James Bratt, Professor of History at Calvin College, who once wrote a great book on Abraham Kuyper (he considers the speech Maranatha as best representing Abraham Kuyper's theme, tone and purpose), has an excellent post on Calvinism and politics in the United States. He thinks there were three types of Calvinist politics in early America of which carefull constitutionalism flourished in the Mid-Atlantic states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, etc). John Whiterspoon, the successor to Jonathan Edwards as President at the small presbyterian college in Princeton, is (according to James Bratt) the godfather of this tradition.
Charles Hodge, a successor at Princeton, also stands in this constitutional tradition, argues Bratt:
'Lost in between—and leaving Charles Hodge, quite literally, in tears—was the constitutionalism that middle-state Presbyterians had endorsed as the best means of maintaining ordered liberty in a mixed society.'This provides a beautiful symbolic context for Republican Ron Paul's return to Pittsburgh where he will speak at the Soldiers & Sailors memorial hall next friday at 7 PM.