The Chicago Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society
A Tavern Debate
Resolved: Act! If not us, who? If not now, when?
Shall we despair? Arguably, not since its founding has the U.S. form of self-government been more imperiled than it is today. For all practical purposes, the nation now lacks secure and definable borders, any meaningful requirements for citizenship, a reliable voting system, a common language, a common culture, or even a budget. The legislative process is broken beyond repair by crony capitalism and partisan bickering, the executive branch refuses to enforce the laws as written while abusing its police power and 'executive orders,' and the Constitution means whatever five Supreme Court justices “feel” (not necessarily "think") it should mean on any given day. If the nation can be saved, it is therefore up to us – the people – to do something about it, and now. Or can – and should – we simply kick the can farther down the road, letting future generations worry about the kinds of problems that will always be present in a democratic form of government, which – after all – is the worst of all possible systems except for all the others? Many agendas may be proposed on what should be changed, but our debate for the evening will focus on the merits and reasons for acting or not acting to effect change now.
What say you? Come join the debate!
As always, this tavern debate is an audience participation event, with potential speakers (a/k/a attendees) being provided food and a variety of libations for almost any taste or temperament.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Gavel Drops
(Note: building security may not let you in after 6:00 p.m., so don’t be late)
Early Bird Discount: $25 if paid in advance, $15 for students (ID Reqd.)
$30 at the door (any time after Noon, Wed. 11/19/2013)
($25 at the door with current Federalist Society membership card or Student ID in hand)
The Heartland Institute’s Library
1 South Wacker Dr. #2740
Chicago, IL 60606
RSVP by 12pm, Nov. 19, 2013
Please RSVP early so we can get your name on the building security check-in, and also stock the bar and food stores sufficiently to supply all attendees!
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Chicago Federalist Society
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law. It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors. In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community. The Society takes no set position on legal issues, but promotes debate on a variety of historical, current, and developing topics - confident that the truth will out, and it will triumph if men and women of integrity act in accordance therewith.