In theory America has a two party system. Many Americans find it hard to imagine anything else. But a two party system is not what the founders envisioned and in fact they warned against it. John Adams said, “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution“. (Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), “The Works of John Adams”, vol 9, p. 511
In his farewell address George Washington stated, “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty“. Read George Washington’s entire farewell address here.Read more...(944 words, 2 images, estimated 3:47 mins reading time)
Should Marijuana be legalized, not just individual states but at the Federal level? Short answer – yes. Watch the video below, I’ll wait.
Stricter enforcement under Trump?
In his Febuary 17 press briefing Roby Brock with Talk Business & Politics asked the question: “I have a question on medical marijuana. Our state voters passed a medical marijuana amendment in November. Now we’re in conflict with federal law, as many other states are. The Obama administration kind of chose not to strictly enforce those federal marijuana laws. My question to you is: With Jeff Sessions over at the Department of Justice as AG, what’s going to be the Trump administration’s position on marijuana legalization where it’s in a state-federal conflict like this?”
Citing the opioid addiction crisis Spicer seemed to indicate the Trump administration would prosecute recreational marijuana use. Spicer said, “There is still a federal law that we need to abide by in terms of the medical — when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature”. When pressed on the issue Spicer responded “Well, I think that’s a question for the Department of Justice. I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement of it”. Read more...(295 words, 1 image, estimated 1:11 mins reading time)
If Republicans gain full control, they have the power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian
by Les Leopold
This article originally appeared on AlterNet and while I do not normally reprint other sites articles I believe the information below is too important to ignore.
As Donald Trump vilifies the press, the courts, immigrants, Muslims, Democrats, protesters and anyone who disagrees with him, it isn’t hard to imagine a modern-day Mussolini — or worse. But an even greater threat lies in Republicans’ march toward full control of state government. If they get there, they will have the frightening power to amend the Constitution into their own authoritarian image . . . or Ayn Rand’s.
Republicans now control 32 state legislatures and 33 governorships. They have majorities in both state legislative chambers as well as the governorships in 25 states. The Democrats have total control in only six states and legislative control in two more.
If Republicans achieve veto-proof control in 38 states, they can do something that has never been done before — hold a constitutional convention, and then ratify new amendments that are put forth. To date, all amendments have been initiated from Congress where two-thirds of both houses are required. In either case, 38 states would be needed to ratify the amendments. The Republicans are well on their way. Read more...(1893 words, 1 image, estimated 7:34 mins reading time)
This is a preview of Constitutional collapse: Why we could be on the verge of a democratic apocalypse. Read the full post
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