AmSpec Writer, Smashed, Comes Back for More

I understand Jeffrey Lord has another attack on Ron Paul (and me) over at the American Spectator. Naturally this happens when I am about to catch a plane and head to New York for three days of events. I guess he is upset that some people have criticized Reagan. Reagan is evidently the Obama of the right — the infallible savior against whom all criticism is a form of blasphemy and perversion. How dare you say Reagan wasn’t free-market enough! Why, the Supreme Neocon Council has declared that Reagan was exactly the right amount free market! The question is closed, citizen.

Libertarians, Lord complains, don’t unquestioningly wave incense before everyone who uses the words “free market.” Darn right. We do not wave incense before the pantheon of the gods presented to us by the Americann Spectator or anyone else. Lord thinks this is a defect. Most people, I suspect, would consider it a virtue.

As for Russell Kirk, I think he was unfair to libertarians, but he was merciless on neocons like Lord. I referenced Kirk because we were talking about foreign intervention, and since Lord thinks bringing feminism to Afghanistan is high on the list of conservative imperatives, I thought I would throw a little cold water on the question.

For now, I’ll remind readers of who won the last exchange. Here’s the video I made against Lord. He cannot and will not answer my specific arguments because there are no such answers.


States’ Rights vs. the Supreme Court

Tom Woods explains that States can nullify (invalidate) unconstitutional federal laws, even if they are endorsed by the Supreme Court. In 2005, one State made a law that the federal government opposed and it went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court predictably ruled that the state law was subordinate to “superior”…


Tenther Radio Episode 12: GOP Post-Debate Special Live Event

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In this special edition of TRX: Tenther Radio, hosts Michael Boldin and Lesley Swann cover the GOP Debate held at the Reagan Library in Southern California. They first welcome Jason Rink for a live remote from a debate viewing party from the infamous Brave New Books in Austin, TX. They talk about the abuse of executive power and executive orders from both Republicans and Democrats alike, the need to abolish the TSA, and more. Covered in the debate coverage were quotes from Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. We’re also joined for a live remote from Nick Hankoff at a debate viewing party in Simi Valley, just outside the Reagan Library.


Book review: Federalism: A Normative Theory and its Practical Relevance

Federalism – distribution of power in a federation between the central authority and the constituent units (as states) involving esp. the allocation of significant lawmaking powers to those constituent units.

Most academic examinations of federalism tend to focus on the U.S. system and the structure established by the Constitution.  But in his recently released book Federalism: A Normative Theory and its Practical Relevance, political science professor Kyle Scott take a broader perspective, not only looking at the practical structure of federalism, but seeking answers to a more basic question: why federalism in the first place?

Scott roots his analysis in the bedrock of political philosophy, building his argument on the works of thinkers including Althusius, Aristotle, Plato,  Locke and Tocqueville.  Most modern political thinkers advancing the idea of limited, decentralized government tend to focus on principles of individualism. Scott comes at things from a different angle. While not completely rejecting the idea of individual sovereignty, Scott argues that people simply cannot coexist without associating, and that through these associations, people have responsibilities and obligations to one another.  Scott makes the case for federalism, arguing that large centralized government replaces local associations where consensus building, problem solving and compromises naturally occur. This leaves people isolated, clinging to a radical individualism, looking more and more to centralized power structures to solve their problems.


A lesson from Kansas: federal health care marches forward

Last November, Republicans swept into office, not only at the national level, but also in the state capitals. Voters in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maine, North Carolina, and Alabama shifted control of both of their state houses from Democrat to Republican. The GOP also took power in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, winning one previously Democrat controlled chamber, and the Republicans increased majorities in many other states.

Opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act served as a driving force in many elections.

The newly empowered legislators went to work “fighting” the health care act, often referred to as Obamacare, introducing health care freedom acts in 21 states.  Kansas and Tennessee passed the legislation, which was signed into law by their respective governors, and Ohio and Florida voters will go to the polls in November 2011 to vote on state constitutional amendments.  They joined seven states that passed similar legislation in 2010. These laws generally grant the citizens of the state the freedom to make their own health care choice and are designed to nullify the insurance mandates written into the federal law.

While health care freedom acts provide a sturdy soapbox for politicians to stand on while bragging  of slaying the federal behemoth, the reality in many states proves somewhat less impressive. For all of the blustering about state sovereignty and dueling Uncle Sam, states still struggle to wean themselves from their insatiable appetite for federal funds as they move ahead implementing the structure for federal health care.


II Submits Brief Destroying Basis for Suit against Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The Independence Institute, through Dave Kopel as legal counsel, has submitted anamicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief opposing the lawsuit to overturn Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The brief destroys the plaintiffs’ claim that by allowing citizens to vote on tax increases, Colorado is violating the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that all states have a “republican…


Help for Gibson Guitars

The following is a letter I sent to both the Lt. Governor and Governor of Tennessee…


Dear Lt Gov Ramsey,

I have recently become aware of an ARMED federal raid on Gibson Guitars’ manufacturing facilities in Memphis and Nashville that took place on 24 August.  Despite evidence provided by Gibson that they are in compliance with the laws allegedly broken, the federal government refuses to drop the matter.

For more details, please follow this link:

While I live in Louisiana, how this conflict is resolved will affect me (and other States).  For if the federal government can act with this kind of violence and lawlessness toward my sister State of Tennessee without repercussion, then it is not a matter of IF such violations will happen again but WHEN and WHERE.


Duty to Resist Federal Intrusion on Sovereignty

by Ed Martin

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ed Martin, 2012 candidate for US Congress in Missouri, sent the following letter to the entire state legislature in an effort to enumerate the role of a US Senator in the state’s effort to assert sovereignty.


Dear Governor Nixon,

Recently, on behalf of all Missourians, you accepted over $20 million from the federal government to facilitate the implementation of Obamacare insurance exchanges.  I believe this was a mistake and I encourage you to send the money back and to refuse to take any action to implement Obamacare because the law is outside of the jurisdiction of the federal government  as defined by the United States Constitution.

If you do return the money and fight implementation, I pledge my support for your efforts.

I address this letter to you in your capacity as the senior elected official of the state of Missouri according to the Missouri Constitution.  I hope that this letter challenges your thinking.  With this letter, I offer you my commitment to assist you in protecting the liberty of the people of Missouri should I be elected to serve as United States Representative from Missouri’s Second Congressional District and you are re-elected to the office of governor.

It is obvious to me that significant changes have taken place in the relationship between  Missourians and our federal government – changes that  have diminished their liberty and are   not in the interest of Missourians or our nation.

First, the federal government has far outgrown its intended boundaries regarding its powers and the Constitution. Our federal representatives are cobbling together an ever more intrusive and expensive labyrinth of regulations, laws and mandates by asserting authority never granted to them by the states.

Second, our elected officials have, for too long, acquiesced to federal overreach; this acquiescence occurs out of self-interest, disinterest, or misunderstanding. The elected officials charged with protecting the sovereignty of  Missourians – namely our state elected officials as well as our  two United States Senators and the eight United States Representatives  (as of January 2013) – have not been up to the task.

I believe the time has come to begin the long work to restore the proper balance between the states and the federal government.  Toward that end, I offer you my solemn pledge to fight for the liberty of “We the people of Missouri” and to stop the over-reaching federal government in any way I can.  I pledge to assist and advocate for you in your efforts as Governor of Missouri should I be elected as a United States Representative from Missouri in 2012.

Early this year, Americans marked the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act,  commonly known as Obamacare.  Most Americans now recognize this federal takeover of health care as an unwelcome intrusion and a dramatic overreach by the federal government.  Our own state’s clear repudiation of Obamacare in August 2010 along with the general election results in November 2010, ought to have meant the end of this scheme; however, with a divided Congress, repealing Obamacare seems as remote today as it seemed the day after passage.


Tenther Radio 09-07-11. Federal Raids, Sovereignty, Debates

Please join us for TRX: Tenther Radio on September 7, 2011 right here – listen live by clicking the play button at that time at this link. Join the conversation with your comments and questions by calling 213.785.7848. Hosts Michael Boldin and Lesley Swann will talk Gibson Guitar Raids, GOP Debates and more Add to…