C. McMasters Ph.D.

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

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The Confining Power of the Constitutional Amendment

In one of my recent posts, I talked about the dangers of arbitrary power. The problem is not necessarily how specific powers are used (sometimes they’re used for “good”), but that there is no limit or way to define arbitrary power. I pointed out that the executive order and judicial review are both arbitrary (i.e. …

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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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Thanksgiving in the United States

“If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.” Tony Snow I’m going to start out this post with a personal “thanksgiving”. I’m thankful for three years of successfully writing this Liberty Belle blog. This is my third Thanksgiving post and for that alone, I am thankful. I’m …

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Is It Constitutional? Federal Drug Policy: Part 1 of 3

In my research about law enforcement and their place in a Constitutional society, I realized that I can’t discuss law enforcement without also discussing drug policy, specifically, federal drug policy since the majority of federal incarcerations in the country are for violating federal drug laws. Plus, haven’t you heard the common trope, “War on Drugs” …

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Roe v. Wade and the Constitution

It seems most of the world is now aware of the 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 of other rousing …

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Limits of Government Can Only Be Discerned by The Understanding

There’s a quote by Alexis de Tocqueville I wanted to share with everyone. It’s perhaps more relevant today than it ever was. The more I teach and give talks on the Constitution, the more I realize just how much the Constitution is an idea that derives its power from the belief that we have in …

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