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Rehabilitating States’ Rights

Rehabilitating States’ Rights

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Over the centuries since the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and the Bill of Rights in 1791, the principle of States’ powers and States' rights – that States enjoy certain rights and prerogatives upon which the Federal government may not intrude – has gained a bad reputation. One could reasonably date the origin of this bad association from 1948, when Strom Thurmond accepted the presidential nomination of the break-away Democrats constituting the States’ Rights Party (“Dixiecrats”). The Dixiecrats were tainted because they advocated a radical doctrine of States’ rights and powers in opposition to a Federal government they viewed as bent on coercive nationwide racial integration, in violation, they argued, of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution.  To this day, ...
Pondering the Premiere of the Post-Modern Presidency

Pondering the Premiere of the Post-Modern Presidency

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To a few of you, the following sentence will be like saying “Elvis has left the building”, i.e., old news. But to many others, it will be very much in the vein of “Main bites dog,” i.e., novel to the point of being revolutionary. Anyway, here goes … the European Enlightenment is now officially over.  “Over” as in “dead as last week’s oatmeal” or “as passé as disco fever and bell-bottom pants” or "As useless as invitations to Hillary Clinton's inaugural ball". (Yeah, I know ... still too soon for me, too ... sorry ... apologies!)  Probably many fewer of you are aware of the likely – not strictly certain, but this is the way to bet – replacement ideology:  (some form of) postmodernism.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but the operative word in the third sentence (beginning “Anyway, he...
Constitution As Verb

Constitution As Verb

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I am having an experience I have seldom – I won’t quite say “never” – experienced in life:  hope. Were the phrase not already taken, I would even make bold to say I am experiencing the “audacity of hope”. Beginning in early childhood, I learned very well to be extremely cautious in succumbing to promiscuous hope. For a long time, my working hypothesis in life was written by the Greek / Cretan author Nikos Kazantzakis, who wrote Zorba the Greek, Report to Greco, and The Last Temptation of Christ:  "Hope is a rotten-thighed whore". In fact, I learned to be a “hope anorexic”:  to subsist on the absolute minimum of hope that would permit me to maintain a sketchy simulacrum of sanity. Without getting lost in past history, I will say that this tendency is traceable to my experience with Chri...