Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

February 3, 2009

“They Still End Up Gettin’ Drunk” In Utah

Utah is a beautiful state. I have traveled there quite a few times over the last few years — I”ll be there next week, in fact — and am always struck by the amazing scenery available just traveling in the Salt Lake City area. I’ve driven through the salt flats, and have stayed up in […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:09 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Federalism,Government Regulation,The Nanny State
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January 27, 2009

Bush Was a Dictator – And the U.S. Government Is a Dictatorship

A dictator is a monarch who is both law-maker and law enforcer, who also acts as final judicial arbiter in cases, and is not legally liable for his actions. By such a standard, George Bush was a dictator.  He claimed the power to ignore the legislature, and to arbitrarily rewrite the law – citing the […]

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January 22, 2009

Montana Brings A Gun (10th Amendment) To A Knife (Interstate Commerce) Fight

This could get interesting: A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and that remains within the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that […]

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January 18, 2009

More “Change” From the Obama Administration

Meet the new “change” — same as the old change. Here’s soon-to-be Surgeon General Sanjay Gupta on the reform of medicinal marijuana laws: But I suspect that most of the people eager to vote yes on the new ballot measures aren’t suffering from glaucoma, Alzheimer’s or chemo-induced nausea. Many of them just want to get […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 12:52 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Federalism,The Nanny State,The War on Drugs
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November 23, 2008

Elected Officials Fail Civics Quiz

In today’s bread and circuses world, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that Americans overwhelmingly fail a quiz on civics. What is slightly surprising is that our elected officials do even worse: Are most people, including college graduates, civically illiterate? Do elected officials know even less than most citizens about civic topics such as history, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:34 pm || Permalink || Comments (12) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Federalism,History,Media,The Bill Of Rights
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November 13, 2008

Federalism 2008

States and cities are lining up for a bailout…

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:04 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Credit Crisis,Economics,Federalism
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November 3, 2008

Third Party Debate

The City Club of Cleveland extended an invitation to the top six presidential candidates*. Of the six candidates, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin, and independent candidate Ralph Nader participated; Democrat Barack Obama, Republican John McCain, and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney were no-shows. Unlike the debates we have already seen […]

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October 28, 2008

Barack Obama Says The Constitution Is Flawed, And He’s Right

In what seems to be a follow-up to yesterday’s kerfuffle about Barack Obama’s comments about the Warren Court and redistribution of wealth, there’s now an audio clip of him from the same radio program discussing what he called a “fundamental flaw” in the Constitution: I think it’s a remarkable document… The original Constitution as well […]

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October 23, 2008

Don’t Forget to Study Before the Final!

I just received my mail-in ballot a week or so ago. The ballot, with multiple choices with arrows to be filled out next to each choice, reminds me of taking standardized tests back in the day. Some tests were easier than others but I knew that if I did not study, one of two things […]

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October 6, 2008

Just What Was The Administration Threatening Recalcitrant Representatives With? Martial Law?!?

I hope that Representative Sherman is the victim of a bad game of “telephone”. If he is not, if the administration really did threaten to impose martial law if the bill weren’t passed, then the time has come for us to cast out the vipers in Washington D.C. Hat tip to The Crossed Pond and […]

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September 17, 2008

Happy Anti-Federalist Day!

So, today is Constitution Day, a day to celebrate the ratification of the Constitution. Aptly, then, I’ve been reading John Ferling’s

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September 13, 2008

Do Strict Constructionists Wish to Bring Back Slavery?

The View seems to be an endless source of idiotic commentary, especially in the realm of politics. It appears that Whoopi picked up where Rosie left off when Sen. John McCain appeared on the show. To have “a strict constructionist” philosophy means to return to slavery and other injustices of the era of the founding […]

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September 2, 2008

Ron Paul’s Speech at the “Rally for the Republic”

Ron Paul spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 10,000 at the “Rally for the Republic” (AKA the “Ron Paul Convention”) across the river from the Republican National Convention. Below are the first 3 parts of his speech, the full text of the speech can be read here. Other speakers on the last day […]

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August 14, 2008

Government Reefer Madness Update: Lynch Receives 100 Year Sentence

This is an update to a post I wrote in late June. Maybe its time to propose some sort of “fully informed jury” legislation and demand a return to federalism?

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June 23, 2008

Government Reefer Madness

Its stories like these that make my blood boil. Here we have a young man who has found relief from serious pain with marijuana. I have yet to read a story where anyone has overdosed and died from smoking too much cannabis but for some reason, our federal government sees a need to prosecute those […]

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June 12, 2008

Barr: “I Was Wrong About the War on Drugs”

For those of you who are concerned about Bob Barr’s position on the war on (some) drugs, maybe this article Barr posted at The Huffington Post will help allay some of your concerns. I am among those who would like the congressman to speak out more forcefully on this subject as I have seen him […]

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May 29, 2008

States Rights — Petty Oppression Better Than Widespread Oppression?

I’ve long said that I only support democracy so much as democracy improves individual rights. Likewise, I only support federalism and states rights so much as they improve individual rights. Federalism is a means, and liberty is an end. And as this story shows, local government doesn’t always lead to more libertarian ends than we […]

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May 24, 2008

Interview with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root

Liberty Papers: I’m here with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Wayne Allyn Root and Cornelius Swart of The Portland Sentinel Portland Sentinel: Okay, so how did you feel about yesterday’s debate based on the rankings? Root: I don’t think that really had anything to do with it. This is a very different crowd. The debate was not […]

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May 16, 2008

In Favor Of The Electoral College

Why do I like the electoral college? Because living in California, these people aren’t canceling out my vote. Remember, those of you who worship at the altar of democracy, these people are actually allowed to vote. Hannitized, every last one of them. It’s about individual rights, people, not about democracy. The former is an end, […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:45 am || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Democracy,Election '08,Federalism,Humor,Individual Rights,Media,Politics
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Bob Barr On The California Gay Marriage Decision

Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Bob Barr released the following statement about yesterday’s ruling from the California Supreme Court on gay marriage: “Regardless of whether one supports or opposes same sex marriage, the decision to recognize such unions or not ought to be a power each state exercises on its own, rather than imposition of a […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 5:09 am || Permalink || Comments (14) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Federalism,Individual Rights
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