(Note: this column was first published in 2009)
Those of you familiar with this column are no stranger to what I believe is the sometimes criminal misuse and abuse of the Constitution and its rights by Congress and the President (the Ruling Elite) in administrations than span decades.
Continuing on that seemingly unalterable path and now early in 2010, it is apparent that candidate Obama’s multiple lofty claims while running for President, that “transparency” would be the order of the day for “We the People” during the healthcare overhaul, was nothing but a lie. Even C-Span had to call him, and Congress, on it. But then again, maybe his handlers can convince him and the Dems to play straight with the American people, at least on this issue.
As President, Obama, like Bush and many others, has joined the elite fraternity of chief executives who can’t seem to keep various promises. But why should they? And why should Congress?
They are our Ruling Elite because “We the People” allow them to assume that posture generation after generation. They continue to violate the Constitution with impunity while the people grumble but do nothing. When it comes to standing up for our rights, many Americans act like wimpy adults who more closely resemble whiny little children.
Is it our destiny as a nation that federal oppression continues its march into every facet of our lives? Consider the following words that some of the Ruling Elite today may find antiquated and irrelevant.
“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.” So says the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in February 1795.
It is nothing less than criminal that the U.S. Congress today, and for generations, has avoided, violated and essentially nullified this portion of our most precious national treasure.
Yet it may be the 10th Amendment that holds out the greatest hope for rescuing our nation from the central planners who, regardless of their words to the contrary, continue to abrogate the liberties contained in the first 10 amendments.
Consider the final words of the Star Spangled Banner “… o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” America does have many brave citizens, but it is being depleted of free citizens. And as the erosion of our freedoms continues, I sometimes wonder how long it will take, if ever, for Americans to be sufficiently fed up to force a change that Washington will be unable or unwilling to combat.
So the incremental slaughter of the Constitution continues and it seems to me that the people and the states always suffer. Yet there are a growing number of anti-party establishment, anti-federal government-control and pro-states’ rights movements afoot in the U.S. that seem to be forging a real foothold in state and national politics. I for one hope they continue.
Some states’ attorneys general are exploring the idea of taking on the Ruling Elite on healthcare. A few other states are looking at one or more forms of sovereignty legislation.
Good. I wondered the other day what other things the states could do to stand up for their citizens since the central government and its Ruling Elite will not. Maybe it’s time to have the Gadsden Flag flown from every statehouse in the land.
Off the top of my head I wondered if it would be legal and possible for like-minded states that really intend to stand for citizens and sovereignty to act collectively to benefit each other while, simultaneously, not violating the Constitution.
Could those states form some type of economic or other confederation (no wait, confederation sounds too much like what led to our first Constitution) that would include provisions or incentives to help each other on top of anything already available federally?
It sounds kind of silly, but what about something like a real or symbolic “Most Favored State” status like the one the U.S. uses with international trade?
Or maybe this coalition of states, something like a 10th Amendment Coalition, could find other means to come together out of a like mind on issues with a broader scope, issues like sovereignty, excessive federal taxation and past, present and future federal constitutional violations relating to the 1st, 2nd, 4th and, of course, 10th amendments. Such a coalition may not work or it might not be legal, but at least it’s a thought.
One thing is for sure, at least in my opinion. Generally speaking, I believe the Ruling Elite is unwilling to properly advocate and legislate for the American people. This is due to the self-serving nature of the two parties and their allegiance to and complicity with the large financial and industrial corporations for which they have prostituted themselves, at our expense, since long before President Eisenhower’s stern warning to us in January 1961.
These corporate entities, treated under law as living human beings, hold rights that far supersede those of actual humans. The actual humans, you and I, live under a form of economic servitude that has been building for several generations. More than ever, federal debt has crippled the economic future of your grandchildren. And there is more to come.
I believe it is long past time for our servitude to the criminal Ruling Elite to end. And, as I said last year, I believe many are guilty of economic treason and I’m still wondering if history will record the U.S. Slave Rebellion of 2010.
Throughout its time in the history of civilization, America’s willingness to help other nations has been legendary. That willingness was born through the blessing of its abundance and, far beyond that, through its spirit of giving that is rooted in the Judeo-Christian belief that we are our brother’s keeper. I pray that we will rise to that high level again, this time to save ourselves.
The time has long passed for the states to rise together to throw off the shackles of an oppressive federal government. The states did band together once, a long time ago, and successfully threw off the shackles imposed on them by the British Crown. Now in the 21 century, it is time for the states to throw off the shackles that bind us today and form a 10th Amendment Coalition of states that will stand their ground and not back down.