We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Why? Because there is no accountability, no escape, and nobody who bothers to understand you and what your life is about. You are as helpless as a Frenchman. Just look at Oceania, or the EU - or even at Washington. That's why I am a member of The Federalist Society.
Freedom, not control, is our goal here at Maggie's. Mega-governance is Imperialism gone wild. Rachman at FT looks at World Government.
It is human nature to strive to succeed at whatever we do. If you write truly fine literature you might win a Pulitzer or Nobel Prize. If you write beautiful music and memorable lyrics you might win a Grammy, and the love and devotion of your fans. People who work in government seek to CONTROL and that is what makes them feel purposeful at the end of the day. Of course, Jefferson, Paine, Adams, and the gang knew this all too well, and the Constitution was created as a leash to be held on our government. Alas, We The People dropped that leash long ago........
Rachman at FT looks at world government, in the sense that PeeWee Herman looks at porn. One gets the sense that "looking" doesn't properly describe what he's actually doing.
And yes, Leonard Leo is impressive, he's a man who deserves, but will probably never get, a Presidential Freedom Medal.
It always amazes me how the left can fume about the Fed Soc being some rightist conspiracy. As an attorney I like the law to be a mechanism that operates in predictable patterns because this allows me to advise clients and keep them out of trouble; it also allows for democratic accountability. If the courts follow the law, then the people, if they dislike the law in sufficient numbers, can get it changed. When the courts do not respect the constitutional and legislative text, they usurp the people's ability to self-govern, and they also make it impossible to predict (and advise a client on) how a court will rule. The alternative to textualism is rule by ipse dixit, which is a great judicial philosophy as long as (and only as long as) the judge is ruling in your favor.
That acknowledgment of this fact and our legal conservative enslavement to the black letter text is somehow portrayed as a radical right wing project, grates on me severely. The alternative to textualism is simple intellectual prostitution.
The Federalist society is anything but federalist, and truly an embarrassment to the Founders. They recognized the need to place into the hands of a central government authority over those issues which the individual states could not address in their individual capacities. Today's so-called "federalists" want to divest the government of that power and let the states try to address everything on its own. If you're going to be a libertarian, just say so.
True federalists are neither conservative nor liberal; they just recognize that when one level of government cannot, either justly or physically, fix a problem - neither terrorism nor the environment respect borders - you establish the necessary republican institutions at a new level and empower them to get the job done.
If this means a federalist world republic, so be it. Citizens need to be more responsible to each other and create the levels of government we need rather than beating our chests like a bunch of gorillas.