"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought." - Samuel Adams

Lesson Learned on NSA Spying? Hopefully?

Originally posted at www.tenthamendmentcenter.com Dear Republican, I hear you're a little miffed at Obama's National Security Agency collecting phone records of millions of innocent American Verizon customers. I read some comments on the "bombshell" over at Townhall.com. Guy Benson seems displeased. I here ya! I'm more than a little perturbed myself. I was always under..

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Let the Racists Rant

Have you seen the "controversial" Cheerios commercial yet? Actually, it's adorable. The "controversy" stems from the fact a bunch of neanderthal racists got all torqued up because the commercial features an interracial couple and a biracial child. They spammed the comments section on YouTube to the point that administrators had to shut commenting down. Then..

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We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Why are we here? Because we're here. Roll the bones. Why does it happen? Because it happens. Roll the bones. - Neil Peart I recently rediscovered the 1991 Rush album Roll the Bones, and I've had the title track rolling around in my head the last few days. It seemed eerily appropriate as twisters ripped..

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Thinking in a Box

Here's a fun game you can play during a meeting break or at a dreadfully boring party. Declare yourself a libertarian and start talking about the need to limit the role of government, and then see how long it take before somebody says, "Oh yeah? What about the roads!?!" I promise; it won't take long...

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Only Seeing Half the Story

People have an amazing ability to draw definitive conclusions while only considering one half of the equation. Political philosopher Frederic Bastiat wrote an entire collection of essays illustrating this reality - That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen In the department of economy, an act, a habit, an institution, a law, gives..

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Washington Times Endorses Nullification

I feel like I just stepped into the twilight zone. The Washington Times ran an editorial today supportive of state nullification of unconstitutional acts! And they got the history right to boot! I felt like I was reading my own talking points. Early in our history, nullification was also prominently used by free states to..

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The Tangled Logic of a Critic

I recently wrote an article arguing that the federal government was never meant to serve as a "liberty enforcement squad." I was basically trying to illustrate the concept of delegation of powers through the use of an analogy. Ross sent me an email taking me to task. He believes the federal government SHOULD enforce its..

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Maybe the Problem is the Rope!

The political process in the U.S. resembles a giant game of tug-o-war. On one side, we have team blue. On the other, team red. The two opponents battle endlessly for control of the rope. The Republicans implore Americans to pull for team red. On the other side, Democrats encourage bystanders to jump in and tug..

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