States and the FedGov

By Nathan Barton

Well, the election is almost over: the House and Senate must officially view and accept the Electoral College’s vote on 6 January, but there is no reason not to assume that Trump will be credited with the 304 votes he received, well over the 270 majority needed.

The machinations of everyone from a college professor at Harvard to a turkey who played POTUS on the small screen, and all kinds of other people that MIGHT have amounted to 2% of the population have failed. Ah, well, it just clears the way for their betters – all members of the elite and not just a few – to try and stage a successful coup against Massa Trump.

Several of these Trumpophobes (Trumphobes?) cited the illustrious Alexander Hamilton about the Electoral College, so this next quote strikes me as interesting:

“The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation.”
— Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury

Too bad those folks who tried to justify their actions by quoting Hamilton (and naming themselves after the guy, as well) don’t also apply THIS quote to the current political situation.

A libertarian commentator noted that, in reality, we had 51 separate elections for president on 8 November. Fifty states and that one sick entity called the District of Columbia, which deserves the opportunity even less than Guam, Midway, or the Virgin Islands (much less Puerto Rico) do. The electoral college is, in reality, a very special purpose and very limited legislative body, now elected democratically in each state, and acting in a democratic manner to choose the President and Vice President. Gee – democratically! The problem is, that the public perception (and the perception of the politicians) is that this is ONE election and that the States are only cogs on the outside of the gear wheel.

The point is, originally, these Fifty States were, by right, free and sovereign states – that is, NATIONS – and by the world’s standards at the time, populous, large in area, and wealthy. (Consider the situation in what was still the Germanies, Italy, and other European regions then, and the tribal “nations” of the period.) but gradually, over nearly 250 years, the powers that be, politicians and their minions and allies, have attempted to destroy them, to merge them into a single “unified” government-controlled society in which people are nothing more than cogs on a wheel.

If even Hamilton could state (and presumably believe) what he wrote, then it is clear that the vision of the Founding Fathers has been totally perverted and corrupted.

It is time that we return to that vision, not as a permanent state, but as an appropriate stage in the direction of restoring true liberty; replacing coercive government and all its evils with voluntary cooperation and a society free from the monopoly of force. A restoration of the original constitutional order, pre-War Between The States, would be a good step in that direction, as long as we understand it can only be a step and not a stable end result.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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