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When I evaluated the wealth tax I found that, besides the fact that they have been proven to be ineffective, ignore the laws of economics, require us to ignore the track record of the federal government and besides the fact that they are immoral and unconstitutional and their implementation would be stupid, short-cited, punitive, impractical, unnecessary, and a violation of privacy, I see no problem with them.

Show Notes:

Fair Comprehensive Tax Reform is the Right Path - Larry Summers

The Destructive Economics of Wealth Taxation

Warren Wealth Tax Weighs on Democrats

Peter Schiff Show - Episode #439

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Most people are aware of inflation. They expect the cost of products and services to go up every year. What these same people may not be aware of is the fact that this perpetual inflation is completely unnecessary.

If the United States had a sound money policy, meaning the U.S. Dollar was pegged to gold (on a gold standard) most of the angst around monetary policy, interest rates, the national debt, out of control government spending, inverted yield curve, negative interest rates, and cryptocurrencies would be nothing but noise.

In this episode we examine the history of a gold standard. We scrutinize actions taken by FDR, Nixon, the Federal Reserve and their impact on the worldwide economy. The bottom line is, because the gold standard constrains the spending of our overlords in Washington, D.C., they will never willingly revert back to that standard. Unfortunately the United States is in for a rude awakening as other countries have started accumulating gold reserves as a way to diversify away from the U.S. Dollar's reserve currency status.

Show Notes:

Think Bitcoin is the New Gold 2.0 - Think Again

The Gold Standard 

Your Move Gold Critics, Please Explain What Money Is

In Dismissing the Gold Standard, John Cochrane Channels Tina Fey

Central Banks of Gold Buying Spree Over Dollar Worries

Central Banks are Buying Gold Fastest Pace in Six Years

Russia, China Continue Massive Substitution of Dollar Assets into Gold

In Money We Trust: Documentary

Funding the Monster State: FDR, Nixon versus the Gold Standard

Alan Greenspan: Ron Paul Was Right About the Gold Standard

Ron Paul's Appearance on Judge Napolitano's Fox Show 

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Following the two most recent mass shootings, the usual cries of DO SOMETHING have resurfaced as they always do following attacks or a crisis. After the Las Vegas shooting, we heard cries for a ban on bump stocks; today it's calls for red flag legislation. These laws, also known as Gun-Violence Restraining Orders, or Extreme Risk Protection Orders allow family members and mental health professionals to petition a court for an order enabling legal authorities to temporarily remove guns from those who are deemed to be a significant danger to themselves or others.

As is often the case with these DO SOMETHING solutions, it sounds good on the surface but what is the truth? Listen to find out.

Show Notes:

Bipartisan Red Flag Gun Laws Plan Has Support in Congress

Red Flag Laws; Second Amendment Advocates Warn Trump About Support for Gun Reform Measures

Red Flag Laws or How to Repeal the Second Amendment Soviet Style Without a Pesky Vote

Rhode Island ACLU Analysis of Red Flag Legislation

Maryland Officers Serving Red Flag Gun Removal Order Fatally Shoot Armed Man

Chinese Social Credit Score Prevents 2.5 Million Discredited Entities from Buying Plan Tickets

Red Flag Laws: Oppose the Disease at Its Beginning

Brief History of the Income Tax

Cornell Law - The Presumption of Innocence

Debunking the Patriot Act as It Turns 15

The Enforcement Problems with Gun Grabbing Red Flag Laws Are Even Worse Than You Think

Revealing the Truth About Gun Control, Red Flag Laws and the Second Amendment

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I don't know about you but sometimes I get tired of discussing all the areas where we disagree politically or on public policy issues. In this episode I attempt to focus on things that most of us agree on such as government spending, right-to-try laws, the surveillance state, sound money, war, tort reform, term limits, the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty.

Does it not make sense to first focus on the few things in which we agree and then circle back to the numerous head-butting issues that divide us?

Show Notes:

Little Public Support for Reductions in Federal Spending

Will Trump's Backing Revive Moribund Term Limits Movement?

Study Shows Police Lying about Asset Forfeiture

Poverty in the U.S. Was Plummeting—Until Lyndon Johnson Declared War On It

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As I record this episode, we are living through the aftermath of two mass shootings – one at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas and one in the entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio. The reaction from the Left is as expected. Blame the NRA, blame rhetoric, blame guns, blame a perceived bias in society, blame everyone and everything except the shooter.

The Left has, yet again demonstrated themselves to be political opportunists disguised as compassionate onlookers. Their condemnation discrimination exposes their glaringly obvious double standard as they direct unfounded blame, condemnation and vitriol at their political opponents while ignoring the fact that many of these mass murderers are self-proclaimed liberals, socialists and communists.

They ignore mass shootings in Chicago, death and destruction in wars all over the world, and glorify and celebrate the murder of innocent babies in the womb while laying the blame of these mass shootings at the foot of Trump, the NRA and/or anyone who supports the Second Amendment.

Finding a solution is not their objective. Their objective is gun confiscation through liberty-limiting restrictions on gun ownership. The best long-term solution is a return of God to the public square. Short of that other solutions include law enforcement stepping up their game, reforming our mental health system, exploring red flag laws and eliminating gun-free zones.

We discuss all of this and more in this episode.

Show Notes:

Media Focus on Mass Shootings Shows a Disconnect from Actual Crime Trends

FBI Crime Statistics

Babylon Bee: Gun Violence

Mass Shootings Are Not Becoming More Common 

Seven Reasons to Oppose Red Flag Gun Laws

'We Have To Do Something!' Okay, Here Are Some Things We Can Do To Minimize Mass Shootings.

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Facebook’s recent congressional testimony before the House Financial Services Committee regarding their proposed cryptocurrency, Libra, caught my attention. It got me wondering: where in the Constitution does it grant the federal government the power to regulate a cryptocurrency or a social media platform? I posed that question on the Truth Quest Facebook Fan Page and immediately started researching this episode.

The truth is that cryptocurrencies in general and the Libra specifically pose a threat to many entities - central banks, power hungry government officials, and too-big-to-fail banks.

In this episode I explain what Libra is and examine the threat posed by it and other cryptocurrencies. Along the way we discuss the benefits of cryptocurrencies, congressional overreach, sound money, central banks and the concept of private money.

Show Notes:

Libra White Paper

Libra House Hearing

G7 Urges Strict Libra Regime, Eyes Minimum Tax

Alternative Currencies Such as Bitcoin are a Valuable Insurance Policy Against Feckless Government

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Recently the Supreme Court issued an opinion regarding the Trump Administration’s effort to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census. We've been told by leading Democrats that the inclusion of the question is an effort to marginalize minorities, scare immigrants and, as Nancy Pelosi said, “making America white again.”

But what is the truth (and history) of this question and the census?

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It bothers me immensely when politicians and talking heads propose intellectually lazy and dishonest policies that they know will do more harm than good. Then your friends, family and the faceless, and often nameless, folks on social media jump on the bandwagon. Their prescriptions are not based on principles (or so I thought) rather, they appear to be based on party (or group think).

I am no longer willing to cut these folks any slack because they can easily spend a few minutes on an Internet search and read multiple sides of any argument or policy. They can easily spend a few minutes trying to determine what the truth is.

Why then does this phenomonon exist? Why do those who subscribe to this form of public policy advocacy resort to low-ball tactics when it comes to the treatment of their ideological foes? You know: name-calling, violence, vilification, shutting down the speech of dissenters, mocking, de-platforming, boycotting, and censorship!

After much reflection and study, I believe these people are, indeed, principle-driven. That principle is winning - - - winning at all costs. Nothing else explains this behavior.

Show Notes:

William Watkins – The New Absolutes

Pritical Thinking - Amazon

Pritical Thinking - eBooks

Michael Malice - The New Right

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In this, second episode on the Roe v. Wade opinion, we are going to walk through the second half of the Opinion and expose you to parts that neither the pro-life nor the pro-abortion side of the debate ever mention. Namely the very clear language finding that the right to an abortion and the right to privacy is NOT absolute. The opinion clearly grants states the ability to regulate and ban abortions.

It's right there in black in white! Why isn't this common knowledge?

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I think it is safe to say that the Roe v. Wade opinion is the most controversial Supreme Court opinion of the last 50 years. If not, the consequences of it certainly are with over 50 million abortions being performed. But what is the truth about the opinion? How many people have actually taken the time to read it?

Upon reading the opinion, I was struck by the intellectual dishonesty of the majority opinion and the lack of true constitutional analysis. I was also alarmed at the callous manner in which the life in the womb was characterized and the list of so-called valid reasons for ending an innocent life.

In this episode, I introduce or reintroduce you to the Roe case and walk you through Justice Harry Blackmun's majority opinion. At times it is sick and twisted but, in the end, the court surprisingly leaves the door wide open for state regulation of abortion.

Besides leading to the death of tens of millions of innocent lives, this opinion demonstrates just how far activist judges will go in pursuit of their policy preferences. I demonstrate this by dismantling their three primary citations - the right to privacy, the  Ninth and the Fourteenth Amendment.

Show Notes:

Roe v. Wade opinion

Chapter 7 of Mark Levin’s Men in Black.

 

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In the last two episodes, I introduced or re-introduced you to The Federalist Papers and discussed some of the checks and balances in the Constitution - the legislative and executive branches of government. Today we are going to discuss, as Paul Harvey used to say, “The rest of the story!” – the Judicial branch, States Rights, taxation, the military, and a brief look at the Necessary and Proper and Supremacy clauses of the Constitution. 

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Regular listeners know that I attempt to record a Christian apologetic-related topic in every fifth episode. Today I compare and contrast the three major monotheistic world religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism. They have a lot in common, which may be eye-opening to many. However, it is their divergences that really matter.

The bottom line is if one of them is true, the other two cannot be. It's great food for thought. I hope this episode prompts you to dig a little deeper in your faith or lack thereof.

Show Notes:

Acts17Apologetics - YouTube

The Quran, the Bible and the Islamic Dilemma

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The news is filled with stories about millennials and their student loans. We are told that, because of student loans, they are waiting longer to move out of their parents' home, get married, buy their first house and start families. We are told it is a generation crushed by debt. Unfortunately, very little time is spent analyzing why this is the case.

Why are college costs so much higher than they were in the past?

What is the truth about student loan debt and the cost of college?

Show Notes:

The Student Loan Trap

How Government Guaranteed Student Loans Killed the American Dream for Millions

Why College Tuition is So Expensive

Higher Education Institutions in the U.S. by Type

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Average Cost of College Statistics

The Federal Role in Education

A Sensible Way to Fix  the Student Loan Problem

Eleven Rage Inducing Facts About Americas Wildly Out of Control Student Loan Debt Bubble

Health Care Isn't Our Only Ludicrously Expensive Industry

International Liberty Blog - Daniel J. Mitchell:

Sunday Reflection: Higher Education Bubble Bursting So What Comes Next

College Offer Takes Percentage of Future Income: An Alternative to Student Loans

Four in 10 College Graduates Lack the Critical Thinking Skills

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As most of you probably remember from your middle school civics' class, the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights. What you probably do NOT know is those amendments only apply to the federal government. They were included in the Constitution as a way to insure the states that this newly created federal government would be limited in power. They would not be able to infringe upon the people's freedom of speech or their right to bear arms; they would not be able to quarter their soldiers in our homes, perform unreasonable search and seizures without probable cause, prosecute us without a speedy jury trial or impose excessive fines. But most importantly, the Tenth Amendment specifically states that any powers not granted to the federal government (mostly in Article I, Section 8) is left to the states.

Fast-forward a few decades later as the Civil War ended and the slaves were freed. Congress passed and the states ratified the Fourteenth Amendment in order to permanently codify the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which essentially insured that the newly freed slaves were treated equally under the law. It contained a few familiar phrases like, "privileges or immunities", "due process", and "equal protection". 

Unfortunately for all of us, over the ensuing 150 years the Supreme Court, as it is apt to do, has perverted the Constitution (rather than protect and defend it) and found ways to apply the Bill of Rights to the states. This is known as the Incorporation Doctrine.

Show Notes:

The American Ideology, Brian Vanyo

Power Divided is Power Checked, Jason Lewis

Government by Judiciary: the Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment, Raoul Berger

What is Incorporation? Brion McClanahan Show - Episode #247

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In the previous episode, #27 The Truth About the Federal Reserve – An Introduction, I laid the groundwork for this episode. So now that you know what the Fed is, why it was created and how it creates money, let’s look at the results of the last 100+ years since this monstrosity was created.

We will discuss the constitutionality of the Fed, how it creates inflation, its impact on savers and people on fixed incomes, malinvestment, bailouts, how it funds the welfare and warfare state, the gold standard, and I conclude the episode with a side-by-side comparison of the current monetary system dominated by the Fed with one without it.

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Another fiscal year has come and gone and another spending resolution deadline is looming. It seems like every year we go through the same exercise with the political class arguing and casting blame on each other over who is going to cause the latest, pending government shutdown.

Well guess what? It is largely inconsequential. The amount of federal spending that Congress actually controls is around 14% of the budget. So we are supposed to tie ourselves in knots over a minuscule part of the budget while the federal government continues its ever-expanding march into unconstitutional areas of American's lives. It's all an unnecessary distraction from the real problems that plague our nation and it is a distraction from Congress' abdication of most of their constitutional duties.

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President Trump recently stirred up a hornets nest when he mentioned that he was considering signing an executive order ending birthright citizenship. As you might expect progressives went crazy, while Democrats and establishment Republicans denounced and/or, in the case of Senator Tim Scott (SC) or outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, politely “disagreed” with the President. Either way, this provides us with an opportunity to examine the Constitution and, being the constitutional geek that I am, I cannot resist.

Show Notes:

Birthright Citizenship Opponents Should Not Rely on 14th Amendment Congressional Debates - Tenth Amendment Center

Does the 14th Amendment Grant Citizenship to Children of Foreigners - Tenth Amendment Center

Birthright Citizenship What the Constitution and Common Sense Say - Tom Woods Episode #1273

An Objective Guide to Birthright Citizenship - American Thinker

Should Birthright Citizenship be Abolished? - New York Times

The Question of Birthright Citizenship - National Affairs

Citizenship Without Consent: Illegal Aliens in the American Policy, Peter Schuck

The True History of Millstone Babies, Ann Coulter

Libertarian Critique Birthright Citizenship - Mises.org

Episode #183 - Brion McClanahan Podcast - Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

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Gun control is one of the most contentious issues in American politics. The pro-Second Amendment, pro-gun arguments are so much more persuasive and based on facts, common sense, and logic that gun control advocates should be embarrassed to even engage in an argument.  

Successfully arguing this issue really only requires you to repeat the words of gun control advocates back to them with a little commentary. The illogical nature of their arguments and the place of ignorance from which they often argue is quite easy to identify and dismantle for any intellectually honest person.

Show Notes:

More Guns, Less Crime – John Lott, Jr.

The Naked Constitution – Adam Freedman

Control - Glenn Beck

The 2nd Amendment Empowers Women More than Lapel Pins.

www.wrongaboutguns.com

Prager University – Is Gun Ownership a Right?

Praesidium - Short Film

Cato Institute - Tough Targets When Criminals Face Armed Resistance

CrimeResearch.org - Sixty-Eight Defensive Gun Uses by People Carrying Guns in Public Over the Last Three Months

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Every year the country waits with bated breath over the latest Supreme Court opinions. If we were living true to the Constitution, this would never happen because the Supreme Court is not supreme when it comes to deciding the constitutionality of a law! Think you disagree? Listen to learn the truth about the Supreme Court.

Show Notes:

Tenth Amendment Center published Episode #16

Books:

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The Supreme Court's Job is to Protect Americans from Democracy

Thomas Sowell Explains Wickard v. Filburn

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Why We're Losing Freedom - Prager University

Kris Anne Hall

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There are a lot of things wrong with the Obamacare law passed in 2010. Besides the fact that the law is unconstitutional, I outline four other things that are wrong with it:

#1 - The way the law was drafted

#2 - The way the law was passed

#3 - The way the law was upheld by the Supreme Court

#4 - The consequences of the law

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In this episode I recount a conversation I had a few months ago with someone in my family. It was a short but wide-ranging discussion mostly about national politics but the actual content is less important than the lessons I drew from it. 

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Americans Grapple Recognizing Facts In News Stories

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In America we are living through a perpetual constitutional crisis. The heavy restrictions placed on the federal government by the United States Constitution have been largely ignored for most of the country's history. We have experienced both small and incremental steps in the power and growth of the federal government (federal agencies, bureaucracies and regulations) as well as large and unprecedented leaps (the Alien and Sedition Acts, the internment of Japanese, The Patriot Act, and NSA spying).

In this episode I hope to influence the way you look at the federal government going forward - through the eyes of the Founding Fathers.

As mentioned in previous episodes, questions are powerful methods of persuasion especially when you require skeptics to answer them. In Episode 2, I posed the question "WHAT ABOUT THE BABY?" Today I will pose the question, "WHERE IN THE CONSTITUITON?" This is a question I hope you ask every time you evaluate the actions of our elected and unelected officials in Washington, D.C.

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