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On Going Forward

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

     Much fanfare accompanied the ushering in of the 112th Congress when the Republican-controlled House passed Rules stating that all bills introduced in that body must cite their Constitutional authority. Gee, what a tough hurdle that’s going to be. We can just hear the House Clerk playing a pre-recorded preamble to all bills being introduced going something like this “Mr, Speaker, under the authority of Article 1, Section 8, the commerce clause, the following bill is…..”.
     While we admit to not tuning in to C-Span so far in the session for the reading of bills, we have not read any news reports of challenges to bills on the basis of lack of permitting Article or Amendment. Nor can we imagine any mass exodus of legislators to avoid providing a quorum for enactment of a bill whose authorizing Constitutional citation was thought inadequate. So that, while the Republicans made a noble gesture and got some good PR with The Base, beyond that it’s more symbolic than anything else. We will assume that their hearts are in the right place.
     On a more determined, effective and consequential level, we have asked in other letters that the Republican Party give serious consideration to an extended Convention season for 2012 for the purpose of developing an expansive platform aimed at providing the electorate with a set of goals desired to be achieved in the near and long term. This would be aimed at returning the government of these United States to the Federation model originally set up by the Founders, which has  eroded and degraded over these 200-odd years into something more recognizable as a ‘National’ government. Concurrent with this would be the recruitment and selection of a slate of candidates for national office pledged to work with the Congress, the States and the People toward this restoration.
     Auxilliary to this, and perhaps  of almost equal importance, we would recommend something we have called a Constitutional Convention, though not a convention with a charter to amend, modify, curtail or otherwise do anything to our beloved Constitution, but to serve as a gathering and meeting ground of Constitutional Conservatives across the partisan boundaries and socio-economic and regional divides for the purpose of uniting the country behind The Document, of promoting it, spreading the teaching of it and of giving those uncomfortable in the suits they have been issued by whatever faction they are from, Democrat Party or otherwise, a place and a cause to attend to and to take back to and retake those factions for theirselves and their posterity.
     Admittedly, the likelihood of either of these events we propose, a months-long defining congregation of the Republican Party and a many-months-long seminar of tinker, tailor, scholar, sailor on the Second Greatest Recorded Work in the History of Mankind, ever actually taking place are slim. Should a miracle happen and it dawn on a sufficient number of the best and the brightest around the country that it is time for a ‘national’ conversation on ‘federal’ issues, we would propose that they proceed under a banner, aptly promoted, promulgated, commercialized, copied and distributed far and wide. That banner would be the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Come to think of it, even if no meetings are held anywhere,  it might be a good idea for a whole lot of folk across the blogosphere, ionosphere, atmosphere and beyond to open themselves up to broaching the subject of the Tenth Amendment at their blog stations or even in casual conversation over their morning joe or evening libations.
     While electing Constitutional Conservatives to office is a big bite, we feel that it is only half the loaf, and we want to make sure everyone gets fed. So that we are of a mind that the artificial structures that have been built up within and around the Washington Beltway and permeating out across the land,  which have hindered liberty, bankrupted the economy and all but erased Republican Democracy in this country,  are going to have to be reduced, restricted and dismantled in profound ways. Since many of these artifices are so ingrained and embedded in the public domain, the culture shock involved in eliminating some of the methodologies by which people do business, receive services and conduct their lives will be great. The beauty of the United States of America is that those functions and programs which are essential, crucial, and necessary can be reassumed by the state governments. The consequences of doing so, we believe, will go far beyond mere throwing off the yoke of The Feds. It will be a rebirth of responsibility, accountability, ingenuity, commerce and social well-being and the freeing up of many types of resources, including human ones, on all levels -local, state and national – to allow them to be all they were intended to be.
     To the naysayers on the advisability of pushing the concept of a re-invigorated Tenth, we can only say, yes, we know the times have changed; yes, we know the charges of ‘Secessionist’ will be hurled; yes, we may approach the brink of Constitutional crisis. To these arguments we say: some ideas are timeless; the intent is to preserve the Union, not to destroy it; and finally, the winds of constitutional crisis are already picking up in intensity as they are fanned by the Progressive agendaites stationed strategically across our geopolitical map. They show no signs of abating. The Tenth Amendment might properly be referred to as a restatement and a reaffirmation of the Preamble, which said “We the People…”. It is listed Tenth in the Bill of Rights, but it is still a Right.    It can and should be exercised. In fact, we think it must.

bobmontgomery
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  1. the culture shock is coming and necessary…

    and as the fed turns off the cash spigot to the states, they will have a ‘rebirth of responsibility, accountability, ingenuity, commerce and social well-being’ …whether they like it or not

  2. I love this line:

    It will be a rebirth of responsibility, accountability, ingenuity, commerce and social well-being and the freeing up of many types of resources, including human ones, on all levels -local, state and national – to allow them to be all they were intended to be.

    That’s what is actually missing in our country: personal responsibility and the empowerment it brings. People wouldn’t cede their freedoms to Uncle Sugar if they recognized that their own success or lack thereof was their own responsibility.

  1. the culture shock is coming and necessary…

    and as the fed turns off the cash spigot to the states, they will have a ‘rebirth of responsibility, accountability, ingenuity, commerce and social well-being’ …whether they like it or not

  2. I love this line:

    It will be a rebirth of responsibility, accountability, ingenuity, commerce and social well-being and the freeing up of many types of resources, including human ones, on all levels -local, state and national – to allow them to be all they were intended to be.

    That’s what is actually missing in our country: personal responsibility and the empowerment it brings. People wouldn’t cede their freedoms to Uncle Sugar if they recognized that their own success or lack thereof was their own responsibility.

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