The founding fathers had good reason to pen the Tenth Amendment. The issue of power, and especially the great potential for a power struggle between the federal and the state governments, was extremely important to the America’s founders. They deeply distrusted government power, and their goal was to prevent the growth of the type of government that the British has exercised over the colonies.
Adoption of the Constitution of 1787 was opposed by a number of well-known patriots including Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and others. They passionately argued that the Constitution would eventually lead to a strong, centralized state power which would destroy the individual liberty of the People. Many in this movement were given the poorly-named tag Anti-Federalists. The Tenth Amendment was added to the Constitution of 1787 largely because of the intellectual influence and personal persistence of the Anti-Federalists and their allies.
It’s quite clear that the Tenth Amendment was written to emphasize the limited nature of the powers delegated to the federal government. In delegating just specific powers to the federal government, the states and the people, with some small exceptions, were free to continue exercising their sovereign powers.
When states and local communities take the lead on policy, the people are that much closer to the policymakers, and policymakers are that much more accountable to the people. Adherence to the Tenth Amendment is the first step towards ensuring liberty in the United States. Liberty through decentralization.
Basil Venitis, twitter.com/Venitis, notes nullification is the legal right of a State to nullify any federal law which that State has deemed unconstitutional. Sovereign States formed the Union, and as creators of the compact hold final authority regarding the limits of the power of the federal government. The States and not the Federal Bench are the ultimate interpreters of the extent of the federal government’s power. Nullification gives a slave State of Fourth Reich the right to declare null and void any law passed by the Eldorado of Prostitutes(EP), aka European Parliament, which the State deems unacceptable and unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court is part of the federal government and cannot be an impartial arbiter of constitutional disputes between the states and the federal government. We live in a judicial oligarchy where we are governed by case law, which changes from decade to decade according to the shifting opinions of nine unelected, unaccountable judges.
States, and not the Supreme Court exclusively, have the moral and legal authority to decide when Congress has violated the Constitution. And the people of the several states, supported and defended by their state governments, have every natural and legal right to ignore or refuse to obey what Congress may attempt to call a law in cases where it has overstepped its constitutional boundaries. States should stop asking the federal courts for permission to protect their citizen’s constitutional rights and just do it. It is their responsibility and their duty to interpose on our behalf whether any branch of the federal government likes it or not.
According to Thomas Jefferson, if the federal government were to monopolize constitutional interpretation, it would of course interpret the Constitution in its own favor and consistently uncover previously unknown reservoirs of additional federal power. Only a fool would consent to such a system, and the peoples of the states were not fools. Jefferson considers the foundation of the Constitution laid on this ground that all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people. To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress is to take possession of a boundless field of power, no longer susceptible of any definition.
Basil Venitis asserts that a slave State should make a law that never again would a government be able to agree to a Treaty that hands over areas of power from the slave State to Fourth Reich without a referendum. A slave State should introduce a new law, in the form of a Sovereignty Bill, to make it clear that ultimate authority stays in the slave State’s parliament. Furthermore, as the Lisbon Treaty contains a rachet clause to abolish vetoes and transfer power without the need for a new Treaty, a slave State should make a law that any use of the ratchet clause would require full approval by the slave State parliament.
Venitis considers the European Union null and void confederation, because Europeans did not vote for any constitutional treaty! Eurokleptocrats pulled off the biggest powergrab in history by imposing a camouflaged constitution, bypassing all nonos. The Nazi dream for Europe was finally fullfilled – ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer – one people, one empire, one leader. Venitis muses the Lisbon Treaty is Eurokleptocracy’s Pyrrhic victory. It created a confederation, Fourth Reich, without a popular foundation. EU lacks legitimacy among Europeans. Eurokleptocrats created a situation where the citizens of slave States live their lives with a resigned feeling that the EU project is not their own. Since EU is illegal, VAT is also illegal! No vote, no VAT, it’s as simple as that! Europeans have the right to refuse paying VAT!
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