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  • To Avoid Debacles Like Roy Moore, Repeal The 17th Amendment

    11/17/2017 5:51:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 113 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 16, 2017 | John Daniel Davidson
    With less than a month to go before AlabamaÂ’s special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore refuses to quit the race amid fallout over credible allegations of sexual assault dating from the 1970s, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.Some polls still show Moore leading his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, while a poll conducted by the National Republican Senate Committee earlier this week shows Moore trailing Jones by 12 points.Senate Republicans are calling on Moore to withdraw from the race, saying...
  • No, Vox, ‘Small Government’ Does Not Mean White Nationalism

    11/14/2017 4:21:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | November 2, 2017 | Amy Swearer
    According to a recent article in Vox, conservatives who denounce government overreach aren’t really concerned about burdensome regulations. No—it turns out the “language of small government” is really just “a handmaiden to ethno-nationalism.” Proof? The author, David Roberts, points to a 2016 New York Times story that depicted a few white men in rural America venting their anger over regulations against “coal rolling”—the practice of modifying diesel truck engines to spew thick black smoke. Apparently, being a blue-collar white man who likes spewing black smoke into the air makes you a white nationalist. And apparently, spewing black smoke into the...
  • Driving Toward a New Highway Federalism

    10/15/2017 7:16:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | September 22, 2017 | Robert Krol
    The Trump administration is developing principles that will guide future highway funding. At a recent White House meeting with state transportation officials, the administration announced it was considering shifting greater funding responsibilities to the states. Along with expanding the private sector’s role and loosening tolling restrictions, these reforms will result in better decisions and management of the transportation system. It makes sense for Congress to support these transportation policy reforms. Ted Mann of the Wall Street Journal recently reported that the administration is thinking about reducing the share of federal dollars that fund highway construction. Rather than receiving the usual...
  • Immigration agents barred from California schools, state buildings under new bill

    09/11/2017 1:28:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 11, 2017 | by Adam Ashton
    Schools and state-owned buildings would be off-limits to federal immigration agents under a California bill that would force officers to get warrants before they visit public sites for surveillance or arrests. SB 183 asserts that the presence of immigration agents at public buildings deters residents from paying fines, reporting crimes or cooperating with state investigations. The bill follows steps three state leaders have taken to keep agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement stay away from their offices. California Superintendent Tom Torlakson has encouraged schools to declares themselves as “safe havens” from immigration enforcement. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote a letter...
  • Another Possible Victory For The GOP

    08/31/2017 9:29:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    IÂ’m no saint, nor have I ever professed to be. There are too many people currently living who could give testimony to the contrary should I ever decide to, so I wonÂ’t here. With that out of the way (itÂ’ll make more sense later in the piece), there is an area on the issue of this countryÂ’s drug laws where Republicans could both do the right thing and win some support. LetÂ’s be honest: there isnÂ’t much to vote for in the in 2018 midterm elections. For Democrats itÂ’s all about not being Donald Trump. They arenÂ’t offering up much,...
  • How 'bout ZERO federal control of schools?

    08/27/2017 2:42:27 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 28 replies
    Convention of States ^ | 08/22/2017 | Rita Dunaway
    The fact that we celebrate the Every Student Succeeds Act for shifting education policy back to the states is an alarming indicator of federal dysfunction. Instead of rejoicing about a reduced extent of unauthorized federal meddling in state affairs, we should work to remove the heavy hand of centralized government entirely from every sphere in which it has no legitimate authority. A quick visit to the U.S. Department of Education’s website reveals just how thoroughly the feds have burst the seams of their constitutional pants. There we find the agency reminding states about deadlines for submitting “State plans” for education...
  • Could The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact Reduce Bad Policy-Making In Our Elections?

    08/11/2017 7:52:50 AM PDT · by Mafe · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Okay—I’m going to step back a second on the Electoral College. In general, I think the institution has served us well for over 200 years. No, I don’t think that the five times a president was elected by winning the 270 electoral votes, but not the popular vote, constitutes a harbinger for the destruction of our republic. Liberals whine about Bush’s 2000 win. They whine about Trump’s 2016 win, albeit with more froth around the mouth. There were a solid couple of weeks worth of hot takes about how the Electoral College is archaic, racist, and anti-Democratic and yet we’re...
  • The Latest Fight Over Federalism

    07/01/2017 6:24:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2017 | Brian Darling
    A true test for liberty minded politicians is facing them this Congress.  The idea of federalism as it applies to medical marijuana laws in the states.  The self-proclaimed champions of federalism will have their commitment to the idea tested when they are called on to vote on a measure protecting federalism as part of the appropriations process this fall.There is bipartisan support for the idea of federalism. On May 18, 2017, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) put out a press release that committed the chamber to the idea of federalism:Federalism is not...
  • DOJ’s Mysterious Marijuana Subcommittee

    06/07/2017 7:25:48 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 91 replies
    Led by an outspoken legalization opponent, Jeff Sessions' Justice Department is reviewing federal marijuana policy, with significant changes possible soon. Almost nothing about the review process is publicly known and key players in the policy debate have not been contacted. The outcome of the review could devastate a multibillion-dollar industry and countermand the will of voters in eight states if the Obama administration's permissive stance on non-medical sales is reversed.
  • Concealed-Carry ‘Reciprocity’ vs. Federalism

    06/02/2017 8:08:43 AM PDT · by Mafe · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | June 1, 2017 | Robert Verbruggen
    I took a number of steps before I started carrying a gun. I got training, I read books and articles by self-defense experts, I learned the laws of my state, I started going to the range regularly, and I did “dry fire” exercises at home to keep my shooting skills up. I also got a concealed-carry permit, which in Virginia required almost none of the above preparation. All I had to do was get a form notarized and send it in — along with $50 and a copy of the hunter’s-safety card I earned in Wisconsin when I was 13...
  • Federalism, Globalism, and Islam

    05/15/2017 1:53:58 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | May 15th 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    The four bullets below are from a lengthy column by blogger Fjordman at the Gates of Vienna. He makes the case for federalism, of local free government by an engaged demos, people with common traditions and values. It’s a great term. In future posts I will use ‘demos’ frequently and interchangeably with We the People, and the sovereign people. Thank you Mr. Fjordman: • There must be a demos. That is, there must be a group of people with a shared pre-political loyalty. This common understanding would include mutual identification and trust between leaders who implement policies and the general...
  • The 17th Amendment - think about it now

    04/28/2017 4:37:16 PM PDT · by nesnah · 16 replies
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    Think about this for a minute. The 17th was about having state governments have a voice in Washington for legislation to protect the states' interest in reigning in central powers. The 17th took control of selecting Senators from the state's legislative body and gave it to the masses (democracy in action). As it stands today, there are 32 Republican-controlled state legislatures. This would presumably translate into 64 Pubbie seats, likely more conservative and 10th Amendment-conscious than the corrupt, treasonous bastards we have now in both parties. Throw in 6 more split legislatures, and we likely get 6 more from that;...
  • Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education

    04/26/2017 10:43:11 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 104 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 04/26/2017 | S. A. Miller
    President Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return schools to state and local control. The order, dubbed the “Education Federalism Executive Order,” will launch a 300-day review of Obama-era regulations and guidance for school districts and direct Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to modify or repeal measures deemed an overreach by the federal government, according to a senior administration official “With this executive order, President Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to getting the federal government out of the way and returning control over...
  • Federalism, Freedom and Diversity Part II

    04/21/2017 1:03:00 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 5 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | April 21st 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    Subtitle: Federalism Thwarts Consolidated Government. Federalism describes the vertical division of power between the national and state governments. When Constitutional government is limited to its enumerated powers by a federal senate, the states are free to develop and retain their uniqueness, to keep their largely homogenous interests, habits, and mores. This is diversity. THIS is how republican government is sustained across a vast continent. Federalism keeps consolidation at bay, and makes diversity a reality! However, overnight, the Seventeenth Amendment transformed a stable, federal republic into a wild and unstable democratic form. Being unanchored by senators formerly loyal to the Ninth...
  • Trump gives states power to cut off Planned Parenthood money

    04/13/2017 10:57:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    President Trump signed a bill Thursday freeing states to withhold federal family planning grant money from Planned Parenthood, marking the first major pro-life legislation to be signed into law in more than a decade. The bill unravels an Obama-era regulation that insisted states couldn’t refuse to spend family planning money with Planned Parenthood or any other organization that performs abortions. “This is a major pro-life victory,” said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. More than a dozen states moved to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding in recent years as questions arose about the country’s largest abortion provider. In particular, lawmakers...
  • Utah Lawmakers Pass Measure Calling on Congress to Abolish U.S. Education Department

    04/08/2017 4:10:39 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 8, 2017 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The Utah state legislature has passed a joint resolution calling for a return to federalism in general, and, in particular, the end of the federal Education Department. The measure passed the Utah State House with a vote of 60-14, and the State Senate, 20-1. It was enrolled on March 17. The measure specifically urges that Congress end the federal Education Department and block grant funds for education to the states: WHEREAS, the [federalism] Commission received the following summary of federal overreach: EDUCATION •Recognize that education is not a power delegated to the federal government under the Constitution, it is reserved...
  • Consider - comservative states ignoring federal laws like liberals do

    03/25/2017 2:36:45 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 8 replies
    Consider fedgov allows rogue state and local governments to publicly ignore and deliberately break fedral laws concerning illegal drugs, illegal aliens, the second amendment, and discrimination based on sex and race. Why cannot then states and local govenrments ignore fedgov court imposed gay marriage, obamacare, abortion, and god back in schools? Why is the left the only one who can say no to federal laws at state and local levels? We must start doing the same. They have no problem doing it when they want to. Either we are all equal and can do the exact same things or none...
  • Donald Trump to Governors: We’re Giving Power Back to the States

    02/27/2017 12:53:28 PM PST · by davikkm · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHARLIE SPIERING
    President Donald Trump promised a large crowd of American governors that he would work to redirect power from the federal government to the states. “We’re going to give you back a lot of the powers that have been taken away from states and great people and great governors, and you can control it better than the federal government because you’re right on top of it,” Trump said. The president delivered a speech at the National Governors Association meeting on Monday. He explained that more states needed to compete for the best solutions around the country, citing the importance of citizens...
  • The U.S. Is Not A Democracy – So What Is It? PART 2

    02/27/2017 9:00:09 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 2/27/17 | Mark Herr
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall said, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that of order and chaos.” -From The Life of George Washington, Revised Edition 1832. The chaos gripping our present society is certainly not the ‘balanced’ republic Marshall was referring to. Our system is functioning more like a plane crashing - like a democracy. Let’s explore ‘balanced republic,’ ‘democracy’ and ‘order and chaos’ by using an analogy. The U.S. government is comparable to a commercial aircraft. The pilot and co-pilot are the elected representatives. They are selected by qualified passengers (or U.S. voters)....
  • This Bill Would Drag the Federal Government Into Disputes Over Pets

    02/27/2017 4:35:43 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 24, 2017 | John-Michael Seibler
    Congress has written some laudable policies into the Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017 (H.R.909) that are designed to protect domestic violence victims from “trauma caused by acts of violence or threats of violence against their pets.”There is one provision of the bill, however, that takes a familiar step too far: It would create a federal crime to harass or intimidate any person’s pet in a way that causes “substantial emotional distress.”Given the threats from cyberattacks, interstate and international crime cartels, terrorist groups, drug trafficking, and the criminal aspects of immigration issues, the resource-constrained federal law enforcement community does...