Must Read: 10th Amendment Serves as Freedom’s Bulwark

10th Amendment Serves as Freedom’s Bulwark

The 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: “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.” These words were meant to defend the powers of the states from the dangers of an overreaching federal government.

This is why Texas’ Governor Rick Perry spoke of the need to return “to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential Tenth Amendment,” at an Austin, Texas Tea Party on April 15, 2009. It is why Minnesota state lawmakers were in open opposition to Obamacare before it squeaked through the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010. And it’s why Virginia’s Governor, Bob McDonnell, is preparing to sign a bill “making it illegal for the federal government to require [Virginians] to purchase health insurance.”…

Of course, the 10th Amendment is not just for states, it’s also for the people within those states. Thus the language of the amendment indicates that all powers not explicitly given to the federal government by the Constitution “are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

This means that Governors Perry, Freudenthal, and McDonnell, the Minnesota lawmakers, and the legislative bodies of Montana, Tennessee, and Wyoming aren’t just defending their states as entities but their people as citizens of those states: people with rights that are not to be infringed.

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Posted on March 25, 2010, in 10th Amendment, Limited Government and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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