Supreme Court Says: R.I.P. States’ Rights

1-dont tread on me I for one cannot believe that what we have seen in the last six, much less the last fifty, years gives any confidence that the federal government is capable of giving the American people the freedom, “the freedom to govern themselves,” that they ought to be living under. Capable of giving them ever-mounting entitlements, and binding their lives with regulations (the Federal Code book is now 175,496 pages, 117 times bigger than the Bible), and saddling them with an impossible-to-pay $18 billion dollar debt, and intruding unrestricted into private communications, and providing various teats on which they can suckle, yes. But freedom? No. That is why I believe that the death of states’ rights is really a clarion call for states to defy the federal government and assert their rights independently of Washington and its minions. I care not how it be done, but the two classic methods long ago outlined by Jefferson and Madison in the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions of 1798 are nullification and secession, and I think those gentlemen would see the wisdom, and the necessity, of bringing them back now. Already a majority of the country (54 per cent) feels that states should ignore federal programs they don’t agree with (Rasmussen Poll, 2015) and a quarter (23.9 per cent) are in favor of secession (Reuters/Ipsos poll 2014). That is fruitful ground. I care not how it be done, but I would say that unless it is done, starting now and working gradually but unreservedly, this country would not be worth living in. I do not believe that most people want to live under a regime where five unelected liberals regulate their most intimate social institutions, a fumbling Congress cannot keep the NSA from invading our privacy, imperial presidents can waste trillions of dollars and millions of lives on pointless wars, middle-class income has withered for thirty-five years while the obscenely rich get obscenely richer, individuals increasingly feel that they have no voice or influence in the matters that effect their lives. And they shouldn’t have to.

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