Talk Back favorite Rob Natelson, Constitutional Fellow of the Independence Institute of Denver, made his monthly appearance on Talk Back on Monday.
Natelson referenced an article he wrote for The Epoch Times in which he told the story of then-Senator Joe Biden who used the 9and Amendment to the US Constitution to entrap Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.
“The Ninth Amendment doesn’t actually change the Constitution,” Natelson said. It’s a message to the reader and it does what it says in modern English, it says, “Yo readers, this Constitution gives the Fed specific powers.” To see how far each power goes, check out the wording. This Constitution also provides for general exceptions which limit all or part of the powers. Don’t get so obsessed with exceptions that you forget the limitations of the original wording.
Several callers asked Natelson what the US Constitution says about how far the United States can go to help Ukraine in its effort to expel the Russian invasion.
“Well, I’m not a foreign policy expert,” he said. “I mean, the risk, of course, of military intervention is war with Russia, which potentially means nuclear war. I don’t know if it’s in the US national interest to take us down this path, even at Ukraine’s expense. Of course, there are other things we can do, and one of the things that has been mentioned most often is to start our own oil production.
Natelson said Russia could have acted diplomatically rather than militarily.
“I will concede that Russia certainly has an interest in what happens near its borders, and the traditional way of dealing with those interests under international law is diplomacy,” he said. “He can woo Ukraine the same way he wooed Belarus, for example. But international law does not allow him to invade a separate sovereign state in the unprovoked way he did.
An elderly caller asked Natelson if there was anyway Montana lawmakers could find a way to lower property taxes for those over 65.
“The biggest part of your property tax bill is K-12 education,” he said. “One way to reduce the costs of K-12 education, as well as improve the product, is to implement a carefully designed school choice program. Montana has fallen behind the rest of the country in school choice programs. This is one area where Montana could use some changes. But, if you craft a school choice program properly, not only could it inject some competition into the system, but it could also lower your property tax bills.
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