Two state representatives in South Carolina are pushing back against a federal ban of incandescent light bulbs set to begin in January of 2012. There is no constitutional authority for Congress to impose such a ban on the citizens of the several states, and it’s nice that South Carolina noticed. From NetRightDaily: “State Representatives Sandifer and Loftis are taking the lead…Details
Another year, another trip to the Senate Death Star for the Intrastate Commerce Act (HB1438). Without even recording a vote, the elected “representatives” on the Senate Commerce and Labor Sub-Committee #1 left Virginia residents and businesses exposed to the economic and regulatory ravages of every federal agency from the EPA to the FDA to the BATF. When will…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
Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is urging Tea Partiers not to support the idea of state interposition. According to a report, “Attorney Gen. Cuccinelli, in private consultations with the Roanoke group, agreed, noting how Southern states had unsuccessfully invoked the doctrine in the 1960s to resist federal civil-rights legislation. ‘Interposition had a place in history,…Details
The GOP is showing its true colors as the Tea Party continues to throw the old guard out in primary elections. They are taking the ball and going home. They are giving up a number of fights by withholding money from the duly elected candidates in the Republican Primaries.
It is a circle the wagon attitude by the two parties as the political class is being thrown from power by the power of the people. Both democrats and republicans that have enjoyed the power given to them by the people and are now criticizing the will of the people by inflicting harsh attacks and tactics against the same people they supposedly work for.Details
A local political activist related an interesting exchange that allegedly occurred at a recent political event.
During a discussion with a congressional candidate, an interested citizen asked about the constitutionality of the Patriot Act. The candidate’s response was something to the effect of, “Show me where it’s NOT constitutional.”
The response illustrates yet another example of bass-ackwards thinking in America.
Those who respect the Constitution and hold to the founder’s ideas of limited federal power have somehow allowed themselves to fall back into a defensive position. Statists take the offensive, challenging liberty lovers to prove that they can’t do something, instead of justifying the constitutional authority that allows them to pass certain acts.
I blame the courts. We’ve come to accept a system where the legislative branch does as it pleases and then hopes a sympathetic court will allow the law to stand. This has politicized the judicial system and created a mentality that allows for statements like the congressional candidate’s cited above.Details
Joe Blow down the street doesn’t pay his taxes and he gets fined. Tim Geithner (or pick from an array of politicians or bureaucrats)
doesn’t pay his taxes and he becomes the U.S. Treasury Secretary.
Get it? If you’re an Ivy Leaguer (preferably Harvard or Yale), and if you have the right connections, as Obama’s mother had with Geithner’s father, and if you are a politician or high-ranking bureaucrat on the federal level, you can often operate above the law, with little or no fear of being prosecuted, much less fined, even if you get caught.
You can skirt not only the little laws that everyone else has to obey, but also the big laws, as spelled out in the Constitution..
But for lowly Joe Blow, ignorance is no excuse.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…Details
Either the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, or it is not. The current Constitutional 10th Amendment Task Force is undeniably stuck in a conundrum. The GOP members have traveled their districts, touting their conservative principles, family values, etc., and now, they have a problem. How do you tell your constituents that now…Details
The prospect for a better future can never be realized if we continue to set our eyes on a central “authority” to fix this mess. This current economic and political mess was created because we took our collective “eye” off of the US Constitution and turned the focus on politicians in Washington DC. Since FDR…Details