Category Archives: Federalism
It’s Constitution Thursday, and we take a look at Federalism and its evolution in The United States under the Constitution. What seemed at first to be a pretty clear distinction between state and Federal powers, has slowly morphed into a whole lot more Federal and less State. And the journey to get there started long before the Progressive era. In fact, it really started the day after the Constitution was ratified.
We’ll take a short look at two cases in the news this week. One of them went before the Court and the law passed by Congress was struck down, allowing for sports Betting to be opened up across the nation. It’s the opinion in that case that has Progressives excited and one of them even exclaiming that “Federalism can be good for liberals!”
The other deals with the laws being debated by Congress as we speak to make an attack on a Police Officer a Federal Crime. who would oppose that? After all, we “support” Law enforcement, right?
Or do we support and defend the Constitution?
Phones and TV’s all over Hawaii flashed the alarm, and pure panic ensued. There’s a HUGE problem with this, and it wasn’t whoever “accidently” pushed the button…
Now… on the one hand, this was clearly an “accident,” or a “mistake,” or a colossal foul up. But what about the reaction? For nearly 45 minutes, many people in Hawaii thought they were about to get nuked. And what did they do about it?
The world is full of hypocrisy. So it’s no surprise that it’s the organizations and institutions which are most loud about being anti-hypocritical that are, on the balance, usually the most hypocritical of all.
Whether it’s Hollywood pretending to have not known that Harvey Weinstein was a dirt bag, media experts on travel telling us that Hati and Mali aren’t giant holes full of excrement or political supporters of a given politician pretending that their guy or gal is borderline perfect, it’s amazing – if nauseating – to watch.
And as the Nation pauses to remember Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., we also watched as one of the most civil rights oriented organizations in the country completely ignored that legacy and its own rules in order to get what it wants.
Now watch as the supporters of that organizations make their excuses and rationalizations for what happened and how it “wasn’t” a violation of their own rules and principles…
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case out of South Dakota regarding the collection of sales taxes on internet purchases. However you feel about the issue, it’s likely to be settled this summer, and most likely in favor of the States…
SEGMENT – “WE MUST DO SOMETHING…”
In the aftermath of Vegas, et al, the call once again becomes “We must do something.” The problem is, what is something to one person may be nothing to another, and everything to yet another. It all comes down to an understanding of what “reasonable” is. Because what is reasonable to you, may not be to me, and vice versa.
In short, other nations have gone so far as to confiscate guns from citizens. But here in the United States, that would be… problematic at best. So. for the moment, let’s play the “What If?” game. If there were a law which banned all guns, how would those who pass such a law go about enforcing it?
Reference to Constitution Thursday The Saturday Podcast Episode “I Don’t Like Monday’s”
SEGMENT – GERRYMANDERING
In Wisconsin, the State Legislature stands accused of deciding to gerrymander the whole State to favor one Political Party. Now look, this is nothing new. But it is new to have the Supreme Court take up the case and look at whether or not Gerrymandering is in the “best interests of democracy.”
Putting aside the whole “we’re not a democracy” argument for the moment, there actually is a solution to the problem that would make it more challenging (not impossible) to gerrymander, but there is no way on this green planet that the Donkeys and Elephants will ever allow it to happen…
SEGMENT – FRIENDS
A voicemail reminds me of why I love doing these podcasts and shows so very much.