Tuesday, February 16, 2010
How would they feel about replacing every sitting federal judge effective 01/21/2013? That would sure show those Republicans that they better be careful who they mess with.
The link makes the nice point that Democratic Brain Trust here is contemplating eliminating both the Senate and the Electoral College. Eventually I suppose they will want to dispense with the antiquated irrational states and replace them with more functional units.
What matters is that now as in the past the methods and goals of the advocates of Oligarchic Collectivism remain at variance with those desired for the American people under the Constitution.
The Electoral College is a good idea and rather than replace it we should make it a permanent standing body ready to fill vacancies as they happen. It would also make sense to give an improved and empowered Electoral College final power of review over questions of Constitutionality.
It is interesting that the effort to eliminate the Senate, like the initial impetus with the 17th Amendment to weaken its role as a voice for the States, has been pushed by the Left and the Democratic Party. This lends credence to my suspicion that the motives behind the drive for secession in the mid-19th century was not simply a romantic attachment to the idea of States Rights. It is undoubtedly true that many men fought and died for that concept but the forces pushing for the dissoloution of the Union especially in South Carolina had other motives. Their goal was and remains power over a subservient labor force and complaint political base. They were Oligarchs at heart and by this reading Lincoln's call in his activation of the Militia Act to mobilize the Union was accurate. Persons or combination of persons to powerful to resist had seized control and the Union could only meet its constitutional obligation to guarantee each State a republican form of government by resorting to force of arms.
When the effort to ensure that by withdrawing from association with the dynamic capitalist and meritocratic North failed then the same forces dropped their attachment to the machinery of the States. Leaving that cause as the province of sentimentalists and provincial reactionaries the partisans of oligarchical power turned to new agents to achieve their old goals. While before they had overtly oppressed the slaves now they ostentatiously championed their descendants, with similar results. Where before they had advocated for the States against the Union now they have reduced the States to the role of bag men for the Union or even contemplated rendering them superfluous.