C. McMasters Ph.D.

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

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I Do Solemnly Swear to… Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States

I hope that the following realization is as impactful to you as it has been for me. I’m sure you’ve heard the president or other members of government give their oaths of office before. But have you ever really listened to what they’re saying? Further, have you ever taken the time to contemplate how unique …

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The Amendments Series: The Fourteenth Amendment’s Enforcement Clause

How many of you have noticed over the past few articles on the 14th Amendment that the Court has been the primary wielder of this amendment’s power? Right? I mean, most of the major shifts in power from state to federal have occurred, not by legislative statue, but Supreme Court interpretation. Abortion, marriage, contraceptives, integration …

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Fast Food Politics: America’s Demand for Political Junk Food

Something I’ve come to recognize more and more, and by default, emphasize more and more when speaking to various groups is this: we should throw out 95% of what we hear from candidates campaigning for some government position. That seems a bit harsh, I know, but I’m actually being kind… I didn’t say 100%. 😉 …

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The Amendments Series: Amendment 14, The Equal Protection Clause

“…Nor shall any State… deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Equal protection under the law is an essential part of a Constitutional and free society. It would be silly to create a government tasked with writing laws to protect us and our private property from each other, confine …

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Roe v. Wade and the Constitution

I’m sure most of you have now read the “leaked” documents about the potential Supreme Court ruling on the Mississippi ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In other words, you’ve probably seen headlines like, “Roe v Wade Overturned”, “Abortion Rights Ended”, “Democracy’s Downfall?”, “A Win for the Right”, “Abortion Ended!” or a slew …

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The Constitution for Dummies: Article VI Clause 3

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office …

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The Amendments Series: The 14th Amendment, Due Process

“Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial …

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The Amendment Series: The 14th Amendment-Incorporation

Before I unpack the rest of the Fourteenth Amendment, I need to take a moment to hammer down the significance of “incorporation” and this amendment’s contribution to it. Prior to the amendment’s passage and even based on Supreme Court precedent, Barron v. Baltimore (1833), the Constitution and, more specifically, The Bill of Rights, did NOT …

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