Advice on Voting from Alexander Hamilton

“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”

Context-

This is Alexander Hamilton’s (a Federalist) view on the vicious and divisive election season of 1800 to vote for who would be the 3rd president of the US. The quote implies he would rather have Jefferson (an anti-federalist) win as opposed to the enemy within his own party (John Adams).

The advice seems pertinent in our current context of the 2016 election as many true conservatives and small government libertarians see both major party candidates as an enemy.

This is not a call to actually vote for Hillary if you are a conservative but it is a call to NOT VOTE for Trump.

Crusades vs.Jihad?

I found This Article to be helpful on comparing the oft-cited atrocities of the west in the name of “Christianity” to the holy wars of Islam. there is a stark difference between Islam and Christianity that detractors of the west and Christianity should take seriously if they want to be intellectually honest.

I also recommend Paul Copan’s book Is God A Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God for an honest discussion about the God of Christianity as well as a rebuttal of many arguments against God by the “new Atheists”.

Madison on Men and Government

“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature. If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In forming a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

—James Madison, The Federalist No. 51

Great Speech by Senator

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4558256/senator-ben-sasse-maiden-senate-floor-speech

AMAZING speech that challenges the Senate and the direction of our country. This is truly reaching across the isle and I commend his courage as a freshman Senator to speak with such passion and truth. I also appreciate his ability to dig into the history of the Senate and ask “what would the founders say?” I encourage all Republicans and Democrats and those who have given up on our system to watch this and begin to believe in it again. There are men and women of integrity and true statesmen still out there.

Response to ‘Salon’ Article: “We Created Islamic Extremism

Read Salon article: http://www.salon.com/2015/11/17/we_created_islamic_extremism_those_blaming_islam_for_isis_would_have_supported_osama_bin_laden_in_the_80s/ This article was very thought provoking and challenging to my worldview. I appreciate the person who suggested it to me because i think it is healthy to know what is out there in the marketplace of ideas and to not insulate ourselves from alternative points of view. I have several thoughts […]

Blackstone’s Commentaries and our English Heritage

Wisdom from our English heritage. Blackstone’s Commentaries was the most influential legal commentary at the time of the framing of the Second Amendment.

-On the Rights of Persons

“IN these several articles consist the rights, or, as they are frequently termed, the liberties of Englishmen :…highly necessary to be perfectly known and considered by every man of rank or property… And we have seen that these rights consist, primarily, in the free enjoyment of personal security, of personal liberty, and of private property. So long as these remain inviolate, the subject is perfectly free ; for every species of compulsive tyranny and oppression must act in opposition to one or other of these rights… To preserve these from violation, it is necessary that the constitution of parliaments be supported in it’s full vigor ; and limits certainly known, be set to the royal prerogative. And, lastly, to vindicate these rights, when actually violated or attacked, the subjects of England are entitled, in the first place, to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law ; next to the right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances ; and lastly to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defence. And all thefe rights and liberties it is our birthright to enjoy entire”

William Blackstone’s “Commentaries on the Laws of England” (1765)

Found at: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/blackstone_bk1ch1.asp