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A nationwide effort to increase the ability of the states to put a leash on federal power has taken a step toward reality with the introduction of the Repeal Amendment into both Houses of Congress.
The proposed constitutional amendment would check the power of the federal government by permitting a vote by two-thirds of the states to override an act of Congress.
Thus far 13 state legislatures have backed calling an Article V convention to force Congress to consider the amendment, according to RepealAmendment.org Executive Director Marianne Moran, who has been spearheading the national effort to pass the amendment.
The amendment has not been without its opponents, who compare it with the 19th century effort at nullification, whereby states such as South Carolina attempted to nullify federal laws they felt infringed on their rights. Many historians regard the movement as one of the precursors to the Civil War.
"Do we want state governments to have the power to repeal foreign policies, for instance?"
Originally posted by beezzer
Along with a leash, can we also get a muzzle?
Leash Being Prepared for Congress
...Consider this quote from George Bernard Shaw, one of the founders of the Fabian Society:
"Under Socialism, you would not be allowed to be poor. You would be forcibly fed, clothed, lodged, taught, and employed whether you liked it or not. If it were discovered that you had not the character and industry enough to be worth all this trouble, you might possibly be executed in a kindly manner; but whilst you were permitted to live, you would have to live well."
In 1942, Stuart Chase, in his book "The Road We Are Traveling" spelled out the system of planning the Fabians had in mind; the interesting thing is to look at that plan in comparison to 2008 America.
1. Strong, centralized government. - [CHECK-CV ]
2. Powerful Executive at the expense of Congress and the Judicial. - [CHECK-CV ]
3. Government controlled banking, credit and securities exchange. - [CHECK-CV banker controlled]
4. Government control over employment.
5. Unemployment insurance, old age pensions. - [CHECK-CV ]
6. Universal medical care, food and housing programs. - [CHECK-CV ]
7. Access to unlimited government borrowing. - [CHECK-CV ]
8. A managed monetary system.
9. Government control over foreign trade. - [CHECK-CV under the control of WTO]
10. Government control over natural energy sources, transportation and agricultural production.
11. Government regulation of labor.
12. Youth camps devoted to health discipline, community service and ideological teaching consistent with those of the authorities.
13. Heavy progressive taxation. - [CHECK-CV ]
I see eight of the thirteen already accomplished, with strong movement toward the rest....
The Fabian Society began in England in 1887 by a very small group of elitist socialist that sought to reform society gradually into one of socialism instead of through violent revolution. At first their purpose was to be an alternative in Britain for the more dominate Marxist Social-Democratic Federation, but their true goal was to accomplish socialism through a very gradual process using the voting booth and representative democracy as their instrument of change. In fact, one of their symbols is a Turtle with the motto: "When I Strike, I Strike Hard". Another symbol is the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing and the Globe on an Anvil being hammered into the Fabian model.
And there is this:
One stroke of genius was that instead of advocating a Socialist State, they assisted in the implementation of the Welfare State, which as we should all know is merely a few steps away from a purely Socialistic State. It was, of course, implemented gradually, and played upon the weaknesses of human nature to gain popularity. Unlike the usual Socialist points of views, the Fabians didn't advocate complete State ownership of businesses, industry, agriculture or land, instead they sought to involve the State into very specific areas of importance such as electric power production, transportation, precious metals and of course, credit. The remaining balance of economic systems would be left to the private sector however; it would be highly regulated by the State and operated according to the wishes of the State.
A gradual take over by moving the country to a welfare state and government control...