The Tenth and Independence
Posted by revkharma on April 3, 2009
One of the most pressing issues facing all who love freedom is the continued expansion of the Federal Government in DC. The constantly grasping tentacles of this monster are finding their way into any and areas of life, and are strangling liberty. The court system seems to have abandoned Constitutional principles, allowing the legislative branch to pass laws with no foundation in the Constitution. The Executive branch is arrogating power from the legislative branch, and unilaterally expanding powers, again with no regard for Constitutional restrictions.
We have seen the “Stimulus Bill” written to incorporate regulations which will directly challenge the executive, constitutional authority of the governors of various states. This has been applauded by the budding statist/fascist movement in congress, and cheered on by those citizens who stand to gain at the expense of productive Americans.
We have seen a Chief Executive who has simply taken control of private corporations, dismissing the CEO of one, and demanding another ‘find a partner’ and merge with a foreign entity. All this is justified by the ‘greater good and ‘dire economic crises’. I could go on at great length listing the various attacks on liberty our nation has endured in the last ten or twenty years.
Quinn Hilyer, writing in the American Spectator, echoes several of the discussions we have had here in the Rev’s Place. ( Here, Here, Here, and here among others) The conclusion that the DC government is growing more dangerous by the day is really not a topic for debate.
The question then must be asked: What can be done? Further, is anyone actually doing anything? I will admit that while I blather on, I have no real ability to make anything happen except noise.
However, the real action is beginning, and there s much that liberty loving citizens can do to help. Various states have begun consideration of “Tenth Amendment” resolutions and State Sovereignty bills. The resolution most familiar to me is in South Carolina, H 3509 which was introduced in February of this year:
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
TO AFFIRM THE RIGHTS OF ALL STATES INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA BASED ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE NINTH AND TENTH AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
The title itself lays out the case briefly and clearly. The very first paragraph is wonderful:
Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly declares that the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State, and shall exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right pertaining thereto, which is not expressly delegated by them to the United States of America in the congress assembled;
This is a fulcrum which can be used to leverage the power of the States to begin to roll back the dangerous expansion of Leviathan government from DC. South Carolina is not alone, by any means. At this time there are at least thirty states considering similar legislation. Thirty states is a tough block to ignore, even for the out of touch DC power mongers. Each and every one of us concerned with Liberty needs to help push this forward. Over at “The Tenth Amendment Center they have compiled an excellent database of states considering this. I suggest you head there, and read. Contact your legislators and encourage their support and action to move this forward. If you need to find your local reps, follow this link for Project Vote Smart. There’s a fast search to find contact info for federal and state government representatives.
We need to be active, and we need to support those who are protecting our liberties. Without direct communication from people our representatives will become more and more attentive to government and less attentive to those they are sent to represent. Don’t wait; don’t expect others to do it for you. Please, act on this, and do so quickly. If the States can reassert their individual sovereignty there is still a possibility of controlling DC. The alternative is the continued slow deadly slide into despotism and eventual eradication of Liberty in our Nation.
Keep the Faith!