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A trucker removes a flag of Canada from the hood of their vehicle as truckers prepare to drive away after participating in a blockade on Metcalfe Street as police begin clearing the streets near Parliament Hill to end to a protest which started in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates and grew into a broader anti-government demonstration and occupation in Ottawa, Ontario, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Sleepwalking into a China-style social credit system

As Canada demonstrated, Western governments and tech companies are mobilizing to cut off mainstream citizens from public life and constrain their private lives.

In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, a statue of Thomas Jefferson stands in front of the Rotunda on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Respecting separation of powers key to restoring Congress

In a March 1789 letter to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson wrote: "The tyranny of the legislatures is the most formidable dread at present, and will be for long years. That of the executive will come in its turn, but it will be at a remote period."

Bible on a pulpit. Photo credit: Wolkenengel565 via Shutterstock. FILE

Freedom comes from God, not men

No text is more celebrated as a guide to the genius of our nation's founders than The Federalist, and no single essay from The Federalist is more celebrated than James Madison's No. 10. In it, Madison offers the promise of the "well-constructed union" that tends "to break and control the violence of faction."

This March 22, 2013, file photo, shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Government supports would grow to $76,400 per poor family

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the partisan "Build Back Better Act." This legislation, if enacted, would generate the largest increase in means-tested welfare spending in U.S. history.

In this Sept. 24, 2021 photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a rally in support of President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" for women agenda, at the Capitol in Washington. President Joe Biden’s plan for a massive expansion of social programs is being framed by supporters as such a high-stakes endeavor that it’s “too big to fail.” It also may be too big to describe.  That’s a particular challenge as the White House struggles to sell the public on a wide range of initiatives packaged under the imprecise slogan of “Build Back Better.”  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Be careful when writing blank checks

Congressional Democrats' $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending plan would greatly expand the power and reach of the federal government. Its fate rests on what Congress does with the debt limit.

Patrick Wyrick, Oklahoma Supreme Court Vice-Chief Justice, arrives for the inauguration of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Think less of judges and rely more on democratic processes

The Constitution gives me as a federal judge the power to preside over certain cases and controversies. This isn't much, as federal cases make up only a tiny fraction of the millions of cases filed in American courts each year, with the overwhelming majority presided over by state and local judges.

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