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::~ii~: ~:~E~!~ %~ ~t ............................................... ~ The Cl, By Adam Bates, Cato Institute A common refrain from conservative Donald Trump supporters was that Trump would ensure the sanctity of the 10th Amendment through his court picks and his nominee for attorney general. Only a month into the administration, however, that hope is already in danger of collapsing. While there is every reason to believe that Nell Gorsuch will be a solid federalist, the trajectory of the Department of Justice and the administration as a whole is threatening a much different path. Recently White House Press Secretary Scan Spicer said that states that have legalized marijuana would see more federal enforcement action. This sug- gests that the Sessions Department of Justice would take a more federal line on marijuana than the Obama administration, which largely, albeit inconsistently, respected state laws legalizing marijuana. Conservatives continue to champion the 10th Amendment while ignoring the Trump administra- tion's overreach. The response from at least one legalizing state was immediate: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, fresh from a successful challenge to the Trump administration's Muslim travel ban, stated that he "will resist any efforts by the Trump administra- tion to undermine the will of the voters in Washington state?' This hostility to federal intervention into state sovereignty is an argument that should be familiar and persuasive to 10th-Amendment-loving conserva- tives. Yet across the country, conservatives seem to be abandoning the cherished concept of state sovereignty whenever it's used to defend state behavior they don't like. Republicans are still quick to invoke the 10th Amendment when it comes to protecting certain poli- cies from federal interference. Just this week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that President Obama's effort to federally protect transgender public school students "unlawfully invaded areas that are left to state discretion under the 10th Amendment." Conservatives have made similar arguments to fend off federal control of sexual assault investigations on col- lege campuses under Title IX. But when the debate shifts to drug prohibition or the Way local law enforcement agencies interact with immigrants, that support for local control seems to evaporate, risking the credibility of the entire concept. A strict reading of the Constitution, on which Republicans have prided themselves for decades, compels a conclusion that the federal government has no authority to override state drug policy, nor to com- mandeer state officials to enforce federal immigration laws. These "unlawful invasions of state discretion" are just as brazen as federal bathroom regulations, and carry much graver consequences for our constitutional system. Criminal justice is traditionally a state function, and historically when the federal government wanted new authority to invade the state criminal justice space, it had to ask for it. When the federal government wanted to ban alcohol, for instance, federal agents didn't just start arresting alcohol traffickers. Prohibition advocates were forced to secure an entirely new amendment to the Constitution granting the government the authority to prohibit alcohol. That authority was subsequently rescinded by the 21st Amendment when alcohol prohi- bition turned out to be a disaster. Why should drug prohibition be any different? The citizens of eight states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize recreational mari- juana. The citizens of dozens more states have voted for some form of medical marijuana allowance. That is how our constitutional system is designed to function, and Republicans should respect that principle even if they're convinced that "good people don't smoke marijuana." The same issue arises in the debate over sanctu- ary cities. The term is slightly nebulous, but the pri- mary aspect is a policy whereby state and/or local law enforcement agencies commit to only enforcing local law, rather than splitting time as proxies for federal immigration enforcement. That exercise of local sovereignty has similarly come under fire from the Trump administration, which has threatened to strip funding from localities that refuse to submit their enforcement agencies to federal control. In the constitutional context, the federal takeover of local law enforcement is known as "commandeer- ing," and it has tong been opposed by advocates of 10th Amendment federalism. It's up to the federal gov- ernment to enforce federal immigration law, not state agencies that are supposed to be enforcing federal law and instituting the priorities of their local constituents. For those who care about decentralized power, checks and balances, and limited government, incon- sistency by federalism's staunchest advocates should alarm. The more seemingly partisan this fair-weather federalism becomes, the more decentralization will be seen as a Republican talking point - trotted out when it benefits conservative causes but shunned when it's used to defend local policies conservatives loathe. Adam Bates is a policy analyst with Cato's Project on Criminal Justice. lrendon Enterprise March 23, 2017 Je ac an onor rol I face Old Glory, hand over heart, beleaguered extending respect to educators wherever colleague they serve, and at whatever "frazzle" says much: "I level they are. Hopefully, their heads are feel like the above water in the "tides of March," or 10-year-old, victims of"ides" attfibuted to the same struggling month, to do math the idle Some are smiling at the prospect homework of spring break coming soon. And there and with little american are sniffles from the noses of others who to show for it by don newbury have just finished this respite. Reality after 30 min- sets in as countdowns begin toward the utes. Finally, school year's end. he tossed Those doing "education right" carry his pencil aside, saying: 'I wish I had heavy loads, and their growing pressures this homework done, was married and - greatest today - weren't even on their dead'?' Boils it down to a pretty small you look up is your business. (But, please don't spend your time calling 9-1-1 just to make sure it's working.) Further, we can "hold on tight" to centuries-old convictions. How about this one? The same God who has inter- vened in the affairs of man throughout history is still in charge. And this: We can see around the word in seconds, hear around the world in seconds and travel around the world in hours. But we must do so with the same nervous system Moses had when he led the children of Israel from the land of bond- age .... radar a decade ago. Take bathroom rules, package, doesn't it?... Finally, and yes, in closing, I offer for example. Not too many years ago, ***** this rambling about how sports television teachers had only to watch for uplifted These days, I'm working on titles has affected our culture. (It's a big topic, hands, and fingers extended to indicate for in-service presentations at schools worthy of later detailed inspection.) It requests for "one" or "two?'... in August. I'm favoring this one: "Hung is at the root of a culture where sports ***** Out-to-Dry" Feelings in a World Hang- figures like Tony Romp are nearing wor- The earth spins on the same axis, ing Out When it's Tough to Hang In. shipful status, or close thereto. Hero or but we who whirl thereon are having Another may include Artful Packaging goat, he seems adrift in the NFL world. hard times "holding on," whether at of Alternative Facts. Or maybe the topic Next up for the vaunted QB posi- the schoolhouse or not. We may all be should be more introspective, like If I tion is Dak Prescott, whose first-year spending too much time grading ALL Give Myself a Grade for Teaching, Will I exploits were akin to working a 1,000- experiences, school related or not. Make the Honor Roll? word picture puzzle with only 998 Soon, we may be asked to grade Wayda minute, moves. He'll do well to remember that "political correctness?' And, if such is I forgot they want short, punchy "Dak" spelled backwards is "Kad," and done by the A-B-C system, we may need titles. Picky, picky, picky .... to remember they'll name a street after to use both pluses and minuses as well, ***** you one day, and chase you down iI the and be prepared to defend whichever Having straightened my tie and next. grades we give. adjusted my posture, may I suggest that Oh, well. Maybe we'd be better off School folks usually have to face the lot of us - educators or not - dally trying to steer clear of"ides and tides" such assignments first. I feel sorry for apply biblical gleanings, and there are thismonth .... that first year teacher who shall remain many. Heavens to Betsy (unless such ***** nameless. So very committed to han- reference is politically incorrect), bed- Dr. Newbury is a speaker in the Dallas/Fort d!ing her assignment in an exemplary rock laws at all levels have Good Book Worth Metroplex. Inquiries/comments to: Phone: 817- manner, she is - at mid-spring - web- origins. 447-3872. Web site: bling a bit. Her confession to a fellow You can look it up. Okay, so what "AT I=II ' 'T gr. TBoi l.rr 11" WllS IT' j oN < V RY I-IANN G. " The other night I was privileged to Midland, here. It became the largest bombardier entertain at a Commemorative Air Force Odessa and training base." event in Midland. It was sponsored by surrounding .... : The event I attended was to eel- the High Sky Wing of the CAF and took area people," ~,~ ebrate the 75th anniversary of the first place inside the huge CAF hangar near says Brent. ~ graduating class at the Midland Army the Midland airport. The hangar looked "We're here ~i Air Field. It was amazing. Fifteen like a big airplane shopping mall. It was to stay. Our stories World War II veterans were on hand and full of newly polished war birds ready to planes are here, were recognized to thunderous applause. go into action. They glistened like giant our events are of texas The Victory Belles, a singing trio from pieces of jewelry, here and we've by tumbleweedsmitb the World War II Museum in New Some people have the misconcep- put together a Orleans also performed. tion that the CAF moved from Midland. really great museum in the hangar." The museum has artifacts from No such thing. The headquarters squad- The list of events includes the big the old bombardier school including ron, a couple of airplanes and some arti- air show in the fall, night flights during two Norden bombsights. One exhibit facts went to the metroplex, but most of the 12 days before Christmas and all is about the military days of President the planes stayed fight where they were. patriotic holiday events throughout the George H. W. Bush. "They left a lot of items specific to year. You can even take a fide in one of "We have video footage of his the Midland Army Air Field and they've the plans for $75 the second Saturday of rescue after his plane was shot down. helped us maintain the facility and keep most months, weather permitting. The Two of his crewmates were killed. He things going," says Brent Collins of the group recently went to Andrews and was rescued bY a submarine off the coast High Sky Wing. Our mission is to keep spent the entire day giving people rides of a Japanese-occupied island. We have these planes flying and that's what we in the vintage planes, actual footage of him stepping up on the do?' "This area was once known as submarine with a quick glance to the The facility is open on Saturdays Sloan Field," says Brent. "A rancher set camera, showing his face?' from 10 AM to 3 PM. There is no up a small airfield with a dirt runway You can see a list of events at admission charge, in the 20's. As World War II became, the group's primary "The local High Sky Wing of the imminent, city officials approached the website. CAF is comprised of about 150 local federal government to put a base out Efff /:fSi:ise 139th Year, Series 3, Vol. XXVII, No. 11 The ~leremdon Enterprise (USPS 947040, ISSN 1088-9698) is published each Thursday by Roger A. Estlack at 105 S. Kearney Street, Clarendon, Texas 79226-1110. Pedodlcals postage paid at Clarendon, Texas 79226-1110. Copyright @ 2017. All rights reserved. This paper's first duty is to print all the news that is fit to print, honestly and fairly to all, unbiased by any consideration even its own editorial opinion. Any erroneous reflection upon the character, stand- in& or reputation of any person, firm, or corporation which may occur in the columns of The Clarendon Enterprlas will be gladly corrected upon being brought to the attention of the management, ENTERPRISE STAFF Roger A. 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