ABOUT AMERICA’S RIGHT
Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist No. 28, wrote that the federal government may from time to time wield excessive power at the expense of the state governments and of the people, just as, at other times, the state governments may wield excessive power at the expense of the federal government and of the people. Either way–drought or deluge, feast or famine–the very nature of this nation and its people will right a government listing in one direction or another.
In theory, in essentially equating federalism and the balance of power in the United States with a pendulum, perpetually swinging in one direction or the other, Hamilton was correct. In practice, however, he was wrong. What we’ve seen in the 220-plus years since then has been a perversion of the ideas and ideals of our founding, an erosion of individual liberty and free enterprise.
Since Hamilton’s time, and perhaps in the spirit of Hamilton himself, Congress has constantly and consistently engaged in activities shifting power further and further away from the people and from the states and into the coffers of the federal government. Aided and abetted by an activist judiciary and the systematic and often intentional misinterpretation of constitutional provisions such as the General Welfare Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause, a perpetually overreaching Congress has engaged in a power grab of epic proportions. The Supremacy Clause is abused at the expense of state sovereignty. Overzealous legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has handcuffed the states from pursuing the most effective measures for each environment, each in competition with one another to establish what works best and what does not. Time and time again, the federal power grab has overshadowed the need for a state-by-state free-market approach to government.
In his 1988 State of the Union address, President Ronald Reagan addressed this need when he stated that, “some years ago, the federal government declared war on poverty, and poverty won.” He suggested that Washington exhibit “a little humility” and extolled the benefits of a federalist system of strong states and limited federal government. “There are a thousand sparks of genius in 50 states and a thousand communities around the nation,” he told the country. “It is time to nurture them and see which ones can catch fire and become guiding lights.”
So, where does America’s Right fit in?
In an 1820 letter written to a contemporary, Thomas Jefferson wrote the following:
I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
This was a favorite topic of Jefferson in the later years of his life. He spoke often of how the people’s minds “must be improved to a certain degree,” and how “when moderately instructed” the people were the only safe and honest “depositories of the public rights.” And Jefferson was right — the only way to truly correct the government’s abuses of constitutional power is through a responsibly educated masses.
Most on the American political left believe that the United States Constitution is a document of negative rights. In a way, it is, but not as they suggest. Liberals spokesmouths, pundits and politicians alike believe that the Constitution’s biggest flaw is that it puts limits on what the people can get from the federal government. In reality, however, the United States Constitution is a limiting document in the sense that it provides a limit upon what the government can do to the people. Our founders, drawing upon what so many people left when they came to the New World, were working to preserve liberty, to protect against a government that would descend into totalitarianism. The absolute miracle which is our Constitution is the direct result of that work.
In order to advance the liberal and progressive agenda, therefore, the Constitution must be treated like a speed bump — worthy of relatively careful negotiation, but certainly surmountable. At that point, the left’s biggest obstacle proves to be the American people, more specifically an educated American populace which understands why this nation is so different and so special, which sees the ideas and ideals of our founders being trampled upon. By controlling the means of such an education, therefore, the media is essentially doing its level best to ensure that the people never have the chance to be that “safe depository” of the ultimate powers of the society.
Visitors to America’s Right will not find professional writers. Instead, visitors to America’s Right will find everything from glorified letters to the editor to timely philosophical lectures to fact-based arguments bearing upon the biggest news stories of the day, all written by regular folks for regular folks. Visitors to America’s Right will find lawyers, doctors, economists, truck drivers, educators, Internet security gurus, combat veterans, college students, high school phenoms, college professors and futurists and everything in between. Some contribute weekly, others on the rare occasions when lives and schedules permit. All are an asset to America’s Right, and each provides a different perspective and worldview.
America’s Right was established in January 2008 by Jeff Schreiber, a Charleston, S.C.-based attorney who at the time was in his second year of law school and in desperate need of a proper outlet for his political frustration. Neither Schreiber nor America’s Rightis going away any time soon
MANAGING EDITOR: Jeff Schreiber
- John Feeny
CONTRIBUTORS (in alphabetical order):
- Adam Baldwin
- John Cardillo
- Jesse Civello
- Samuel Fain
- Dr. Andrew Foy
- Brad Fregger
- Lisa Fritsch
- Ronald Glenn
- Dr. William Harvey
- Christopher Hatem
- Anthony P. LaMantia, III, Esq.
- Johnny Lathrop
- John Morlan
- Amanda Pasdon
- John Pratt
- Rick Saunders
- Monica Snyder
- Ian R. Thorpe
- Robert Wallace
- Randy Wills
- Michelle Zhang