Donald Hank
A weakened Washington is a boon to the States
By Donald Hank
April 23, 2014

On April 18, 2014, Salt Lake Tribune reported that fifty political leaders from 9 Western states had just met in Salt Lake City to discuss
    ."their joint goal [of] wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds."
Pundits have recently pointed out that a constitutional convention is useless in a country where the federal government refuses to comply with the Constitution. They recommend nullification instead – essentially states ignoring Washington's decrees.

By extension, the same principle applies to most federal land claims as well. There is no way the feds will relinquish a smidgeon of power to anyone. The states therefore need to abandon the idea of dialoguing with the feds on this or any other issue. Instead they need to nullify the land claims by the feds, boldly go in and take back the land and place it under the aegis of State agencies, in coordination with counties and also with militias or whoever else will help them. That is the only way we will get the intrusive federal thugs out of our states. The states must take back their land and let the chips fall where they may.

So instead of asking the feds to please let them have the land back, for instance, they must announce a date on which the transfer will take place and require federal agents to vacate their posts. Period.

Why do I think this will work?

Because the militias at the Bundy ranch have uncovered an irony that most have probably missed.

This irony of our current situation is that, over the years, the feds have deliberately steadily weakened their agencies, hoping that in so doing they could strengthen their rule over conservatives and patriots who keep insisting on law and order, which the Left instinctively opposes. For example, Washington has weakened the border patrol and INS to the point that illegal aliens, including, and especially, criminal aliens, practically have the run of the place wherever they happen to settle. Sanctuary cities are everywhere and the liberal left municipal governments refuse to do their duty and turn criminal aliens over to ICE. The feds do not object. Likewise, with their prissy rules of engagement, they have weakened our troops' ability to deal with terror on the battlefield.

What they forgot is that one can never get strong through weakness.

Thus, the other side of this coin is that a weakened agency is less able and committed to fight the states – who are chafing for law and order after years of anarchy – in their demand for their Constitutional rights. In other words, starting notably in Benghazi, the federal agencies have developed a "stand down" attitude and stance regarding all of their traditional functions. What they failed to reckon with was that by subtracting power from the federal government in its various security functions, they created a power vacuum which is now leading to a shift, rather than a loss, in power. This shift in power from the feds to the states is therefore a natural and spontaneous phenomenon, and I believe it can't be stopped, particularly since the prevailing MO of liberal Western governments is Fabian socialism, a soft tyranny that dare not raise its fist but rules through what Italian communist Antonio Gramsci allegedly called the "psychic iron cage," currently abbreviated to political correctness.

Going hand in hand with this is the old tried-and-failed idea of using enemies to fight enemies, e.g., the Taliban, and later the Chechens, to fight the Russians, only to have them turn on us with a vengeance.

Washington inadvertently cultivated a psychology of weakness in its security agencies in an effort to usher in a federal authority with less and less authority in terms of military and law enforcement – in keeping with the liberal-left's idea that enforcement is inherently racist or classist (since minorities are invariably the target groups against which enforcement is directed, both in battle and on the streets). That deliberate weakening was in turn supposed to give them power over conservatives, libertarians and patriots who insist on individual rights, something these centralists abhor. The minorities were doing their dirty work. But the overall weakening has this other aspect, this spontaneous power shift, that no one saw coming.

The states will be timid at first, but once one state takes the lead and they see how easy it is, they will follow suit and demand their land, and their other rights, back.

A weakened fed is indeed a blessing in disguise for the States.

© Donald Hank


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Donald Hank

Until July of 2009, Don Hank was operating a technical translation agency out of his home in Wrightsville, PA. He is now retired and residing in Panama with his wife and daughter.

A former language teacher, he holds an undergraduate degree in French and German from Millersville State University (PA), a Master's degree in Russian language and literature from Kutztown State College (also in PA), has studied Chinese for 3 years in Taiwan at the Mandarin Training Center, and is self-taught in other languages, having logged a total of 8 years abroad in total immersion situations.

He is also the founder of Lancaster-York Non-Custodial Parents, a volunteer organization that provides Christian counseling for non-custodial parents.


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