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RCP Morning Note, 03/16/2018: Internet Oversight; Bear Stearns Revisited; 9/11 Weapon; Madison's View


03/16/2018
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Carl Cannon's Morning Note

Internet Oversight; Bear Stearns Revisited; 9/11 Weapon; Madison's View

By Carl M. Cannon on Mar 16, 2018 08:26 am

Good morning, it's Friday, March 16, 2018, the birthday of James Madison, America's fourth president and the man often honored as the primary "father" of the U.S. Constitution. That description is something of a stretch. The profound document -- with its imperfect yet necessary compromises -- was the work of many early American patriots.

Yet, much of the heaviest mental lifting was done by the man his future wife, Dolley, had excitedly described in a letter as the "great little Madison."

Born on this date in 1751, James Madison is remembered for his excellent choice in a spouse, for accompanying American troops into battle, and for the ignominious denouement of the war he launched against Great Britain -- the British burning of the White House and much of official Washington.

Mostly, though, Madison is venerated for his contribution to the Federalist Papers and efforts to ensure the Bill of Rights would be part of American's foundation. Like Thomas Jefferson -- his friend, mentor, and fellow Virginian -- Madison was also a writer with great felicity of language. I'll cites some of my favorite James Madison lines in a moment. First, I'd point you to RealClearPolitics' front page, which presents our poll averages, videos, breaking news stories, and aggregated opinion columns spanning the political spectrum. We also offer original material from our own reporters and contributors, including the following:

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We Don't Need Government to Regulate the Internet. Ryan Hagemann explains why in RealClearPolicy.

Bear Stearns Bailout Didn't Avert Financial Crisis -- It Was the Crisis. In RealClearMarkets, Peter Wallison looks back on the 10-year anniversary of the federal rescue of the investment bank.

If You Need an Inclusion Rider to Make It in Movies, You Won't. Also in RCM, editor John Tamny takes a dim view of the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck promise of diversity in their hiring/casting decisions.

The Hidden Role of Chemical Weapons in 9/11 Attacks. In RealClearDefense, Ian Wilkie has the story.

Gauging the Evolution of Chinese Nuclear Doctrine. Also in RCD, Lorenzo Termine argues that the U.S. must determine whether China is modernizing its arsenal solely for second-strike purposes or to threaten a first strike.

Truman Doctrine Pushed America Into World Politics. In RealClearHistory, Richard Brownell writes that Harry Truman's offer of $400 million in aid to Greece and Italy in 1947 forced the U.S. out of postwar isolationism.

What Space Warfare Would Look Like. In RealClearLife, Lee Ferran interviews the former head of the military's "Star Wars" program about the potential battlefield of the future.

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Although it's true, as some conservatives like to assert, that the phrase "separation of church and state" is nowhere in the Constitution, it's also true that the sentiment informs the document -- and was explicitly discussed by several of America's Founders, including Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

James Madison, too. Here is how he put it in 1785: "Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?"

Here are three other enduring Madisonisms:

--"In any political society, parties are unavoidable. … The great art of politicians lies in making them checks and balances to each other."

--"I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican government a greater curse than in any other."

--"A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both."

Carl M. Cannon
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics
@CarlCannon (Twitter)
ccannon@realclearpolitics.com

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