Archive | August, 2016

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #59: States Undermining Hemp Prohibition

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about how states are effectively nullifying federal prohibition of industrial hemp by simply ignoring federal law, and legalizing cultivation and processing of the plant anyway. The federal ban on the cultivation of industrial hemp is as ridiculous as it is […]

Maine Governor to Feds: States Don’t Work for You

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AUGUSTA. Maine – (Aug. 25, 2016) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage recently demonstrated exactly how states should handle the federal government. Just tell it, “No!” In July, the U.S. Department of Commerce sent a request to LePage, asking him to turn over classified state information relating people on Maine’s welfare roles. According to Maine Wire, […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #58: The Anti-Commandeering Doctrine

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain a legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine that puts a Supreme Court stamp of approval on James Madison’s blueprint to stop federal overreach through state non-cooperation. Last week, I talked about James Madison’s blueprint to stop federal overreach, involving […]

Why Do You Want a King?

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Why do Americans want a king? The American colonists fought a long, bloody war to free themselves from the tyranny of a king, but in the ensuing 240 years, America has slowly but surely reestablished a monarchy – if not in name, at least in form. The president exercises unprecedented powers today. With the stroke […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #57: Madison’s Blueprint to Stop the Feds

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain James Madison’s Blueprint for stopping overreaching federal power. What do we do when the federal government exceeds its authority? This was a question people asked even before the Constitution was ratified. It was a hotly debated topic. If the federal […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #56: The Great “One Nation” Debate

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain that the United States aren’t “one nation,” that the Pledge of Allegiance is not an authoritative statement of American founding principles and why it matters. I created a firestorm when I published an article taking Hillary Clinton to task for […]

133 Words or Less: Want to Reduce the Influence of Lobbyists and Corporate Interests?

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Do you want to get the influence of lobbyists and corporate money out of politics? Decentralize the system. With governopoly in Washington D.C., lobbyists and influence peddlers can do one-stop shopping. A single policy implemented at the federal level impacts the entire United States. But in a decentralized system, lobbyists must push for changes in […]