August 16, 2013

M.D. Harmon: Conservative author offers path away from nanny state

Mark Levin proposes 10 constitutional amendments aimed at restraining the U.S. government's power.

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The goal, he says, "is not the dissolution of the federal government, but the true sharing of responsibilities -- and the kind of balancing and checking of authority necessary given the ubiquitous nature of the federal government. The states will actually have input into their own fate."

Levin would also authorize federal voter ID laws, offer more protections against eminent domain and, interestingly, further empower states by returning the election of senators to state lawmakers, something that the early Progressive movement outlawed via the 17th Amendment a century ago.

Some of Levin's ideas seem more practical than others, but his overall intent -- to restrain the ever-growing and increasingly intrusive and unaffordable nanny state -- is well worth support.

The dismal swamp of incipient "soft tyranny" we now inhabit, in which the government is trying to direct our lives "for our own good" (as if it could really do that), has to be stopped. Levin offers one route toward that goal.

Indeed, it may be that he offers the only way out of the velvet trap with steel teeth we are creating for ourselves. 

M.D. Harmon, a retired journalist and military officer, is a freelance writer and speaker. He can be contacted at:


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