Phil Harris

For some, it is a feeling in the gut, while others call it common sense. Give it whatever name you wish, but it is that God given inner voice that whispers advice whether we want it or not. The louder the little voice gets, the more likely it is correct. So often, we ignore the little voice, and then stand in amazement as misfortune runs over us like a runaway freight train.

Now I am going to address someone directly, which is a bit unusual. Normally, when I have something to say about a political figure, my ulterior motive is to speak to my fellow underlings ( a.k.a. citizens like me who vote). In this case; however, Fred Thompson is a candidate in whom I find a lot of comfort.

My little voice has given up whispering, and has taken to screaming as of late. I fear that Fred Thompson has, for whatever reason, failed to listen to his own on the subject of abortion and State's rights. Understandable I suppose, because most of what he believes regarding the separation of Federal and State authority is right on the money; however, it is possible to rake too deeply while attempting to clean up a horrible mess.

Let me illustrate what I mean by simply laying out the proper assignment of authority, regarding the Federal government versus individual State governments. This, of course, flies in the face of the voluminous history of such arguments; nevertheless, the little voice has a great way of simplifying the issue and is worthy of weighty consideration.

The Federal Government is responsible for raising and maintaining a military, for the protection of the states, which collectively form our federation, and our Nation.

The Federal Government should organize and regulate trade, or commerce, as it relates to the overall good of the Nation, and should serve to resolve disputes concerning such trade and commerce between the States.

The Federal Government should serve to resolve disputes between States, as it relates to any issue that pits one State against another. Such issues may involve disputes over differences in recognizing human rights, or decisions that would clearly ignore the agreed upon constitution.

That is pretty much it as far as I am concerned, and the fact that our Federal Government has wormed its way into nearly every facet is disgusting to say the least. This has happened for one simple, identifiable reason. The professional career politician has no way to justify what he or she does, unless the professional politician is messing around with the laws of the land.

Phil Harris

Phil Harris is a software engineer, author of Cry for the Shadows and blogs at Citizen Phil.

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