but then again, maybe it isn’t…
a return to state sovereignty and a vastly diminished federal government would be a win for every american except for the apparatchiks and the congress-critters.
imagine a nation where the states held most of the power and competed for productive and useful citizens.
each would comprise an experiment on policy and seek to induce migration by facilitating human thriving.
we could all vote with our feet.
citizens become customers, not serfs tied to the land.
this is, today, impeded because so many of the rules and taxes are federal. but it does not have to be.
state choice could become even more potent than school choice and would rapidly punish and consign to failure those who sought to overburden makers and builders to support classes of bureaucrats and takers.
people would throng to the places they are treated best and tyrants could stay home and rule over their empty cities.
wouldn’t that be a thing…
Next time someone asks DeSantis if he's running for President, he should say, "If the Federal government keeps on the way it's going, I may need to run for President of Florida."
Just got back to SF from an all-too-brief Texas trip, where the diners & the servers were unmasked, people were friendly all over, and the bouncers on 6th St. in Austin were actively trying to coax us into the bars w/promises of $3 shots. The bouncers in the Bay Area actively check your papers. Hmm, I wonder why CA just lost a congressional seat, while Texas & Florida gained one?
They would not allow it. We are still playing by the rules while they are not. Do you really think we will vote them out come November 2022? Grow up.
If you read some blogs from Venezuela, you see writers still trying to use the legal system to fix things and seemingly unaware that those in power are cleaning their guns.
Tyrants everywhere will hold on to power unless it is ripped forcibly from their hands. And even then they come back. Look at Nicaragua, Russia, etc.
We are, I'm afraid, in a fight for our lives.
I have an idea—virtual state citizenship! We choose our state virtually and abide by the laws associated with that state, pay into/benefit from the taxes of that state, and so on. In which case, I’m a virtual Floridian!
Hey we New Yorkers aren't ready to surrender MSM just make it look that way. Just because most live in penthouses and don't see us even when we fill the streets doesn't mean NYC is out of the resistance game! :~)
Please recognize that the federal government has usurped power from the states by using the imprimatur of scotus to brand these incursions with legitimacy.
IMHO, there is no rule of law in America and the courts are effectively useless. The only way back is to use the apparatus of a state to fight this tyranny by protecting its citizens from the depredations of fedgovinc
1,000 people per day moving to Florida. As a SW FL resident I ask you to stay where you are and change it rather than overpopulate the Free State of Florida. Thank you.
DeSantis gets it => Extreme Federalism
FTA below: "Extreme federalism is a reaffirmation of the original intent of the United States constitution, and we do not need F-15s and nuclear weapons to achieve it. What we need is strong–will, brave state-level leadership and unrelenting citizen determination. We The People are the people we have been waiting for."
Federalism is a brilliant idea. It's the only way a large, diverse, melting pot of a country can stay together as a country.
Of course, Progressives ruined it. IMO it's the greatest argument against Progressivism. If Leftists ideas actually worked, you'd want to prove it at the State level and leave the dumb deplorables to suffer in their freedoms.
But, they know it doesn't work, so they need it to be universal and universally miserable.
That is why there are 18 enumerated powers (a lot more if you count Congressional powers) in the Constitution. The founders were well aware of the pitfalls of a vast federal government. The States themselves have ceded power over time to the Feds when the squishy, cowardly State leaders wanted to absolve themselves of doing the hard tasks of governance. The SC has also been guilty of political interpretation rulings rather than following the Constitution. This nation is in a world of hurt and the need of States to take back their power is paramount for the country, as a whole, to survive.
Maybe DeSantis could get a law passed that Florida will collect all Federal Income tax and FICA taxes from Floridians (just like businesses collect sales taxes) and then the State of Florida would vote on how much to pay the Feds. That would be a powerful movement in the direction of State sovereignty. This would eliminate the Federal Government’s ability to blackmail Florida by withholding funds. Instead, Florida could withhold funds from the Fed for: Florida’s Senior Citizens Social Security payments; military base operations; as punishment for flying illegals into the State, and withholding lifesaving COVID medication…etc…
I think many people in Florida don't understand how good they have it. They enjoy the freedom and the outcomes of their governor being a total bad*ss fighter for them, but don't understand it. I'm not sure I really have (I live in another conservative state full of conservative people with globalist leaders barely able to conceal it). But I have family living in Mass and Ca. Frankly I don't know how they have kept businesses open there. Between the govt and Karens it is a mess. No wonder the crime and suicide rates are up.
Also what the Founding Fathers wanted, but as Robert Burns so aptly said "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men...", and that's why we have cats to keep both on a tight rein.
Apparently Pelosi appreciates this sentiment as I read she just purchased a mansion in FL.
It seems many are thinking of DeSantis as president, I know I am and I don’t live in FL. The contrast of what he offers compared to Brandon is massive.
Thank heavens for our control groups FL and Sweden or we’d be doomed, it took courage
The problem is that everyone wants a part of success and then they vote for broken. People can’t conceive of leaving what works alone.
Just as our Founders intended. I’m all for Freedom, Liberty, equal justice and accountability- four things all statist disdain.
I do find it ironic and hypocritical, but not surprising, Nasty Nancy P has purchased a new residence in Desantisland. Go Ron Go!!
It was once called the Articles of Confederation.
In Australia they already have the answer to that: close the state borders. Seriously, nobody can come into Queensland now (not even Qld residents) unless they meet some pretty extreme criteria.
Turns out democracy requires something from the citizens now and then: vote with your feet.
Here in Australia our state leaders are already running the show. Problem is, they're a bad crop and are trying to outdo each other for the tyrant of the year award.
I think you might be Ayn Rand reincatnated...and I'm purrrfectly okay with that!
I was just checking home prices in florida .... holy cow. A falling down mobile home for $200k!
"I am DeCaptain now."
Not sure why you publish a chart with two curves on a scale going from 6 to 20 and another one from 40% to 50%.
I see these sort of baseless charts all the time and find them very misleading at best. I would not expect to see them on your posts. I would like to keep respecting you and your writings.
We could always return to the Articles of Confederation. Strip the central government of all taxing authority and no more Supremacy Clause. Problems solved.
So your idea is that citizenship and immigration should be handled at the state level rather than having national borders, with each state having their own version of ICE to patrol its borders and vet refugees coming in from other states or countries? Would each state have its own visa types and requirements?
He should run on a States Rights platform. No one has tried that in a while. Blue state voters who are happy with their Governors and Mayors should be supportive.
50 laboratories of innovation!
Yes! Super glad to be a property owner & regular visitor to the free state of Florida. It’s not so bad anywhere in the Southeast, if you get out of the big blue cities. However, Florida has been a real place of respite from the insanity. Who knew? Maybe the NASCAR & SEC nation folks will be the ones to save us.
I agree. It seems things might be heading in that direction anyway.
let's go brandon, biden and democrats are culpable in the wuakesha terror attack...
That WOULD be a thing. The frightening thing is FL was looking like it was leaning toward sweet-faced morally vacuous Andrew Gillum right before the election. https://gellerreport.com/2020/04/police-release-sickening-photos-video-of-andrew-gillums-hotel-room-scene-drugs-feces-vomit-etc.html/
States now well run could be dumpter fires if the election goes South. And since dead ppl vote - esp Marxist dead...
Take gander at breakdown of Communism in USSA:
Regarding vaccinated superspread hypothesis:
can i send you the jupyter notebook?
Some states could try slavery, and some could try freedom. Let the competition between states begin. Ah, the good old days, before Abe fettered the power of the states.
Eastern Germans actually voted down their communist government with their feet! In fall 1989, their Trabant plastic cars flooded Prague. The refugees flocked to the Western German Embassy in Prague and the Berlin Wall started crumbling down. Tyrants can't rule over empty cities.
I was thinking in the same thing. We need stronger states rights.
How low can Brandon's ratings go?
The world needs to build back better & reset without the Elites.
What is it with "unionization" of anything, anyway?
States, employment ?
This is how we get through the division in our country.
It already is a thing. (But I guess you knew that.)