MCDANIEL: The Demise of Constitutional Government

BY: Chris McDaniel @senatormcdaniel

Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were both active in the Revolutionary effort and in the founding of the United States. Later they served under President George Washington, with Jefferson becoming the first Secretary of State and Hamilton the first Secretary of the Treasury.

But from the republic’s inception, the two harbored opposing visions of the how the young country should mature.

A significant disagreement centered around the manner in which they viewed and applied the role of government. Hamilton distrusted the people, believing that popular will was flawed and that the federal government should therefore wield considerable power. Jefferson, however, had a skeptical view of centralized authority and placed his trust in the people to self-govern their own affairs. One feared anarchy and obsessed over components of order; the other feared tyranny and fought for a continuing expansion of liberty.

Both, of course, were patriots and necessary to the American experiment. Their philosophical disagreements resulted in the very first political parties of the Western world.

Particularly as to the role of government in a free society, the people have been divided between their contrasting visions. It is an intellectual debate that continues today.

American history is replete with accepted rules on how our social compact should function. Generally speaking, the people of our republic have always been independent and self-reliant. Whether realizing manifest destiny or defending our unalienable God given rights, there has always been a touch of nonconformity and rebellious independence in the American spirit.

With painful lessons of revolution from Great Britain recollecting the abuses of monarchy, our founding fathers recognized the hazards of unlimited government. So they purposely fashioned a Constitution limiting the federal government’s authority to only delegated areas, dispersing public authority among three branches of government and the respective states in the hope that each would resist unconstitutional aggression by the others.

It was their skepticism of government, not its embrace, which made the founders historically unique.

Even Hamilton, a proponent of centralization, recognized the necessity of a constrained federal government.

Despite the founders’ warnings, however, we now stand on the edge of a precipice, embracing and adoring the weight of unconstitutional federal authority in a fashion never envisioned.

Not only do many remain content in ignoring self-rule, we have inched closer to realizing the creation of a nightmare scenario — a bourgeoning reality few have fought to alter — that politically speaking, our nation is racing toward a leviathan bureaucracy. Some are distressed that we may have actually reached a point where a majority of voters will forever guarantee a dependent populace demanding subjugation and care from big government.

Modern political parties are guilty of enlarging government’s scope by demanding that it sustain and shelter us cradle-to-grave, while universally neglecting families, religious organizations, community charities and others that are better able to perform needed services.

Instead of encouraging independence, we have placed protectors in office who have suggested countless feel-good programs, using our desires of security to fuel their ambitious careers.

With power seekers advancing their agendas by promising a little more on this and a little more on that, an unprecedented number of Americans are now dependent on the federal government for their income, education, retirement and other amenities of life. Programs that once were focused only on the impoverished now extend across an economic spectrum, even as the number of people paying taxes continues to decrease.

A national shift away from self-government has wreaked havoc on our national essence, while diluting the noble characteristics of federalism.

Given the above, modern historians have pondered: who has the more enduring vision, Jefferson or Hamilton?

But the question itself is misleading.

On first impression, it would seem that Hamilton’s view of an active government has dominated our modern understanding.

And yet, by accepting this new paradigm of unlimited government as absolute, we have rejected Jefferson’s vision and exceeded Hamilton’s ambition.

Perhaps neither man’s preference has actually endured; and a new era, one hostile to traditional liberty, has dawned.

If so, there is little left for Conservatives to conserve, but much to reform.

Chris is an attorney, conservative commentator and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses part of South Mississippi, since 2008. He resides with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.

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City Of Madison selected for audit, Pickering’s office claims not a vendetta against Mayor Mary. 


The public employees retirement system in the city of Madison has been selected to be audited by the state auditor’s office.

In a letter to Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler dated Sept. 3, State Auditor Stacey Pickering wrote that, due to new pension reporting standards,”the auditors of PERS are required to perform audit procedures on-site at selected PERS employer sites.”

According to the letter, the city of Madison was selected as a site to be audited.

“Mr. Pickering is welcome to any records this city has,” Butler said. “Madison has nothing to hide.”

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Mississippi Monument to be dedicated at Shiloh Battlefield October 10.


“The dedication of the Mississippi Monument at Shiloh is a once in a lifetime event where Mississippians of today will honor the sacrifices of Mississippians of the past. This monument represents all of the citizens of our state,” said Randy Reeves, chairman of the Mississippi Veterans Monument Commission. “This monument represents the service and sacrifice that embodies the honor and greatness of the almost 6,000 Mississippians who fought on the hallowed ground of the Shiloh Battlefield.”

Keynote speaker for the event will be Lt. Gen. Harold Cross, former Adjutant General for Mississippi and a member of the Mississippi Monument Commission.

Joining him on the dais will be Reeves, National Park Service NPS Southeast Regional Director Barclay Trimble, Shiloh Park Superintendent Dale Wilkerson and Chief Ranger Stacy Allen, who will offer a brief recount of the Shiloh battle. 

The private and public groups involved in the planning the design, construction and dedication of the monument include the Mississippi Veterans Monument Commission, Mississippi Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy Mississippi Division, members of the Mississippi Legislature, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Shiloh National Military Park and the office of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

“Beginning with the first dedication ceremony in 1902, 15 states have placed monuments to their soldiers who fought in the Battle of Shiloh. With the dedication of this monument, Mississippi will take its place by honoring the service of its citizens on this great battlefield,” said park Superintendent Wilkerson. “This dedication will be a poignant moment in history that will span generations. The Mississippi Monument is a welcome addition to the park and will enhance it greatly.”

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Surprised? Hinds County screws up absentee ballot language. 


The ballot sent out to absentee voters in Hinds County has complicated what many say is an already confusing voting process.

According to the sample ballot approved in September by the governor and secretary of state, the two proposed constitutional amendments should be clearly differentiated on the ballot. The options for voters who vote to change the state constitution should read “FOR Initiative Measure No. 42” and “FOR Alternative Measure No. 42 A,” the two dueling education initiatives.

However, the ballot sent to absentee voters in Hinds County leaves out the last “A” in “FOR Alternative Measure 42 A,” leading to concerns that voters intending to vote for Initiative 42 could accidentally vote for Initiative 42A instead.

525 ballots have been sent out to Hinds County voters as of Tuesday, according to the circuit clerk’s office.

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Parts sold from KiOR biofuel plant that owes Mississippi $79M


Equipment from the failed KiOR biofuel plant in Columbus is being sold, but Mississippi taxpayers are likely to recover little of the $79 million that the state is seeking.

Iowa-based REG Synthetic Fuels is paying a receiver $1.5 million for some refining equipment at the KiOR plant, which was supposed to turn wood chips into a crude oil substitute. Kior started up the plant a few years ago but never achieved full capacity because of problems that plagued its production process.

Georgia Renewable Fuels said Monday it’s buying wood processing equipment from KiOR. No price has been disclosed, but it’s unlikely to make a big dent in the debt created when Mississippi loaned KiOR money.

Texas-based KiOR filed for bankruptcy early this year, but its Columbus subsidiary wasn’t included in the filing. Instead, a state court appointed lawyer Derek Henderson as a receiver. After trying to sell the entire plant, which cost $230 million to build, Henderson won approval from a chancery judge this summer to sell the equipment piecemeal.

Henderson’s sales will first reimburse the money that the state has spent maintaining the plant since it went into receivership. Mississippi Development Authority spokesman Jeff Rent couldn’t immediately say Monday how much that amount was, and Henderson didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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Trail of money supporting #Initiative42 leads to two out of state non-profits. 


Two charities have poured $2.6 million into efforts to pass a ballot initiative that aims to guarantee public school funding in the state constitution. But where did that money come from?

Records reviewed by The Associated Press show at least $1.6 million of it can be pinpointed to two sources who have long been supporters of the state’s public schools: the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and former Secretary of State Dick Molpus. An unknown amount also was donated by former Netscape and FedEx executive Jim Barksdale.

The trail of money can be difficult to follow. Those three donors gave their money to the two charities, which in turn donated to a campaign committee called Better Schools, Better Jobs. All but $6,500 raised by that committee came from two charities: The Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta and the New Venture Fund in Washington.

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The Vision and The Reality

BY: Oswald Chambers


…to those who are…called to be saints… —1 Corinthians 1:2

Thank God for being able to see all that you have not yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not yet to the reality of it by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the bumps and bruises that must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision. We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to be battered into the shape of the vision to be used by God? The beatings will always come in the most common, everyday ways and through common, everyday people.

There are times when we do know what God’s purpose is; whether we will let the vision be turned into actual character depends on us, not on God. If we prefer to relax on the mountaintop and live in the memory of the vision, then we will be of no real use in the ordinary things of which human life is made. We have to learn to live in reliance upon what we saw in the vision, not simply live in ecstatic delight and conscious reflection upon God. This means living the realities of our lives in the light of the vision until the truth of the vision is actually realized in us. Every bit of our training is in that direction. Learn to thank God for making His demands known.

Our little “I am” always sulks and pouts when God says do. Let your little “I am” be shriveled up in God’s wrath and indignation— “I AM WHO I AM…has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14). He must dominate. Isn’t it piercing to realize that God not only knows where we live, but also knows the gutters into which we crawl! He will hunt us down as fast as a flash of lightning. No human being knows human beings as God does.

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