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Thank you for your response!
Since this thread is on Article IV, Section 4, my question has to do with the “domestic violence” portion of the clause:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”
What was the Founder’s intent on the domestic violence portion?
Thank you for your insight.
Thank you for the charts. It appears that short term capital gains tax is the same as income tax. I’m guessing the rich go with the long term to avoid the higher tax rates.
Can you address the notion that some hold that taxing the rich more alleviates the debt?
Thank you. I’ve yet to read it but it’s on my list…nightstand!
Earth to Liberty Classroom!!!
I’ll have to look at the website Jerryb225. Too bad Bahnsen isn’t around to defend his position!
Thanks John D. Always appreciate your insight. I, too, wondered what a Spinozan Deist is? As I understand Deism it too believes in an immaterial god who, after creating, left things to their own “devices”. Is that a fair assumption?
Further: Even if the overall point of the ‘laws’ of nature is descriptive rather than prescriptive, one is still describing what is. This, of course, does not answer the question of why ‘what is’ is that way and not another, or from whence it has come. Why is there something (that can be described to some level of satisfaction) rather than nothing? Why, (so far) has it only occurred on one planet in one galaxy out of millions and millions of planets and galaxies? These are not questions a merely descriptive view can answer.
Greetings Chris. I didn’t get notification via e-mail that you had posted so sorry I missed it. Please allow me some time to formulate a response to your post. Thanks.
I’ll take a stab: Keynes shouldn’t be ignored because his economic philosophy is the prevailing view among our government officials…and look at the mess it’s caused!
Thank you for the link to the article. I’ve also ordered JMMA so will read the intro (and the rest) when I get it.
It has been written of Sherman, “In Congress he advocated the Christian duty and propriety of appointing days of fasting and prayer and thanksgiving to Almighty God, and was the author of several of those eminently Christian state papers. He had great influence in imbuing the public and legislative transactions of the country with a scriptural sense of the need of God’s presence and blessing” (Morris, “The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States”, p. 150).
Thank you for your response Dr. Gutzman. I understand Madison’s paper is against a state supported religion. I guess I should have been more specific in saying that the clauses were not intended to exclude religious expression…even by government officials. Am I missing something? Should government be a-religious…that is, without expressing a moral foundation? And if there is a moral foundation, from whence does it come?
Thank you Dr. Gutzman. I’ll have to try and remember where I put the PIG book on the Constitution and look at the Everson case again.
Thanks Sterling…I appreciate your examples.
I’m convinced that the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses were never written to exclude religion. I’m even more convinced that the Founders had a firm belief that without God the new US would falter quickly. While I do not advocate a theocracy, I’m sure that a godless national government only invites eventual decay, decline and doom!