C. McMasters Ph.D.

Southerner, American, Lover of Liberty, PhD of political science, professor, blogger.

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The Enumerated Powers Series: Weights and Measures

Quick review. The enumerated powers of government are the powers given to Congress by the Constitution about which Congress is allowed to make law. All other powers are left to the states and local governments. I’ve been working through the list of enumerated powers, slowly but methodically, breaking down the different powers, their historical contexts …

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Federalist 25: A Standing Army

In this midst of internal turmoil in the United States and the always looming threat from external enemies around the world, many Americans would balk at the idea of eliminating the standing military of the United States. While some in the country would advocate for less military spending, even they would have to agree that it would be foolish for America to completely rid themselves of the military altogether and rely solely on the armed citizenry of each state. But this was not always the case. Click to read further.

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Judicial Review: A Power ALL Three Branches Share

The phrase, “ambition must be made to counteract ambition” is the bedrock of the American government. It’s the premise upon which the founders structured the government to protect the country from having to face down a tyrannical government. Government was to be broken apart into so many different departments with so many different heads of …

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The Thing About Political Parties

“A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them …

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