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TRC – Don’t Mess With Texas

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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. – Amendment X, United States Constitution

The tenth amendment says very plainly:

  1. If a power is not explicitly granted to the Federal Government by the Constitution, it is reserved by the States and by the people.
  2. If a power of the Federal Government is prohibited by the States, it is reserved by the States.

The 10th Amendment is a very key amendment because by it, the states make the rules of what goes on in the states, not Washington DC. What it does is it enumerates who actually wears the pants in the US.

For example, take Alaska. Alaska has the Alaskan National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) and they would love to bolster their economy by drilling for oil up there. But folks 5000 miles away are telling them that they can’t use the resources of their state for their own purpose. There is no provision in the Constitution telling Alaska they can’t drill for oil. If the Alaskan legislature wants to drill, they should be allowed. Washington can go pound sand.

Several states, such as Texas, South Carolina, and others have refused stimulus money because with that money, there are mandates from the Federal Government. Yet the Federal Government is trying to impose its will in saying that these states have to take the money. They do NOT! They can send that money right back to Washington and tell them what to do with their crazy regulations.

Many states have passed laws outlawing or allowing same-sex marriage. This is definitely not covered in the constitution and therefore a decision of the states. If Vermont wants gay marriage, let the voters and the state decide. If Iowa doesn’t want it, they should not be required to recognize it, even if a gay couple from Vermont comes to Iowa.

If the Dakotas want to pass laws outlawing abortion, they should be allowed to do just that. Remember, Roe v. Wade can be challenged when a state decides to answer the question of when life actually begins. (BTW – that was part of the decision back in 1973.)

Folks, we are the *United States*. That means we are a republic (not a democracy) of fifty sovereign states that have joined together to make a nation. We are one country, but we are fifty separate individual states.

We have appointed a federal government to handle matters that occur between states. The founders recognized that there would have to be a strong federal government to regulate interstate commerce, negotiate treaties on behalf of the United States, and raise a military. The Constitution clearly enumerates what the Federal Government is supposed to do. If it’s not enumerated in the constitution, it’s up to the States to decide for themselves.

If the Civil War taught us anything, it taught that states have the right to determine largely what goes on in their own borders. Washington DC has no right to impose its will upon the state.

Yet, ahead of all the Tea Parties that are going to be held tomorrow, protesting all the insane government spending that is going on in Washington, we now get a report from the Department of Homeland Security that warns of all us ‘Right Wing Radicals’ and wraps us up amongst those who would-be white supremacists and religious abortion-clinic bombing whackos, just because we’re getting sick and tired of the federal government sticking its fat nose where it doesn’t belong.

I wonder if DHS will start putting me on a watch list because I dare show that I am a patriot, a lover of the original constitution, and a protector of what the founders created, not what the so-called progressives have perverted.

Anyway, in the below video, Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced his support for HCR 50, a resolution in the Texas legislature does four things:

  1. Affirms Texas’ sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution
  2. Demands the Federal Government cease and desist any activity or mandate that is outside the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers.
  3. All compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under the threat of sanction or penalty from the federal government is prohibited and repealed
  4. The resolution be presented to the President Obama, Vice-President Biden, and Speaker Pelosi, as well as to the entire Texas delegation to Congress with instruction to enter it into the Congressional Record.

I’ve never lived in Texas and have only been there a few times. I’m going back in October on business. But the one thing you gotta appreciate is the Texas spirit. And I say with a hearty whoopie:

Don’t Mess With Texas!

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

April 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm

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  1. […] I previously commented on this topic, so I won’t rehash my thoughts on the 10th Amendment, except to say that the Founders never intended for the Federal Government to grow as large or get as powerful as it is.  The Federal Government, both under the Bush Administration and now under the Obama Administration has sought to increase its size and scope in ways that are far beyond its constitutional mandate.  In short, the States run their territory and the Federal Government manages issues where all the states are concerned.   But it does NOT up to the Federal Government to determine what is in the National interest – that’s a job for the States.  While this may be a bit difficult to understand, the point is, the national interest is determined by the States and the People, not by the Federal Government. […]


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