Tuesday, February 17, 2009

In a nearby parallel Universe....

I got this map from some kind of fringe group (i.e., "fringe" as in any group outside the accepted two party political system of the United States). It shows those states (in dark blue) that have either submitted for consideration, or already passed, a bill reaffirming their state's rights under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. (Those in light blue are states considering putting forth such legislation in reaffirmation of their rights. )


The Tenth Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights and was ratified on December 15, 1791. It states the Constitution’s principle of Federalism by providing that powers not granted to the national government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the states and to the people. It is based on an earlier provision of the Articles of Confederation: “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.”


Having tried globalism and now in the onset of suffering the dire consequences of its massive failure, Dada sometimes fantasizes about taking it all in the opposite direction -- towards a more localized system of governments.

Imagine the 50 U.S. states becoming a group of smaller nation states, say, 4, 5, 8, or 12 little "baby states" (independent of Hawaii and Alaska, of course, who may want to join Polynesia and/or Canada or Russia, respectively).

While opting for more tribalism may not be any more successful than the one government "New World Order" bullshit crammed down our throats the last 3, 4, or 5 decades, it does offer some tempting contemplations we ought to give a chance.

For example, can you imagine Montana declaring it is sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan? Or how about the following headline:

"It is being reported an incident that occurred last week and heretofore kept secret until now has revealed the object a British nuclear sub struck while on maneuvers in the North Sea was that of the Oklahoma nuclear attack submarine, the UCO Anita Bryant."


xandtrek said...

I hate to interject a lesson from my class here, but states left to their own devices tend to hang nooses from trees and teach their kids the earth is only 6,000 years old.

Dada said...

Well, yes, but at least in those scenarios, the victims get to keep their heads and the violence has only been going on for only six milennia.

Fran said...

Hmmm interesting concept.

LOL the Anita Bryant sub!!!