Tag Archives: Thomas Jefferson

Sucky Strategy Sucks: Thoughts from Maharrey Head 139

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” For some libertarian purists, legislation is never good enough. If a bill doesn’t do absolutely everything that they want, they call it “watered down” and actively oppose it — even if it takes a small step forward for liberty. This is a sucky strategy and sucky strategies suck. In this […]

The Degeneracy of War: Thoughts from Maharrey Head #112

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” James Madison warned that a country could not preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. The U.S. has been embroiled in war for decades. If you care about limited government and freedom, this should concern you deeply. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about […]

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 […]

Yes. Non-Citizens Have Rights

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Over the last week, I’ve heard several people say things like, “Non-citizens don’t have any rights in America.” Or a variation on the theme “Illegals don’t have rights in this country.” I find this mentality troubling on two levels. In the first place, it implies government gives people their rights. You only get ’em if […]

The Evolution of Sovereignty in American Political Thought: States’ Rights

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This is part 2 of a 2-part series examining the evolution of American political thought as it relates to sovereignty in the political system. You can read part 1 HERE. In the years leading up to the Revolutionary War, and continuing through the post-war era, Americans conceived and developed a revolutionary political idea. They came […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #54: What Is Necessary and Proper?

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” I this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the Constitution’s necessary and proper clause. Hint: it doesn’t mean anything and everything. Politicians and legal academics often call the necessary and proper clause the “elastic clause” because it supposedly expands the powers of the federal government. In fact, […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #45: Interpreting the Constitution

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about how to interpret the Constitution. Before we can talk about following the Constitution every issue, every time, no exceptions no excuses, we have to understand what it means.  So, how in the word do we interpret it? A lot […]

Constitution 101: A General Government for Limited Purposes

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If you delve into the ratification of the Constitution, you will often see the federal government referred to as the “general government.” This terminology tells us a great deal about how the founding generation understood the role of the government it created, and its relationship to the states and the people. Samuel Johnson’s 1755 Dictionary […]

Thoughts from Maharrey Head #36: Rewriting Nullification History (With the Truth)

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“10 Minutes Closer to Freedom” In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about a recently published academic paper that obliterates conventional thinking about nullification and interposition. In 1798, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison penned the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts. These documents, approved by the […]