Monday, May 03, 2010

The Clear Language of the Law

You knew it was coming: Bob Barr's take on Arizona's new law.

You also already knew that I agree with him.

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1 comment:

Dante said...

Barr is making a logical error in his argument. He's trying to make implication associative when its not in the 10th Amendment.

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

In mathematical terms, this could be drawn out as

!F -> S || P

If not Federal (F) then State (S) or People (P).

To infer that from this logic, we cannot conclude F -> !(S || P)
A -> B
does not prove in any way that
!A -> !B

Barr makes some other convincing arguments in his blog but using the 10th Amendment to prove that states cannot also enforce federal law is flat out wrong. There is nothing in that particular Amendment prohibiting such a thing.