Dan Casey Betrays His Ignorance While Ranting About Tenthers’ “Flawed” Arguments

Casey’s central argument against what he views as our misreading of the Constitution, betrays both his ignorance of the history surronding the Constitution and the rules of legal interpretation that were understood very well by the those who framed and ratified it.

Both James Madison (the author of the amendment Casey uses to make his case), and Alexander Hamilton, had serious reservations about a Bill of Rights. Why? Because they argued what Tenthers today understand — that the Constitution created a federal government of strictly limited powers. That’s the reason pro-ratification founders, like Hamilton, expressed concern that the Bill of Rights:

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How about some diversity?

We’ve become a nation obsessed with diversity.

One can rarely pick up a newspaper or magazine, or tune in to radio or TV news programming without running into someone touting the value of diversity. As a nation, we’ve come to embrace the importance of recognizing different cultures, religions and ways of thinking.

This isn’t a bad thing.

Acknowledging other points of view, embracing new methods of problem solving and taking the time to consider things outside of our own realm of experience enriches our society. Failing to recognize diversity shuts us off from points of view that could conceivably offer solutions to problems and make our community a better place.

Philosopher J.S. Mill would love the diversity movement today. Mill wrote extensively on the importance of a robust “marketplace of ideas”, arguing that we need to entertain alternate opinions because ideas we find initially distasteful might just prove true.

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Recent Media: NY Times, USA Today and more

Here’s a quick roundup of some recent media coverage, and a few additional thoughts too…

USA Today – 02-28
John Adams – not that one, the journalist – did a pretty solid job of reporting….actually giving both sides pretty much equal space.

Michael Boldin, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Tenth Amendment Center, disagrees. The center advocates for states rights based on the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment — that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution are reserved to the states or the people.

Boldin said states already have proven their ability to nullify federal law. He points to 15 states that have openly defied federal drug laws by legalizing medical marijuana and 25 states that refused to implement the 2005 REAL ID Act, a law creating a national identification card.

“When enough people say no to Washington, D.C., and enough states pass laws backing them up, there’s not much Washington, D.C., can do to enforce those laws,” Boldin said.

Just a brief mention in the New York Times on 02-28-11:

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