States’ Rights and the Right States

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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.

10th Amendment, U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution of the United States limits the scope and activity by the federal government by design. When the federal government is not given express authority or purview over matters, the states have a right, and an obligation, to pass and carry out just laws. Both entities are beholden to the people, the citizenry and accountable to the electorate. Special interests, illegal immigrants, the personal agenda of elected officials and the media as an institution, should not have the tremendous power currently in use in our system of government. Thus, the voting citizen has an obligation to call for policy changes and ensure the government at all levels is responsible to the people. Subscribe for a special podcast on this topic with historical significance to drop later this week.

The fear of a Trump Presidency as voiced by the left from 2016 until 2020 was that Donald Trump would be a fascist, tyrant. On most measures, he was quite the opposite, especially as he allowed the states to decide matters for themselves. Whether it was environmental restrictions, education policy or covid response, the Reagan-like and often Jeffersonian approach comforted many right-leaning and libertarian minds.

“I own I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.”

Thomas Jefferson, 1787 letter to James Madison

Today, we have an oppressive federal government under the Biden / Harris, Pelosi and Schumer regimes. Their failure to operate without an attempt at bipartisanship, while inflating the threat of pandemic and passing suspect legislation is contemptible. Meanwhile, a border crisis and a country still suffering under restriction is confronted by bold state leaders. The hope for America lies in this state-level common sense action.

I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights. I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level, and I believe we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the Constitution to that federal establishment.

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech
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It is the work of Governors like DeSantis in Florida, Abbot in Texas and Noem in South Dakota who are leading the fight to safeguard their citizens, despite a federal government obstructing freedoms. Together with state legislatures and local support, they have reduced or rescinded most covid restrictions, protected seniors, expedited the flow of vaccines and reopened their states to economic growth with less restrictions and taxation than many others in the country. Florida banned sanctuary cities while Texas is mobilizing its state police and national guard to protect the border from a rising tide of illegal immigrants.

“There is a crisis on the Texas border right now with the overwhelming number of people coming across the border. This crisis is a result of President Biden’s open border policies. It invites illegal immigration and is creating a humanitarian crisis in Texas right now that will grow increasingly worse by the day.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Newsmax, 3/10/2021

Source: Newmax

Last week, President Biden called for small, limited celebrations on Independence Day, angering most citizens who believe not only does he not have authority, he has no logical ground for such demands. Incidentally, South Dakota is pushing for fireworks at Mount Rushmore this 4th of July despite the Biden Administrations denial of such through the National Park Service. Americans will hopefully disregard the guidance of the CDC, Fauci and Biden and celebrate our independence from tyranny. Our best chance to save the Republic is through a groundswell of action at the state level.

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