Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Steve Peters - #1721 - Commentary Feature - Postings from the Right

Steve Peters, Conservative Activist and Tea Party Patriot - Posting from the Right - Steve invites all comments on his views.
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It is great to see some in Congress take note of the importance of the Tenth Amendment to our Constitution.  "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."  Thomas Jefferson said, "The Tenth Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution". In 1798 the Kentucky Resolve and the Virginia Resolve were written in secret by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison respectively. These resolves were a push back and answer to the perceived threat the Federal Government's Alien and Sedition Acts made against constitutional liberties. Both make a strong statement that it is the function of the people of each state to force the Federal Government to stay within the bounds and limits dictated within the Constitution, by nullifying federal laws and acts that are in violation of that Constitution.

The Founding Fathers had a keen awareness that the states were closer to the people and should govern the internal concerns. Thomas Jefferson wrote in an 1823 letter to Judge William Johnson the following, " The States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore... never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market".  You cannot allow and will not be successful in limiting the power of the Federal Government if you let them be the judge of their own limits of power. Stossel is right, there are two ways of doing things: voluntary or by force. The government uses force, the more local or closer to the people that government is, allows us as citizens to more effectively fight that force. If one town, county, or state does not respond to its citizens, they can vote with their feet and move to another one that does. If the Federal Government does not respond, the citizen only has the choice to submit, rebel, or leave one's country.

1. Returning Power Back to the People - Human Events 

2.  Video - John Stossel - We'd Better Learn to Fight Big Government - Fox Business - Right Scoop

Steve:  This is an interesting three minute video, although the site attributes the following quote to Thomas Jefferson,"A government big enough to supply you with everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have....", which is incorrect.  The Blog Prof - President Ford actually said it. Please see this site for the history associated with the quote.

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