A great deal of future misery is spared when people remember to not project their sensibilities onto aggregate others. Unfortunately this is a thing that eagerly slips the mind of vast majorities. There’s practically nothing in these pages that strikes me as controversial after only a few moments of consideration. Though I know from some highly amusing links, it is the stuff of Demogorgon to others. The point for societal or government developers is that the best architected systems start with ends close to the middle, and some means still to keep them from lunging at each other’s neck.
Here’s a way of looking at the first part of that. If someone asked you to develop a system of government that maximizes peace and prosperity, your first logical response might be: Ok, give me a few million homogenous Swiss and I’m done. It’s comforting how easy some chores can be with just a little outside-the-box thinking.
Though as we add diversity, which is to say less euphemistically friction, the task grows more onerous. Why heads of state intentionally sand their gears is a psychosis I do hope philosophers, theologians, and clinicians one day unravel. But as it is, this scaling disharmony applies even when the viscosity gradients are less than Africans in Sweden. People of similar genomes but different mores and temperaments also require a program to keep knives undrawn.
One of these programs that I would have found as appealing as the men who implemented it here is federalism. A system where states form a union that cost each only a fraction of its sovereignty in exchange for the benefits of mutual commerce and defense. Even better is that each state remains at liberty to accommodate the particular characteristics of its own people. In such a scheme, there is likely some place for every taste. If you found Missouri’s legal and social milieu unappealing, perhaps New Hampshire would better suit.
It’s a great system…except for human nature. For it presumes a live and let live inclination that is not often demonstrated. People who feel disdain for Missouri don’t simply move to New Hampshire, they petition it to attack. Social Justice Warrior may be a novel term, but it is an old phenomenon. Whatever its sufferers passionately embrace on Tuesday creates a conquer/submit mentality toward those who differ. It’s flight or fight for the retards. And it makes federalism unworkable other than as a means of administration: states exist as separate units enforcing a unitary command. So what could have been relative harmony in 50 unique polities becomes a savage national scrum for control of the only one with power.
It is thus no small irony that the people now swallowing their tongues over the prospect of a President Trump are the same philosophical kindred of those who concentrated all authority in Washington to begin with. You wanted big central government? Well it’s going to be yuge.
The pillars of the originally intended framework in the American system are the Ghost Shirt’s Enumerated Powers in conjunction with the 10th Amendment. Together they define the narrow range of federal powers, with all other authority residing with the states. It’s all right there in black and white; just like in the Liberian constitution. Unfortunately though, the provisions in question were written in invisible ink and so have been missed entirely during the course of prior judicial reviews.
The result of which being a permissible range of federal action that coincidentally matches the Satanic Bible: Do What Thou Wilt.
None of which is particularly surprising when you accept that a piece of paper never contradicts the black robes who speak on its behalf. As a result I found this story to be endearingly quaint in its own Quixotic way. In it, the Tennessee state legislature is leading a Pickett’s Charge against Obama’s “””refugee””” program on 10th Amendment grounds.
As some of you may not know, that fine state has involuntarily morphed into a human catch basin over recent years. With several meticulously maintained and picturesque small towns becoming latrines of third-world jetsam. Nashville itself now bears the enviable sobriquet of “Little Kurdistan.” I imagine every fallen confederate looks upon this miasma with rekindled fervor for their Lost Cause. Though no doubt the Union dead can take equal pride in the future they secured. Speaking of the Tennessee initiative, one of its co-sponsors remarked:
This Resolution strikes a blow for liberty,” Majority Leader Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville), the co-sponsor of the bill who carefully guided it through the upper chamber tells Breitbart News in an exclusive statement.
Norris calls the resolution, “a declaration of our rights as a sovereign state which upholds the principles by which we foster freedom.”
“To do anything less would demonstrate deliberate indifference to our constitutional duty to defend the peace, safety and happiness of all Tennesseans,” Norris adds.
The resolution asks Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery “to initiate or intervene in one or more civil actions on behalf of the State of Tennessee or, in the alternative, seek appropriate relief in a federal court of competent jurisdiction” in the matter.
Tennessee, which formally withdrew from the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program in 2008, is one of 12 “Wilson-Fish alternative program” states in which the federal government has subsequently selected a voluntary agency (VOLAG) to operate the program.
That’s the basis for Tenth amendment claim. Even though it is no longer participating in the program, the state of Tennessee is required to pay for a number of social services delivered to the refugees that are settled in the state by the VOLAG, in this case, Catholic Charities.
Thanks Catholics, that’s charitable of you indeed. I’m sure the people of Tennessee are eager to experience the work of your affiliate “ISIS Charities.” Or the mouthful philanthropy: “Only white kid in the public school Charities.” Or perhaps the less well known “Exploding budget deficits and crime Charities.” Regardless, it’s the benevolent spirit that matters. Hopefully the diocese will have no qualms if locals begin construction of their own Vatican walls as a symbol of gratitude.
All of which brings us back to Tennessee’s vain-valiant attempt to reclaim a lost contract. The states obviously never intended to void their own sovereignty. Provisions were penned expressly to this end. Though they lost it just the same. With a Scalia-less court at his back, Obama’s legal interpretation will rest comfortably on the unparalleled judicial acumen of the United States Military. And until Tennessee musters a more authoritative jurist, it seems the law is on his side.
This is always history’s verdict: those who point to words get overruled by those who point with tanks. It’s the eternal Law of Rule. Coming soon to Little Kurdistan.