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.
A constitutional law professor once told his class that the 9th and 10th amendemnets were actually repealed by the 14th amendment. When a skeptical student asked why, if that were the case, the 14th amendemnt says nothing about such a repeal, the professor answered that it was a defacto repeal and need not be specifically referenced in the 14th. Aside from the fact that many of the states who ratified the 14th were under military occupation at the time and no mention is made about the 9th and 10th amendments, the doctrine of incorporation has solidified the hold of the central governmnet over the states. It would seem that a state by state rejection of the doctrine of incorporation and it's expansionary interpretation of unlimited federal power is the only way out. Perhaps a new doctrine, say a doctrine of 'epistemological modesty', could aid the cause by bringing some of these nutty judges and politicians down a notch.
The South attempted to point out the erosion of that concept prior to the Civil War. Lincoln and the Abolistionists forced the issue and war ensued.
States do not have any rights that amount to anything, and will never again unless we have another civil war.
For my money, revolution is necessary to restore the intended balance of the republic. But that may be moot due to the rapid worldwide economic decline that is already creating a world war atmosphere. Tough, tough times.
It's happen to several of us. I'm no computer guy but I kept trying various "things" and it finally worked. I know how you feel.......Spam, I'm not Spam damn it...but take heart with the economy headed where it's headed Spam will be the new Filet Mignon.
It has happened to all of us. When it won't take your comment, select your comment and cut it. Click out of the thread/post where you want to put it and open another post. Click out of that post back to the original - where you want to leave the comment. Paste the comment into a new box. It should take it. It's worked every time for me. If you have a link, do this:
h ttp:// etc... Put a space after the first 'h'.
It was not the 14th ammendment which trumped the 9th and 10th ammendments, it was the force of Union guns and the inability of the Confederate states to recognize that the issue at hand was never slavery, it was Federalism. Slavery was just one more log on the fire.
Moving beyond the War Between The States, I as a Californian am reminded daily that neither the Kingdom of Hawaii nor the Republic of California are members by free choice. In fact, neither half of California is a part of our respective "United States" by our choosing. We never drew a line between San Ysidro and Tijuana. In a bittersweet footnote to history, it was our government in Monterey that was literally made "an offer they can't refuse" by "Don Vito" Fremont.
It may well be that this union has ultimately benefited both California and Hawaii but we shouldn't confuse results and causes.
I apologize for my tone. I don't wish to offend the Yankees at Maggie's Farm but please understand, in this context, the term "voluntary" has a bitter edge to it.