Tag Archives: Bill of Rights

Constitution 101: The Supremacy Clause and the Bill of Rights


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 #81: Getting Rights Wrong

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about rights, privileges and immigrants. Earlier in the week, I wrote a post titled Yes. Non-Citizens Have Rights. It created the proverbial poop-storm. The comments and emails made it clear that a lot of Americans don’t understand rights. They think […]

Turning the Bill of Rights into a Billy Club

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America celebrated Bill of Rights Day earlier this week. But perhaps we should have declared it a day of mourning. After all, federal supremacists have turned the Bill of Rights into just another government centralizing document. On Dec. 15, 1791, Virginia became the 11th state to ratify the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, crossing […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #40: The Liberty Enforcement Squad


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain the original application of the Bill of Rights, why it matters and why the liberty centralizers are wrong. A lot of people who say they believe in “limited government” turn around and favor the federal government “enforcing” liberty on the […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #37: Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head I talk about the First Amendment, its relation to freedom of speech, and more generally the importance of free expression in a free society. The recent shutdown of a Donald Trump rally in Chicago has generated a lot of discussion about freedom […]

Constitution 101: Was the Bill of Rights Meant to Apply to the States?


Last week we began examining the Bill of Rights. This week we will address a specific question: was the Bill of Rights intended to apply to the state governments? Some people argue that it was. They concoct some interesting arguments based on “rules of construction” or approach it through various philosophies of rights and liberty […]

Constitution 101: The Bill of Rights

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I was originally planning on looking at the Second Amendment this week, but it occurred to me that we should examine the Bill of Rights more generally before digging into specific provisions. Adding a declaration of rights to the Constitution was a condition of ratification for several states, and five state ratification documents included specific […]