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. -- 10th Amendment Constitution of the United States of America
Twenty-eight words that spell out where the federal government gets its power, and it's not from within, it is from the people of the states.
We are failing our children by not teaching them this basic fact. What has happened in our schools?
Just to the right of where I am currently typing this blog there is a "Talking Points" question:
Do you think the $787 billion stimulus bill Congress recently passed will help or hinder the economy?
and the answer by Dalton Lawson:
“I believe the bailout should and will help us because the money is going to tax cuts and some of the money is going to infrastructure, along with plans for new alternative energy. Also our senators think it’s a good idea because they passed the bill by more than 15 votes majority.”
— Dalton Lawson
It is apparent Dalton has not been taught the 10th amendment or perhaps he has not remembered that part of his civics or government class. If Dalton had been given even an overview he should question how the federal government could even think about a "bailout" or giving money to alternative energy. He would have gone and reread the 4543 words in the original, unamended Constitution, (including the signatures) searching to see where we the people granted the power to bailout and invest in alternate energy (or anything else for that matter). If anyone can direct me to these granted powers feel free to respond, I cannot find it anywhere. (also the "tax cuts" Dalton references are not really tax cuts - the rates do not change - it is "rebates" taken from those that have and given to those that have not, Robin Hood if you will)
There is a number of states declaring their sovereignty or perhaps they are re-declaring their sovereignty. I'm not totally versed in what this movement is all about but in theory I support it for no other reason but to reign in the abuse of power by the feds.
As individuals we can write our congressmen and senators and complain and they will send us a form letter thinking this will settle our ruffled feathers and they will still abuse power. Now if the states stand up to the feds and say, "hey, you can't do that" I would imagine that would carry the weight of several million letters of complaint.
Perhaps we should complain to our state elected officials. Get them on board with telling Washington to take a chill pill and follow the rules and powers they have been granted and no more. Perhaps we should bombard the governor to get her to stand up to the feds and say "you cannot operate like that in our state".
Perhaps we should contact our mayor and city council and let them know we do not want any more federal intrusion into our lives here in Tonganoxie.
Perhaps we should contact the school board members and insist that the students (the voters of tomorrow) be taught what the government is to be, not what it has become.
Perhaps I'm living in a fantasy world where I think others care about the future of our city, state and country.