Podcast Episode 215: Incorporation, Establishment, and Originalism

Is incorporation settled law? More importantly, what does the “Establishment Clause” contained in the First Amendment mean? And could/can States have state established churches? These are big questions. One candidate for a Wisconsin State court position believes that the States did have the ability to establish a religion–he is correct. He then backtracked when attacked by his leftist opponent. At the same time, the SCOTUS …more

Podcast Episode 214: Lincoln Invents History at Cooper Union

This is a listener requested episode. Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address is considered to be one of his best speeches. Figures. It is full of historical inaccuracies, half-truths, and logical fallacies. Typical Honest Abe. I take apart this speech and discuss what it means for American history on this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 213: Presidential Rankings by Historians are Stupid

I mean this in the nicest way. Avoid presidential rankings by collections of esteemed historians. They aren’t worth the time and effort to read them. I do that for you and comment on the absolute stupidity in their ranking system–and the justifications for them–in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 211: Timbs, the 8th, and the Constitution

Oops they did it again, they played with the Constitution, and they’re not quite innocent. Of course I am not referring to Brittany Spears, but to the 9 actors on the Supreme Court. While many people stood up and applauded the SCOTUS decision in Timbs v. Indiana, the Court, as usual, got it wrong. Only Justice Thomas came close to getting it right. I discuss …more

Podcast Episode 210: Taxes, Republicans, and Progressives

Progressives want a 70% top marginal income tax rate and claim this has always been the American way, that is until those evil Republicans changed things in the 1980s. This is all hogwash. I discuss taxes, Republicans, and progressives in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 209: Lincoln vs. Washington

Are George Washington and Abraham Lincoln really the best presidents in American history? More importantly, are they similar in any way? No. In fact, Lincoln should be regarded as one of the worst. I take apart President’s Day, Lincoln, and the Lincoln myth on this Episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 208: Just Blame Calhoun

When something is wrong, just blame Calhoun. That is what anyone with half a brain decides to do. It doesn’t matter if you are on the “left” or the “right,” Calhoun is the root of all American evil. This is a cartoonish narrative that unfortunately gets used too often. I take apart a recent attempt by a “conservative” in this episode of The Brion McClanahan …more