Monday, October 25, 2010

A cult I am proud to be a member of

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 10th Amendment of the Us Constitution
It is hard to imagine how anything as simple and straightforward as the 10th Amendment causes such a stink, but it does. RedState has an excellent article detailing a statement by the AFL-CIO calling supporters of the 10th Amendment “cultists”.

Most cults are based in some sort of skewed spiritual vision or the worship of a charismatic leader, but there is a re-emerging cult that bows down at the feet of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many of them want to bring their cultish beliefs to the halls of Congress and are running for election this fall.
There are people who want to bring the Constitution to Congress? Who’da thunk it?  And this is a bad thing, how?

The Founding Fathers envisioned a system of bottom up government. They reasoned that a government in which power flowed up, rather than down, would be more responsive and less likely to become tyrannical. Hence the famous Thomas Jefferson quote: “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”

The AFL-CIO and others who would lop the 10th Amendment out of the Constitution prefer a government that directs the people rather than the other way around. One assumes that these groups doubt their own ability to convince others of their necessity and therefore depend on government to force their agenda on the people. The problem is that we are were not founded to be a country of coercion. .

By limiting the power of the federal government our Founders ensured that “We the People” would ultimately remain in charge of our own destinies. So if being a “Tenther” is tantamount to being a cultist, count me in. I am proud to belong to a cult of freedom.

***Image is of Col. Mike Prendergast, candidate for the House here in Florida's 11th District at a townhall earlier this month.  He is holding his pocket copy of the Constitution as he explains the importance all the 10th Amendment.

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