Articles of Confederation: Circular Letter to the States (1777)

Articles of Confederation: Circular Letter to the States (1777)

“INDEPENDENCE, LIBERTY AND SAFETY” by James Still, ©2018, RetraceOurSteps.com (Apr. 1, 2018) — The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) was the first Constitution of the United States.  Richard Henry Lee wrote, “In this great business, dear Sir, we must yield a little to each other, and not rigidly insist on having everything correspondent to the […]

Articles of Confederation (1777)

Articles of Confederation (1777)

“TO MAINTAIN AND DEFEND OUR COMMON LIBERTIES” by James Still, ©2018, RetraceOurSteps.com (Mar. 1, 2018) — The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) was approved by Congress on November 15, 1777 and went into effect on March 1, 1781, following the ratification by all 13 States.  There was no provision for a president, judiciary or […]

Who Represents Whom, and Did Our Founders Support Term Limits?

Who Represents Whom, and Did Our Founders Support Term Limits?

“THE BATTLE FOR LIBERTY AGAINST TYRANNY” by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman (Dec. 7, 2016) — “It is a sound and important principle that the representative ought to be acquainted with the interests and circumstances of his constituents.” James Madison, ~ Federalist #56 Article I, Section 2 of our Constitution states in part, “The number […]

Freedom: The Storm Still Rages

Freedom:  The Storm Still Rages

“THE RIGHT OF SELF-DETERMINATION” by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman (Jun. 25, 2016) — “Old forms of Government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.” ~ Herbert Spencer The philosopher Thomas Hobbes is reported to have said, “Freedom is government in very […]

The Tyranny of Good Intentions

The Tyranny of Good Intentions

IS TRYING TO “FIX” GOVERNMENT THE ANSWER? by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman (Jun. 9, 2016) — To paraphrase an ancient Greek, society will often survive the evil that men do for evil purposes, but a society’s downfall can often be attributed to the evil done in the name of good intentions. […]

Lessons From the Beginning IV

Lessons From the Beginning IV

“THE FIRE OF FREEDOM” by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman (May 29, 2016) — (Author’s Note: I have received an unusual number of comments and questions from new and old readers asking most relevant questions in response to my last Rant. My first impulse was to attempt to answer each of those […]

Lessons From the Beginning III

Lessons From the Beginning III

“IGNORANCE REIGNS SUPREME” by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman (May 21, 2016) — (Authors note: Several readers have asked about the importance of covering the fact Madison, Hamilton, and others were pushing a nationalist form of government. This information is critical because the nationalist/monarchical form of government that was introduced and supported […]

Lessons From the Beginning II

Lessons From the Beginning II

AN “EXCESS PASSION FOR LIBERTY?” by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman (May 20, 2016) — We left off our previous discussion with the 12 people who met in Annapolis, Maryland in September of 1786. We learned that of the twelve, John Dickinson, a man who refused to sign the Declaration of Independence […]

Lessons from the Beginning

Lessons from the Beginning

DID SOME OF THE FOUNDERS MAINTAIN BRITISH LOYALTY DESPITE THE REVOLUTION? by Michael Gaddy, ©2016, blogging at The Rebel Madman (May 18, 2016) — Author’s note: This will be a multi-part presentation in response to several requests for more information on the founding era of our country, which in many cases is contrary to what […]

What Went So Horribly Wrong

What Went So Horribly Wrong

1787 to 2016 by Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Col., USA (Ret.), ©2016 (Apr. 29, 2016) — “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” — Samuel Adams A Short History […]

Tyranny Started Early

Tyranny Started Early

“HOW ARE YOU TO TIE HIS HANDS?” by Michael Gaddy, ©2016 (Jan. 24, 2016) — An in-depth study of our founding era produces quite a few questions. Those among our founders who sought a very limited central government which would be in place simply to protect those Natural Rights as granted by our Creator and […]

Do We Love Ourselves More Than Our Country?

Do We Love Ourselves More Than Our Country?

“SINISTER AND PERNICIOUS MOTIVES” by Sharon Rondeau (Dec. 22, 2015) — On July 2, 1776, a group of 56 men meeting in Philadelphia in the colony of Pennsylvania declared the 13 British colonies, founded on the principle of religious liberty, independent of the British Crown. All who were present at the Philadelphia convention knew that […]

Why It Always Gets Worse and Never Better

Why It Always Gets Worse and Never Better

“NO ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS” TO PRESERVING LIBERTY by Michael Gaddy, ©2015 (Nov. 17, 2015) — “Some have said that the individual is important and the government is merely the servant of the individual. But, let the evidence be presented and we discover that this assertion is only a pleasant fiction. The servant has the power and the […]

By What Authority pb

By What Authority pb

AND BY WHOSE CONSENT? by Michael Gaddy (Jul. 22, 2015) — In a grand display of institutionalized ignorance,  a 2012 candidate for sheriff in our county, a veteran of many years in law enforcement, when asked if he would intervene should the federal government seek to impose unconstitutional measures in our county, responded with three […]

Packed and Ready to Go…

Packed and Ready to Go…

FOR A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION by Montgomery Blair Sibley, ©2014, blogging at Amo Probos (Oct. 28, 2014) — While the legal nuances of a Convention to Propose Amendments are many, two major questions troubled me. First, how to address the lunatic fringe from hijacking the convention? Upon meditation, I concluded that this was a risk that […]

Online Classes Taught by Constitutional Scholar Gerry Donaldson

OUR CONSTITUTION AS THE FOUNDERS UNDERSTOOD IT from DrawALine.org Greetings! Tomorrow night, we will have Class 2 of 6 of the most robust Constitution Class being taught in America!     This class will cover the Declaration of Independence and our first Constitution, the Articles of Confederation!   If you missed the last class, you […]

I Don’t Need a Government To Tell Me …..”

FROM “THE PARALLAX PROPHECIES” by Ron Ewart, ©2012 (Nov. 25, 2012) — “To understand political power right, and derive it from its original, we must consider what state all men are naturally in, and that is, a state of perfect freedom to order their actions, and dispose of their possessions, and persons as they think […]

Petitions to Secede Are Wrongheaded

Petitions to Secede Are Wrongheaded

HOW LAWFUL GOVERNMENT CAN BE RESTORED by Dan O’Brien, ©2012 (Nov. 18, 2012) — People in over thirty states are petitioning usurper Obama, via www.Whitehouse.gov, to allow their State to secede from the Union.  Huh?  Asking the fox for permission to leave the henhouse?  Sheeple asking the wolf for permission to leave the flock?  This […]