Tag Archives: Alien and Sedition Acts

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #99: America’s First Immigration Debate

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about America’s first immigration debate and what it reveals about federal power. Immigration ranks among the most contentious political issues in America today. Debates rage about “pathways to citizenship,” building walls and blocking refugees. But Americans often ignore the most […]

James Madison and the Necessary and Proper Clause

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“Necessary and proper” ranks among the most abused clauses in the Constitution. It has been dubbed the “elastic clause” because of the perception that it allows the scope of federal power to expand. The federal government began abusing this clause within years of ratification. In 1800, James Madison countered these early abuses, forcefully arguing that […]

Thoughts From Maharrey Head #23: Through Thomas Jefferson’s Eyes

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the relationship between the states and the federal government through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson. Nov. 10 marked the 217th birthday of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. Thomas Jefferson secretly drafted the Kentucky resolutions in response to the Alien […]