Archive | January, 2016

133 Words or Less: The Death of a Rancher


I’m sad this morning. Robert LaVoy Finicum was a husband, a father, a rancher and a friend. He believed the federal government exercises unwarranted powers. In an interview he spoke positively about the people he dealt with from the BLM, but he made a poignant observation. “It’s not whether they do good, or bad, it’s […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #30: Gridlock Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the importance of conflict in government. Gridlock isn’t always a bad thing! People often complain about “gridlock” in government. But gridlock isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In the minds of America’s founders, government was meant to be adversarial and […]

The Supreme Court: Living Under the Despotism of an Oligarchy

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Thomas Jefferson observed, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed…Our judges are as honest as other men and not more so. They have with others the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps.” Yet many Americans still trust the […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #29: The Supreme Court Isn’t…

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the absurd, fallacious concept of absolute judicial supremacy. Most Americans believe the Supreme Court enjoys absolute supremacy in the American political system. After all, the word “supreme” is right in the name. They believe when the Supreme Court offers […]

Looking Through the Proper Constitutional Lens

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Most Americans believe a Supreme Court opinion automatically makes a given federal action constitutional, even though they have no clue about the actual constitutional issues involved. They are looking through the wrong constitutional lens. For most, it’s not even that they read the court’s opinion and agree with the reasoning. No, they just automatically assume […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #28: The Constitutional Limits of Presidential Power

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head I talk about presidential executive orders and the constitutional limits of executive power. Earlier this week, President Obama issued his promised executive orders relating to firearms. Many Democrats and gun control advocates praised the president for “taking action when Congress won’t.” Meanwhile, […]

America Embraces Tyranny it Fought to Reject


Americans fought a long, bloody war to free themselves from a tyrannical government, only to eventually embrace the very system they struggled to throw off. That may seem like a stinging indictment, but careful examination of U.S. governance today reveals that it rests on essentially the same philosophical foundation as the 18th century British system […]