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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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“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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Mandatory Spending and The Consequences of Increasing Taxation

According to Webster taxation is the “most difficult subject of legislation”. Perhaps this is because taxation is the primary subject of legislation. In my last post, I discussed the constitutionality of tax hikes needed to pay for unconstitutional federal programs. I’ve also been discussing the sticky and muddled relationship between the state and federal governments, …

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Unfunded Mandates, Grants, and the Power of the Federal Government to Strong Arm the States

The Constitution severely confines federal power. Should I say that again? The Constitution severely confines federal power. This means that most all power is held by the states. However, the federal government wants the power that the states have. So, what does the federal government do? In today’s blog post, I’m unpacking a few of …

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Oklahoma House Passes Bill Saying They Can Declare Federal Law Unconstitutional

This Oklahoma bill is an excellent case study of constitutional law and constitutional realms of power. Here we have a state legislature asserting that it will not require the state to follow federal laws that the state legislature deems unconstitutional. That’s a mouthful. Let’s look at some of the details. “Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a …

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Fracking: What It Is and Government’s Responsibility

I noticed that fracking was a trending topic on google searches recently and realized that fracking is on American’s minds more than it is or has been on my mind. So, today I’m going to address a few questions about fracking. What Is Fracking? Frankly, I don’t know a lot about fracking so I’m relying …

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