Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Legend of the 10th Amendment or "All I want for Christmas is my constitution back"

It's now up to the local and state 'rule of law' to reign in the federal government/corporate/banker/military industrial complex/media crime syndicate.

It's a toss up if there's even a chance to slow it down. Cheap talk without an aggressive followup doesn't mean a thing.

Like most of our other constitutional rights, the US Congress chooses to ignore the 10th amendment when it suits their agenda. By refusing to acknowledge the limits of congressional power and to leave alone the states to their responsibilities, it sure casts doubts on Congress to be willing to uphold any rights.

The health care debate, if you can call it that, has once again brought the issue of states rights to the forefront, at least in Tennessee ... sort of ...
TN lawmakers seek action to thwart federal health-care bill

State Reps. Debra Maggart, R-Hendersonville, and Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, are asking the state's attorney general to take legal action to stop the federal health-car reform bill because it would expand Medicaid.

They say such an expansion without proper funding would be a violation of state sovereignty.

"Under this bill, Tennessee would be forced to expand our Medicaid program, potentially costing the citizens of the state $1.4 billion dollars in additional state taxpayer funds annually," Maggart and Lynn wrote in a letter to Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper on Monday. "Such an increase would place a great burden on the citizens of this state. It is clear by the wording of the legislation itself that not every state would face a similar and equal burden.

"We see this as a violation of the equal protection of the law, an affront to our sovereignty, and a breach of the U.S. Constitution."

Those words are well and fine but keep in mind that these ladies are Republicans and work within the two party framework of partisanship.

Where were they during the Bush administration and it's numerous violations of state sovereignty and crimes? Where would they stand if it was a Republican president now doing the same thing? I'm going to presume they would be silent.

Why stop only at the health care issue? There are several other areas of federal government misdeeds that could also use some legal action starting at the state level.
How about the sending of the Tennessee National Guard overseas in undeclared wars?
What about the allowing of the private Federal Reserve to counterfeit our currency and manipulate the economy for their own benefit? And how about the using of the illegal unconstitutional IRS as the enforcement arm, at threat of death or imprisonment, of the Fed to extort every dime they can from the working people? Any state say so there?

Education money blackmail? The states must do as they are told or risk losing funds. That includes pushing revisionist history and propaganda.

Prosecuting 'hate crimes' as defined by federal law and private organizations (ADL) and allowing these agenda driven, money fed parasites to mold policy? Seems unconstitutional and an affront to states rights to me.
That's only a few of some off the cuff reasons to stop the fed crime scene. You can come up with many more if so inclined.

In all fairness to these 'liberty ladies,' they have tried to affirm our 2nd amendment states rights. But the BATF sent them a letter essentially stating that they were out their league and that they would tell them what the states were allowed to do.

I haven't seen a followup or a state/federal confrontation on the 2nd amendment issues and I don't anticipate any different for the 10th amendment ones.

The feds are too far gone to be salvaged. If we don't take the offensive at the local/state level ... nobody else will.

Oh yeah .. and what about those wars ... shouldn't we at the local level have a say so? We are the ones who supply our children to the war machine.

Christmas in the Trenches

1 comment:

  1. How much blood can a blood-sucker suck?

    Op-Ed: U.S. Congress must act to help Holocaust survivors
    By Ileana Ros-Lehtinen · December 20, 2009

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Although more than 60 years have passed since the world witnessed the atrocities committed by Hitler’s regime, many Holocaust-era compensation issues remain unresolved. One of these issues includes the continued failure of insurance companies to pay Holocaust survivors or families of victims for policies purchased before or during World War II. This is one of the enduring injustices of the Holocaust.

    For more than 60 years, many European insurance companies have unfairly denied claims, arguing that Holocaust survivors and their families lack documentation -- such as death certificates -- needed to prove policy ownership. But such requirements are unfair and even disgraceful considering that the concentration camps in which many of the Holocaust victims perished did not issue death certificates, and that many of the assets and documents owned by the victims were confiscated by the Nazi regime.

    In fact, in many cases, the only surviving records of such policies are in the vaults of the insurance companies, many of which shamefully refuse to disclose the names of Holocaust-era policyholders....

    The failure of the insurance companies to settle Nazi-era insurance claims is particularly disturbing given that many Holocaust survivors in the United States live below the poverty line and lack adequate housing, food and medical care.

    I have the privilege of representing a district in South Florida, home to one of the largest communities of Holocaust survivors in the nation. Many of the survivors have approached me expressing concerns and frustration over the failure of the insurance companies to settle their claims.

    To address this problem, I introduced a bill during the last Congress, along with my colleague U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), to require insurance companies that do business in the United States to disclose the names of Holocaust-era insurance policyholders. The bill also allows Holocaust survivors or their heirs to sue the insurance companies in U.S. courts....

    I will soon be introducing a Holocaust insurance bill similar to the one that was introduced last Congress. It is time for everyone on Capitol Hill to stand up for Holocaust survivors and the families of the victims by passing this important legislation as soon as possible. Failure to do so would tear the moral fiber of our political institutions and tarnish our country’s long-standing commitment to justice.

    We will never be able to erase the pain and suffering caused by the Holocaust. But we can help restore a semblance of justice and dignity to those who had everything stripped from them during one of the darkest chapters of human history.

    The number of living Holocaust survivors decreases drastically every year, so any further delays are unacceptable. We must act now to help Holocaust survivors attain a level of justice and prevent insurance companies from being unjustly enriched by the atrocities committed by Hitler’s Germany. Complacency is not an option.

    (U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is the ranking Republican on the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee.)


    Sure, we'll get that money together as soon as you and your kind pay back to the USA the cost of fighting and winning WWII in Europe.

    And pay 'reparations' to the surviving family members of the 416,000 American troops that died during WWII.

    Let's see, about 5 TRILLION ought to cover that bill.