C. McMasters Ph.D.

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

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Democrats and Republicans, What Do You Stand For?

A recent Gallup poll indicates a 4% increase in Americans who identify as Democrat. Right now 49% of Americans “age 18 and older reported Democratic Party affiliation or said they are independent with Democratic leanings throughout the first quarter of 2021”. Americans who identify as Republican now make up around 40% of the U.S. population, making …

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Vaccine Passports, Social Coercion and the Constitution

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) tweeted that “Vaccine Passports are unconstitutional”. Well, guess what? That’s actually not true. But let’s back up a bit. What are vaccine passports anyway? A vaccine passport is a digital QR code on someone’s phone that individuals scan when entering any form of private industry (grocery, airlines, parks, cruises etc) to give proof …

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The Constitution’s Meaning

So, as I was teaching class today, I realized something. I love to look at the definitions of words, especially in the context of government and law. Words and their meanings are really fundamental to understanding government institutions, particularly American government institutions since our founders were so careful with their words and names. (For instance, …

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“Rights” Are Not Liberty: Medicare for All Act of 2021

Americans tend to conflate the concept of rights with the concept of liberty. We do this rather frequently and damage the cause of liberty in doing so. This is really just a matter of theoretical semantics. As Americans we’ve always grown up cherishing and protecting our negative rights, or rights that we already have inherent …

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Private Citizens Cannot Violate Free Speech Rights

I’ve been listening to the likes of Jordan Peterson, Brandon Turner, Ben Shapiro and Dave Rubin recently and their conversations have stimulated my thinking about certain subjects. There was one specific topic that really got me thinking. Dr. Peterson, along with the the others, emphasized numerous times the importance of the right to free speech, …

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