A states’-rights defense against Anthony Weiner: Virginia’s HJR 542 offers a solution to New York dominance

As more portraits of the artist as a young Weiner appear on the Web, the body politic becomes increasingly frustrated. President Obama said he would retire under the circumstances. Nancy Pelosi can’t get rid of him.

McClatchy Newspapers reports that a majority of voters in Weiner’s Queens-Brooklyn congressional district think he should stay in office. But Weiner’s New York is not the New York City where Grant rests nor where the Roosevelts shook the world for more than 100 years. Nor is it Isaac Bashevis Singer's or even Yogi Berra’s or Ralph Kramden’s. It is Mick Jagger’s and Jean Genet’s and Bill Clinton’s.

Yet the influence Weiner’s district has on America is enormous. Possibly half of Hollywood’s founders made their way from Brooklyn, and the broadcast media in NYC and LA — NY West — pour representative values into every home in the U.S. and throughout the world. Had Oprah not retired, Weiner would have already started his comeback on her comfy couch.

The Weiner dilemma illustrates a potentially crippling aspect of Hamiltonian government, dominated in image and capital by New York and the East Coast. But there are solutions. One enlightened approach is Virginia’s HJR 542, which would give two-thirds of the states power to repeal a federal law or regulation.

HJR 542, patroned by Del. James LeMunyon, and co-patroned by a total of 51 delegates, is legislation requesting that the U.S. Congress call an amendment convention pursuant to Article V of the Constitution for the purpose of proposing an amendment that permits the repeal of any federal law or regulation by a vote of two-thirds of the state legislatures acting in unison.

Via HJR 542, Weiner and his entire New York-based political culture — Jon Stewart was his college roommate, Bill Clinton officiated at his wedding, his wife works for Hillary — can be left behind.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) supports the bill.

“This is certainly an uphill battle,” he said last October at a Tea Party convention. “I think if there is a groundswell among the states that really want to see some re-balancing of the federal-state relationship … there might be … some support for this.”

We have been dominated by New York from our beginnings. Much of it has been good and possibly necessary, but it was not Jefferson’s vision. Nor is Rep. Weiner’s vision confluent with either Hamilton or Jefferson, but Jefferson offers a way out from under New York dominance and a path to more representative self-government.

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