The Constitution of the United States clearly limits the power of the federal government to trample individual rights while allowing individual states and their local communities the primary task for structuring community mores and rules. Yet today in 2013 we are witnessing a massive federal (actually national) government that routinely violates individual and states rights.
Even for those of us who live in the 21st Century, the language of The Constitution that enumerates the powers of the federation….the federal government….is not obtuse and is straightforward. Over the decades, however, negligent elected federal officials and agenda-driven federal judges have expanded federal power far beyond the crystal clear language of The Constitution of the United States, and the intentions of the Framers who feared government-based tyranny. Relying on faulty and specious interpretations of the “General Welfare Clause,” the “Commerce Clause,” the “Supremacy Clause” and others, the chosen guardians of our individual liberty have undermined this basic element of our national compact.
Although federal encroachment has destroyed the balance designed by the Framers, they have done so with the willing compliance and feeble opposition from the states and their leaders. A robust and determined opposition from the states may have successfully halted the march toward an all-powerful, unchallenged national government. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution were adopted along with the prior eight when the Bill of Rights were ratified in 1791. While the first nine amendments are specifically addressed toward individual rights, the openness of the Ninth and the unmistakable language of the Tenth convincingly codify the power retained by the individual states when our republic was formed. To my knowledge…..neither the Ninth nor the Tenth Amendment has been formally or legally repealed.
States have the constitutional power, the moral authority, and the civic obligation to reject excessive federal interference. One can understand how an aggressive entity such as the Federal (National) Government would continually seek to increase it’s scope and power, but it is more difficult to comprehend why the states and their elected guardians have so meekly allowed this undermining of The Constitution and individual rights to occur. One might justifiably accuse the political classes of the individual and sovereign states of dereliction of duty at the very least.
The federal monstrosity has grown too invasive and too oppressive, but the Ninth and Tenth Amendments still ring with truth for people who cherish liberty. Citizens of the states should insist that their political leaders resist and reject the growing national menace. Those who have solemnly taken their oaths of office when ascending to positions of leadership within the states should honor their commitments and fulfill their obligations to their constituent citizens. Resist the Feds, reject their overreaching and return to constitutional government…..is the formula for restoring the United States our Founders and Framers designed.
Bowling Green, Ohio
November 27, 2013
Scott Landreth is the Ohio Chapter Coordinator for the Tenth Amendment Center, a national think tank that serves as a forum for the study and exploration of state and individual sovereignty issues, focusing primarily on the decentralization of federal government power as required by the Constitution. Send him e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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