The 10th Amendment

Don’t look now but according to Wayne Slater if you’re from Texas, and you support Rick Perry, or Debbie Medina for governor, attended the rally for Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, and support the 10th Amendment you’re a racist, or at least some of you are. Well, I think the other half of you should feel good knowing that only some of the people who support states’ rights are racist. I swear the people in charge are either drunk and mentally challenged, mentally challenged, drunk, high, or all of the above. Apparently state’s rights have gone the way of acid wash jeans and eight ball jackets, just ain’t in style no man my friends.

Chris Matthews did his daily Palin and all things conservative bashing today with James Moore and Wayne Slater, authors of the book Bush’s Brain, and you watch Matthews go absolutely bonkers at the very thought of Texas, or any other state rising up against the encroaching power of the federal government. Are we to assume the great anti-federalist and founding father Samuel Bryan was wrong when he warned that a centralized power would be the interest of the well born few? Absolutely not, because the well born few is not relegated to the elected class, it also includes a consolidated media power aligned with the political system. Chris Matthews assailed Perry for a lack of historical sophistication. To him, meaning Matthews, federalism=secession which equals the tenth amendment, which equals war? But perhaps old Chrissy should dive right back into the American history books himself, because apparently he doesn’t know too much about the constitution himself. One of the last wedge issues at the Constitutional convention was the issue of states rights. The anti-federalists were afraid of the idea of a federal government, and with good reason. So in order to bring everyone along to have the constitution ratified, even though the federalists had an overwhelming majority, the founding fathers understood the importance of protecting the rights and sovereignty of the states. Think of it this way: “Without a recognition of states’ rights, there would be no constitution or, a very watered down version would have emerged, or worse, Alexander Hamilton’s vision for an American style monarchy would have been more widely embraced. I shutter at the thought. Then again, that’s sort of kinda what we ended up with now isn’t it?

I could go on and on about history, I just thought it was important to point out the conventional wisdom that plagues the beltway. Even most conservatives have adopted the more radical view of federal power, I call them progressatives. They’re conservative on most issues except they tend to disregard the constitution as a whole, much like their leftist counterparts, in which to that effect they have much in common than they realize. This plague oozed out, went from state to state and diluted any adherence to the constitution. Most people assume, without concrete evidence that Barack Obama’s agenda is constitutional, it’s not. His health care plan or plans are unconstitutional, his economic policies are unconstitutional, his numerous executive orders are unconstitutional, his new war on obesity is by far one of his most unconstitutional policies we’ve seen in the last ten years. I would argue that the Patriot Act has more legitimacy from the constitution than his proposed plans to ban all vending machines across the country and have more control in what your children eat at school. Will parents lose their right to buy their child something outside of school for lunch? Who knows, I’ve seen many a right lost during this president’s reign.

The tenth amendment is an important one. It allows the states independence from a flawed government. The founding fathers intended for the state to be flawed because they wanted a little power to flow through Washington as possible. The fathers never put forth a liberty killing entitlement or plan in the name of possibility or comfort, or fitness and wellness. They believed in a concept long since abandoned in the name of the collectivist banner, that concept was individuality. All I can say is, when the last light of freedom is blown out by the gale force winds of the federal storm,  I for one will seek refuge in my storm cellar, where copies of the Federalist Papers, 1984, Ron Paul’s manifesto,  await.

Long live liberty, down with tyranny-Clark Kent.

“Men are not to be the objects of collectivist experimentation”