“Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.” Articles of Confederation, ratified in 1781
“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.”
The US Constitution, 10th Amendment, ratified in 1791
A large part of American dissent with the current Obama Administration, and the US Congress, is that Americans do not want the Federal government to meddle so much in their affairs. Americans, by their very nature, really don’t need nor want Uncle Sam to be too involved with them. And they surely do not want nor need to have America turned into some Socialist bastardization of a true America. Enter Barack Obama, and his “We know what’s best for us, I mean, you, so just be good peasants and we’ll take care of you all” Congress.
We’ve all seen the TEA Party protests, the Town Hall meetings, and we have all heard at least one or two Conservative voices expose the Obama Administration for seeking to advance a progressive, America-enslaving, Nanny-State agenda. Simply put, Big Government is not what anyone really wants, so stop trying to force it upon us. I believe people are beginning to realize their last line of defense against Federal takeover is their State’s ability and right to say No.
The right-thinking person’s best offense against the emotional rhetoric of the progressive movement is cold, hard fact. At no place in our Constitution will you find guidance or instruction on how to set up a big Federal government to have absolute rule over the American people. Patrick Henry, one of our Founding Fathers, has laid at our feet these words of wisdom and strength:
“The Constitution is not an instrument to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
The Founding Fathers, all British citizens who had endured the idiocy of King George III, knew first-hand what happens when too much power is granted or given to one entity. In their case, it was the British Crown. In today’s case, for us as Americans, it is the Federal Government. On the books is a health care reform package that would threaten our very fortunes and freedoms. As it would be a Federal mandate, the States, individually, are supposed to just suck it up and accept the fact that this Administration would force its will upon the denizens of each State, regardless of their wishes as Free Americans.
Well, not so fast. Hold on for a second, here.
The Tenth Amendment of our brilliantly written Constitution says that essentially the States have their own say in matters of governance, and do not necessarily have to obey or be bent to the will of the Federal government. An age-old argument, to be sure. State’s rights over Federal rights. America has already fought a war on this premise: The Civil War, actually. And the Federal side won.
This health care “debate”, (Who exactly is congress debating? The American people have already spoken against this travesty.), will be what I see as a catalyst for many more instances where States will refuse to bow to Federal demands. And rightly so. Even living in the State of Connecticut, I would defend her against all Federal enslavement or bullying. No one wants this health care package that drips with Socialism and everything antithetical to what America really is. No one. Nancy Pelosi has made comments saying that health care will get passed for all Americans no matter what. Strong words from an aging woman held together by plastic surgery and Botox. She apparently has not read the Constitution.
State Sovereignty is making a comeback, thanks to a severe backlash of the imposed rule of Barack Obama and his Congressional accomplices. People are realizing that The US Constitution is something bigger than a few pages dedicated to it in their government-sponsored History classes in high school. State’s rights over Federal rights is the can of worms being opened that the Federal government has tried to hide for years.
Not everyone in America is half as stupid as the progressives need them to be.