Academic journal article Texas Review of Law & Politics

Preface

Academic journal article Texas Review of Law & Politics

Preface

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The pendulum has swung the other way, and Democrats now solidly control two of the three branches of the federal government. The Left now runs the War on Terror and will surely attempt to manage a faltering economy. In these perilous times, it is good to acknowledge the Founders' foresight in dispersing power among the branches of government and dividing sovereignty between governments at the state and federal levels. The absence of unified power in any one body minimizes the risk of tyranny in our country, so that liberals will find it difficult to impose a left-wing agenda on this center-right country. One can hope that conservatives and libertarians can soon restore voters' faith in their ability to govern less and better. Of course, the ultimate check on the power of government is the people of the United States - the true sovereign in our system of government - armed with the rights guaranteed in the First and Second Amendments.

Our first article, Is There a Relationship Between Guns and Freedom? Comparative Results from Fifty-Nine Nations, provides the results of a quantitative study comparing firearm ownership rates in various countries to those countries' scores in various other indices measuring corruption, purchasing power parity, and civil and political liberties. David B. Kopel of the Independence Institute, Economics Professor Carlisle Moody, and Howard Nemerov show that higher gun ownership rates do not appear to diminish other freedoms and that a positive relationship exists between some freedoms and gun ownership.

Professor Jeffrey F. Addicott of St. Mary's University's Center for Terrorism Law and Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas's 10th Congressional district wrote our second article, The Protect America Act of 2007: A Framework for Improving Intelligence Collection in the War on Terror. They describe the ways in which the Protect America Act modified FISA to allow for better collection of electronic intelligence from foreign targets, which is essential to thwarting our enemies in the War on Terror.

Michael Sevi also addresses a national security theme in Original Intent, Timetables, and Iraq: The Founder's Views on War Powers. After researching what the Founders had in mind for the respective war powers of both the President and Congress, Mr. Sevi concludes that proposed congressional timetables for withdrawal from Iraq would be unconstitutional. …

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