It’s Constitution Thursday, and we take a look at Federalism and its evolution in The United States under the Constitution. What seemed at first to be a pretty clear distinction between state and Federal powers, has slowly morphed into a whole lot more Federal and less State. And the journey to get there started long before the Progressive era. In fact, it really started the day after the Constitution was ratified.
We’ll take a short look at two cases in the news this week. One of them went before the Court and the law passed by Congress was struck down, allowing for sports Betting to be opened up across the nation. It’s the opinion in that case that has Progressives excited and one of them even exclaiming that “Federalism can be good for liberals!”
The other deals with the laws being debated by Congress as we speak to make an attack on a Police Officer a Federal Crime. who would oppose that? After all, we “support” Law enforcement, right?
Or do we support and defend the Constitution?
It is said that “Politics makes the strangest bedfellows.” Nowhere is that truer than it was during the experiment in Prohibition in the United States. The original idea of Prohibition is an odd amalgamation of a Conservative religious Value and a Progressive Political tactic.
And, of course, it failed miserably.
So began the process of repealing it via the 21st Amendment. It wasn’t as easy as it seems to us today. And it still affects how we do things today.
President Trump has exercised his Executive authority to call forth the National Guard for the expressed purpose of “doing Military things” to guard the border with Mexico.
Whether or not you agree with his policy, we ask the question about why it is that he President is calling forth the militia of the several states, when Article I section 8 makes it clear that Congress is supposed to be doing that.
It’s Constitution Thursday on Plausibly Live…