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The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and every year that date passes by with hardly a sound. Sure, now that itâ€™s considered a day of â€œfederal observanceâ€ youâ€™ll find government schools around the country including it in their lesson plans. But these discussions generally focus on â€œConstitution Triviaâ€ instead of whatâ€™s really important. While it may be good to educate our young on how many years a Senator serves, or how Supreme Court justices are appointed, itâ€™s not enough. Seriously lacking in the public discourse is the actual purpose of the Constitution â€“ its underlying principles.
The founding generation spent their lives toiling under a tyranny â€“ a government without limits. But, when the Constitution was written, it was done to codify in law that the powers of government would be limited to those which had been delegated to it. The entire system was created under the principle of popular sovereignty â€“ that â€˜We the People of the Several Statesâ€™ created the government, and all powers not delegated to it, were retained.
But thatâ€™s not something youâ€™re likely to hear from politicians in Washington DC, political pundits, schools, or just about anywhere else. Itâ€™s generally not in their interest, either. If politicians and their backers were promoting such crazy ideas as â€œoriginalismâ€ and â€œlimited governmentâ€ theyâ€™d never be able to convince you that they have the power to tell you what kind of health care plan youâ€™ll be getting, how big your toilet can be, what kind of plants youâ€™re allowed to grow, where youâ€™re allowed to exercise your â€œrightâ€ to free speech, whom you can buy and sell from, and even when you must send your children to die for them.
MORE OF THE SAME
Throughout history, even kings and queens have often failed to survive such acts of hubris; but, in â€œfreeâ€ America, the major parties that produce all the presidents continue to receive approval through tens of millions of votes. And where has that gotten people?
Well, letâ€™s take a look at some major issues.
If you were opposed to war in the Bush administration, youâ€™ve still got the same wars and threats of wars under Obama.
If you were opposed to national health care under Clinton, you got a massive expansion of government health care under George Bush, which laid the groundwork for an even bigger expansion under Obama.
If you didnâ€™t like the federal government passing the Patriot Act without even reading it, youâ€™re still getting the same failure to read today.
On the other hand, if you liked the Bush bailouts, youâ€™ve gotta love the ones that Obama has given you!
No matter what side of the political aisle you sit on, the federal government is not your friend. Itâ€™s not a friend to the Constitution, and itâ€™s certainly no friend to your liberty. For years and yearsâ€¦and years, people have yelled â€œvote the bums out!â€ â€œCall Congress now!â€ â€œMarch on DC!â€ But, in the long run, little to none of this actually works.
If you oppose this national health care plan, theyâ€™ll give you that one.
If you oppose one war, youâ€™ll get another one. If you oppose todayâ€™s bailout, theyâ€™ll find a different one tomorrow.
A DIFFERENT STRATEGY
Decade in and decade out, the government keeps growing, and your liberty keeps shrinking. And it doesnâ€™t matter if the person in charge is named Obama, or Bush, or Reagan, or Clinton.
The bottom line? Looking to the federal government â€“ whether itâ€™s though elections, or protests, or lawsuits, or rallies â€“ is a failed strategy. Going to the federal government to fix problems created by the federal government doesn’t work!
Here at the Tenth Amendment Center we’re working towards something different, and we’re thankful to everyone who’s made this organization a reality. Together, we can make a difference.
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