Archive | April, 2016

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #43: Harriet Tubman, Nullification and Making a Difference

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about Harriet Tubman and the $20 bill, and how individuals can make a difference at the state level. This week, I delve into two completely unrelated issues in a rather spontaneous and completely unscripted episode of my podcast. I’ve seen […]

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Kentucky Gov. Bevin Vetoes REAL ID Legislation

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I’ve been hard on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin over the last few weeks due to his initial support for a bill that would have set Kentucky on the path toward compliance with a national identification system known as REAL ID. Today I get to reverse course and give credit where credit is due. As Senate […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #42: The National ID Debacle

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about state resistance to the national ID program mandated by the REAL ID Act of 2005, and how the will to stand up against the feds seems to be crumbling. In 2005, Congress passed the REAL ID Act and Pres. […]

Kentucky Oath Breakers Approve REAL ID; Gov. Bevin Will Break Oath and Sign

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Yesterday, the Kentucky legislature gave final approval to a bill that will set the state on the road to full compliance with REAL ID. Gov. Bevin has expressed support for the bill and will likely sign it into law. Pres. G.W. Bush signed the REAL ID Act in 2005, creating a framework that was meant […]

Irony: Celebrating Emancipation Day on April 15

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Here’s some irony for you. April 16 is “Emancipation Day.” The holiday commemorates the day Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, freeing more than 3,000 District of Columbia slaves. Since the 16th falls on Saturday this year, the official Emancipation Day holiday got bumped up to Friday, April 15th. Normally that would be you tax […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #41: The Incorporation Doctrine and the 14th Amendment

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head,  I explain the incorporation doctrine and the original intent of the 14th Amendment. More than five decades after the ratification the 14th Amendment, the Supreme Court suddenly pulled an entirely new doctrine from it – virtually out of thin air. The court […]

How Baseball Can Help Us Interpret the Constitution

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Did you know that there is a general rule of thumb in baseball that will help you understand whether the federal government can constitutionally exercise a certain power, even in in the most legally complex situations? In a baseball game, a tie always goes to the runner. If the baseman catches the ball at the […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #40: The Liberty Enforcement Squad

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“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 #39: What Is the Role of the Federal Government?

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the proper role of the federal government. Hint: meddling in your sex life isn’t part of it! During a recent televised townhall meeting, Anderson Cooper asked Donald Trump to name the most important priorities of the federal government. Two […]