Sunday, February 08, 2009


As mentioned awhile back in a couple of posts, a few of the States of the Union have been re-discovering the 9th and 10th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and their own States' rights. Well, it would seem as though more and more States are getting the idea. The list of States with pending resolutions re-declaring their Constitutional Sovereignty has been growing rapidly of late.

We already had Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington last time we posted on this. Now, some folks are predicting that more will jump on the bandwagon to include Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.

It is indeed a wonderful movement, but does it actually mean anything? I really doubt many of these States, especially Michigan and Washington, have suddenly re-discovered the U.S. Constitution. I suspect the main reason behind the move is that too many States are tumbling further into debt paying for un-funded Federal mandates foisted upon them by Uncle Sugar. Still, it's a start.

It would be truly extraordinary if even a couple of states finally told to go piss up a rope. The big argument why this could never happen is that "the Feds will just cut off the funds". Well then, the States and their citizens could just stop paying the danged Federal taxes, and be just as well off. Additionally, this would leave the State's citizens with a heckuva lot more money in their pockets to spend and contribute to the local economy. Turn the Interstates into toll roads to pay for highway funding. Lower taxes and reduce onerous regulations to attract new businesses.

Such an act would have the potential effect of attracting, in swarms, the most productive people in the country; companies, manufacturers, and businesses seeking to do business unshackled by a crippling load of Federal regulations, restrictions and taxes, innovative entrepreneurs, and freedom-loving independently-minded folks. The Hank Reardons and Dangy Taggarts would be moving in; the looters and parasites would be leaving in search of greener pastures.

Alas, it is just a pipe dream. The benefits would no doubt be out-weighed by the cost of urgent infrastructure repairs required to patch up the bomb craters and extinguish the napalm fires. If someone actually had the guts to fire on Fort Sumter again, Barack "Abe" Obama would find a whole passel of new Shermans, all of whom swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of these United States, to raze the recalcitrant subjects.

As for the porkulis, er, I mean stimulus package, our old buddy Ron Paul recently weighed in on the subject. Never one to pull his punches, as well as blasting the Obamination and his spend-o-holic minions, he goes after the limp-wristed RINOs and Republikrats. The remaining few who survived the '08 Conservative purges have suddenly and belatedly remembered that smaller government and less spending are supposed to be major planks of the GOP platform.

"It is like they're born-again budget conservatives," Paul said. "Where were we in the past eight years, when we could have done something? And you see our last eight years that has set this situation up. So we can't blame the Democrats for the conditions we have."

I suspect nothing will really change. We will continue on down the slippery slope to socialism, printing and spewing borrowed money, developing momentum for a slow-motion train wreck. Anybody have directions to Galt's Gulch?

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