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The Tenth Amendment

2003-07-16

Category: politics

We again approach a presidential election season and the candidates are already coming out of the woodwork. Each can be guaranteed to tell you what is wrong with the current president. Some of them may even say why he or she might be a good president. So, how do you make up your mind about them?

There are many things, most involving logic, that you can do to determine the validity of a candidate. I would recommend this test as the first thing you should do. Ask them to recite the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution and describe how it will affect their presidency.

For those who don't know, the Tenth Amendment is the one that says:

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.

What does all that mean? Well, in the simplest terms it means that the Constitution has listed all the things that the federal government can do and this Amendment says if it's not on that list then the federal government cannot do it. Things on the list belong to the states or the people.

This is very important. It keeps the elected scoundrels from doing more than they should. It keeps religious nuts from gaining power at the highest levels and passing laws based on their outrageous beliefs. It keeps groups from taking over completely as happened in Germany when the Nazis were elected to power. (That's right, the Nazis were elected before taking over.)

So, when a presidential hopeful says, "I'm going to initiate a program that does this," you can look to see if the Constitution allows for it. If it doesn't then the candidate is a moron or a traitor to the Republic.

I would urge you talk to the candidates now and ask them to recite the Tenth Amendment and describe how it will be implemented in their presidency. You will be amazed by the number of them that don't know what you're talking about.


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