By Robert Higgs: Great Leader, who art in Washington, Hallowed be thy name. Thy empire come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in the Oval Office. Give us this day our daily dole. And forgive us our late tax filings, as we forgive the IRS for refunding our overpayments without interest. And lead…Details
Dan Casey of the Roanoke Times recently embarrassed himself with a juvenile, ad hominem attack on the Tenth Amendment movement titled “The Whole Tenth Amendment Business is Dumb and Crazy.”
While it’s unclear whether Casey actually expected his “arguments” to be taken seriously, it is clear that he cannot make his point through the use of logic or fact. Therefore, Casey’s piece is chock full of historical inaccuracies, mis-characterizations and outright falsehoods regarding the original intent and meaning of the Constitution.
So many, actually, that I cannot list them all here. However, I did respond point by point in a piece of my own to be published soon.
Here is a sample:Details
If we choose to exercise it, the Tenth Amendment explicitly gives us the power to enforce the Constitution’s letter and spirit through political action, regardless of the opinions and preferences of the ruling class.Details
They set up the giant Christmas tree in my city’s downtown this weekend.
That wasn’t the first premature dose of holiday spirit I’ve endured over the last couple of weeks. Last Thursday, one of our local radio stations began its 24/7 rotation of Christmas music. A nearby mall hung up decorations in the parking lot almost two weeks ago, preparing for a pre-Black Friday sale. And a couple of neighbors lit up their houses over the weekend.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Grinch and my friends don’t call me Ebeneezer. In fact, I love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday.Details
We’ve been getting loads of positive feedback from the Nullify Now! event in Texas last weekend – here’s a small sampling of some of the Facebook comments that people have left. If you’re in the area of our upcoming tour stops – Orlando, Chattanooga, Phoenix, and Los Angeles – get tickets here, or call 888-71-TICKETS.…Details
To act, despite danger or disapproval. Works for me.
Taking action in the public arena and stand by it during the onslaught also displays character and leadership.
The chance that a politician will show courage is remote. Voter disapproval is death to them. Put that together with a society that has gradually come to accept a big government that attempts to provide basic needs, and you get politicians that go along to get along. See my earlier post, “How did we get here?”
Politicians would never speak out against the dependencies that big government creates. In fact, most of them prefer it. The dependencies give them control over the lives of those whose dignity has been taken, and control over the money that has been taken to fund it.
This is our status quo, brought on by the unchecked ambition for power of the central authority. It’s time to check the power. This will take courage.Details
So the DISCLOSE Act is making headlines these days – and so is the NRA. Here’s what Hans von Spakovsky had to say on the Heritage Foundation blog: Just as opposition was building in the House to the unconstitutional and burdensome DISCLOSE Act, which is intended to help Democrats in the November election by stifling…Details
When I first saw this article entitled “14-Governor Threatened with Immediate Arrest by Obama” published on Canada Free Press I immediately contacted the editor. It initially seemed like a hoax to me, but if true was big news. Given the wild topic, I only found the article’s validity possible because of the strong reputation that…Details
I’ve yet to see a better comment on Ms. Kagan than this gem from Professor Kevin Gutzman: President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee has, in her long academic career, published “only three law review articles, a few short essays and two brief book reviews.” I had more publications than that by the time I finished grad.…Details