Tag Archives: limited government

Constitutional Tomfoolery: Thoughts from Maharrey Head #136

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” When it comes to the Constitution, most people want to have it both ways. They say the Constitution is important and should always be followed until it gets in the way of their political agenda. Then they engage in all kinds of mental gymnastics to justify unconstitutional actions they happen […]

Farewell to George: Thoughts from Maharrey Head #127

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” Over the last few weeks, I have done quite a bit of ranting on my podcast. This week, I decided to give it a rest. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I take a little more academic tone and discuss an oft-overlooked and crucial piece of advice George […]

Zuckerberg Goes to Congress: Thoughts from Maharrey Head #109

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got the big-boy version of a call into the principal’s office. He spent 10 hours testifying for a joint Senate committee. The questions some of the senators asked reveals why we shouldn’t count on Congress to manage all of our affairs. In this episode of Thoughts […]

Baseball, The Constitution and a Lawyer You Can Trust: Thoughts from Maharrey Head #108

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” Last week, I warned you about trusting lawyers to explain the Constitution. On this week’s episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I’m going to make an exception to that general advice. I’m also going to explain what a baseball rule can teach us about constitutional interpretation. You can subscribe to Thoughts […]

You Don’t Really Want to Limit Government Power, Do You?

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We often hear people on both sides of the political aisle complaining about the expansion of federal power. And yet, federal power constantly expands. Why? If everybody is worried about federal encroachment and overreach, why doesn’t anybody do anything to stop it? Why don’t more people insist on strict adherence to constitutional limits on federal […]

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 […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #75: “States’ Rights” and Liberty

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain why supporting “states’ rights” is crucial for liberty. During an interview on the Lions of Liberty Podcast, Libertarian Party National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark created a stir when he called Ron Paul’s support for “states’ rights” anti-libertarian. While he later […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #72: A Federal Government Beyond Its Authority

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” The federal government does not have the authority to do almost all of the things it does today. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about it. If you read what people actually wrote during the process of ratifying the Constitution, you will come away with an […]

Yo Feds, You Can’t Do That! — Tench Coxe on Federal Power

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The federal government has no constitutional authority to do the vast majority of the things it does today. Of course, this truth runs counter to conventional wisdom and everything you learned in your high school government class. Suggest the feds shouldn’t formulate policies on marriage, healthcare, education or infrastructure, and you’ll get blank stares at […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #58: The Anti-Commandeering Doctrine

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I explain a legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine that puts a Supreme Court stamp of approval on James Madison’s blueprint to stop federal overreach through state non-cooperation. Last week, I talked about James Madison’s blueprint to stop federal overreach, involving […]