Author Archive: Brian Vanyo

BRIAN VANYO is a political columnist, a board member of the Constitution Leadership Initiative, and the author of “The American Ideology: Taking Back our Country with the Philosophy of our Founding Fathers.” A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Virginia School of Law, he served in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Visit him at brianvanyo.com.

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Celebrating the Declaration of Independence

| July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
Celebrating the Declaration of Independence

On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the American Revolutionary War. Against all odds, the makeshift American militia, having endured 8 years of fighting, defeated the world’s strongest military to bring independence to the American people at last. Despite this great achievement, we observe Independence Day not on the 3rd of September, […]

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Redistributing wealth: Stealing under the guise of law

| June 7, 2013 | 13 Comments
Redistributing wealth: Stealing under the guise of law

There is an inherent injustice in the government’s broad authority to tax and spend, which permits politicians to redistribute private property at will. In many cases, such arbitrary power amounts to theft masqueraded as law, and it defies the very essence of our being as Americans. We are a people who once valued certain “self-evident” […]

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Unsustainable and unconstitutional General Welfare spending

| May 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
Unsustainable and unconstitutional General Welfare spending

According to deficit forecasts in President Barack Obama’s latest budget, the national debt will surpass $20 trillion by 2016. If this occurs (and it is almost certain to occur), then Obama will add more to the national debt during his presidency than all prior presidents combined, despite collecting projected record-high tax receipts each year of […]

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Federal Income Tax turns 100

| April 19, 2013 | 1 Comments
Federal Income Tax turns 100

Although the federal government had successfully operated without an income tax for 124 years under the Constitution, the American people in 1913 chose to ratify the Sixteenth Amendment, giving Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived.” It is reasonable to expect that the people would not have granted […]

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The Illegitimate Federal Commerce Power

| April 5, 2013 | 3 Comments
The Illegitimate Federal Commerce Power

When the American people were deciding whether to ratify the Constitution in 1787–88, they knew that the new federal government would possess greater authority than that granted to Congress under the Articles of Confederation. But they also expected that federal power would remain limited. After all, James Madison, “Father of the Constitution,” assured the people […]

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Our Bill of Rights: Limiting Federal Power

| March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments
Our Bill of Rights: Limiting Federal Power

In 1787, the framers of the Constitution asked the American people to adopt a new political charter for the nation, and in the ensuing debates over the Constitution’s ratification, a common concern emerged among many: the federal government would become too powerful. Skeptics of the new Constitution believed that a stronger national government might threaten […]

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Owning our failures to change our way

| March 1, 2013 | 8 Comments
Owning our failures to change our way

On March 1, 1781, the American people ratified the Articles of Confederation to officially establish the United States of America. This was kind of a big deal then, but it’s not something we celebrate today—remarkably, the birthday of our union doesn’t even merit a calendar entry as a simple reminder of its historical significance. All […]

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The Meaning of our American Creed

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Meaning of our American Creed

In 1776, the American people were at war, fighting to preserve the common principles that bound them together in society. They were fighting to defend the fundamental truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these […]

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The Origin of our American Creed

| February 1, 2013 | 1 Comments
The Origin of our American Creed

In his second inaugural address, Barack Obama challenged us to live out the meaning of our creed as stated in the Declaration of Independence. But he then redefined those ideals to suit his political aims. Change is necessary, he said, because “when times change, so must we.” Yet our founding principles need no modification. As […]

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The Oath of Office: Making it meaningful again

| January 18, 2013 | 4 Comments
The Oath of Office: Making it meaningful again

Barack Obama will soon stand before Chief Justice John Roberts to recite the presidential oath of office—with his left hand on the Bible and his right hand raised, he’ll say: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will, to the best […]

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