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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #95: Free Speech for Real

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about freedom of speech in light of Kathy Griffin’s photo with Trump’s severed head. Comedian Kathy Griffin sparked the brouhaha of the week when a picture of her holding the likeness of Pres. Trump’s severed head surfaced. Social media went […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #94: The Preamble to the Constitution

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the preamble to the U.S. Constitution – what it tells us and what it doesn’t. If you’re an American, you’re probably familiar with the preamble to the Constitution. In fact, you may well have memorized it at some point […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #92: Red Team! Blue Team! Rah! Rah!

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the absurdity of “red team” vs. “blue team” politics. This week’s political brouhaha erupted when Pres. Trump fired FBI director James Comey in the midst of an investigation into Russian ties – or something. The firing caused a total […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #91: Anything and Everything for Common Defense?

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the “provide for for the common defense” clause in the Constitution. Progressives have long used “general welfare” as an “anything and everything” clause to justify all kinds of unconstitutional overreach, from federal meddling in education to national healthcare. The […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #90: Sanctuary Cities and the Tenth Amendment

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” This episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why the recent Federal District Court injunction on Pres. Trump’s “sanctuary city” was a big win for the Constitution. Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge William Orrick slapped an injunction on Trump’s executive order relating to so-called sanctuary cities. The EO […]