A government shutdown looms on the horizon as Congress is once again locked in a stalemate over the budget (or Continuing Resolutions). Most people (68%) believe that a government shutdown (really a slowdown) is a calamity that Congress must prevent at all costs. Except for the Libertarian Party, most of the narrative assumes that a … More The Politics of Compromise
I started writing this a few months ago in response to an ill-conceived bill in North Carolina to establish Christianity as the official state religion. Bill supporters assert that the First Amendment only restricts Congress from establishing a religion, so they could do what they want. Legal or not, HJR 494 was a terrible idea … More Are States Required to Follow the Constitution?
Radio interview on Talking Back with Shannon Joy (Listen to the full thing here. About an hour-long with commercials) UPDATE: Previous link seemed to be broken, this one requires you to download the podcast and doesn’t work with Chrome. Sorry! Went on my first radio show on September 12th! The show is called Talking Back with Shannon … More Radio Interview on Talking Back with Shannon Joy
Will Congress abdicate its Constitutional responsibilities again? “The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Barack Obama 2007 “The consequences of war — intended or otherwise — can be so profound and … More War in Syria another test of our Republic
As a follow up to my last post, I decided to include the full text of the speech I gave at this rally. For video of the speech, go to Rochester Indy Media (where you can also see a picture of my dad looking bad ass/terrifying as he did in most of the media coverage. … More Speech at Restore the Fourth (July 4th 2013)
How deep does the surveillance state go? With continued revelations detailing extensive National Security Agency (NSA) spying on innocent Americans and promises of more to come, we have to ask ourselves: Does the Federal Government have any respect for our Fourth Amendment rights? Does our government think that the Constitution restrains their power at all? … More Seize the Moment: NSA Scandal Provides Unique Opportunity to Advance Civil Liberty Coalitions
The failed War on Drugs destroys our liberty, wastes our money, and perpetuates injustice right here in Rochester. What can we do to stop it? The same day I publish an article (back in July) about this very topic for the launch of The Greater Rochester Libertarian Party Newsletter, (You can subscribe here) the ACLU … More The War on Drugs Costs too Much