Monday, October 15, 2012

States' Rights

The New American's Alex Newman on "a potential showdown between the Obama administration and state governments that could increase interest in the U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment" — Voters in 3 States May Nullify Fed. Drug Laws by Legalizing Marijuana.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Ah, the zombification movement now shrouded in the patina of states' rights. I hope that if the voters of these three states -- my own included -- are wise enough to reject moves to give govt. approval to the indulgence of stupification and drug addiction. And if they aren't, I hope that the federal authorities exercise their powers under existing law to keep the zombies in check!

October 16, 2012 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Why do "states rights" get press on stupid things, like slavery and drugs?

Why can't "states rights" ever be advocated for win-win issues, like opposition to taxes and war?

October 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Because in our system, states' rights unfortunately is usually the last refuge of ideas that have been defeated in the public square. If things can't get traction nationally, then their proponents usually retreat to some enclave and seek to rebuild their movement from there -- usually at first under the guise of tolerance and then in a more authoritarian manner.

The other reason is that the issues you talk about -- taxes and war -- are inherently national issues when the federal govt. is involved. Thus they require national solutions.

October 17, 2012 at 1:38 AM  

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