Tags: Divided Power, federalism, New York, NewsReal Blog, taxes, Vote with Your Feet
by Walter Hudson, contributed to David Horowitz’s NewsReal Blog on May 16.
Young workers, the lifeblood of any economy, are set to flee New York in droves.
A new Marist College poll shows that 36% of New Yorkers under the age of 30 are planning to leave New York within the next five years – and more than a quarter of all adults are planning to bolt the Empire State.
The New York City suburbs, with their high property values and taxes, are leading the exodus, the poll found.
Of those preparing to leave, 62% cite economic reasons like cost of living, taxes – and a lack of jobs.
Tags: Civil War, Declaration of Independence, federalism, freedom, independence, liberty, nullification, secession, states rights, ThinkProgress
Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, inspiring a look back at that great conflict and renewed consideration of the arguments surrounding it.
According to a new poll from CNN, the Civil War’s legacy remains unresolved. The poll finds that Republicans and Tea Party supporters are more likely to support the Confederacy and confederate leaders than Democrats or Independents.
The ThinkProgress headline reads “…Tea Partiers Still Aren’t Over the Civil War.” Yes, and many blacks still aren’t over slavery, for the same reason. Human relationships should be voluntary. Continue Reading Relationships Are Voluntary – For It or Against It?…
“Power Divided Is Power Checked:” NewsReal Interviews Talker and State’s Rights Advocate Jason LewisJanuary 4, 2011 at 9:30 am | Posted in NewsRealBlog | 1 Comment
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, Big Government, Civil War, Conservatism, federalism, Jason Lewis, judicial activism, NewsReal Blog, politics, SCOTUS, states rights, Supreme Court, tea party, The Concession Stand
by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Despite their overall cinematic quality, or lack there of, the Star Wars prequels contain a fair amount of insight into how a free society under a republic can degenerate into a tyrannical empire. There is one line in Attack of the Clones which is particularly apropos. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who in later films becomes the galactic emperor, addresses the concern that separatists will secede from the Republic.
I will not let this republic, which has stood for a thousand years, be split in to.
He will not let. These are words which convey force. They convey that the relationship between the separatists and the Republic is involuntary. Of course, if the relationship is involuntary, than how can it be argued the Republic is a free society?
In the Star Wars films, as the name suggests, the question is settled with violence. In real life, when considering the same question in a far more serious context, we have nonviolent but nonetheless revolutionary alternatives.
One such alternative is articulated by nationally syndicated radio talk show host Jason Lewis in a new book available in stores this week. Power Divided Is Power Checked: The Argument for State’s Rights is a scholarly and concise illumination of the federalism intended by America’s Founding Fathers. In its pages, Lewis demonstrates how the structure of our federal government has been radically transformed from one of limited enumerated powers to one with effectively limitless power. He does so by taking a critical look at one of America’s most revered presidents, along with the long history of judicial activism since tolerated.
In his final chapter, Lewis presents a solution for restoring the federalism of the framers’ intent, a proposed 28th Amendment which would answer the specious interpretation of “penumbras” and “emanations” which has replaced plain meaning. Lewis sat down with NewsReal Blog to discuss his book, the proposed amendment, and the philosophy of liberty.
Tags: Bill Maher, federalism, George Clooney, HBO, Hollywood, Jimmy Carter, NewsReal Blog, Real Time, states rights, The Concession Stand
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
If there is one point upon which conservatives and so-called liberals can agree, it is that our political discourse has become polarized to the point of dysfunction. Former President Jimmy Carter made an extraordinary statement to that effect on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
Maher: President Obama? How would you rate his term so far, two years in?
Carter: I think superb, under the circumstances, because he’s inherited a political polarization in this country that’s unprecedented – I would say even during the Civil War days…
Tags: abortion, constitution, federalism, Jason Lewis, NewsReal Blog, Power Divided Is Power Checked, states rights, tea party
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
The Tea Party may have found its textbook. In Power Divided Is Power Checked, nationally syndicated radio talk show host Jason Lewis takes readers on a tour of American jurisprudence, from the founding of the colonies through the Civil War, the Warren Court, and our modern day. He crafts a meticulous case for state’s rights.
Walter E. Williams vouches:
Jason Lewis has done a yeoman’s job in explaining the constitutional principles that made us the world’s freest and richest nation and how abandonment of those principles is proving to be our undoing.
Tags: America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act, Don Parmeter, federalism, Jim Oberstar, Mille Lacs Tea Party Patriots, North Star Tea Party Patriots, Property Rights, states rights
The following is an essay by Don Parmeter entitled “A Clean Water Fallacy.” Parmeter will be speaking on this issue this Saturday, October 9th, at the Princeton Library -100 4th Avenue South, Princeton, MN – hosted by the Mille Lacs Tea Party Patriots.
There are several disturbing aspects about H.R. 5088, America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act, authored by Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar and introduced in April.
There’s the bill itself, arguably the biggest federal power grab in American history, given the proposed change in language to the 1972 federal Clean Water Act. Mr. Oberstar’s bill would replace the term ‘Navigable’ with ‘Waters of the U.S.,’ which would include: all waters currently used, used in the past, or susceptible to use in future commerce; all interstate and international waters; and all other waters and their tributaries, including intrastate lakes, rivers, streams, mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, ponds, meadows and sloughs.
Tags: civil rights, decentralization, e-congress, federalism, liberty
There is an idea floating around you may not have heard of. It’s called e-Congress, or decentralization. Utilizing state-of-the-art telecommunications technology, legislative bodies would conduct business via teleconference rather than gathering at the state and national capitols. Sound crazy? The military has been operating this way for years. So have major corporations. Fightin Words welcomes Michael Norbury of BringHomeThePoliticians.com to discuss the idea, tackle objections, and explore how it may become reality.
Later in the podcast, we reflect upon the civil rights struggle of the 1960′s, and how it served to degrade state’s rights and discredit constitutional federalism. Americans of every race have paid a price since. Liberty is not so much freedom as self-governance; a lack of moral fortitude invites tyranny.