In this episode of the Activism 101 podcast, I talk about writing and send press releases, including some guidance on what kind of information is worthy of a presser, some helpful tips on when to send them out, and some common mistakes to avoid.Details
The fear generated by media use of the words “government shutdown” is amazing. The hysteria peddlers using this terminology, and the media that purposely play to it, must know these two words emit such an extreme emotional response. It appears designed to frighten the least informed against the other political party, thus the terminology.Details
Much as I’d like to think some people on the Left might reject knee-jerk nationalism, articles like this one are all too typical. Let me paraphrase: nullification (which the poor guy can’t even define) and rebellion are wicked. Cut it out. Obey your overlords. You are born to be ruled. And forget that “question authority” thing…Details
Federalism — the idea of a nation made up of smaller, semi-autonomous states — was deemed so important by the founders of the United States that they included it in the “Bill of Rights,” the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The tenth amendment says that “powers not delegated to the United States by…Details
Here’s a few radio interviews I’ll be doing in the next few days to talk about Constitution Day and, of course, limited government under the 10th Amendment. (all times Pacific) Thursday 9/17/2009 7:35 AM – Rob Johnson Show, 840 KMPH – Modesto, CA 8:05 AM – John Lofton, TheAmericanView.com 11:35 AM – Lou Dobbs Radio…Details
While the traditional left has been way off base when covering issues related to the 10th Amendment, Chris Weigant over at Huffington Post is much more fair in his review of both nullification specifically, and the 10th Amendment Movement in general.
Usually, places like HuffPo, MSNBC, ThinkProgress, and elsewhere slam the 10th as being pointless, try to make fun of people who believe in limited government under the 10th by calling them “Tenthers,” try to associate the entire movement with vile racism, and other nasty rhetoric designed to distract from the real issues.
On the other hand, there’s Weigant, who’s obviously making a sincere effort to give a fair report. I think he make some good points, too. Here’s an excerpt:
The Tenth Amendment is one of the rarer parts of the Bill of Rights for the Supreme Court to actually rule on, but every so often one of these cases is taken up by the Court. And, increasingly, Republicans are using it as a “last resort” against federal laws they don’t like. Although, to be fair, one of the more recent decisions (Gonzales v. Raich) went against a California woman who argued that since she was growing medical marijuana on her own land for her own consumption, the constitutional powers of the federal government to regulate interstate trade simply did not apply. The Supreme Court disagreed, but at least it was consistent, since it had ruled during World War II that a wheat farmer could not use this argument to escape federal war efforts to regulate wheat production (Wickard v. Filburn). In both cases, the Court reasoned, even if the farmer didn’t sell his or her crop, it could still impact the interstate commerce for that crop. Meaning Congress could, indeed, regulate itDetails