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.
The first amendment to our Constitution prohibits the federal government from abridging the freedom of speech. As such, hateful people are allowed to say hateful things. The fifth amendment to our Constitution prohibits any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy. As such, murderers and rapists sometimes go free. The tenth amendment to our Constitution has also been used to defend things that many of us find indefensible. Even with it’s history it remains as important a part of our Constitutionally protected rights as the other nine.
All ten amendments in our bill of rights have the same intent: To protect us from big government oppression. To limit the powers of the federal government to only the roles explicitly listed in the Constitution.
Some on the left would like you to think that our tenth amendment is just one of the last vestiges of the old republic yet to be swept away. Thankfully, states around the nation has been sponsoring resolutions asserting the people’s tenth amendment rights to protect us from the unconstitutional growth of federal government! Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R, Alaska) and Gov. Phil Bredesen (D, Tennessee) are the first two to sign such legislation into law. So far 30 states have similar legislation being sponsored this year.
Gov. Rick Perry (R, Texas) who supports this legislation in Texas has threatened to sue the federal government on 10th amendment grounds if Obamacare passes. Garyrlake posted on this matter specifically here: http://redmassgroup.com/sh…
Here in Massachusetts Ste Representative Jeff Perry (R, Sandwich) similar legislation. For more information on your tenth amendment rights please visit The Tenth Ammendment Center. For the full text of Rep. Perry’s resolution please continue below the fold.
MORE BELOW THE FOLD….
Jeff Perry was kind enough to blog here at RMG earlier when he filed this legislation: http://redmassgroup.com/di…
AFFIRIMING THE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS OF THE 10TH AMENDMENT
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States specifically provides that, “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”; and
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being those powers specifically granted to it by the Constitution of the United States and the principle of Federalism is the constitutional division of powers between the national and state governments and is widely regarded as one of America’s most valuable contributions to political science; and
WHEREAS, The scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be limited in its powers relative to those of the various states; and
WHEREAS, Many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and infringe upon Massachusetts’ reserve powers and the people’s reserved powers; and
WHEREAS, A number of proposals from previous administrations and some now being considered by the present administration and from Congress do infringe on the States’ reserve powers and the people’s reserved powers, and may further violate the Constitution of the United States; Therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Commonwealth of Massachusetts hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States and this Resolution shall serve as a Notice and Demand to the federal government to maintain the balance of powers where the Constitution of the United States; and it be further
RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the House shall immediately transmit copies of this Resolution to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.