Patriot Convention


This is the one election that in all of our history is a fork in the road that we had better choose wisely.

This next president will appoint several Supreme Court justices.

That alone should be enough to make everyone sit up and take notice.

If HRC is allowed to stack that Supreme Court, the country is gone.

It is that serious. There is no turning back, none.

We will not have the luxury to say, we can hang for another 4 years.

The communist planks are all in place…

...that ball is at the finish line and just needs that last punt over the goal posts and it is game over.

That one issue will have ramifications for decades.

Your children and grandkids will experience the full weight of that one issue alone.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

States Being Held in Unions Against Their Will?

In our forums, a member asks Brion McClanahan, a faculty member at Liberty Classroom:
Watching your lectures at Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom and am seeking other examples of sovereign political bodies forced to remain in a union.  Khrushchev forced Hungary to remain in USSR in 1956 so I often ask others if he shouldn’t be heralded as a hero too, along with Lincoln, given that Lincoln’s stated purpose was to maintain the Union, not abolish slavery. A war waged by the U.N. to keep a departing member in that body is another (hypothetical) example. Are there any other examples you know of that might also help me make this point?
Here is Prof. McClanahan’s reply:

There are countless historical examples of “sovereign political bodies forced to remain in a union.”  Too often Americans think that the only instances of forced centralization are found in the nineteenth-century United States and in twentieth-century Europe, but the general trend of history has been one of centralization and tyranny under a strict definition, meaning the arrogation of power to an individual or central entity.  This could be classified as imperialism, be it economic, political, or cultural.  Individual liberty and decentralization have been fleeting concepts in human history and are typically made possible only through dedicated efforts on the part of vigilant defenders, often at great cost.  Centralization and its evil step-child nationalism tend to conserve the imperial culture at the expense of tradition.  This is why the founding generation, a group of men well versed in the classics, understood that their political experiment—a decentralized federal republic—would quickly descend into monarchy unless Americans firmly embraced both republicanism and a dedication to the preservation of life, liberty, and property, and why no American should champion imperialism at home or abroad.  Simply put, imperialism and centralization are un-American.


  1. Excellent. I've been trying to find an answer to this question. If the Founders considered the states to be sovereign, why did they let the word "united" ever be written in the Constitution? There are different copies of the "original" on the web. One has United capitalized and one has united in lower case. "United States" seems to me to be a contradiction in terms. They are united now in name only.

    1. One has United capitalized and one has united in lower case.

      Really? I though just the lower.....?

    2. If you read the history about the ratification of the constitution, you will find that the Federalists (i.e.)Madison and Hamilton were trying to create a national government with strong central power. The anti-federalists such as Patrick Henry and George Mason opposed this. Try reading Kevin Gutzman's "james Madison and the Makink of America" or M. E. Bradfords book "Founding Fathers" for a good background.

  2. That was supposed to be "James Madison and the Making of America"

    1. Thanks and I've heard that they are both excellent.