We were warned, says Brion McClanahan
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Americans should be wary of the so-called “conservative” spin on the Roberts decision.
Demonizing those who support liberty and limited central government is what progressives do best. Here’s all the ammo you need to rebut their 3 top fallacies. Article by Prof. Brion McClanahan.
This debate ultimately boils down to loose interpretation verses strict construction. Thomas Jefferson had the best line on this issue. When asked to read between the lines to â€œfindâ€ implied powers, Jefferson responded that he had done that, and he â€œfound only blank space.â€
Studying the rise and decline of empires has long been instructive for Americans, and for decades, historians, philosophers, economists, diplomats, statesmen, and others have warned against the American Empire.
There were “nationalists” even in the early federal period, but they often understood that if the United States contained several nations rather than one, it would be better to separate than to consolidate.
One thing that consistently vexes me is the amount of time the modern statists, particularly on the Left, spend labeling the idea of decentralization and secession as “kooky.” The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 â€“ if they have read them or know about them â€“ are often portrayed as quaint and unsophisticated pronouncements of provincialism
The recent rejuvenation of interest in Stateâ€™s rights, nullification, and secession has been a welcome result of the explosion of federal power since the housing and credit bubbles burst last fall. The 10th Amendment movements and “tea parties” are, at least on one level, a pure form of “republicanism.” Unfortunately, there are those who call themselves Republicans who have little understanding about the history of the republic, namely how the Founding generation conceptualized the “united States” as Jefferson called it in the Declaration of Independence.