(I had to sit and watch a panel this morning discuss Obama Care. They had an “Architect” of The Affordable Care Act (It’s hard to say that out loud without a small laugh… but anyway) forwarding the claim that Obama Care was “The most Bi-Partisan piece of legislation ever passed”. Gruber, the Architect, then went on to explain that Mitt Romney had championed this plan in Massachusetts. Ed Rollins then chimed in relaying the fact that Obama Care was forced upon the American People without a single Republican vote. Not one. He left out that Republicans were even prohibited from entering conference rooms where the act was being discussed by the Democrats, the majority party, prior to passage….
Two things struck me during this discussion… First, strangely everybody seems to have been an “Architect” of Obama Care if they are a Democrat and not in jeopardy of losing their elected position. And second, there was no mention of the 10th Amendment which allows for State Government to do horrible things to their populations. It’s the great Laboratory where terrible ideas like the Affordable Care Act can be enacted and fail miserably before being pushed down the throats of all Americans.
It is this failure to “Argue the 10th” that removes what I consider an important foundational building block of the argument against the Destruction of the Greatest Health Care System in the World in the hopes of Realizing a Socialist Utopian Dream of Single Payer Health Care controlled by the Federal Government.
In other words, it doesn’t matter that Mitt Romney, with the heavy aid of Ted Kennedy, got Socialized Health Care passed in Massachusetts. It was, and is, a Bad Idea regardless of who championed it. Even the Democrats favorite talking point addressing the Heritage Foundations support is now vacant as the Heritage Foundation no longer sees the benefit of the idea. But referring to Heritage has become like Halliburton, the Koch Brothers and Representatives for Big Oil for Liberals. None of which if they walked up and slapped them directly in the face could these Regurgitator’s of Talking Points recognize who they were. But that will always be the case.
Anyway… here you go.)
If there is one amendment that suffers the hatred of the Left more than any other its the 10th. I’ll give you a few minutes to look it up…
Never mind, here it is: “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.“
OK. As you now see clearly it is the amendment that reserves what is not enumerated in the Constitution as the Federal Government’s responsibility to be reserved to the states. Whoa!
For Socialists/Statists this is the worst amendment there is. This is why it has been so important to take over education of our children so the importance of this amendment to the functionality of our government would no longer be taught. And they have succeeded. Just for fun ask the next three people you see to explain it to you…
To understand this hatred of the 10th you have to understand how Statists operate. Since they know whats best for you and everybody else, the idea that you can move out from underneath their great ideas cannot be tolerated. In other words, if you don’t like the idea that a government inspector is force feeding your child chicken nuggets instead of the apple and turkey sandwich you packed them for lunch, you could move to another state. Clearly, since you have no idea whats best for your child this can not be allowed.
The 10th amendment was designed to facilitate a laboratory of ideas with states adopting the most successful approaches of governing from other states. It was also a way of states to avoid those ideas that were horrible as evidenced by their neighbors experience. It is a way of exchanging best practices so to speak.
Well, Statists/leftists already know their ideas are the best ones simply because they thought of them. They certainly do not need to compete (God forbid) in the arena of ideas. This is why they set out to demean, disregard and hopefully destroy the 10th amendment so their brilliance can be imposed uniformly on every citizen without the opportunity of escape.
The Left has gone so far as calling the few still around who understand the importance of the 10th amendment “Tenther’s”. Yes, its a play on “Birther’s” who are the idiots who think it’s important to enforce the requirement that the President of the United States be born here. (For the left all these rules are a pain and only get in the way of the perfect global government… like the UN. Remember, it’s escape from their ideas that they want to stop more than anything.)
The current tactic (over the last 75 years) is to simply disregard the 10th amendment while making sure that Why this part of the Constitution is so important is not taught in schools. (In fact, you can even become a lawyer without taking Constitutional law… that’s right… you can practise law without understanding its foundation. Stunning!) They know that eventually they can go after it directly because once the Federal government has enough power over the individual that the 10th will be so irrelevant as to serve no purpose. Keep in mind, once the 10th is irrelevant so is the Constitution.
So, if you really want to annoy the Left… study the U.S. Constitution. Take some extra time to delve into the amendments and why they were considered integral to a properly functioning government.
I recommend https://constitution.hillsdale.edu/ who offer a free college level course on the U.S.Constitution. (If you have read me in the past you know I don’t typically recommend books or other outside work… this is a rare exception.)
A note: It is also important more now than ever to listen carefully. The Left will use “the states” and “The State” interchangeably with the intent of keeping you confused. “The State” is referring to the Federal government. “The states” refers to any of the 50 states in the U.S. Once you start paying attention you will be appalled at what is actually being said.
It will make you want to drink… which I’m going to go do now.