This guy Max Morton has so far always had something interesting to say. He starts this essay out by saying that endlessly kvetching about the latest atrocity out of Washington is not only useless but self-defeating because instead of doing anything to stop the atrocity we just stand there pointing at it.
“It is fruitless to continue arguing the same tired Left/Right arguments. “Owning the libs” on Twitter, relentlessly calling out the hypocrisy of our political opponents, and focusing our time and attention on outrageous content may be entertaining, but it won’t save us from the oppression and serfdom of the authoritarian oligarchy that is presently transforming America.”
He gives as an example the Biden administration’s attempt to ban AR pistols.
“The conservative commentariat’s response has been loudly to point out that this will have little or no effect on the effort to quell gun violence. Really? Does anyone honestly believe the regime’s interest in banning tens of millions of legally owned firearms and potentially making millions of law-abiding Americans felons overnight is for the purpose of reducing gun violence? This has nothing to do with preventing gun violence and everything to do with disarming American citizens—a longtime, major plank of the Democratic Party and an essential step towards authoritarian rule for every dictator in modern history.”
Morton is saying that the effective action is to have the state you live in protect your rights as specified in the Constitution. In other words let the state nullify any federal overreach into our rights but use the federal government for the functions such as defense, highways and trade that it’s supposed to be in charge of.
Now of course the devil is in the details. Basically he’s saying the state government is going to have to step up and arbitrate the way in which it will tame the federal government. and that needs to be specified. So there aren’t any concrete examples beyond what we are seeing from DeSantis in Florida and to a lesser extent Abbott in Texas. So I would say this is only a partial answer to the question Morton is asking. But the fact that he is telling the outrage mongers to shut up and do something useful is very useful. Basically he is saying you can stop sounding the alarm we can all see the fire burning from where we’re standing. Now someone get a bucket brigade going and maybe we can put it out.
An interesting read.