Warning! This turns into a quite a shambling ramble!
Who benefits? With constitutionally-minded men who want to limit the power of the government in power the common man wins. Giant corporations lose-- they cannot maintain their power without the strong arm of the Federal Government to back them. Monopolies cannot be maintained without Federal level laws to drive out competition in all fifty states. The States win-- smaller groups of people gain greater influence over their own affairs.
People don't like being meddled with. Taking a man's money, even for Utopian visions, even for his own good, is still taking his life. You don't have a say in how 20% of your life force is expended. Your employer quietly funnels it to a distant capital. Those that claim to be wiser get to decide how it's spent.
A man has a right to self-determination. In short, a right to his life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. It is an inalienable right. It can't be taken away. Any government that says "at my will I can take away your life and liberty" is no less than a King-Tyrant who is no more fit to govern a Free People than was King George! It is the old chafing yoke under a new name.
I delight in the idea of State's Rights. It means that a group of like-minded people can voluntarily create their own Utopia and not have it forced upon them. One size does not fit all. And with fifty states, why that's like fifty little countries to choose from. Which one do you like best? I don't hate the Federal Government. I think it is mostly useless, mostly pathetic and the States are much more suited to securing the liberty and happiness of its citizens. I want the Feds to stick to a few basic functions and leave the rest to the States or even better to the Individual.
I live in a close-knit Mormon community where everyone knows everyone else in a two-block radius. It's called a "ward". There are 110 families. About 80 of those families are actively involved. It is a voluntary association of like-minded individuals. A group this size can handle almost every emergency. I believe that if even half of our federal taxes where left in our own community that we could even handle big stuff like brain surgery and paving the roads. We have a Bishop (like a pastor or village elder) who maintains a storehouse of goods for use by the community if one should falter. The assistance is immediate, local, responsive and is limited to the exact amount needed. It works, I know it works, I am living it. Freedom works. When left to themselves people can voluntarily create useful societies that take care of practical needs. It doesn't need to be a huge central government doing it.
If a huge central government has the power to create Utopia, then it also has the power to create a Monster.
Old wrinkly so-called Republicans cry out "You're splitting the Party! We'll lose power!" No, it is you traitor that must hang (metaphorically speaking). It is you who split from your foundation and now you must sink in the rot of your own mire. We will tear you from your horse, like peasants with sharpened pitchforks, and we will put up just and principled men in your place. Men who will obey and honor the spirit of the Constitution of the United States!
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
--The Declaration of Independence
I thank God Almighty that He has provided a foundation to which we can look, and a peaceful manner in which we can change our affairs without the shedding of blood. See you at the ballot boxes in 2010!
And don't forget to get principled and fiscally conservative men and women on the ballot in your state's Primary!
Final note: I am a believer in people. I like people. I think that the Creator of Mankind looks down on His children with delight and loves them. He has given us our freedom to choose for ourselves. What a wonderful thing! Left to themselves I think that people are generally very peaceful and it takes extraordinary means to make us war with each other and abuse one another. God looks on us with paternal regard and loving-kindness. He interferes the minimum amount needed, gently, humbly and without a lot of fanfare. He notices the individual.
Posted by Blue Table Painting at 3:49 AM