McDaniel: Trump’s Budget a Decent Start

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Late last week President Trump unveiled his budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year, and it has provoked the usual reactions of outrage on the Left but also praise from much of the conservative world.  Even Glenn Beck, who has had nothing but condemnation for Trump since the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, lauded the President’s plan.

After reviewing it and contemplating the specifics, I believe improvements are needed, but it is a decent first step. [Read more…]

McDaniel: Second Amendment An Individual Right

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Liberals will never tire in attempting to erode the Constitutional rights of gun owners.

Gun-control advocates complain that the founding fathers never intended firearms to go unregulated, invoking arguments made by United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer — a dissenter in the 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller, a Supreme Court decision which overturned a Washington, D.C. handgun ban.

As part of his dissent in Heller, Breyer argued that Madison only drafted the Second Amendment because some feared that Congress would call up the state militias and nationalize them. Madison only proposed the amendment, he maintained, to appease skeptics and to “get this document ratified.” [Read more…]

McDaniel: Federalism the Key to Preserving Our Liberty

By Senator Chris McDaniel

At a Jefferson Day dinner party in 1830, President Andrew Jackson raised his glass in a toast and stated, “Our Union: It must be preserved.”

Also in the room was his Vice-President, John C. Calhoun. When Calhoun’s turn came, his toast was: “The Union, next to our liberty, most dear. May we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States and by distributing equally the benefits and burdens of the Union.”

Although Calhoun’s legacy has been tainted by modern historians (his defense of slavery is indefensible), his advocacy of federalism rings true. [Read more…]

McDaniel: Conservatism in Mississippi

By Senator Chris McDaniel

From time to time, people ask about the governing philosophy of conservatism — particularly conservative thought in the State of Mississippi.

“What do conservatives in Mississippi believe?” they inquire.  “What drives your political viewpoints?” [Read more…]

McDaniel: Gorsuch and the Hope for Restoration

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Now that President Trump has made his choice for the Court, choosing Judge Neil Gorsuch, which I think is an excellent selection, the brutal fight for his confirmation is about to begin. But just because we could soon control the Court’s direction, does not mean we should place all of our faith in it. [Read more…]

The Power of a Free Marketplace

By Senator Chris McDaniel

Some are without humility, insisting that if only they utilize the power of government, then they could miraculously establish a perfect society by setting price controls, deciding which energy should power our homes, compelling the purchase of healthcare insurance and dictating which industries should survive or be left to failure.

But their plans always fail with predictability.

As to why, perhaps Leonard Read’s delightful story, “I, Pencil,” will shed some light. With apologies to his genius, I offer an abridged version: [Read more…]

McDaniel: Time for an Apology?

By Senator Chris McDaniel

At the core of my political beliefs is an unyielding desire for individual freedom.

As a Constitutionalist, I believe all liberties must be protected, and equality should prevail.  All people are worthy of dignity.  All deserve respect.  Indeed, I’ve spent my entire career defending the rights of others, even when I sometimes disagreed with how they were being exercised.  And that includes the unborn.

But the so-called rights of angry marchers do not extend to our pocketbooks, so we must make our stand. [Read more…]