cross-posted from the Oregon Tenth Amendment Center
Many of us in the Libertarian movement mistakenly view the Federal government as a stick with which to hit the State government like a pinata. I believe this view stems from the faulty belief that the Federal govt. can be limited by a simple piece of paper as if that paper somehow had a magical property that would prevent its own violation, that somehow the three branches of the Federal govt. are set inexorably against each other. Of course, a honest look through history would convince any but the most naive, that this is not the case. Branches routinely collude to eliminate any and all limits upon their power. The only realistic limiter of the powers of the three branches of the Feds is/are the State govt(s). Consider the frailty of any other checks:
Otherwise known as “throwing the bums out,” elections have amounted to no check at all, every since I can remember . In 1994, we had a big change in the composition of Congress (from Dem to Rep). Most people said this was in direct response to the attempt by the Democrat-dominated Congress to pass “Hillarycare.” Republicans were swept into office with the promise of smaller govt., eliminating the abuse that had been taking place within the welfare system, and of balancing the budget. Oddly enough, govt. did not shrink at any time during the subsequent years of Republican control. After six years of Republican domination in Legislature, what did we have? A LARGER govt. than we had started with.
In 2000, we were promised that if we would just elect GWB we would finally have all the power in govt. that was needed to shrink it… and yet, in 2008, the size of govt. was much larger after 8 years of Bush, than before. Out of the promises to shrink govt. and limit our involvement in foreign affairs, we got….wait for it….. MASSIVE DEFICITS, MEDICARE PARTD, TARP (WHICH AMOUNTED TO A FORCED CARTELIZATION OF BANKS A’LA MUSSOLINI), FIRST STIMULUS, CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, THE CLASSIFICATION OF CO2 AS A POLLUTANT, ETC…… Surprised? Or NOT?Details