No one ever remembers the lessons of the first U.S. Constitution

Posted: 10/07/2014 in Screwed
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With its ratification on March 1, 1781, the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union became the Constitution for the original 13 colonies.  It was everything the GOP currently dreams about: strong state governments, weak central government.  Each state had the power to print their own money, raise their own taxes, set their own time zones, raise their own armies, enter their own treaties, and generally refuse to follow any rules set forth by the central authority that they didn’t like.  The central government didn’t have the power to raise money in order to fund itself (“tax”), or basically do anything else.

As should be obvious from the get-go, it didn’t work.  In fact, it was a major disaster.  It was so bad that it only took six years for everyone to come to their senses and draft the current Constitution, giving the federal government the final say in all matters of dispute.  (So much for the “perpetual” part of the Articles.)  But, like most Republicans, State Senator Joni Ernst, the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, would like to go back to that era.  In fact, she wants to make it illegal for the feds to pass a law any state might not like, ever.

This is how people in the Village think the world works: Ernst has openly voiced her support for legislation that would allow “local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement” the Affordable Care Act.  That was the red meat for her Tea Party “keep the gubmnt outta my Medicare” fans.  But there’s more: at a 2013 Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition forum, Ernst stated that Congress should never be allowed to pass laws “that the states would consider nullifying.”  Although she’s a little fuzzy on the details, Ernst wants states to have the power to arrest Feds if they break her “never pass anything I don’t like” rule.

Other than the central government never even thinking about passing anything at all, how can you be certain that no state will ever object to a proposed federal law?  I can see only one way.  I’m betting she has a time machine cranked up and ready to go — funded by the Koch brothers.

This is your future.  If you didn’t actively fight against it, you fought for it.


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