Wednesday, February 18, 2009

State vs. Federal

Bill of Rights - Article 10 - This gives the individual states the right to regulate those rights that are not regulated by the Federal governement, nor are prohibited by the Constitution. Arizona would like to remind everyone, especially Washington DC about these rights.

Walter Williams, a Professor of Economics, has this to say: "Try this thought experiment. Pretend you're a tyrant. Among your many liberty-destroying objectives are extermination of blacks, Jews and Catholics. Which would you prefer, a United States with political power centralized in Washington, powerful government agencies with detailed information on Americans and compliant states; or power widely dispersed over 50 states, thousands of local jurisdictions and a limited federal government?" Now, instead of the 'blacks, jews and catholics' quote, insert any group you want. Or just take that sentence out all together!

There is a reason the Founding Fathers included Article 10 in the Bill of Rights. It is yet another check and balance in a document full of checks and balances. You lose this balance, and you gain power. Just as the Office of President is meant to be a check against runaway legistlation from the Congress; and the Supreme Court is meant to be a check against both of them. Well, we have all three branches on the 'same team'. So, we look to the media to be a check and balance - yeah, we've lost that too, for the most part. What is our last check and balance?

State's rights.

Think about it.

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