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…

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MSNBC: Clueless about the 10th Amendment Again

It’s hard to cover everything that needs to be addressed in this 6+ minute video, but I’ll touch on a few of them below.

Here’s a few observations:

1. Turley is absolutely correct that “decades of precedent” in the courts oppose the view that the federal government is not authorized to enact a national health care plan. But, what he fails to point out, is that under the original meaning, intention and understanding of the Constitution – these kinds of powers would have been unthinkable. The court is, in plain English, wrong.  Learn more here.

2. Neither the host nor Turley seem to have any clue about nullification – or its current efforts. Nullification has nothing to do with getting a positive ruling from the Supreme Court. It’s when a state passes a law simply refusing to implement a federal law. In fact, it has a long history in the American tradition. It’s been used to resist laws against free speech, fugitive slave laws, the use of the militia in war and more. Hardly “right-wing” at all.  Learn more here.

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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.  

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