Podcast Episode 367: Trump’s Effort to Save History

As I’ve said on this show, who knew that the 2020 presidential election would be a referendum on American history? This is a logical extension of the culture war that Pat Buchanan warned about in the 1990s (and that began in the 1960s) and has fully reached the executive office. Trump has consistently insisted on a reconciliationist message, one that does not fit with the …more

Podcast Episode 366: Best SCOTUS Justices?

I have been asked several times: Who are the best justices in Supreme Court history? There haven’t been many to write home about, but I give you a few that deserve our respect in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 365: Originalists and Anti-Federalists

What is “originalism” and what does it have to do with the “Anti-Federalists”? More importantly, if we believe in originalism, does that immediately rule out judicial activism? How does this affect the Supreme Court and federal court system? I discuss all of these issues in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 364: Hylton, Cohens, and a Slaughterhouse

A listener asked me to discuss a few landmark Supreme Court cases and how they affected the United States. Great idea during SCOTUS week. That led me to one in the 18th century, one in the antebellum 19th century, and one during Reconstruction. I cover all three in my American Constitutions course at McClanahan Academy. Use coupon code RBG and get 35% off, and listen …more

Podcast Episode 363: Notorious RBG

In case you are living under a rock, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died over the weekend. The left has gone nuts, as expected, and her death has created a supposed “constitutional crisis.” Not so. It should also never be so. Ginsburg was a disaster for the Constitution, but her death also highlights why the Supreme Court is so dangerous. I explain in this episode of The …more

Podcast Episode 362: Pennsylvania Smackdown

A federal judge declared the Draconian lock downs in Pennsylvania to be unconstitutional. This is a great win for liberty, right? Yes and no. Anyone with a brain knew that these laws were problematic legally according to the PA Constitution. But that is not what the federal judge decided. The laws were unconstitutional because they violated the 1st and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution. …more

Podcast Episode 361: Three New Yorks?

Some New York legislators want to decentralize New York. Instead of letting New York City run the State, these independent thinking New Yorkers want to divide the State into three regional governments. The Governor would have little power and New York City would be reduced to ruining its own territory instead of the entire State. This is an interesting idea and one that deserved a …more

Podcast Episode 360: 1619’s Language Problem

Is there some truth to the 1619 Project? Absolutely. The problem is not in the information but in the interpretation. The project uses words like “genocide” to describe the “founding” of the United States. That is a distortion of the historical record. The real aim, veiled by the project;s supporters, is to supplant traditional “nationalist” history with underrepresented “nationalist” history. I explain what this means …more

Podcast Episode 359: Gohmert’s Gaffe

Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas wants to cancel the Democrat Party. This might seem like a good idea (while we’re at it, can we cancel the Republican Party), but it’s based on a stupid and juvenile understanding of American history, one that undercuts American conservatism and opens the door to progressive triumph. I talk about why in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.

Podcast Episode 358: America’s “Guts”

President Trump told people in North Carolina that the assault on monuments is “aimed at America’s guts.” What does this mean? Do monuments represent the “guts” of the American people, and how so? This is more than just an attack on history. But what are the “guts” of the American experience. I try to answer that question in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.