Now this is going to be interesting, particularly if other people decide to get on board with it.
Basically, we are talking about actually following the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, and we are right back to the states’ rights arguments of the fifties and sixties — which, I might add, got overwhelmed in what passed for hopeychangeyness of those times during conditions of cold war emergency.
The emergency conditions required the states to tacitly consent to strong federal government to do whatever it took to shelter us from being overwhelmed by a nuclear international socialism. We got bigger government. Some pointed out that by accepting a more centralized government which increasingly intruded into personally liberties, we were more closely resembling our Marxist foes. But that notion was thought to be dangerous nonsense in times of emergency.
It’s always an emergency that requires us to give in to erosion of liberty, with the implication that when the emergency is over, liberty can be tolerated once again. But the sense of emergency never ends. We just add to it.
For example, the current economic emergency only took about ten years to create, despite warnings that it was coming as early as 2002, by the Bush administration, and the warnings were repeated periodically, and John McCain went so far as to introduce legislation to deal with the dangers presented by Fannie and Freddie dominating home mortgages. It all came to nothing as the other side of the Congress denounced Bush as a warmonger and a moron, and Schumer and Franks assured everybody that our mortgage system was incredibly sound and socially beneficial to boot.
I suppose from the point of view of the corrupt Washington power brokers, it was true. Any industry which could afford to so profligately spread cash around amongst the elite elected, must be doing well.
Now, we have a full-blown emergency, and the Ds are complaining that the Rs are dithering around dangerously, and denying the remedies required by the need to manage the emergency. And what do they say is needed? Well, we are going end up “owning” banks and big businesses — when it appears that they cannot manage their way out of the piles of political obligation that will arrive at about the same time the bail-out does. Business cannot survive if their customers cannot afford to buy their products, and people cannot afford to buy much if their money is going to Washington to pay for the bail-out. And, oh, the Rs aren’t all that much more honorable in this mess, as they want to create the appearance that they aren’t rolling over on this on, by insisting on doing everything the D’s propose, only less 4%.
Wait a minute! Why, it looks a lot like a classic Chicago mob bust out. Loan the struggling businessman $1500 you know he can’t repay when it’s due, and “refinance the debt” by giving him more time at ever more interest and with the addition of a little creative threatening of his family and manhood, you can end up owning a business for actual investment of only $1500. Then liquidate the business because even salvage value is a lot more than the $1500. That’s a bust out, Chicago style.
Well, we’ve already gone way far down that path, for any states to be talking about constitutional states’ rights at this late date. Goldwater died on that hill in 1960. And Obama won, brandishing the power of the federal government to be a hope and change agent.
So if Arizona and New Hampshire want to talk about the Ninth and Tenth Amendment at this late date in the process, they had damn sure be ready to protect themselves. Otherwise, the feds are going to come break their legs and rape their baby sisters in front of them if they won’t stay with the program and play ball.
Unless . . . I’m just thinking here . . . unless maybe some other states would do the same thing, and a bunch of states would just start lobbing tenth amendment arguments at the federal government and if there were enough of them . . .
Nah, Oregon will never go for it. We already think the U.S. should be ruled by the United Nations.
Is it time to start calling everybody “comrade” yet? Or do we wait for later?