Category Archives: US Historical Documents

Kent’s Early View on the First Amendment’s Religion Clause

As I was perusing my copy of Kent’s Commentaries on American Law (12th Ed., O.W. Holmes, Jr.), I came across the following statement in the context of his discussion of the First Amendment: The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship may be considered as one of the absolute rights of individuals, recognized […]

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“Pursuit of Happiness”

Ever wonder the source for the phrase “the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence? Just for context, the Founders stated in the Declaration that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, […]

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The Purpose of Law

“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” ~ John Locke, Second Treatise on Government, Chapter IV

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Why a Strong Military?

File this under the “Founding Fathers hit the nail on the head” category. From Federalist No. 23 by Alexander Hamilton (he who graces the $10 bill). The principal purposes to be answered by union are these– the common defense of the members; the preservation of the public peace as well against internal convulsions as external […]

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