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Friday, June 03, 2005

Whither the 10th?

I came across the following question the other day: Which of the first 10 Amendments is the Forgotten Amendment?

For me, the answer seems fairly obvious, it is the 10th Amendment:
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.

This amendment, for me, encompasses the entire spirit of the Constitution. We have a constitutionally limited Federal government. Its powers are specifically enumerated in said Constitution and are expressly limited.

Unfortunately, our government has gone about its business, since its creation (but especially in the last century), as if the 10th Amendment never existed. The government has morphed from its created purpose of acting as a tool to protect and serve the people into an entity that now believes it is the master, not the servant. Under the guidance of both Left and Right political parties, the government has been increasingly used to force the disturbing and misguided views of those groups onto the individuals that make up the citizenry of this country.

This has not happened all at once. It has taken time to completely bastardize the Constitution and turn it into some "living entity" open to whatever perverted "interpretation" suits the fancy of the day. "Interpretations" of the Commerce Clause of Article 1, Section 8 have made it possible for the Federal Government to do a complete end run around the 10th and, therefore, the entire intent of the Constitution, i.e. LIMITED government.

In turn, the complete disregard of the principle of Limited Government has removed barriers to the Government's violation of other sections of the Constitution, including the rest of the Bill of Rights.

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