Post Tagged with: "Constitution"

115: Why Are Supreme Court Nomination Hearings a Circus?

115: Why Are Supreme Court Nomination Hearings a Circus?

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been animated, to put it mildly. The circus-like atmosphere isn’t just a symptom of politics-as-usual. It’s an indicator that the American body politic has experienced some major shifts in how we perceive the role of our national government. What do these antics portend for the constitutional republic that our founders created? Is the Supreme Court supposed to be the linchpin on which our nation’s fate hangs?
September 22, 2018
84: Kevin Gutzman on the Problem with the Incorporation Doctrine

84: Kevin Gutzman on the Problem with the Incorporation Doctrine

The story of the U.S. Constitution is one of a gradually expanding federal government that has slowly but surely outgrown the limits on its power. Nowhere is this more clear than in how the Bill of Rights, which originally limited federal power, has been imposed upon the states to make them subservient to Washington D.C. Kevin Gutzman joins us to discuss how the Incorporation Doctrine has given the feds even greater power over the states and a moral standing that they may not have earned.  
May 29, 2018
82: Michael Boldin on Whether the 10th Amendment is Still Relevant

82: Michael Boldin on Whether the 10th Amendment is Still Relevant

When the U.S. Constitution was written, the balance of power between the states and the federal government they called into existence was very different. Under federalism, the states and the people were superior to the federal government in all but a very few, clearly enumerated areas. The framers drove this point home in the 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Over time, however, this relationship has been turned on its head. Michael Boldin from the 10th Amendment Center joins us to discuss why this happened and whether the 10th Amendment remains relevant in our day.   
May 22, 2018
76: Senator Mike Lee on Why Congress No Longer Oversees Military Intervention

76: Senator Mike Lee on Why Congress No Longer Oversees Military Intervention

If you can name all of the various countries in which the United States is currently active militarily, you’re a rare individual. Even the folks who think they’re paying attention are somewhat shocked when they see how common American interventionism has become. Senator Mike Lee joins us to discuss how the responsibility for going to war has shifted from Congress to the Executive branch and what it means for our foreign policy.   
April 30, 2018
66: Trey Goff on Should We Scrap Our Constitution and Replace it With a Better One?

66: Trey Goff on Should We Scrap Our Constitution and Replace it With a Better One?

The public’s attitude towards the U.S. Constitution is varied, at best. Some are hostile to it, others regard it as sacrosanct and a good many folks are simply ambivalent about it. Trey Goff closely studied the Constitution and how American government has evolved and then sat down and wrote “The Voluntaryist Constitution” to see if the concept could be improved upon. This is a formidable challenge since constitutions create government. In this episode, we discuss whether it’s possible to create an authentically voluntary constitution that maximizes liberty and prosperity while preventing a government monopoly on force.  
March 23, 2018