The Tenth Amendment Becomes Hip

Well, Governor Rick Perry has rediscovered (or at least begun to assert) the terms of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, you know, the one that declares that all powers not specifically granted to the Federal Government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the Constitution, are the specific powers of either the State government, or the people.
This is in regards to all the various programs Hussein wants to cram down the throats of the states. Hussein wants the states to do this, because acceptance of the money would begin to erode the rights of the states that would take the money.

Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be “disastrous” for Texas.

Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as “Obama Care.” But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a “number” of states might resist the federal health mandate.

“I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying ‘no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare,” Perry said. “So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats.”

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It’s not just about healthcare- that is just the problem du jour with the Hussein administration, which keeps hammering at the door of State’s Rights, hoping to weaken this fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution.

It is a fact that the various states know better than the Federal Government just what specific concerns the residents of a specific state need- that is so simple and true that it needs no further elaboration, but in their quest to have the federal government supreme in its authority (contrary to the Laws of the Constitution), it has hoped, begged, pleaded, and threatened the various State governments to take the bait, er, money.

Alaska declined. In what would be Sarah Palin’s last official act, she reasserted the soverignity of State’s Rights with regard to Alaska- so far, only two states have signed this statement, Tennessee being the other one. Hope reigns supreme that other states regain their sanity, as well as their pride.

This statement was defeated in the Texas Legislature, by the same Democrats who thought that running off to Oklahoma was a good idea, instead of doing the job their constituents had elected them for. As far as I am concerned, they are traitors- turncoats who refuse to truly represent their electorate.

Nevertheless, Governor Perry knows that there is now a need and a time to draw the line in the sand, and just say no, in the strongest possible terms.

It really is a state issue, and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class,” Perry said. “A government-run healthcare system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution.”

Perry heartily backed an unsuccessful resolution in this year’s legislative session that would have affirmed the belief that Texas has sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.

In expressing “unwavering support” for the 10th Amendment resolution by state Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, Perry said “federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state.”

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In our society, every part of the various governments have their place- county, state, and federal all have a place in this mosaic we call government, but when one part threatens to overwhelm the others, and attempt to assert an overwhelming and illegal control over the others, well, then it is time to tell the federal government to back the hell off. 

That time is now.

Former Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth of Burleson, a senior fellow for healthcare at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, echoed Perry’s assertion that the Obama plan is the wrong approach and could have disastrous financial consequences for Texas.

Under the Senate version of the bill, she said, an expansion of the joint federal-state Medicaid program for the poor could cost Texas $4 billion a year.

“There are good solutions” to the country’s healthcare problems, Wohlgemuth said. “This isn’t it.”

Perry said the plan is another example of the Obama administration’s “massive takeover of the private-sector economy.”

“I hope our leaders will look for solutions that don’t dig our country further into debt,” he said.

Perry called on Texans in the House and Senate to oppose the plan. “I can’t imagine that anyone from Texas who cares about this state would vote for Obama Care. I don’t care whether you’re Democrat or Republican,” he said.

Of those Texans who might consider supporting the plan, he said: “This may sound a little bit harsh, but they might ought to consider representing some other state because they’re sure not representing Texas.”

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Yes, Texans need to represent Texas, no matter where they are on the political spectrum- now is definitely not the time to cowardly cave into pressure from the Feds, because ceding control to the Federal Government on this and many other initiatives the Hussein Administration has proposed or passed is to give up your liberty, your freedom, and your identity as a member of the state  (in this instance, Texas) that you’re from.

Over the years, we, as a people, have become more homogenized, our regional identities softening, and in some cases disappearing entirely. This is not always a good thing. True, it is in some cases easier to understand someone’s accent from Maine, (or Texas) than it used to be, but the “Identities” of these regions have gone also, and that was always, for me, such a wondrous way of underscoring the fact that we were separate and very different states, held together by a federal government that allowed the states to retain their regional flavor.

That is no longer true, and while the slide towards a vanilla, tasteless, sameness has begun awhile back, this intrusion by the Feds would absolutely kill any individual state’s sovereignty, and that is not good, that’s bad.

Almost as bad as the Healthcare plan itself.

Blake

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7 Responses to “The Tenth Amendment Becomes Hip”

  1. Blake says:

    Considering that Texas is the number one exporting state in the nation, Hussein should just leave us the hell alone.
    I would like that.

  2. marineseabee says:

    Maybe, just maybe, if the southern states back in 1861 had done what a few have done now, there may not have been a civil war. Anyone have a time machine? That last was NOT a joke.

    • Blake says:

      This is exactly how the War Between the States began- incrementally- until the Southern states felt they had no choice other than to do what they did.
      In today’s world, it couldn’t happen except with Texas, or Alaska, but in those cases, both states would be viciously attacked not only by the US herself, but Mexico, in the case of Texas, and Russia in the case of Alaska.

  3. Raphael Hythloday says:

    “This statement was defeated in the Texas Legislature, by the same Democrats who thought that running off to Oklahoma was a good idea, instead of doing the job their constituents had elected them for. As far as I am concerned, they are traitors- turncoats who refuse to truly represent their electorate.”

    I don’t know why right wingers keep saying “instead of doing the job their constituents elected them for.” The Democrats were doing exactly the job they were elected for. Every time a right winger makes that stateement I just see them admitting that their IQ is getting lower and lower by the day.

    When you can clearly elucidate why it was the right thing for a Democratic legislator to do at the time, then I will begin to think more of your posts and consider that your conservative argument may have some validity, but you won’t gain any respect by being silly.

    • Blake says:

      It’s not being silly to state that they should have stayed and hammered out a deal inthe legislature instead of running like cowards to , first New Mexico, then when the Governor called a special session, to Oklahoma the second time. It was cowardly, and not worthy of the electorate they were supposed to represent.
      If you think this is good behavior, I hope you never enter politics. That you can say this means that your IQ is on a par with other invertebrates. When you grow a spine, write back- then perhaps your opinion may have some merit.

    • Blake says:

      Whether you are conservative or liberal, you EXPECT that the people you elect to REPRESENT you will make you proud, not show someone their backside in full retreat. These REPRESENTATIVES (do you even know the definition of this word?) are paid to be our voices in the chambers of Congress or the state legislatures, not screams in the night as they blindly flee from their duties. You have to be REAL proud of the way they have been representing the voters here.

    • Blake says:

      Am I elucidating clearly enough for you?