Post Tagged with: "Edward Spannaus"

During Eisenhower's presidency, the marginal tax-rate hit 91%.  Was he a socialist?

Is Taxing the Rich Really “un-American?”

By Edward Spannaus Feb. 3, 2019–In the current climate of attacks on any proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy – labelling such proposals as “radical,” “socialist” if not communistic, a slippery slope leading inevitably to Venezuela, and so forth – it would be difficult to overstate the appalling ignorance […]

by February 4, 2019 Commentary, News
Washington and his cabinet

Ignoring the Founding Fathers, at Our Peril

American Dialogue: The Founders and Us, by Joseph J. Ellis.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.  283 pp. Reviewed by Edward Spannaus , November 29, 2018 This is both an ambitious and a provocative book.  Joseph Ellis, who taught college-level American history for decades,  takes the major debates among the […]

by November 29, 2018 Commentary, History
Chief Justice John Marshall was appointed in May 1800.

Why John Marshall Matters

The sixth and final article in the series “The Supreme Court Affirms the American System.” Sept. 17, 2018–We publish this article today to commemorate Constitution Day, the 231st anniversary of the signing of the founding document of the United States of America. It was Supreme Court Justice John Marshall who […]

by September 17, 2018 Commentary, History
American System proponent Henry Clay

Henry Clay Attacks Free Trade as British Colonialism

By Edward Spannaus July 25, 2018–Zack Carter’s attack on the doctrine of free trade as colonialism (HuffPost, July 22) might strike many contemporary readers as radical and over-the-top.  But if it does, this is only due to Americans’ ignorance of their own history, as pointed out in a posting on […]

by July 25, 2018 Commentary, History
The riotous scene at the White House party for Andrew Jackson's Inauguration.

Marshall Defends American System against Jacksonian Populism

by Edward Spannaus  Fifth of a series. The first four parts of this series, devoted to “John Marshall and the American System” can be found here. July 23, 2018–With the help of American System champion Henry Clay and his supporters, John Quincy Adams was elected President in early 1825, after […]

by July 23, 2018 Commentary, History
Washington led the army against the Whiskey Rebellion, and then pardoned those convicted.

Why Hamilton Promoted Presidential Pardon Power

By Edward Spannaus June 15, 2018–Much ink has been spilt over President Donald Trump’s use of his pardoning power. Yet his use of that power is entirely consistent with the powers granted to the President by the U.S. Constitution, and with the intent of its Framers. It is refreshing to […]

by June 15, 2018 Commentary
John Marshall and the American System: 6-Part Series

John Marshall and the American System: 6-Part Series

  By Edward Spannaus Part One- Marshall’s Supreme Court Affirms American System Part Two- Creating Legal Infrastructure for a National Economy Part Three- Virginia’s Assault on the Marshall Court Part Four- Steamboat Case Clears Way for the American System Part Five – Marshall Defends the American System against Jacksonian Populism. […]

by June 2, 2018 Commentary, History
Steamboat on the Hudson, as depicted in the 19th century

Steamboat Case Clears Way for American System

 by Edward Spannaus  Fourth in a series on The Supreme Court Affirms the American System  It is not immoderate to say that no other judicial pronouncement in history was so wedded to the inventive genius of man and so interwoven with the economic and social evolution of a nation and […]

by May 23, 2018 Commentary, History
Monticello, a symbol of Jefferson's commitment to the plantation system.

Virginia’s Assault on the Marshall Court

by Edward Spannaus Third in the series “The Supreme Court Affirms the American System” May 3, 2018–Six weeks after his March 1819 monumental opinion in McCullough vs. Maryland, Chief Justice John Marshall, having returned to Richmond, wrote to Associate Justice Joseph Story: “Our opinion in the Bank case has aroused […]

by May 3, 2018 Commentary
Interstate commerce like the C&O Canal, shown here, demanded a national legal infrastructure. (National Park Service)

Creating Legal Infrastructure for a National Economy

Part II of The Supreme Court Affirms the American System by Edward Spannaus April 17, 2018–As we discussed in the first article in this series, John Marshall’s monumental ruling in McCullough vs. Maryland not only upheld the constitutionality of the National Bank, but it established in American law the principle that […]

by April 17, 2018 Commentary