In the aftermath of Baltimore riots, President Obama remarked that communities, police and the country needs some “soul searching.“ How much searching? Riots had little to do with a 25 year old black man, Freddie Gray’s death, while in custody of the police department. Since the early 60’s we’ve been told that poverty is a major culprit of black unrest. Not everyone is convinced. From a population of 400,000, approximately 300 thugs and thieves captured the media lens, ignoring the majority of law-biding citizenry.
By Bradley Harrington
“The legislative powers vested in Congress are specified and enumerated in the eighth section of the first article of the Constitution, and it does not appear that the power proposed to be exercised by the bill is among the enumerated powers…” – President James Madison, vetoing a federal public roads and canals bill, 1817 –
After last week’s recommendation that Wyoming turn its roads over to private enterprise, several readers questioned me on just how that could happen.
By Bradley Harrington
“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” – Howard Aiken, “Portraits in Silicon,” 1987 –
As anyone who follows my column knows well, I am a vociferous advocate for abolishing Wyoming’s reliance on federal funding for any of its internal operations. For what happens if and when those dollars disappear, or threaten to become substantially reduced?
By creating that kind of vulnerability within our own state’s business, we:
In 1770, Sir William Pitt, speaking before Britain’s House of Lords, declared, “There is something behind the throne greater than the King himself.“ That raised the scepter the real rulers are invisible, exercising power from behind the scenes. Austrian born Felix Frankfurter, Supreme Court Justice, restated the notion in an American context when he said, “The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.” Are we to believe conditions have changed in the political realm in Washington D.C? Is this democratic process a mirage? Is that unseen hand human or Divine?
A Republic, by definition, has two principle elements;
First, it is controlled by Law, therefore it does not control Law.
Second, it recognizes the private independent sovereign nature of each person (man or woman) of competent age and capacity, therefore a Republic must be representative in its nature.
A Republic recognizes Law is unchangeable, or at least that it can only be changed by a higher source than government. In a Republic the concept of “collective sovereignty” cannot exist, except with recognition that the State or nation, as a body of sovereigns, can speak through one elected voice; though that one voice can never lawfully interfere with the private rights of the individual sovereigns.