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A Snake in the Grass

A Snake in the Grass

Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned with the future of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, all conservatives no matter their party about the future of the 2nd.  But the Amendment that gets little attention is the one most concerning me, and that’s the 10th.  It’s the tail of the Bill of Rights, yet it’s wagging the dog.  The misinterpretation and reckless expansion of it’s intent is at the heart of America’s problems today.  It’s time to step back to it’s original intent.


THE TENTH AMENDMENT (a Snake in the Grass)


The powers not granted 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 very essence of a republic.  One man one vote is the foundation of a democracy, not a republic.  Yes, we have one man one vote, or nearly so, in our House of Representatives where Congressmen are elected by population: California with thirty five Congressmen, Montana and Wyoming, for instance, with only one.  Yet in representing them in the Senate all three states have two senators.


While the 1st and 2nd Amendments, and the interpretation of them by the Supreme Court, have changed, no Amendment has been changed so much by the slow implantation of federal law and transfer of economic power as has the 10th.  Where, for instance, in the Constitution does it say the fed has the power to dictate education for not only the state, but for the county, city and town?  In fact, where does the document say we can have a federal police force, or forces, such as the FBI, ATF&E, and on and on? 


Since those and many other powers have slowly been transferred to the fed states, counties, cities and towns have become prostitutes.  Why?  Because of the ever increasing power of the fed.  Because of the continual intrusion of the fed into the pockets of the citizens of those states, countries, cities and towns.  In order for our schools to obtain federal funding, they must comply with federal edict, and the same goes for the governmental entities.


Americans have sold their souls to the fed in order to have a small portion of what they pay in taxation to the fed, returned to them…after it’s been well massaged by the fed.  And the appetite of the fed has become so large that what they take from we citizens is not enough.  They’ve borrowed from friend and enemy alike to feed the beast the fed has become.


The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Native American Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.




Congress, the Executive, and the Supreme Court have continually expanded those rights until you and me, the states, the counties, the cities and towns, have not only economic weight of the fed riding on our back in every aspect of our life, but the burden of so much more:  what we eat, breath, drink, drive, fly, and yes, say. 


That was not the intent of the founding fathers, and we and past generations should be embarrassed with the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren, not to speak of the nineteen trillion dollars of debt.  That’s almost sixty thousand dollars for every man, woman, and child in America.


We allowed it to happen, and we elected a president who’s put us more in debt than the total of every president before him by using and misusing the power of the fed.



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