And so there's an interesting rise in civil disobedience around the nation. No, I don't mean the riots in Ferguson, Seattle, and Baltimore. The disobedience which is my subject today is more subtle, even as it's becoming more common.
It's even becoming codified into state and local law in some places. From Breitbart.com's AWR Hawkins:
TN Gov. Signs Bill Prohibiting State Cooperation with Fed Gun Control Laws
This next link isn't new (August 2013) but it contributes to the theme. From the Texas Tribune’s Shefali Luthra:
State to Feds: We Won't Enforce Insurance Reforms
Certain states also refused to enforce Prohibition, even some of the states that ratified the 18th Amendment. More currently, so-called "sanctuary cities" have refused for decades to enforce immigration laws they dislike. Although, according to IBD.com's Terry Jones, those cities might want to reconsider their stance:
Poll Shows Voter Support For Tough Border Controls
So where is this taking us? Well, how about a grassroots movement toward civil disobedience designed to get fedgov out of our day-to-day lives?
Here's a shortened version of the blurb for By the People:
"[The] federal government has a fatal weakness: It can get away with its thousands of laws and regulations only if the overwhelming majority of Americans voluntarily comply with them. [Acclaimed social scientist and bestselling author Charles] Murray describes how civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make large portions of the 180,000-page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable, through a targeted program that identifies regulations that arbitrarily and capriciously tell us what to do. Americans have it within their power to make the federal government an insurable hazard like hurricanes and floods, leaving us once again free to live our lives as we see fit."
Definitely, I can go for that. This one just took its place on my 600+ book TBR list, and not on the bottom.
Here are a few more links of interest.
What Didn’t Happen Next
But the always awesome Instapundit gets the final word. Unfortunately, now he's got that DAMNED SONG GOING AROUND IN MY HEAD.
Ahem. You know, it's funny how some people like to pretend that Texas schools underperform. From the blog Willisms, written by Will Franklin:
America Envies Texas' High School Graduation Rates
One reason for such success is Texas's strong support of homeschooling and charter schools. From Watchdog.org's Moe Lane:
Charter schools issue heating up both sides of the aisle in Texas
Finally, remember when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the PPACA, ACA, or Obamacare, depending upon your preference) was going to reduce visits to the emergency room? From Moe Lane's own blog:
Shocking news: Obamacare still degrading Emergency Room Care.
This was predicted in 2010, way back when. So far, most predictions made concerning this fedgov boondoggle have come true.
Civil disobedience, in a classy and nonviolent way. Yeah, that's the ticket.
Thanks for stopping by. Cheers and happy reading,