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

April 14, 2008

Bob Barr’s Missed Opportunity

When I learned that Bob Barr was going to be a guest on Hannity and Comes, I was excited to see a rare opportunity for a Libertarian candidate to explain the Libertarian philosophy to an audience which is largely unfamiliar with what the Libertarian Party is all about: personal liberty. To my dismay, Barr instead […]

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February 21, 2008

More on Obama’s Doublespeak

Last week I wrote a post about how Barack Obama was trying to have it both ways on the Second Amendment. Ken Blackwell at, however, believes that Obama’s doublespeak about the Second Amendment (among some of Obama’s other statements) reveals a disturbing pattern in his attitudes about individual rights and a host of other […]

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January 11, 2008

Federal Driver’s Licenses: The Government’s New Plan To Screw Up Your Life

The brainiacs who’ve made air travel almost as fun as a 10-hour Coca-Cola enema have unveiled their new master plan for creating an efficient security system…federally mandated drivers licenses for everybody under the age of 50, which all states will be forced to comply with by 2011, whether they’re capable or doing so or not, […]

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December 3, 2007

The Nanny State Invades The School Cafeteria

Today’s New York Times reports that the Senate is about to consider a proposal to ban candy, soda, and fatty foods from the nation’s school cafeterias: Federal lawmakers are considering the broadest effort ever to limit what children eat: a national ban on selling candy, sugary soda and salty, fatty food in school snack bars, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 2:31 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,The Nanny State
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November 30, 2007

Federalism vs. Individual Freedom

The Constitutionalism of Ron Paul has ignited a debate that’s sorely needed in this country. The Founding Fathers envisioned a nation of individual States, each with its own quirks and ideas, and each with wide latitudes to set its own internal laws and policies as it saw fit. The central government was tasked only with […]

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November 12, 2007

Do We Need A New Constitution?

Larry J. Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia, seems to think so, and he’s even written a book about it. However, some of his complaints indicate that he simply doesn’t understand that the document was designed for different purposes than he wishes it to be: The Senate is horribly undemocratic. Because […]

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November 6, 2007

Paul Jacob, Susan Johnson, and Rick Carpenter: Oklahoma’s Political Prisoners

Paul Jacob, Susan Johnson, and Rick Carpenter could face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines for “conspiracy against the state” in the State of Oklahoma. Perhaps the three were conspiring to commit an act of terrorism? Or maybe they conspired to commit welfare fraud? Sold counterfeit tickets to a Sooners game? […]

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October 17, 2007

The Endangered Species People Act

(WSB Radio) — Despite the threat of legal action by Gov. Sonny Perdue, the Army Corps of Engineers says it has no plans to reduce the release of water from Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. Army Major Darren Payne tells WSB’s Pete Combs the Corps is required by law to send water down the Chattahoochee […]

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October 10, 2007

Saw this one coming

So, for the last few years, supporters of gay marriage have pretty much given up on the legislative route; and have been depending on judges to try and impose their agenda on the states. While I have no problem with the concept of gay marriage (the state should not be involved in religious marriage; and […]

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September 7, 2007

Fred Thompson on Federalism

More here on Thompson’s essay on federalism I don’t know a whole lot about Fred Thompson’s record at this point, but I do like most of what he has to say about federalism. He’s at least speaking my language: Before anything else, folks in Washington ought to be asking first and foremost, “Should government be […]

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September 1, 2007

Another Strike Against Mike Huckabee

He supports a Federal law banning smoking in public places. Governor, do me a favor, please read this document, especially this part, then read this Amendment, and this one. Now, tell me, where exactly does the Congress of the United States get the authority to regulate smoking in public places ?

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:27 am || Permalink || Comments (13) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Commerce Clause,Constitution,Federalism,Separation Of Powers
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August 18, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Gets It Mostly Wrong On Education

Rudy Giuliani says he believes in school choice, but it’s not the kind of school choice you might think: MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Friday argued for taxpayer-funded vouchers for private elementary and secondary schools, saying school choice works for the nation’s colleges and universities. People come from all over […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 9:16 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education,Election '08,Federalism
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August 2, 2007

Fred Thompson — Strict Constructionist?

Fred Thompson is flogging the dead horse of judicial appointments, pointing out that Democrats will pull out any trick in their arsenal to block conservative appointees. I know he’s been out of the Senate for a while, but the fact that he seems shocked by this makes me wonder if he’s been paying attention at […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:55 am || Permalink || Comments (16) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Election '08,Federalism,Politics,Separation Of Powers
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July 30, 2007

More Fred Thompson & Federalism

I brought it up yesterday, but Radley Balko already killed it. Go and read.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:14 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Election '08,Federalism,Politics
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July 29, 2007

Fred Thompson — Federalist?

I’m pulling for Ron Paul, but I have to have a question in the back of my mind. If Ron Paul doesn’t get the nomination, should I vote Republican or Libertarian in 2008? The question comes down to this: “Is there anyone other than Ron Paul in the Republican field that I want to vote […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (32) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Education,Election '08,Federalism,Politics,The Welfare State
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June 30, 2007

N.M. Gearing Up To Face Drug Police On Federalism

New Mexico has voted to legalize medical marijuana. Starting tomorrow, they’re raising the bar: the state will make sure a safe and legal distribution system in created: New Mexico has a new medical marijuana law with a twist: It requires the state to grow its own. The law, effective Sunday, not only protects medical marijuana […]

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June 25, 2007

Monday Open Thread: Best & Worst States

As someone who recently moved cross-country, I know that there are definite advantages and disadvantages to living in certain places. Government regulation in a state rarely defines life in that state, but can definitely impact quite a lot of aspects. Now that I live in California, I know that the advantages of perfect weather and […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:24 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Federalism,Open Thread
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May 3, 2007

Why Is The Federal Government Worried About “Hate Crimes” ?

Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would add sexual orientation as a category to which existing federal “hate crimes” legislation would apply: WASHINGTON, May 3 — The House of Representatives voted today to extend “hate crime” protection to people who are victimized because of their sexuality. But the most immediate effect of […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 4:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Federalism
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April 23, 2007

Fred Thompson On Federalism

First, let me make it clear. Fred Thompson is not a libertarian, he’s a conservative. Nonetheless, he does have interesting things to say. Today, he has a column up at NRO that addresses criticism about his votes on tort reform while in the Senate, but has this interesting quote about federalism: As I understood it, […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 10:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Election '08,Federalism
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