We are well on the way to a place where the cure (militarized law enforcement and erosion on fundamental constitutional rights) is worse than the disease (drug use), which means we conservatives made a huge mistake supporting this. The marijuana legalization initiative on the August ballot is a way to start doing something about it.
Our unique constitution divides power between states and a federal government. This division originally left most power with the states, but permitted the new United States to handle those things that could not be managed by the individual states. Over time, this division of power has eroded to the extent that the states are fast becoming vestigal organs on the body politic.
91 million voting eligible Americans chose not to participate in 2012. If conservatives can figure out how to turn them out and do it several times in a row, we can turn the path of this nation around.
Politician’s stumping for election make promises for which funds do not exist, for which the technology does not exist, or is too expensive. The truly unfortunate part is when they enact these glowing promises for future benefits into law. When the day of reckoning arrives, they are often long gone from the scene. In today’s column, we attempt to hold them accountable.
The democrat majority in the US Senate last week decided that an extension of unemployment benefits was more important than job creation. With 92 million Americans permanently out of the work force, this seems more of an exercise in manufacturing new democrat voters than taking care of people in need.
When Interior can cancel a proposed land swap to allow a road through a National Wildlife Refuge that few ever visit via the excuse of some undetermined threat to nesting birds while actively killing banded owls in the Pacific Northwest and writing rules to allow wind farms to kill hundreds of thousands of birds over the next 30 years, we have the very definition of insanity.
The 17th amendment removed an important power of the states in the interest of reducing corruption. Moving that power back to the states while creating a hybrid system that also curtails corruption is the goal of this new amendment.
The argument about failing ObamaCare websites is bogus. It is not about the websites. Rather it is what you are compelled to do by ObamaCare itself. In this case, the cure is much worse than the disease.
Many citizens consider federal employees the “permanent government” and largely disconnected from the problems of ordinary citizens. This amendment suggests a way to renew the connection between citizen and government. Term limits for the bureaucracy.
Federal judges serve for life. Thus court composition is dependant on who is President and the health and retirement whims of the individual judges. Let’s change that to long, fixed single terms, giving each President a predictable number of appointments.