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I Plead The 10th

Dear Federal Government,
Please stop spending. Please stop regulating. Please stop nationalizing. Please stop greening. Please don't make California's problem my problem. I respectfully remind you that you have not been delegated authority to do much of what you are doing. Please stop. You have given us a patients Bill of Rights. You have given us a Credit Card Bill of Rights. You have given us a mortgage holders Bill of Rights. But you do not have authority to convey any of these so called "rights." I know this because I have read the actual Bill of Rights. So...

WHEREAS, Today, in 2009, members of the productive class are demonstrably treated as enemies of the federal government; and

WHEREAS, The Federal Government has become an enemy of life by funding the destruction of innocent human beings; and

WHEREAS, The Federal Government has become an agent of militant secularism which incessantly mocks Christian simplicity calling it folly, nonsense, or extremism; and

WHEREAS, The Chief Executive uses his skill with language to cloud by senseless questions and elaborate arguments the axioms of the law and the precepts of morality so that no "principle at all, however holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it may be, will remain free of censure, criticism, false interpretations, modification and delimitation by man." ; and

WHEREAS, Many federal laws are directly in violation of the Constitution of the United States and the Law of God; and

WHEREAS, that since according to the 10th amendment to the Constitution "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 I being a person who has delegated no such authority and who lives in a State that has delegated no such authority;

Therefore be it

RESOLVED that I am determined to assert my unalienable rights, all of them, whatever it takes. The right to life, for everyone. The right to liberty - free from unreasonable government interference. The right to pursue my happiness which in this context means the right to property for me and my children free from the spending and taxing abuses of a federal government operating beyond its mandate and without properly delegated authority. And if you don't like it — I do not care. I plead the 10th.




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13 comments:

Paul said...
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crusader88 said...

Amen to that!

Signed, in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand and Nine,

crusader 88

nightfly said...

Plead? Heck, I demand the Tenth. Lay off, Congress.

- nightfly

Paul said...

You have inspired me. I am sending the following e-mail to my two senators:


Dear Senator _____:

With all the news coming out of Washington lately (e.g., bailouts for the auto industry, bailouts for banks, proposals for nationalized health care, proposals for cap-and-trade legislation), I am frankly getting tired of Congress and the President ignoring the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. I am specifically talking about the Tenth Amendment, which says:

"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."

For many decades now, the U.S. Congress has been passing various laws and enacting various programs that seem to be in clear violation of this amendment. But this process has gone into warp speed with the actions of Presidents Bush and Obama and the past two Congresses, starting with the "TARP" bailout bill late last year.

I respectfully ask you to respect the rights that are guaranteed to the states and to the people by the Tenth Amendment, by voting against any bill in which the federal government tries to exercise powers not granted to it by the U.S. Constitution.

Sincerely,

(my name and town)

Adrienne said...

I've been saying this ever since I was aware there was a problem (which is a veeeeery long time)

Why have we allowed the Feds to take over so much stuff they have no business doing? Education, health care, and on and on.

They need to take care of the borders and go fill potholes on the interstate and leave the rest alone...

sarahluna35 said...

Where do I sign? Beautifully put, and here's to more and more states telling Obama and the feds to back off. What is the traditional punishment for piracy, anyway? I think deportation to one of the countries they consider to be good role models would be more than fair. I don't think Sarkozy will let Obama into France, though (if he's going to put any of that French arrogance to good use).

paul zummo said...

Why have we allowed the Feds to take over so much stuff they have no business doing? Education, health care, and on and on.Some paleocons might argue that it began with the Civil War, but the real spark that moved us towards greater nationalization in most matters was the Great Depression the FDR administration. The Progressive and Populist movements, as well as Woodrow Wilson, got the ball rolling, but really it was the Roosevelt presidency that clinched it.

That time in history really proved the Framers to be prophetic. They understood that people, despite the best intentions, indeed because of good intentions, are prone to hasty actions. They therefore created a federal government of limited means. The Great Depression was a crisis that allowed FDR to destroy said limits. The nation was in the mood to have its national government do anything to alleviate the crisis.

Unfortunately, the New Deal did little to actually help, but the restraints on the national government were removed. We've been fighting this battle and losing for 70 years.

I applaud efforts like this especially because it is a grass roots effort. It's not enough to simply expect people to oppose nationalization. We have to educate people as to why we should as well.

TragicallyUnhipMomPleadingthe10th said...

I think we should force Congress to show up for work without pay like some municipalities are doing because they can't balance their budgets. They should also be subjected to the same hassles we have with our inept health care plans and other government beaurocracy headaches. Live in our shoes for a week. Let's see how they like it?

pundette said...

Excellent. Linked to you.

Margaret said...

Flip side of you not wanting to subsidize California-- I LIVE in California, and I don't want Obama to bail us out with all the strings attached. I already feel like I live on another planet out here, things are so out of sync with normalcy and basic common sense. If Obama gets his way, I can't even imagine what it will be like...

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

/sign

As my uncles put it, there's no problem so bad that adding a bunch of well-meaning folks who have no idea can't make it worse.

Paul said...

As my uncles put it, there's no problem so bad that adding a bunch of well-meaning folks who have no idea can't make it worse.Do you mean that we are the well meaning folks, or that the people in Congress are the well meaning folks?

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

Do you mean that we are the well meaning folks, or that the people in Congress are the well meaning folks?

Barring more solid information, I have to assume both are well meaning; given that the OP actually paid attention to the text of the document being discussed, I'll leave who's ignorant as an exercise for the reader. ;^p

Feds "fixing" stuff is generally trouble-- local control is much more likely to have to face the folks that they're screwing over with their good intentions.

Example: the Endangered Species act folks shut down a bunch of farms in Klamath Falls, to raise the water level for the "endangered" sucker fish.

Dang near wiped those sucker fish out, because they can't breed in water much deeper than a shallow irrigation ditch. Any of those old farmers could've figured this out, since they weren't as common in lakes but are so common in ditches that my mom's first job was getting them out of culverts with a pitchfork....
Figuring this out didn't help the farms, a lot of them went out of business because they had a minimum of a whole year's harvest down the drain.

(interestingly, there was a lot of folks noticing that family members of the folks that helped make the decision had cash on hand and bought the farms, just in time for the fix to be unfixed, but I don't think anything was ever legally proven....)

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