The Un-American Amendment: when 32 is greater than 68

Abraham Lincoln with Pinkerton and McClernand - 1862

President Abraham Lincoln led a nation to fight a war for Federal unity – only to have his own party try to dismantle it 150 years later.

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Remember when the Republicans wanted to save the Union?

I don’t.  Because the last time they focused on it was about 150 years ago.  These days, the Republicans seem to be against any sort of Federalism.  Which is odd because the Republican Party was begotten by the Whigs and the Whigs were begotten by the Federalist Party which was formed by Alexander Hamilton who wrote the Federalist papers.

Need proof that the GOP has strayed from its Federalist roots?

Today, bills will be introduced to both the House and the Senate for a constitutional amendment to allow states to veto any federal laws they don’t like.  Who are the sponsors of these bills?   In the Senate:  Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Barrasso (R-WY), and  Orrin Hatch (R-UT).  In the House: Representatives Rob Bishop (R-UT) , H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Paul Broun (R-GA).

Note the R’s after the names.  And not a D in the bunch.

Rep. Bishop even published an Op-Ed piece yesterday to explain the reasoning behind the bills.  Of course his piece is laden with bold – and meaningless – statements about “founders’ intent”.  And that intent is apparently “more state power” despite the GOP being the grandson of the party founded by Federalist supreme Hamilton.

The basic idea of the amendment is that if 2/3 of the states don’t like a federal law, they can toss it.  This totally undermines Continue Reading

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