How Our Elected Prevaricators Sidestepped the Constitution and Turned the American Dream into the American Nightmare
Which is better – to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or three thousand tyrants one mile away?” –Rev. Mather Blyes, 1706-1788
The “three thousand tyrants,” of course, would be “democracy” — which word does NOT appear in our founding documents even once. Check for yourself.
And Gandhi and George Washington warned us about governments in general – – –
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence; it is force, and like fire, makes a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” –George Washington
“The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence.” –Mohandas K. Gandhi
So, which will it be, the one tyrant or the 3,000?
Fortunately there’s an alternative: A well designed Republic as, for example, the one layed out by the U.S. Constitution.
Yes, I admit, I have anarchist tendencies but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that a very weak government place-holder is probably necessary in order to avoid that function being taken over by monarchy or its hierarchical psychopathic equivalent – – – or democracy.
A government place-holder is also probably necessary to avoid government interference with trade which can take many forms. The most likely and insidious interference — because governments make money from it — is in the form of imposts, that is, taxes (tariffs) on goods when they cross borders.
The problem is that such trade interference disrupts market evolution including division of labor, specialization, and comparative advantage. When left alone, those ultimately result in new and better products at lower prices and thus more free time and happier customers and citizens.
Such interference also creates competitive friction among folks on either side of the border, sometimes leading to political agitatation or worse – – –
A lot of Idahoans shop in Oregon because Oregon has no sales tax. …Idaho tax officials have been going into Oregon, and shaking down Oregon retailers, demanding that the retailers collect and forward Idaho sales taxes. –Mike Hihn, [email protected]
Pennsylvanians often buy their alcohol in neighboring states because of the high prices imposed by the PA Liquor Control Board (LCB). The LCB sent agents into Maryland to shadow cars with PA plates, and if they bought liquor, follow and arrest them as soon as they crossed back into Pennsylvania. Maryland liquor retailers and their police threatened the PA agents with legal and bodily harm. –Western PA media
The framers of the U.S. Constitution were aware of such problems and so included the interstate commerce part of the Commerce Clause in the design of their Republic like this – – –
The Congress shall have Power …To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian tribes; — Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3
Before it was abused, the interstate part of the Commerce Clause was a useful part of The Constitution. It was intended to prevent states from taxing or otherwise interfering with goods coming from other states. That would not only hinder voluntary trade and the evolution of commerce, it would also create friction among the states and their people.
The notable problems with the interstate part of the Commerce Clause didn’t start until the passage of the Interstate
Article from LewRockwell