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With our recent celebration of Independence Day, I talked to Kevin Gutzman, author of (among other titles) James Madison and the Making of America, about the American Revolution. We subscribe to the out-of-fashion but nevertheless correct view that the Revolution was fundamentally a constitutional conflict. It’s a great discussion. I’m really thrilled with this episode.
Historian Kevin Gutzman discusses “executive privilege.” A few snippets:
The Executive Branch was intended by the Constitution’s authors and ratifiers to be precisely that – the executor of policies made by Congress, not a competing power center empowered to thwart Congress’s attempts to gain information.
If the Executive can simply refuse to allow Executive Branch personnel to testify before Congress and refuse to pursue congressional contempt referrals, Congress will be altogether unable to perform its legislative functions. It will be subordinate to the Presidency in the way that Parliament was subordinate to English kings before the establishment of Parliament’s unlimited power to investigate in the 17th century….Read more »
Stay tuned for an article about this year's Nullify Now Conference.
In September of 2010, Nullify rolled into Fort Worth, Texas to kick off a national tour promoting liberty, states' rights, the 10th Amendment and Nullification as a tool to stop an over-reaching federal government. Nullify Now, a production of the 10th Amendment Center, returns to Texas stopping in Austin this weekend.Read more »