Repeal the 17th Amendment!

The fall of constitutional government and the deterioration of state sovereignty can mostly be traced to the disastrous decision to change the election of US Senators from the states to the actual citizens in an effort to make the Constitution “more democratic” via the 17th amendment. Randall Holcombe of The Independent Institute highlights how this…


Getting the Tenther Movement Right. In San Francisco?

One place that most “tenthers” don’t expect to find people who understand the principles of decentralization that the 10th Amendment Stands for is in “liberal capitols” like NYC, LA, SF, and the like. But, keep in mind that decentralization is certainly not about the promotion of “conservative” ideals – or “liberal” ideals, either.  It’s about…


Marijuana Legalization as the Blueprint

A recent Fortune Magazine article, “How Marijuana Became Legal” should give Constitutional activists some great ideas on how to approach other issues where the federal government is outside the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers.  Here’s an excerpt: Over the years the government’s position has become progressively more embattled, if not untenable. Thirteen states now have…


The Left and State-Level Health Care

It seems like people on the “right” aren’t the only ones talking about a state-level health care program.  Over at DailyKos, the “left,” there appears to be some flickering of a light bulb turning on.

For example, this recent diary entry, “States Rights Public Option Solution.” Here’s an excerpt:

Each state’s legislature pass their own “public option” for everyone in their state.

You won’t have to worry about moderate blue dog democrats and republicans. It would be FAR easier.

Everyone in a state gets access to government health care, everyone in that state pays taxes to cover it, and only people living in that state get to use it.

Sounds almost voluntary – well, at least in comparison to a national plan that will never please more than about 1/2 the people in this country.