The very recent revival of the Tenth Amendment on both popular and political landscapes has underscored the ever-present demarcation between liberty and statism. It has also brought to light an interesting demarcation within the group of liberty-minded anti-statists.Details
If we truly want to strengthen freedom and regain what we have already lost, we will pledge ourselves to defending the Constitution. We cannot support our Constitution, however, unless we face the fact that it is being continually ignored and betrayed. It is time that we give some serious thought to the Constitution.Details
by Joe Schembrie, LewRockwell.com
The Establishment Media is hyping the dire prophecy of a Russian professor that the United States will have a bloody civil war and “disintegrate,” after which the secessionist regions will be absorbed by other nations. The Establishment Media Moral: we must patriotically embrace our federal government or face horrendous consequences.
Certainly a full-blown civil war would be hellish. With modern weapons the casualties could exceed all our other wars. The disruption of food production and distribution chains in our specialized economy could trigger famine. To be imperially dominated by other nations could well mean the loss of our civil liberties.Details
by Greg Heller, The Holy Cause
There is a new bill circulating in Montana’s legislature which has significant implications on several fronts in the battle for liberty, most notably that of States Rights, and the right to bear arms.Â The bill can be read here, and is not a long read (freedom is much easier to describe than tyranny), but to whet your interest here are a few snippets.Details
by Greg Heller, The Holy Cause
“Obama Moves to Let States Set Own Rules on Emissions”
So says The Wall Street Journal:
President Barack Obama plans to call on the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to consider allowing states including California to regulate automobile greenhouse-gas emissions, said people familiar with the administration’s thinking.
The move will signal a major policy break from his predecessor on an issue that has divided key Democratic Party constituencies …
… Mr. Obama’s plans were described to The Wall Street Journal by three people familiar with the administration’s thinking, including one administration official. Mr. Obama was expected to outline his plans in directives to the agencies to be released at a White House event Monday.
by Rep Ron Paul
The economic situation continues to deteriorate this week as past and future bailouts were discussed on Capitol Hill.Â The debate was over the accountability of already disbursed TARP money, and on whether or not to release remaining funds.Â Â Banks that had already been bailed out before are looking for more money to fill the black holes that are their balance sheets, warning that they are simply too big to fail.
However, whatever â€˜devastatingâ€™ consequences these banks are dreaming up and pushing on Capitol Hill regarding their own collapse will be nothing compared to the collapse of our currency if we keep debasing it through these foolish bailouts.Â It should be that they are too big to bailout.Â The world will not come to an end without this or that bank.Â The most troubling thing to me is this rhetoric that only government can save the economy, and must act.Â This is so counter-productive.Details
By Jeffrey R. Snyder, Fee.org
The federal government was supposed to be limited to a few defined powers. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution- â€œThe powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the peopleâ€ -confirms it.
The federal government, of course, does not at present respect its constitutional limits. The chief culprit, in this regard, is the massive social legislation and regulatory apparatus enacted under Congressâ€™s constitutional authority â€œto regulate Commerce . . . among the several statesâ€ (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3).Details