The General Government and the Power To Declare a Holiday
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “While we’re in the middle of the discussion here on Presidents’ Day, what power does the general government have to compel a holiday on the rest of us? Not that most lazy, underachieving people out there that call themselves Americans won’t take the opportunity to seize upon any day that could be called a holiday, whether it’s Arbor Day or Flag Day or whatever day, what power does the general government have to do this? I would say they have absolutely none.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
Begin Mike Church Show Transcript
Mike: It’s the annual celebration of Washington’s birthday. Some of you are being smart alecks, [mocking] “Why are you calling it Washington’s birthday today? You know he was born on February 22nd, dummy.” I know that. I even know the day he died, December 14, 1799. I’m not the one that appointed today a federal holiday. You know if you try to go to the bank today it’s closed, right? If you think that the mail is going to run today, you have another thing coming. The mail is not running today. Today is a “federal holiday,” as they call it.
Let’s think about that for a moment, shall we? While we’re in the middle of the discussion here on Presidents’ Day, what power does the general government have to compel a holiday on the rest of us? Not that most lazy, underachieving people out there that call themselves Americans won’t take the opportunity to seize upon any day that could be called a holiday, whether it’s Arbor Day or Flag Day or whatever day, what power does the general government have to do this? I would say they have absolutely none. They can say to the Feds, the Post Office and what have you that today or any other day is a holiday. A holiday or a day of proclamation is not a weight or a measure. I’ve heard it said, [mocking] “That’s covered in the weights and measures clause.” No, it’s not.
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Mike: Yeah, you could call it that. I would say viewed in that context — now, we would have to have an actual proclamation. I live in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana and you live in a county in Texas. Let’s just say your county decided they’ve had it and they’re going to form the Republic of Roger. Here in St. Tammany, we’re going to form the Parish Republic of Church. We decide to go our own way, form our own little government, make our own money, have our own constitution, and do all the things that states may and of right do, as Jefferson said.
Is the State of Texas going to send the National Guard into your county to force you back into the Texas Union, and under what pretense? Is the State of Louisiana, is Governor Jindal going to call the Louisiana Guard out, send them into St. Tammany or into the Church Republic and compel us to go back into the Louisiana Union, and under what power and authority? If the answer to the question is they don’t have the authority or power to do that, and if they try to do that, then I am not really a free citizen in the sense that I am not sovereign or not being recognized as sovereign, and my fellow citizens aren’t either, to the point where we can form our own government or choose not to be in union with the Feds.
My point, Roger, is that this question is always answered: What would the federal government do if another state decided to secede? That’s an improper query. Answer the question on a local level: What would the State of Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Colorado, etc. do if one of those counties decided to secede from the state? It’s still a secession, is it not? It’s the exact same act. What would they do? The five counties that seceded in Colorado, the five counties out of eleven that were on the ballot that voted to secede from Colorado, let’s say they go through with it. Is Colorado going to sick the Colorado Guard on those counties and force them back into the union? I haven’t heard that they intend to do so.
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