Editor’s Note: Statists / Progressives are MASTERS of the art of changing language to charge an issue emotionally. “States Rights” is such an emotionally charged term. Read more below.
The flood of refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries that the Obama Administration is preparing to distribute to communities across the nation raises very real and understandable security concerns among government officials at the state and local levels, and among the citizenry generally. It is, of course, facile for President Obama to proclaim piously that he “is not a afraid.” With the full protection of the U.S. Secret Service, the armed forces, and every law enforcement agency in the country protecting him, why should he fret? The rest of us are not quite so lucky.
Whether we, or any nation, has any moral obligation to throw open its doors and accept tens of thousands of Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees at this (or any) juncture, and whether it is fiscally prudent for us to do so when we already are drowning in entitlement spending, are questions worthy of vigorous political debate.
In many respects, however, as important as are the security and fiscal concerns that accompany a plan to bring in tens of thousands of refugees from suspect nations and backgrounds, are the fundamental legal and constitutional questions that arise when the federal government imperiously claims absolute power to bring into the country whoever it wants and place them in whatever communities it wants, regardless of whether those states and counties want or can afford to maintain them. This is why so many governors have declared their states will not be a party to such irresponsibility. The federalism question underlying such concerns is why the Administration’s actions and threats should be challenged in court.
While a few Republican lawmakers in Washington are discussing these federalism issues, it is state governors and attorneys general who ultimately must shoulder the burden for fighting the Obama Administration if they want to have a realistic chance at putting a stop to the refugee lunacy. Even if congressional Republicans were to propose legislation with real teeth — something the S.A.F.E. Act of 2015 passed last week largely lacks — it would never “earn” the signature of this president. The battle should be joined in federal court; and quickly.
Editor’s Note Continued:
Statists program their “constituents,” in the media and elsewhere, to identify certain terms and react badly to those terms. One such term is the highly inaccurate term of “States Rights”. Technically States don’t have rights. People have rights, not governments. Governments have degrees of “Sovereignty” which is a term statists avoid because it invokes divinity. That is to say sovereignty is given and taken by God and to admit any power is above the “state” is, well, blasphemy to the statist.
When America declared independence from the crown we became THIRTEEN SOVEREIGN STATES which CREATED a national then Federal Government under the Constitution. The Federal Government is an AGENT of the states and the people. The sovereignty it has is DELEGATED by the states and the people to it and is subject to the will of the people. Sovereignty is the KEY TO LIBERTY. Learn about it in the 50 minute podcast below.