Maine Governor Wants Feds to Bring the Hammer Down on His Own State

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Gov. Paul LePage is doing it wrong. Instead of protecting the people of Maine from overreaching and unconstitutional federal overreach, he’s begging the feds to trample on his state’s sovereignty. You see, the Republican governor doesn’t like marijuana. And he doesn’t like the fact that the people of his state voted to legalize weed. He wants […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #99: America’s First Immigration Debate

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about America’s first immigration debate and what it reveals about federal power. Immigration ranks among the most contentious political issues in America today. Debates rage about “pathways to citizenship,” building walls and blocking refugees. But Americans often ignore the most […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #98: Fourth of July Fireworks and Nullification

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about how my Independence Day fireworks experience demonstrates the power of nullification. Despite all of the successes we’ve had at the Tenth Amendment Center over the last few years, whenever I talk about nullification, somebody wants to argue, “It will […]

James Madison and the Necessary and Proper Clause

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“Necessary and proper” ranks among the most abused clauses in the Constitution. It has been dubbed the “elastic clause” because of the perception that it allows the scope of federal power to expand. The federal government began abusing this clause within years of ratification. In 1800, James Madison countered these early abuses, forcefully arguing that […]

Constitution 101: The Supremacy Clause and the Bill of Rights

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Many Americans believe the Bill of Rights apply to state and local governments. Most who hold this position rely on the 14th Amendment and the “incorporation doctrine” to support their position. But some proponents of using federal power to restrict state and local actions through the Bill of Rights use tortured legal reasoning to argue […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #97: Centralized Government Is No Friend of Minorities

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about centralized government, slavery and discrimination. Conventional wisdom holds that national, centralized government protects the interests of minorities. This is a myth. In fact, the state has a long history of persecuting minority populations. A recent trip my wife and I […]

Empire of Lies (Song)

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This song started out as just a sampled beat and a base line. Then I found this really cool audio quoting some lines from George Orwell’s 1984. I ended up building the lyric around that. The famous Ron Paul quote “truth is treason in an empire of lies pulled it all together.” For you music […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #96: The States vs. the Federal Reserve

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about state action to undermine the Federal Reserve and the government’s monopoly on money. Ron Paul mainstreamed the idea of “ending the Fed.” Even today, we occasionally hear about efforts in Congress to audit the Federal Reserve and perhaps rein […]