Tag: FederalIsm

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I am genuinely glad to see so many people rediscovering the value of the Constitution: the structure it gives our government, separation of powers, checks and balances. I just wish they would also remember this insight the next time their preferred policy or politician is the one running afoul of those limits. The president had […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Attorney General Barr warns of “totalitarian democracy”

 
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Attorney General Barr gave another important, if willfully underreported, speech. The full text is posted on the Department of Justice website. You can read every word below, with key passages highlighted.

Barr described two conflicting visions of democracy at the root of our current level of social discord, with politics pervasive in all spheres. These two visions are liberal democracy and totalitarian democracy. He then showed how three powerful checks on tyranny have been weakened or turned to the service of consolidating power in a national elite. Attorney General Barr concluded with a note of optimism and a call to action.

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If we want to curtail the growth of the federal government devouring all state and local power we need to upgrade our crappy state flags into better flags so people can be prouder of their states and want more control at the more local levels.  More

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Bill Whittle and company are delighted by Georgia’s recent move to enable direct transactions between doctors and patients. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have a lively discussion of the Trump administration’s withdrawal of federal funding for California’s high-speed rail project. Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand says states would no longer be able to legislate on abortion if she gets elected. And Jim offers a radical counter-proposal after learning an adversity score was added to the SAT.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. It Takes a Village to Make a Village

 

I’m a third of the way through Tim Carney’s Alienated America and I also thoroughly enjoyed the episode of The Remnant podcast about the book. It’s no surprise to me that I like this book, as the lack of social organizations at a grassroots level is near and dear to my heart, especially when it comes to firearms ownership in America.

Gun owners are being shoved to the side in American culture, and that’s putting the right to self-defense for all Americans in jeopardy. While my focus is on gun rights, the fact is, the decline of social communities outside of politicas is something that is hurting all Americans. So I ask you, my fellow Ricocheti, what can we as individuals to help re-create and renew the social organizations that once held our country together?

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While most of the conservative world laments the Michigan decision that found unconstitutional the federal prohibition on female genital mutilation (FGM), I am cheered by it. Make no mistake, I find forced FGM abhorrent. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Washington’s Bipartisan War On Federalism

 

The scowling face of the State


With all the talk about America’s vanishing consensus, there remains one major issue which both sides of the aisle are in full agreement: the urgent need to yoke one’s political agenda to the awesome power of the federal government.

Want to know if you can keep your doctor? What about your lightbulb? Your same-sex spouse? Your weed? Better consult with Washington.

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This is a great article. I don’t get why Seton Motley isn’t a bigger deal in conservative media. He needs to be on a Ricochet podcast, yesterday. Immigration, Internet,…: The Left’s Warped, Ridiculously Fake Federalism More

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Richard Epstein describes a potentially groundbreaking healthcare case out of Idaho, where insurers are looking to give consumers more options than are currently allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. First Principles: The Fairweather Federalist

 

I find curious the subject of sanctuary cities; specifically why limited government conservatives support the Trump administration’s attempts to “do something” about them. Those attempts haven’t yielded much other than litigation, and so the Trump administration has started talking about arresting local officials who do not play along. Similar is the Attorney General’s recent decision to rescind the Cole Memo, paving the way for federal prosecutors to begin cracking down on marijuana producers and retailers in states where such a thing is legal.

We have the phenomenon of those conservatives who talk about the virtues of federalism, states’ rights, subsidiarity, and limited government but it all goes right out the window when it comes to Mexicans or pot.

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I was witness to a conversation in which a liberal asked: “What has led us to confuse disagreement over ideas with disapproval of each other? Why is disagreement so uncomfortable and so personal?” More

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Richard Epstein explains the contents of President Trump’s new executive order on healthcare, explores the controversy around a White House proposal to cut subsidies to insurers, and explains why conservatives who fretted about President Obama’s use of executive orders shouldn’t be bothered by this exercise of executive power.

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“Never walk into an environment and assume that you understand it better than the people who live there.” — Kofi Annan More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Let the West Control Their Own Land

 

Washington DC controls less than 5 percent of the land in the United States. Well, states in the east and Midwest, that is. Look west of Kansas, and the feds control 50 percent of the land. To illustrate the disparity, I did what I do, and created a map.

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I have a question that possibly has a simple answer beyond the logic I’m trying to apply. With so many excellent minds and sources of information here I submit it to Ricochet. Why do the leftist liberals who support government and government spending to provide a wide range of services to the public not embrace […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Cavalry Isn’t Coming from DC – States Need to Save Themselves

 

Obama brought us Obamacare, the Stimulus, and doubled the debt to $20 trillion. George W. Bush brought us the Wall Street bailout and interminable middle-eastern wars. Congress, alternately run by Democrats and Republicans over the past 16 years, approved all of these messes. And seeing how everyone in DC — politicians, press, lobbyists, and probably Uber drivers — have spent the past five months in an endless slap fight, we shouldn’t expect the Beltway to produce much of consequence for the foreseeable future.

How do we enact conservative change in this environment? The best option is to build a doorless wall around DC; Washingtonians of every stripe can give each other swirlies while the rest of America gets about fixing the nation. But since that effort might be frowned upon, let’s just ignore the lot of them the best we can and focus closer to home.

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Some of our lawyers have commented that the liberal judge who blocked Trump’s attempt to de-fund Sanctuary Cities was right, based on Federalism and the Constitution. I have some questions regarding Federalism and civil rights: More

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You want federalism? This is federalism! Left-wing Dutch vegan who moved to Switzerland is denied a Swiss passport because she is too annoying More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Why Every Liberal Should Favor Small Government

 

Being a conservative who likes art, music, film, theater, new foods and cultural celebrations isn’t a stretch. That makes up the majority of conservatives I personally know. And while our preferences in those arenas may be different, we all share a near universal belief that government that is small is government that works best — streamlined, efficient, not trying to be an expert in areas that it is not. And, most importantly, a government that doesn’t think its interference makes things better.

But, for so many in liberal media and those moving narrative over facts, the conservative in America hates the arts (see: Meryl Streep), despises culture, and universally is an evil demagogue who hates brown people, wishes to live back in the ’50s, is desperate to eradicate all levels of government, and can’t stand the Commies.

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