Archive | December, 2015

Spying: It Can Happen to Me; It Can Happen to You


When I talk about NSA spying and mass warrantless surveillance, I’m pretty sure most people react something like this: yeah, it’s bad, but it doesn’t have any direct impact on me. I mean, why would the government ever bother to spy on me? Really, that’s for the bad guys, or the Muslims. It can’t happen […]

Second Chance: A Christmas Story


John O’Reilly looked dejectedly out the airport window. Cold wind blew across the empty ramp and taxiway, pushing wisps of snow over the barren concrete. Even within the warm confines of the gate area, John felt the chill. Or maybe it was his soul. A plane had just pushed off the jetway and taxied off […]

Constitutional Professor Attacks Article Apparently without Reading It


Today, I received an email from a “constitutional law professor” chastising me for an argument I made in the most recent installment of my continuing series on The Federalist Papers at the Tenth Amendment Center. It was clear from the outset of the email that this professor either had not read past the article’s headline, […]

Trump is Obama 2.0; But Talking About Things Republicans Like


Apparently, a lot of Republicans only hate executive orders when President Obama signs them. Last week, Donald Trump announced he would sign an executive order mandating the death penalty for “cop-killers.” “One of the first things I do, in terms of executive order if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #27: Screw D.C.; Focus on the States


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why I focus my attention on state politics and not Washington D.C. For the next year-and-a-half, virtually every politically engaged American will focus almost exclusively on the presidential horse race. The country will spend millions and millions of dollars to […]

133 Words or Less: You Don’t ‘Need’ an ‘Assault Rifle’


Over the last few days, several people have said to me, “Nobody needs an ‘assault weapon.’” The implication: nobody should oppose banning such firearms because nobody needs them. I can think of many scenarios I would need a weapon more powerful than a handgun to defend myself, my family and my property. These include any […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #26: Seeing the Individual


“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about why we should fight our impulse to look at people in terms of groups and instead focus on them as individuals. We tend to look people in terms of groups – blacks, immigrants, gays, refugees, white men, liberals, conservatives, […]