â€œFor far too long elected officials and unelected bureaucrats at the federal level have passively forgotten or actively neglected the Tenth Amendment that guarantees rights not enumerated in the Constitution be left to the individual states,â€ said Rep. Emmer. â€œThe willful disregard of the Tenth Amendment in relation to a citizenâ€™s right to bear arms isnâ€™t the only constitutional infringement that we should be worried about, but it is one that has been singled out by the new administration.â€Details
by William E. Morris, DelawareOnline.com
The infamous $700 billion bailout is a symbol of the incompetence of big government. It results from previous government actions that have caused a recession, and threaten a depression. The bail-out to the risk we already had of severe inflation and a financial catastrophe.
What if we started over to design a government from scratch a government that really worked for us?Details
by Clarence B. Carson, Fee.org
Several developments have contributed to making the meaning of federalism obscure. Some are old, some recent. Some may be more or less innocent; others are destructive of federalism itself. One of these that may be more or less innocent is the habit of referring to the United States government as the â€œfederal government.â€
Whether it is innocent or not, it does tend to confuse the unwary. These United States have a federal system of government. The system embraces both the general government and those of the states. Thus, both the United States government and the state government are correctly alluded to as â€œfederalâ€ governments.Details
by Gary Galles
After a bitter and divisive election, Democrats have regained the presidency and widened their control of Congress. Now they are making the usual political victorsâ€™ calls for unity. But unfortunately, Americansâ€™ often diametrically opposed preferences for what they want government to do guarantees disunity under our current approach to governance.
Opposing desires (you want â€œAâ€ but I want â€œnot Aâ€) mean that no national approach or plan can form the basis of unity. Instead, only returning to our Constitutionâ€™s forgotten federalism, especially the 10th Amendment, can reconcile them with national unity.Details
â€œThe federal government should stop trying to do everything, which it doesnâ€™t do well, and start doing, and doing better, the few tasks that only it can handle,â€ says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.
â€œFor instance, Uncle Sam has become a nanny-state, telling us what we can eat and how old we must be to drink. More than 100 university presidents have called on Washington to reduce the drinking age of 21. Maybe they are right and maybe they are wrong, but this isnâ€™t a job for Congress. It should be the decision of the 50 states, which have very different histories, traditions, and views of such issues.”Details
by Steve Kubby
“States’ Rights” is an Anti-Libertarian Concept
The concept of federalism is properly used to describe a system of government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between the federal government and the states.
In contrast, the term “states’ rights” is a fraudulent and profoundly ANTI-Libertarian concept that has no other purpose but to deceive and rob us of our natural, inalienable, inseparable, non-transferable rights as human beings.Details
Guest Commentary from VirginiaConservative
(or I donâ€™t care how they do things in Massachusetts).
Ask someone what is the most important amendment to the constitution.Â If he were a liberal, he would likely answer â€œthe right to free speechâ€, the 1st.Â Â If he were a conservative, he would likely answer â€œthe right to keep and bear armsâ€, the 2nd.
Although all amendments are important (or at least those found in the Bill of Rights), I have another suggestion.Â For those who fear the encroachment of an ever-expanding national government, might I recommend the 10th?ÂDetails