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Opening Arguments

Dead end

Oh, get serious:

In the first five weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama has acted so rashly that at least 11 states have decided that his brand of “hope” equates to an intolerable expansion of the federal government's authority over the states. These states -- "Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, California...Georgia," South Carolina, and Texas -- "have all introduced bills and resolutions" reminding Obama that the 10th Amendment protects the rights of the states, which are the rights of the people, by limting the power of the federal government. These resolutions call on Obama to “cease and desist” from his reckless government expansion and also indicate that federal laws and regulations implemented in violation of the 10th Amendment can be nullified by the states.

Both the 9th and 10th Amendments have been dead for decades. The federal government has moved so far beyond what it is permitted to do constitutionally that few people even pretend that's a viable issue anymore.


Michael B-P
Tue, 02/24/2009 - 2:11pm

The viability of issues should not be confused with the legitimacy of rights. It takes merely sufficiency of miseries and misfortunes among the public to re-awaken their interest in the assertion of those rights long allowed to languish, whether those be enumerated or presumed. It was Bin Laden's stated prayer after 9/11 that the United States should fracture into several individual states. In that instance, political indolence regarding an impending security threat facilitated a criminal victory. Political indolence has once again compromised security by facilitating criminal behavior among mortgage brokers and investment bankers. If, as a result, the banking system completely unravels, then Bin Laden's prayer might well be answered.