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Leave Madison Alone

Joe Ellis explained the absence of serious Madison biographies… by proclaiming “he’s boring as hell” and that “only lawyers like him.”   As previously stated, Ellis’s recent comments on the Framers and Original Intent cast doubt on the rigor of his scholarship- and these nuggets of wisdom only enhance the evidence of his misguided revisionism.

Never far apart

Never far apart

The revision Ellis is peddling holds that Madison and other Framers… rejected the doctrine of Original Intent on its face.  The only empirical evidence supporting this notion is Madison’s oft quoted explanation for not publishing his notes on the Constitutional Convention.  Once established, the government continued to disappoint Madison, driving him closer to his friend Jefferson.  During his presidency, Madison undoubtedly supported Original Intent as he battled John Marshall and Congress for the soul of the Constitution.  He feared the elasticity in the Constitution was being abused by ambitious demagogues- Madison wanted the power of government restrained- his original intent.

What have your wrought, Joe?

What have your wrought, Joe?

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Cousin vs. Cousin

Thomas Jefferson battled with his cousin, John Marshall… over the role of the federal judiciary, but also over the direction of our young republic.  Jefferson long feared an unchecked judicial branch during the ratification crisis- Marshall’s decision in Marbury v. Madison only deepened his distrust.

Keep legislating to a minimum

Keep legislating to a minimum

The Court determined at once, that being an original process, they had no cognizance of it; and therefore the question before them was ended. But the Chief Justice went on to lay down what the law would be, had they jurisdiction in the case, to wit: that they should command delivery . . . . Besides the impropriety of this gratuitous interference, could anything exceed the perversion of law?
Yet this case of Marbury and Madison is continually cited by bench and bar, as if it were settled law, without any animadversion on its being an obiter dissertation of the Chief Justice. like gravity by night and day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the states, and the government of all be consoli¬dated into one.” Jefferson 1804

Keeping it in the family

Keeping it in the family

Marshall answered:

“For Mr. Jefferson’s opinion as respects this department, it is not difficult to assign the cause. He is among the most ambitious, and I suspect among the most unforgiving of men. His great power is over the mass of people, and this power is chiefly acquired by professions of democracy. Every check on the wild impulse of the moment is a check on his own power, and he is unfriendly to the source from which it flows. He looks of course with ill will at an independent judiciary.”  Marshall 1807

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Weekly History News Roundup

Black Lives Matter vandalize Jefferson Statue at UVAschool President condemns  misguided protest

 

Virginia Military Institute will not remove Confederate statues… governing board agrees to add historical context

 

CIA file on Lee Harvey Oswald is officially “missing”….  Other JFK assassination files to be released Oct. 26

 

Navy to investigate 99 year old shipwreck… USS San Diego’s sinking may assist ship design

 

Blood-stained ice axe that killed Trotsky to go on displayInternational Spy Museum in Washington DC will display long lost artifact

 

Go to community college, kiddies…

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A Public University- Jefferson’s Dream

The gall of Black Lives Matter to demand Jefferson’s likeness be removed from the University of Virginia… our first truly public university.

Go to community college, kiddies…

Irony so palpable it is nearly farcical…. students of all ethnicities and backgrounds on a campus literally built for them by Jefferson.

Jefferson believed in education for all of society:

“I feel … an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.”  1808

“This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind.”

The University of Virginia was his experiment and his dream of an educated citizenry…
“We wish to establish in the upper country of Virginia, and more centrally for the State, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support, and be a temptation to the youth of other States to come and drink of the cup of knowledge and fraternize with us.” 1800
To the confused children leading the preposterous protests in Charlottesville-   Jefferson is not your enemy- your successes and privileges can be attributed to his vision and guidance.
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Slippery Slope on Display- Hubris pt. 4

Jefferson said:

“I, am laying the foundation of an University in my native state, which I hope will repay the liberalities of it’s legislature by improving the virtue and science of their country…I have been myself the Architect of the plan of it’s buildings, and of it’s system of instruction. four years have been employed on the former, and I assure you it would be thought a handsome & Classical thing in Italy…I have preferred the plan of an Academical village rather than that of a single, massive structure…So it’s most splendid object, and a constant gratification to my sight. “

Go to community college, kiddies…

No one is comfortable giving President Trump credit for much… but the spoiled, ungrateful cretins who desecrated Jefferson’s likeness on the campus of HIS University   are bringing Trump’s somber picture to life.  He warned that the removal of statues to Confederate leaders may lead to similar action against our Founders, like Washington and Jefferson.

 

In the heart of his beloved academical village… Jefferson’s life’s work is naively slandered in name of  trendy activism and political correctness.  Students taking full of advantage of Jefferson’s foresight, vision, and effort dare to question the man and manner their opportunities were provided.  The hubris required to demand the removal of the University’s Founder; as well as, linking him to traitors who fought to destroy the country he helped create- is beyond comprehension.  Twenty-somethings so self-centered and lazy as to carry dozens of photographs of themselves(dressed and undressed)- possess a moral superiority over Thomas Jefferson?   Irony….

To stop desecrating my memory

The post-millennial generation has doomed us… the Founders predicted our fate if the population became ignorant and forgot its past.

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Trumped History

President Trump’s grasp of American history is nearly as suspect as his… grammar and usage-  PracticallyHistorical wants to help our 45th President amend some of his historical misconceptions:

No studying required

 

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Fake News and Propaganda

Only those who approve

President Trump continues to attack unflattering coverage of his floundering administration… as fake news.  His response was to launch the blatantly biased Facebook propaganda channel called Trump News AgencyGone is the Fox News pretense of objectivity- this is the President feeding heavily edited stories to willing minions.  The days of Walter Cronkite and the Huntley-Brinkley report are ancient history.

Thomas Jefferson cautioned George Washington about the importance of a free press…. his words should serve as warning to citizens today…

 

“No government ought to be without censors, and where the press is free, no one ever will. If virtuous, it need not fear the fair operation of attack and defense. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting out the truth whether in religion, law or politics. I think it as honorable to the government neither to know nor notice its sycophants or censors, as it would be undignified and criminal to pamper the former and persecute the latter.”

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