C. McMasters Ph.D.

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

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Thoughts on American Liberty and Tyrannical Fear

I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently, specifically about Soviet Russia and how Communism actually worked. It’s been terrifying, enlightening, sobering and clarifying. My view of American liberty has shifted and evolved as a result. My view of Communism has also shifted and evolved. I don’t think I’ve ever really understood the horrors of communism before now and I’m still struggling to grapple with the vastness of its evil.

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Are Police Constitutionally Required to Protect You?

We assume the job of law enforcement is to enforce the law but is their job to “protect” the citizenry from other citizens? Seems like an odd question and one that, frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever asked before. Presumably some of the laws they are tasked with enforcing are meant to protect the citizenry; …

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Employer (The People), Employee (The Government) and Job Description (The Constitution)

“In the eyes of democracy, government is not a good; it is a necessary evil” (194). “This is seen very clearly in the United States, where wages seem in a way to decrease as the power of officials is greater” (204).  – Alexis de Tocqueville An analogy has been crystalizing in my mind the more I …

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Federalist 78: The Court and the Constitution

It’s fascinating to read these Federalist Papers and apprehend the thoughts of America’s greatest thinkers and founders. So much thought went into such a short document: the Constitution.

In this post, I finish up my analysis of Hamilton’s Federalist 78, in which he discusses the judiciary. His interpretation of the judiciary is perhaps more loose than that of some of the other founders (namely, Madison), but he shares the following fundamental belief with all his fellow founders—in all cases of law and interpretation, the Constitution is supreme.

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