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Tag: Federalism
  • Eric Holder Goes after Texas

    Attorney General Eric Holder announced on July 25th, 2013 that the Justice Department is now requesting that federal courts require the state of Texas to ask permission prior to changing any of its voting laws. This stunning grab for power comes just one month after the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Voting …

  • Jesse Jackson Calls for UN Intervention in US

    In a video at the WSJ Opinion page, I discovered that “Jesse Jackson in these last days has called for the United Nations to intervene in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict.” This is not necessarily something unseen in America, unfortunately, but it does continue to show the extent to which those who have …

  • The Rightful Remedy: A Few Words On Nullification

    As to liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. — Heinlein, Starship Troopers We had a saying in the Corps: “complacency kills.”  I find that to be valid …

  • The Educational Smear of the Antifederalists

    While sitting in class the other day, I overheard several classmates of mine preparing to take a US Government exam. The conversation struck a particular chord with me due to one comment that was along the lines of Classmate 1: Patrick Henry, what was he? Federalist or Antifederalist? Classmate 2: He was crazy, so what …

  • What Were the States?

    In hopes to curb federal authority, limited government advocates are increasingly shifting their focus toward their own respective states. It is through the grassroots work of individual citizens and of the state governments themselves, it is thought, that a realistic means in scaling back the abusive overreach of Washington can be achieved. In order to …

  • Are Americans Running from Big Government?

    It looks like people are starting to vote against big government — with their feet, at least. The most free states seem to be attracting quite a few newcomers, while there is a mass exodus from states with big government, according to this infographic from mint.com.

  • Tom Woods on the Principles of ’98

    In 1798, the legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky approved resolutions that affirmed the states’ right to resist federal encroachments on their powers. If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned the resolutions’ authors (James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, respectively), it will continue to grow – regardless …

  • Local Government viewed more favorably than national

    Our Founders reveled in localized control over politics.  The national government was created to possess only a few, specific, and defined powers, while state politics were meant to be more important.  Localized government was the order of the day and the differences between states were meaningfully based on local preferences. Pew Research shows that while …

  • Washington’s expansion: The death throes of federalism?

    “As other American fiefdoms fade, Washington looms larger than ever” reports the Washington Post, explaining that while Washington has historically played second fiddle to American cities such as New York and Chicago and the capitals of other powerful nations, like London and Paris, it has seen an unprecedented rise in both power and popularity over …