the Constitution

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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An Introduction into the Separation of Powers

In Christian teaching, Jesus is the lawgiver, judge, and king – He makes, interprets, and executes the laws. The Founders, however, didn’t want these three distinct powers residing in a single person or body in our government. How did the Founders take the best features of democracy, aristocracy, and monarchy, and write them into our…

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Thanksgiving in October?

The fall has arrived, Halloween is coming, Thanksgiving on its heels, then, before we know it, Christmas will be here. Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July are my two favorite holidays because they are about people – families, neighbors, fellow-countrymen, and the human race at large. You don’t have to worry about shopping for presents…

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Insuring Domestic Tranquility

A united people are the best defense against foreign and domestic aggression. What does the Constitution mean when it says it was designed to insure domestic tranquility? Listen to the audio clip below to catch the eleventh installment (lesson 11) of the series “Through the Constitution“ with Daniel Sheridan.  For more posts on the U.S. Constitution,…

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Liberty and Justice for Everyone

Were there injustices inherent in the original Constitution? How were they fixed? The principle of the American system is this: laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind, and our ideas of justice improve with maturity. America is a work in progress, so, let us ever, in the…

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Justice with Regard to American Citizens

Worthless paper money and unjust state laws together created animosity, a decline in the work ethic, and tarnished the reputation of republican government. The first principles of justice, in relation to contracts, was being violated without blushing. The founders believed a more perfect union would establish justice by honoring debts, removing animosities between citizens, states,…

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Justice with Regard to Foreign Nations

Justice must be placed above the reach of the influence of rulers, or the denunciations of mobs. Learn how we almost went to war because we didn’t observe justice with regards to foreign nations.  Listen to the audio clip below to catch the eighth installment (lesson 8) of the series “Through the Constitution“ with Daniel Sheridan. …

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Establishing Justice

Justice is the foundation of civil, commercial, and individual relationships. Where there is injustice, there is enmity as well as moral and financial costs. Justice improves with the progress of the human mind. Thomas Jefferson wanted future Americans to correct the barbarous practices of his day. The concept of justice should make Americans proud and…

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A More Perfect Union: Federalism

Who was right, Abe Lincoln or Jeff Davis? What was the Anti-Federalists objection? James Madison writes to Alexander Hamilton about the right of secession. The Founders gave us federalism. Have you memorized the Preamble yet? Listen to the audio clip below to catch the sixth installment (lesson 6) of the series “Through the Constitution“ with Daniel…

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The Weaknesses of the Articles

George Washington, the man who went through Valley Forge, called the period under the Articles the worst time in America’s history. Why did these fail? In their opposition to monarchy, Americans forgot something vital. What was it? Understanding this will help us better understand the Constitution’s call for a “more perfect union.”   Listen to…

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