Episode 95: Jefferson and Louisiana

You’ve probably heard this before: “You Jefferson lovers conveniently forget that Jefferson disregarded the Constitution when it worked for him. Just look at the Louisiana Purchase!” I tackle this supposed inconsistency and how to give it back to these “gotcha” nincompoops in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 94: The Whigs

The Whig Party is perhaps the most misunderstood political party in American history. Most people simply equate it with Henry Clay and the American System–a repackaged version of Hamilton’s economic proposals from the 1790s. But the earliest “Whigs” were in fact Southern state’s rights advocates who bristled at the actions taken by “King Andrew” during the nullification crisis beginning in 1828. I discuss these men, the history of the “Whigs” and how we should think about these men in Episode 94 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 93: The Militia Act of 1792

Anytime someone mentions Abraham Lincoln unconstitutionally called up the militia in 1861, you are immediately bombarded with the Militia Act of 1792 and 1795. See, you hayseed, Lincoln DID follow the Constitution. Is that true? Not really. Get the scoop.

Podcast Episode 92: Nullification and Consent

How do we measure political consent and what does consent have to do with nullification? These are important questions and in order to find the answers we have to travel to the American colonial experience and the Era of Salutary Neglect and the twenty years before the American War for Independence. I give a history of nullification and discuss consent in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 91: The Founders’ Key

Hillsdale College President Larry Arn has done a nice job marketing the college and making “conservative” ideas relevant. The “Constitution Minute” is heard across conservative talk radio, and their free courses on the Constitution and American history attract tens of thousands of “students.” Arn, however, is a Jaffaite and a Straussian who thinks “The Founders Key” is found in the “unknown” link between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the glue that holds those together is Abraham Lincoln. Hogwash. I discuss this distortion of American history in Episode 91 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 90: The Constitutional Crisis of 1776

“No taxation without representation!” This is what most Americans will tell you started the American War for Independence. But is that true? The cause is, in fact, deeper than that. It was a constitutional crisis that had major implications for American government moving forward. I talk about the real conflict and what it means for America today.

Book cited: Jack Greene, The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution.

Podcast Episode 89: A Brave Vessel and American Culture

Most Americans take for granted the perilous conditions the first English settlers had to endure in the wilds of 17th century Virginia. A PC narrative would portray these people as little more than barbarians stealing land. But the story behind these people and their impact on what became American culture is so much more interesting–and not PC.

Books mentioned: A Brave Vessell by Hobson Woodward; Albion’s Seed by David Hackett Fischer

Podcast Episode 88: Turn, Washington’s Spies

Not many Americans know anything about the Culper Ring, the intrepid group of American patriots and spies who helped Washington during his difficult tenure in New York during the War. AMC brought the ring to life in the series Turn. While fun to watch, the show lacks historical accuracy. I discuss the show, the Ring, and several of the historical inaccuracies in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Books mentioned: Alexander Rose Washington’s Spies and Mac Griswold The Manor.

Podcast Episode 87: The Flip

A listener asked me to discuss the supposed “flip” of the major American political parties. The narrative is that the Republicans used to be the Democrats and the Democrats used to be the Republicans. This is simply untrue. I discuss both parties and the myth of the “flip” on Episode 87 of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 86: Andrew Jackson

Now Take ’em Down NOLA wants to remove the statue of Andrew Jackson. This was predictable. Jackson seems to be an easy target. After all, he will be removed from the $20 Federal Reserve Note and millennials think he hunted American Indians for sport. That is simply not true. Jackson was a mixed bag. He was a real American hero but as President he abused power. I thought it would be a good time to talk about Jackson and explain both sides of the story.