James Madison once wrote that “A Government is instituted to protect property of every sort…This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.”
So what happens when a government, other then the national government, that is, decides that it wants what you have, even if they claim it’s for a “public benefit?”
In the Township of Scott, Pennsylvania, a nice old lady – she’s even named Rose Mary Knick – owns a cute place on the edge of town that has a bit of property around it that – this is important – she owns.
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We have our definition of “republic,”
but what if that wasn’t necessarily the definition the Framers had?
A few years ago there was a wonderful show on TV, “How the States Got Their Shapes.” Host Brian Unger takes you around the country and looks at…. well… how the states got their shapes. It’s all based on the book of the same name (HERE). For what it’s worth, the show is better than the book, but the information is the same.
At any rate, why does any of that matter?
Yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that the much heralded and discussed Prop 9, a vote by the people on whether or not to separate California into three States, should be removed from the ballot because it “might” violate the States Constitution.
Now… whether it does or not we have to ask some questions about this whole deal.
Plausibly live, It’s Constitution Thursday on The Dave Bowman Show!
On Constitution Thursday we delve into the statement by the current President to the effect that he could pardon himself, were such a pardon were actually needed.
It isn’t as clear-cut as you might want it to be – from a Constitutional viewpoint. But I would think that from a political viewpoint, it would create immense problems. Great problems. The biggest and best problems we’ve ever seen in this country.
And that would be, of course, just the beginning…