American Mind Has an Interesting Article – The Separation

This is a pretty long article  with a good amount of prefacing discussion about where we are as a country.

The Separation

But by the end he gets to the nub of what he thinks we need to do, loosen the Union:

“The Separation is not a departure as much as return to the Constitution of the founders. The Articles of Confederation foundered on the three key functions required of the federal power: an effective army, a unified foreign policy, and a treasury that can incur liabilities for national functions. The federal government would retain its authority and taxing power for these functions.

Activities outside these spheres and the refereeing of interstate issues would be seated with the states. Broader latitude is provided to the states to effect and fund policies for their citizens. Blue states would no longer “subsidize” Red states. Greater funding for everything from climate change to social programs will be possible. The dust would be blown off the 9th and 10th Amendments.”

When he gets down to the amendments to the constitution it becomes a little less clear cut to me whether this is the simplest way:

“The Separation can be effected with a limited number of amendments to the Constitution: 1) a new amendment circumscribing the federal mandate to conform with the core functions above, 2) adjustment of the 16th Amendment to tie the taxing power to these functions, 3) elimination of the 17th Amendment so the state legislatures again elect Senators, 4) a new amendment formally providing the Supreme Court the power of judicial review but focusing that power on matters related to federal and interstate issues (i.e., the final word on the right to bear arms, free speech and abortion would be in state courts), and 5) a new amendment providing federal term limits.”

But this kind of idea is I think the direction we need to go.  What we have is a marriage that isn’t working.  Giving each side some space is the best option.  Whether it will happen is the question we have to answer.