Posted On: Wednesday - March 2nd 2022 6:31PM MST
In Topics:   Americans  Liberty/Libertarianism  US Feral Government  Poetic Stupidity  World Political Stupidity  Morning Constitutional
In the case of the ongoing downfall of the United States and very possible dissolution of the Union (whether openly or de facto), perhaps that old time Federalism, so in fashion for well nigh 2 centuries, could help solve our problem.
As commenter Hail pointed out two posts ago, Steve Sailer has a post, taken from his latest Takimag column*, advising us to be very wary of a break up of this country. (The idea here this time - as Mr. Hail noted that Mr. Sailer has written something like this before - comes obviously from what's going on with the Ukraine and Russia.) Steve Sailer says "Let’s Not Break Up the USA".
Lots of us beg to differ. No, the break up of the country will not be a picnic. It could turn out to be something we on the right might regret, something even worse than we are experiencing now. The column gives the reasons. The money quote is:
Whether you blame poor Ukraine’s current agony most on Russia’s obvious aggressions or NATO’s subtle machinations is a matter of opinion, but the lesson is clear: If you can avoid it, don’t be Ukraine.Mr. Sailer even quotes George Washington surprisingly, about foreign entanglements.**
In reply to this line, Mr. Anon noted:
What if the alternative to being Ukraine in 2022 is being Cambodia in 1976?(The rest of his comment was equally good.) Damn right. However, why don't we at least consider a solution that a real student of American history and the US Constitution might come up with - Federalism!
Before I read Mr. Sailer's column I did a quick ctrl-f (in the iPad sense) for the word “Federalism”. Nada.
He talks about the problems of having many small separate countries, as far as foreign interference. Well, there WERE many ALMOST separate countries in this land until not that awful long ago! They called ’em “States”, and they still do, even now, when they are behaving and being treated like nothing but districts or provinces by the Feral Gov’t.
The Founders of this country were smarter than most. Even though this country was run entirely by White Men, a big majority of British extraction, with real Federalism again, this ultra-diverse Tower of Babel might be able to hang together. The Founders created the Federal Gov’t for the main purpose of a common defense. That’s all it SHOULD be for!
There is far too much diversity at this point for this place to stay together as it is. I would not want to be part of the Totalitarian Police State, a Yugoslavia on steroids, that it’s going to take to keep it together. (That’s what it’s been becoming for a long while, accelerated by the problems of the immigration invasion and “civil rights”.)
I want no part in BEING together with many of these people period. It’s not just the policies but the fact that my labor is being stolen for the use of those with opinions and lifestyles anathema to me that makes me want out. Simple solution: Devolve the power back to the States and people where it belongs, per Amendment X.
One of the silver linings to have come out of the Covid PanicFest*** was the visibility of, and a modicum of respect for, Federalism again. Go Gators! Go Governor DeSantis!
Now, the first argument against my comment would logically be that this country is not divided politically along anything resembling State lines, such as in 1860. We are not only mixed in with each other to the level of counties, but we are mixed together right down to the level of voting precincts. It might take a decade or a couple of generations, but “experiments in democracy” (in some cases now, something else entirely) CAN STILL WORK. People can vote with their feet. It's not easy at all to leave the land one's had or regions one's lived in, even for a generation, much less 5 or 10. However, Americans ran off in the first place. They can do it again.
The hitch with the plan of reverting back to Federalism is that Federal power would have to be taken. That’s where the worries about violence come in. It will not be given up easily. The stupid bastards that let the Feds usurp State power over the many years are responsible for any bloodshed involved there.
Hey, if Federalism could come back in fashion, how bout hoop skirts Ragtime music, and Coca~cola made with REAL cocaine? Just as importantly, how about REAL MONEY? The great limericist**** of the iSteve comment crowd, Eustace Tilley (not), promotes Federalism much more poetically, with these 2 nice ones: :
A Phlebotomist Party would striveHis 2nd one even brings back some of that olde tyme spelling:
For a Washington barely alive.
Kill Amendment XVI:
A New Switzerland seen
With the sovereign states free to thrive.
Congrefs no Law shall enactThank you, even if you WERE Eustace Tilley!
Using Force to keep Union intact;
Nor shall States beggars be,
Nor be serfs, but be free;
Nor the Dollar by Magick be backed.
* His weekly Wednesday Takimag columns are some of his best writing, IMO. I think he spends quite a bit of time on them.
** Yeah, well that's water under the bridge. When you let your central government get out of control over (arguably) a whole century, you're way beyond the point of being able to control all that.
*** I'd say the highly increased awareness of homeschooling is another one.
**** Sorry, spell check, it's stayin'!