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Would somebody please stand up!

Posted by foundersfreedom on June 30, 2010

I was listening to the radio today as Sean Hannity interviewed  Governor Jindal of Louisiana. Governor Jindal is touted to be a rising star in the Republican Party, even presidential material.  What I heard was a man, perhaps rightfully, blaming the current administration for contributing to the destruction of his coastal lands and the fishing areas that provide a living for thousands of residents of the state he governs.  The red tape and permits and approvals have been strangling efforts to stop the approaching mass. “We wanted to do this…”  “We proposed that….”  “Delays for this….”  “Had to have inspections for that.”

What I wanted to hear, and it was difficult for me to listen to the groveling, was that he was doing what was necessary for the people of the state he was elected to protect.  That is what a true statesman does. That is what one who understands states’ rights vs. the rule of the federal government. That is what someone who understands the Tenth amendment does.  Federal regulations, be damned. I heard nothing even approaching that.

Would the administration send troops to arrest or fine a man who was saving jobs, valuable fishing areas and untold tons of fish and shrimp? For today and years to come?  Someone who was actually accomplishing what we thought BP was supposed to be doing? I say they wouldn’t.  And if they did, what would come of it?  He would be the hero of the people of Louisiana and far beyond!

Though state sovereignty and states’ rights have been cast as racist or pro-slavery and an attempt to step back 150 years, it certainly isn’t. That is the progressive modus operandi – slander and lie.  It was fully intended to be the gatekeeper against a power-hungry federal system. The Tenth Amendment states, simply, 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.”

Those delegated powers were enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 of the US constitution. Again, stated simply:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Does anyone see a word about interfering with or even assisting with clean-up efforts on an oil spill or anything else?  Does this mean they can’t help in time of crisis? No, not if Congress appropriates the money.  But, is there anything that states the federal government can prevent a state, a once-sovereign entity, from tending to its own business and needs?  Absolutely not! 

I cannot believe where we are as a country.  I’m but a schlep that has finally awakended to the perils we face – from our own government!  If we can’t rely on a “rising star” to do what’s right and necessary, it’s time to find another star.  Or another Party.  All I see is weakness or maybe political opportunism.  This fall we’ll hear that this administration failed to respond and hampered efforts to clean up the mess.  We’ll hear how they stalled and stammered, which may be true, but that’s beside the point. We’ll hear how we must restore sanity to Washington by electing Republicans.

If they have no more clue about the sovereign rights of states than this, we will get nothing in return for giving them the reigns of power again.  They won’t reign in the agencies like the EPA that are wreaking havoc on clean-up efforts. They had their chance in the first 6 years of the Bush era. Nothing.   They punted.  No, we must move on.  There is not enough time to educate them in things they should already know.  We don’t have enough time to reform a party that doesn’t want to be reformed.

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