But not on anything you would expect from a government adhering to the Constitution. Healthcare, financial markets, petroleum exploration and extraction, economic activity, immigration, national ID cards, cap and trade, smoking, transfats & salt, CAFE; gun control, taxes, price controls on labor, electricity, and banking. The list goes on.
No matter how well intentioned, there are two things to point out about this. The first is that none of it fits in the 17 enumerated powers of Congress. The second is that even if it were, there is no way that body of men and women could ever hope to efficiently run all those areas of our lives. The breadth of control required dooms it from the start. They could not possible know everything to know about the extremely large, complex, and fast moving America we live in today. Every attempt to do so only gives us a legacy of bloated bureaucracies that are expensive to maintain, and expensive for us to comply with and respond to.
Don’t expect an overnight change. Things are this way because of elected officials that we elected. The power to inhibit liberty has reached a critical mass, and the only way to turn the tide is to move the power somewhere else, and disperse it.
That’s where the 10th amendment comes in. In language as clear today as it was in the 18th century, the 10th amendment ensures that states are under no obligation to bend to the whim of the central government. When states across the nation begin to push back, as we are now seeing with the Health Care law with nullification, power is naturally devolved away from where it has pooled. No one group or individual can have a lot of power when every group has some.
What’s the action plan? Talk to STATE elected officials, watch their voting record, ask them of their plans for nullification of federal laws. Hold them to their word, and remember. Remember what they said and what they did when they come up for reelection. Find the candidate who most closely matches your values, not the political party that most closely (or least distant) matches them.
This will put them on edge. When they feel safe in their official capacity, they vote with their party or their ego. When they feel the heat from back home, and have a healthy fear for their job their priorities will be our priorities.
Our priority must be liberty. Without it, there can be nothing else.
Scott Martin is the State Chapter Coordinator for the South Carolina Tenth Amendment Center.
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