Archive | March, 2017

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #86: Who’s We?

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the size and scope, of “society,” and why it matters. Whenever I talk about political or social issues, at some point somebody in the conversation will say, “We need to …” “We need to provide healthcare.” “We need to […]

133 Words or Less: Huckabee Another Fake Constitutional Conservative

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Mike Huckabee doesn’t want to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. The former Arkansas governor wrote a Washington Post op-ed defending the federal program. Huckabee makes a wonderful utilitarian case for federal arts funding, but what about the fact the Constitution doesn’t authorize it? Huckabee often positions himself as a constitutionalist – […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #85: 9 Reasons Cosmo Should Stick to Orgasms

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about Cosmopolitan’s B.S. article about the Constitution. A recent Cosmo article titled 9 Reasons Constitutional Originalism Is Bullsh*t demonstrates why the magazine should just stick to talking about sexual positions and better orgasms. The confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch have reinvigorated the […]

Art Funding: Does the Constitution Matter?

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Pres. Trump sparked outrage on the left (again) with budget proposals to slash funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. Defenders of federal spending on the arts immediately kicked into high gear touting its virtues. Here’s just one example. President Trump has taken an ax to one of […]

Thoughts From Maharrey Head #84 Barney Fife’s Tank

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about police militarization. Last week, I got an email from the Department of Defense. It was a response to an article I wrote for the Tenth Amendment Center on an Oregon bill to help limit militarization of state and local […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #83: Obamacare 2.0

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the recently unveiled Republican healthcare plan. The Republicans have come out with their much ballyhooed Obamacare “repeal and replace” plan. Turns out it doesn’t repeal. The replace part looks pretty awful. And of course, it’s just as unconstitutional as […]

Bill to Return Legislative Authority to Legislature Causes Complete Freakout

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A bill to restore some level of constitutional sanity to the federal regulatory state recently passed the U.S. House and caused a total freakout. The REINS Act would  require congressional approval before major regulations imposed by federal executive agencies such as the FDA, EPA and OSHA went into effect. When I say passage of the […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #82: The Constitution Is Dead

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the death of the U.S. Constitution and its irrelevance in today’s politics. Two hundred years ago today (March 3, 2017),  James Madison’s vetoed an infrastructure bill. The president refused to sign the legislation because it was unconstitutional. The federal […]