The Military Draft: A Moral Abomination

by Michael Boldin

An article in Newsweek, “Why We Need a Draft: A Marine’s Lament,” stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest online recently. It was written by marine who fought in Fallujah, Iraq, and actually gave a pretty compelling overview of the practical need for selective service.

I’m sure the marine was right – forcing you or other people to kill or be killed next to him would have been good in the battles he fought in. In fact, I don’t doubt that a few million more soldiers would be quite beneficial to the military – and to the foreign policy ambitions of the US government.

On the other hand, many Americans also persuasively argue against the draft, saying it’s unnecessary or ineffective in defending America or engaging in foreign interventions. These arguments might very well be sound, and have their place.

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Goodbye Alberto

Here’s our take on the resignation of Alberto Gonzales: Ok, so he’s resigning. They’re going to replace him with someone awful. It’s a sad reality that the problems we face aren’t based on personalities in government, but rather, on the systemic abuse of power by politicians. Gonzales is gone. Nothing is going to change. Why?…

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Fighting for States’ Rights

Reader Commentary by Chris Parker

In our system of government, built according to the blueprint of the Framers, the states are the highest governmental authority, and they themselves are subject only to the will and consent of their People. The states have the power bring an action immediately to the U.S. Supreme Court (i.e. original jurisdiction), in order to directly challenge the constitutionality of federal laws at the highest level.

They also have the power to amend the U.S. Constitution entirely on their own through the conventions procedure. Finally, with these awesome powers, they implicitly have the power to cancel or replace the U.S. Constitution if they so desire (if this were to be done, it would probably be done by using the amendment process to either substitute the Constitution’s entire text, or to merely insert an expiration date, depending on what new form of government is intended to replace it). So, the states are in no way becoming weak or powerless, no matter how many times the courts rule against them.

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Understanding Limited Government

Kevin Gutzman’s new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, might be the best available overview of the principles of limited government as espoused by the Tenth Amendment.

After reading this book, you’ll see quite clearly that the original constitution has very little in common with how this government is run today (if you haven’t noticed already!) The 10th Amendment has been pushed aside and the federal government runs rampant – exercising powers that the founders would never have dreamed of giving to any politician.

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Free People and Free Markets

by Clay Barham, PopulistAmerica.com

At this time in man’s history, we know more about how the human body works. With this knowledge, we know more about the kinds of behaviors to avoid in order not to harm the body. We know more about engineering and construction today, and what designs and behaviors to avoid that cause collapse. We know more about weather, to predict and avoid its harmful effects. Knowing more about everything helps us to live better in our world. Somehow, we refuse to learn more about our social and economic life. Knowledge would help us avoid behaviors that disrupt it.

We should reduce our economy to its parts and see how they work together. Then, we can better understand economics. First is the human element, the individual. Second is the community of individuals who interact with each other. Our economy is that interaction. If each individual simply sat on a log, hoping God would give him a meal, he would starve. He must fend for himself. If he mates and has children, he must feed, clothe, shelter and protect them. He must act responsibly. If he acts alone, he will provide for the moment. If injured and unable to act, his family may not survive. His actions are purposeful, for survival of self and family. Being different from others in his community, he has certain skills, attributes and deficiencies. Others can make up for the deficiencies, so everyone cooperates for a community purpose of survival.

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Signing Statements Erode Constitutional Balance

by Rep. Ron Paul Recently, the General Accounting Office studied nineteen instances where the President issued so-called “signing statements.” In such statements, the President essentially begins the process of interpreting legislation – up to and including declaring provisions unconstitutional—hence often refusing to enforce them. The GAO study found that in nearly 1/3 of the cases…

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The Constitution and the Powers of War

The framers of the Constitution attempted to balance the power of the President as commander-in-chief with that of Congress, the representatives of the People. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives to the Executive Branch the command of the nation’s armed forces, while Article I, Section 8 gives to the Legislative Branch the power…

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Undeclared War and the Destruction of the Constitution

In reading the Constitution, we can plainly see that Congress possesses the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, to raise and support armies, to grant letters of marque and reprisal, to provide for the common defense,” and even “to declare war.” Congress shares, with the President, the power to make treaties and to appoint ambassadors. As for the Executive, the President is assigned only two powers relating to foreign affairs; commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the power to receive ambassadors.

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Foreign Aid Follies

by Michael Boldin June 3, 2007 The US government is now giving your tax dollars to the Mexican government so that government can improve its ability to tap telephone calls and emails. From the Los Angeles Times report: Mexico is expanding its ability to tap telephone calls and e-mail using money from the U.S. government,…

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Time to Get Rid of the FDA

The time has long since come for the U.S. Congress to abolish the Food and Drug Administration. We’d like to think that FDA officials have only our health and safety in mind when they decide on what food or medicines they’ll allow us to buy. But, sadly enough, they’re as politically motivated as any politician…

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