Democracy in Peril: A Conversation with National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke

Charles C.W. Cooke sat down with editor-in-chief Matthew J. Santucci to discuss the Brexit vote, the Trump phenomenon, and the role of the federal government after his talk at Fordham University. Charles is the editor of National Review online, author of “The Conservatarian Manifesto” and frequent guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  Thank you for taking time to meet with me tonight. Being English, I wanted to start off by gaining your perspective on the Brexit vote. What are the parallels that one can draw between that vote (that movement) and Trump’s “silent majority”?…

Self Defense Through the 14th Amendment

The recent rise of gun violence in America has caused many to question the constitutionality of individual citizens’ right to own and carry firearms. Individuals who favor gun rights find their constitutional support in the Second Amendment, a constitutionality upheld by the late Justice Scalia in District of Columbia v. Heller. However, individuals who oppose gun rights argue that the Second Amendment only granted the right to form a militia back in the founding era. Justice Stevens discusses the latter argument in his dissenting opinion of District of Columbia v.…

Post-Conventional Society: America Under the Texas Plan

In the dawning of the new year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proposal dubbed the Abbott Plan or Texas Plan, calling for the assembly of a constitutional convention. In the 92-page document, amid a flurry of legal history and selected quotes from the Founders, nine core amendments were offered for consideration: I. Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State. II. Require Congress to balance its budget. III. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law. IV. Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected…