The People, the Militia and the Second Amendment

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With the gun control debate back on the front-burner, a 2016 MarketWatch article asserting that. “The Second Amendment doesn’t give you the right to own a gun” is making the rounds across social media. The article perpetuates a fundamental misunderstanding of the Bill of Rights and demonstrates the danger of basing your constitutional expertise on […]

Debunking the “One Nation” Myth: Thoughts from Maharrey Head 146

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” Most Americans think July 4, 1776, birthed a nation. It’s didn’t. It actually birthed 13 independent nations that soon formed a union. The notion that Independence Day birthed a nation is part of a broader “one nation” myth advanced by the likes of Joseph Story and Abraham Lincoln, and perpetuated […]

The Drug War Gets Personal: Thoughts from Maharrey Head 145

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” Political activism can be pretty detached from our day-to-day lives. We fight for abstract principles like “liberty” and “limited government” and “constitutional principles.” But this week, it got really personal for me. A friend of mine was indicted on federal marijuana charges. He could face 10 years to life in […]

Smashing Some Nullification Myths: Thoughts from Maharrey Head #144

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” If you learned anything about nullification in school, it’s probably in relation to the Nullification Crisis of 1833. And if that’s that’s the case, you almost certainly learned several myths about nullification. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I give you an accurate historical overview of the events […]

Yes! All of These Undeclared Wars Are Illegal! Thoughts from Maharrey Head #143

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” People keep telling me that military intervention in Venezuela would be perfectly constitutional because of the War Powers Act. Newsflash — a congressional act does not amend the Constitution. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I give an overview of constitutional war powers and explain why undeclared wars […]

But Mike…It’s the Law! Thoughts from Maharrey Head 141

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by London police and will likely be extradited to the U.S. to face charges in connection with secret documents obtained by Chelsea Manning and published on the WikiLeaks website. These documents revealed government malfeasance. Nevertheless, people on both side of the political spectrum are […]

Debt, Deficits and Spending Out the Wazoo: Thoughts from Maharrey Head 140

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” The Trump administration set an all-time record monthly budget deficit of $234 billion in February. I’ve actually had some people try to convince me this is somehow Obama’s fault — which is absurd. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I dig down to the ugly truth. The federal […]