Chronicles Magazine March 1995

Angels to Govern Us

"If men were angels," James Madison wrote, "no government would be necessary." Or, "if angels were to govern men, no controls on government would be necessary." Madison believed that men are about as good as they can ever be, and since no angels...

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    Congress vs. the Second Amendment

    Like a recidivist criminal free to strike at will, the United States Congress slashed the Bill of Rights last year, tearing through the widely ignored Second Amendment. By itself, the narrow victory in the House of Representatives for the...

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    Federalism vs. Secession

    Following the passage of the national gun ban wrapped in pork, Representatives Gingrich and Gephardt congratulated each other for their bipartisan cooperation and remarked how much they looked forward to working together on the nationalization of...

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    Jury-Rigging

    Throughout our legal history we are familiar with incidents of jury-tampering, the act of buying off or frightening one or more of the 12 men good and true called upon to decide a case. This is done to predetermine a verdict, usually to assure a...

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