By Bruce Karlson
Texas Governor Rick Perry was recently pilloried for bringing up the concept of secession (“succession” according to leftist political commentator Whoopi Goldberg). He did not, and was not, advocating it but the word obviously struck a nerve in the White House and its MSM trumpets. Everything the left does depends on financing from low tax states such as Texas, Nevada, and Florida. Low state taxes maximize income tax receipts, which help pay for the welfare state and vote buying so important to “liberals.”
No person with an IQ above room temperature can read our Constitution and believe those states that joined the fledgling United States had rescinded their right to leave. The Tenth Amendment’s clarity puts to rest any doubt. It serves no purpose to rehash Dishonest Abe’s war against his peaceful neighbors and political opponents so I won’t.
In any event, the Feds have managed to entangle states so well that it would be very difficult even to build a majority for secession. Too many of every state’s citizens have a vested interest, against seceding from the Federal Government.
The inability to actually leave the United States legally, however, only partly truncates the drive for liberty of every Libertarian and most Conservatives. For instance, Andrew Jackson didn’t want a Bank of the United States and the issue ended up at John Marshall’s Supreme Court. Marshall et al. found for Jackson’s adversary which enraged President Jackson. He responded contemptuously, “Justice Marshall has made his ruling now let him enforce it.” Since Marshall had no enforcement mechanism, Jackson’s refusal to accept the ruling and not recertify the bank stood. Justice Roger Taney made several rulings that Dishonest Abe found troublesome, so he simply ignored them and pressed on with his war.
Presidents Jackson and Dishonest Abe have shown us the way.
States and state courts should simply ignore rulings and regulations that they find encroach on their rights. States, for instance, can begin to stop sending education money to DC to be stolen or wasted. They can then make sensible use of it to actually educate students absent Nanny State, politically correct, corrupt Feds.
States and/or localities may choose to simply ignore DEA or Federal Agents and decline to enforce Federal drug laws. Federally mandated speeding laws or DUI blood alcohol levels should and could be remanded to states or even localities. What precisely could the Federal government do? It could threaten to cut off funds and the threatened states could simply decline to send the same amount.
Perhaps, like Dishonest Abe, President Obama would send in the Army to kill as many of the objectors as he deems necessary. Methinks not.
As anger grows, and our freedoms are further eroded, there will be a serious movement toward state sovereignty. It has actually already begun as states pass laws in conflict with Federal drug laws or simply ignore them. The Feds only know to keep encroaching, it is time we made clear that we have had enough.
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About Bruce Karlson: Born New Jersey, enlisted in the Navy 1960, discharged in 1964, Kean College – BA, Fordham University – MBA. Sold computers in NYC’s financial district, retired 1992. Divorced, two high school aged children. Interests include bridge, history, politics and cooking.
This day in history October 10
1845 The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis Maryland.
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