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  Constitutional Government in the United States III   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The constitution of England, the most famous of constitutional governments and in a sense the mother of them all, is not written, and the constitution of Russia might be without changing the essential character of the Czar’s power.
Government is a part of life, and, with life, it must change, alike in its objects and in its practices; only this principle must remain unaltered, — this principle of liberty, that there must be the freest right and opportunity of adjustment.
But the makers of the Constitution were not enacting Whig theory, they were not making laws with the expectation that, not the laws themselves, but their opinions, known by future historians to lie back of them, should govern the constitutional action of the country.
www.ipfw.edu /pols/syllabi/051/Y384Wilson.htm   (4587 words)

  
 Constitutional Futility by Thomas DiLorenzo
The reason is straightforward: The parties who are interested in limited constitutional government are widely dispersed and not very well organized politically (i.e., the general public); whereas the advocates of ever-expanding legal plunder (the state itself, and all of its special-interest groups) tend to be much more concentrated and well organized.
That is, the central government was given certain abilities to police attempted infringements upon liberties — especially economic liberties — of the states, but at the same time the Tenth Amendment reserved to the states, respectively, and the people, the right to police or veto the despotic and unconstitutional usurpations of the central government.
Calhoun further forecast that all of the constitutional restrictions on government "would ultimately be annulled, and the government be converted into one of unlimited powers." This has certainly come true, despite all the efforts of "abstractionists" like Roger Pilon and several generations of similarly well-meaning constitutionalists.
www.lewrockwell.com /dilorenzo/dilorenzo74.html   (3405 words)

  
 Constitutional Government: It's the LAW!
Constitutional government is government in which the use of power is restrained by a constitution which defines the functions of various power-holders.
The restoration of constitutional institutions in the United States would necessitate the restoration of the crown, however, the nature of this institution is best captured in the British constitution, which is the foundation of the ancient constitution in America.
The theory of the law is that the government of the country is still a matter of prerogative, although many of the executive powers now exercised by the crown have been conferred upon it by statute, in particular the power of making statutory rules and orders to carry a statute into effect.
www.worldfreeinternet.net /archive/arc20.htm   (3309 words)

  
 Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics
Constitution of Medina (Dustur al-Madinah), Mohammed (622) — Constitution of government which united Muslims, Jews, Christians and pagans, in the city-state of Medina, perhaps the first written constitution.
A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, John Adams (1787-89) — Comprehensive historical review of how various national constitutions worked, with quotes from political philosophers and historians, that influenced the Founders in their drafting of state and federal constitutions.
The American Republic: its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny, O. Brownson (1866) — Argument against secession, distinguishes the constitution of government from the underlying constitution of the society, and territorial from socialistic or egoistic democracy.
www.constitution.org /liberlib.htm   (3675 words)

  
 CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Constitutional democracies recognize and protect the integrity of a private and social realm comprised of family, personal, religious, and other associations and activities.
Constitutional democracies are based on a political philosophy of openness or the free marketplace of ideas, the availability of information through a free press, and free expression in all fields of human endeavor.
Constitutional democracy requires informed and effective participation by citizens who understand and have a reasoned commitment to its fundamental principles and values, as well as a familiarity with its political processes.
www.civiced.org /constdem.html   (3264 words)

  
 SSRN-Empire-Building Government in Constitutional Law by Daryl Levinson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
A correspondingly enduring and pervasive assumption in constitutional law and theory is that government officials are empire-builders, imperialistically or avariciously intent upon maximizing the power or wealth of their offices and institutions.
Courts and constitutional theorists believe that one of the primary virtues (or vices) of federalism is that it fosters avaricious competition among state and local governments for tax base.
In a nutshell, predictions of government empire-building rest on the implausible assumption that government officials serve the interests of the institutions in which they are situated more than their own self-interest or the interests of their constituents.
papers.ssrn.com /sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=555687   (535 words)

  
 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution/High School Level   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
You should be able to explain why a government with a constitution is not necessarily a constitutional government, and be able to identify alternative models of government that the Founders had to choose from.
If a constitution provides that the government's power is to be limited, but it does not include ways to enforce those limitations, it is not the basis of a constitutional government.
It is possible to have a constitutional government with one ruler, a group of rulers, or rule by the people as a whole, so long as those in power obey the limitations placed on them by the "higher law" of the constitution.
www.civiced.org /wtp_hs02_sb.html   (2804 words)

  
 Constitutional Government: James Madison to Thomas Jefferson
Hence was embraced the alternative of a Government which instead of operating, on the States, should operate without their intervention on the individuals composing them; and hence the change in the principle and proportion of representation.
The great desideratum in Government is, so to modify the sovereignty as that it may be sufficiently neutral between different parts of the Society to controul one part from invading the rights of another, and at the same time sufficiently controuled itself, from setting up an interest adverse to that of the entire Society.
The large States on the other hand urged that as the new Government was to be drawn principally from the people immediately and was to operate directly on them, not on the States; and consequently as the States wd.
press-pubs.uchicago.edu /founders/documents/v1ch17s22.html   (3226 words)

  
 Constitution Society Home Page
The Constitution Society is a private non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government.
This organization was founded in response to the growing concern that noncompliance with the Constitution for the United States of America and most state constitutions is creating a crisis of legitimacy that threatens freedom and civil rights.
We maintain that the principles of constitutional republicanism are universal, and applicable to all nations, although not well understood or upheld by most.
www.constitution.org   (809 words)

  
 Constitutional monarchy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As originally conceived, a Constitutional Monarch was quite a powerful figure, head of the executive branch even though his or her power was limited by the Constituion and the elected parliment - compareable to the powers of the President of the United States except for being hereditary.
The Constitution of the German Empire promoted by Bismark, in which the Emperor had the right to appoint a Prime Minister without being subject to Palrliamentary approval, was a remnant of this older concept of Constitutional monarchy.
She has no policy powers -- that is the domain of the elected government, headed by the Prime Minister -- but she is a required, formal co-signatory to political instruments, who has a personal stake in protecting constitutional government from non-justifiable abuses.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Constitutional_monarchy   (2809 words)

  
 Citizens for a Constitutional Republic
Countless government officials in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government take their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution with no understanding of the responsibilities that oath entails.
We need Citizen legislators that will pledge to be faithful to this constitutional requirement and to work methodically to restore to the States and to the people their rightful control over legislative, judicial, executive, and regulatory functions which are not constitutionally delegated to the federal government.
Over time, the limitations of federal government power imposed by the Constitution have been substantially eroded.Preservation of constitutional government requires a restoration of the balance of authority between the federal government and the States as provided in the Constitution, itself, and as intended and construed by those who framed and ratified that document.
citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com   (1528 words)

  
 Comparative Government, Polity, Constitutional Democracy
The term refers to the fundamental approach to governing a society, e.g., the constitutional approach or the dictatorial ap- proach.
Under constitutionalism, the Constitution, the basic law of the political community, (1) defines and limits the power of government and (2) determines the degree and manner of distribution of political authority among the major organs or parts of the government.
The democratic ingredient of modern constitutional democracy is representative democracy and relates to (1) who holds and exercises political authority, (2) how political authority is acquired and retained, and (3) the significance of the latter as regards popular control and public accountability of those persons who hold and exercise political authority.
www.geocities.com /way_leroy/CUNAPolSci201PartTWOA.html   (412 words)

  
 Shadow Government
With constitutional government "temporarily" placed in the garbage heap, the American people would be subject to direct control by unelected bureaucrats scrambling to shore up a jack boot heel on the dreams of our Founding Fathers.
This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and granted the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians.
When the Constitution of the United States was framed it placed the exclusive legislative authority in the hands of Congress and with the President.
www.dojgov.net /shadow_government.htm   (2027 words)

  
 Constitutional Government
They therefore provided for a government in the colony to consist of a governor and council, appointed by the company in England, and a general assembly consisting of the council and two burgesses chosen by the inhabitants of each "town, hundred or other particular plantation" in Virginia.
According to the royal grant the government was to be intrusted to a governor, deputy, and eighteen assistants, elected annually by the whole body of freemen or members of the corporation.
According to the framework of government which was then laid down the lawmaking body was to be made up of a Governor and Assistants, elected by the whole body of freemen, and four deputies, elected by each town.
www.usgennet.org /usa/ma/state/law/gov.html   (1928 words)

  
 Constitutional Chaos by Ryan Setliff
Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks Its Own Laws is a revealing critique of what happens when the government breaks its own laws.
The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.
Government bribery schemes which put informants and ruses up to the task of subverting justice, instigating crime, and offering perjured testimony would be illegal as it well should be.
www.lewrockwell.com /orig6/setliff3.html   (3947 words)

  
 List of countries by system of government - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The head of state is a constitutional monarch who only exercises his or her powers with the consent of the government and is largely a figurehead.
The Caretaker government is headed by a Chief advisor (the last Chief Justice to retire), and a group of neutral, non-partisan advisors chosen from the civil society.
The President of the Swiss Confederation is merely primus inter pares in the Swiss Federal Council, the seven-member executive council which constitutes the government as well as the head of state of Switzerland.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List_of_countries_by_system_of_government   (1037 words)

  
 DOUGLASS : Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government, "Civil Rights and Legal Wrongs," August 1963   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, but when the court acts in a suit arising under the Constitution it acts judicially, not legislatively.
And we would take the position, in the light of the history of the 14th Amendment, that such a law would not be "pursuant to the Constitution." It would violate the plain intention both of those who framed the amendment and also of the States that ratified it.
The Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government expresses neither opposition to nor support of Title V of the President's bill.
douglassarchives.org /virg_a21.htm   (6309 words)

  
 The Open Door Web Site : History : Introduction: Constitutional Government
In the twentieth century we believe that those who govern us, (whether King, President or Prime Minister), should be subject to laws and restrictions like anyone else.
Constitutional government is a very important idea that took a long time to emerge and that involved much bloodshed and hardship in England, America, France and other countries.
By the end of her reign, Elizabeth, the last of the Tudors, needed all her skill to keep Parliament in its place.
www.saburchill.com /history/chapters/chap4001.html   (760 words)

  
 Two Logical Errors in Constitutional Jurisprudence
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation [drought relief] in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit....
Hamilton's], taken together, is to draw all the powers of government into the hands of the general Legislature, to establish means for corrupting a sufficient corps in that Legislature to divide the honest votes...
It is also obvious that the present federal government would retain no legitimacy whatsoever in his eyes, and that he would never regard anyone as morally bound to obey the decrees of the sort of dictatorial bureaucracy, with pseudo-legislative and pseudo-judicial authority, that has been spawned in government at all levels.
www.friesian.com /errors.htm   (3569 words)

  
 SSC - TEKS and TAKS - TEKS - Government
In Government, the focus is on the principles and beliefs upon which the United States was founded and on the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels.
A significant focus of the course is on the U.S. Constitution, its underlying principles and ideas, and the form of government it created.
The student understands the roles played by local, state, and national governments in both the public and private sectors of the U.S. free enterprise system.
www.tea.state.tx.us /ssc/teks_and_taas/teks/teksgov.htm   (2023 words)

  
 Take Action for Constitutional Government
Although the Constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriages was defeated--as expected in June, 2006, there is a much better alternative which can be passed with a simple majority of Congress.
Here's a government study greasing the skids for declaring conservatives like us to be insane and in need of mind-altering drugs: "In August 2003, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation announced the results of their $1.2 million taxpayer-funded study.
A total of more than two trillion of the Federal government's five trillion dollar debt can reasonably be ascribed to the efforts of Federally-funded legal service activists, whether by litigation, procuring of grants and contracts, grass-roots organizing, lobbying, or legislative impact.
www.conservativeusa.org /action.htm   (6248 words)

  
 Fund for Constitutional Government   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Fund for Constitutional Government (FCG) is a publicly funded foundation dedicated to the exposure and correction of corruption in the United States federal government.
FCG accomplishes this work by funding organizations and journalists working to advance and sustain an open and accountable government.
FCG is a Section 501(c)3 organization and may also serve as a fiscal sponsor for new projects.
www.fcgonline.org   (61 words)

  
 Harvard University Press: Constitutional Self-Government by Christopher L. Eisgruber
Whereas other scholars have tried to reconcile these features with majority rule, or simply acknowledged them as necessary limits on democracy, Eisgruber argues that constitutionalism is best regarded not as a constraint upon self-government, but as a crucial ingredient in a complex, non-majoritarian form of democracy.
In an original and provocative argument, he contends that legislatures and elections provide only an incomplete representation of the people, and he claims that the Supreme Court should be regarded as another of the institutions able to speak for Americans about justice.
At a pivotal moment of worldwide interest in judicial review and renewed national controversy over the Supreme Court's role in politics, Constitutional Self-Government ingeniously locates the Constitution's value in its capacity to sustain an array of institutions that render self-government meaningful for a large and diverse people.
www.hup.harvard.edu /catalog/EISCON.html   (253 words)

  
 Gary McLeod for US Congress, Christian Conservative Republican   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
"If an acquaintance with the Constitution and laws of our country be requisite to preserve the blessing of freedom to the people, it necessarily follows that those who are to frame laws or administer the government should possess a thorough knowledge of these subjects.
To remove all doubt as to their intentions, the Founders added the 10th Amendment to the Constitution which states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,...are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people".
Socialism is unlawful for government because it is unlawful for the people who created government to take from one and give to another.
www.garymcleod.org   (1589 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Fund for Constitutional Government is a publicly supported, charitable, nonprofit corporation established in 1974 to expose and correct corruption in the federal government and other major national institutions through research and public education.
The Fund and its Board of Directors believe that this country's leaders and decision makers should be held to principles and standards set forth in the Constitution.
The Fund for Constitutional Government 122 Maryland Avenue NE Washington, DC 20002 202.546.3799 phone 202.543.3156 fax FunConGov@aol.com
www.epic.org /fcg   (78 words)

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