Jerry Agar

(Note: Follow the links to view the opening exchange; Jon Sanders' offer, my reply and Jon's counteroffer.)

Dear Jon,

Our tongue-in-cheek wager based on the political fortunes of “your” nanny-stater, John Edwards, against “my” nanny-stater, Barack Obama was justifiably tweaked by some readers who want us to take on the leftward slide on the Republican side.

You rose to the challenge.

My worry about your John Edwards is not that I think he will be president. It is that he is pushing the two real contenders on his Democratic team to the left as they fight to keep within distance of his pandering to bug-eyed anti-capitalists on the issue of health care, energy and rampant, unfair, corporate greed.

One could hope that Ron Paul would be the leveling counter-balance on the right side of this political teeter-totter, at least on the issue of constitutional government. But the other candidates are not listening to him. When it comes to wowing them on the stump, Paul can’t hold a make-up mirror to John Edwards.

But have you ever asked a Republican in federal government what the constitutional basis is for whatever program they fight to support or create?

I am just a talk-show host; I don't pretend to play a constitutional authority on the radio, but even I can read Article I, Section 8 which outlines the powers of Congress, and the Tenth Amendment, which reaffirms to our representatives that, and I am paraphrasing, if it ain’t listed, it ain’t your job, and no, you can’t kindly take on the work anyway, thank you.

Both Bill Bennett and Margaret Spellings, former and current Secretaries of Education respectively, have told me the same thing when I asked them the constitutional question regarding schools. I asked whether they agree that education is a local and state issue per the Constitution. They both answered, essentially, that we have the federal Department of Education now, so what are you going to do? We might as well try to make it work. So much for freedom.

George W. Bush hooked up with Ted Kennedy to explode the size of the Department of Education. So much for local control, state’s rights, parental power through vouchers and limited federal government. So much for freedom.

Jerry Agar

Jerry Agar is one of the newest stars in talk radio. After many years as a disc jockey and music radio morning show host he turned to talk radio at WPTF in Raleigh, North Carolina.