Daily Archives: April 19, 2009

States’ Rights Bills: a legitimate move by state governments or a plot by right wing extremists……………

Amendment X – 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 the people.

– The United States Constitution

 

Ever heard of the 10th Amendment? It was put in the U.S. Constitution by the founding fathers to protect us from a run away federal government. The Constitution clearly and deliberately delegates the authority that is allocated to the federal government. Everything else falls to either state or local government and allows the will of the citizens to be the deciding factor in many aspects of the law. The idea being that local and state governments would be better able to determine community needs than the federal government.

 

Why were the founding fathers so intent on delineating state and federal government? Probably because many of them or their families had left Europe to escape oppressive governments or monarchies that thought they knew what was best for everyone on all issues from religion to taxes. By limiting the scope of the federal government they were creating a union  of sovereign states that allowed for unique differences based on the desires of each states’ population.

 

“The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.” James Madison,  The Federalist

 

Continuous over reaching by the federal government for the last twenty years is causing a backlash at the state level. The movement for state sovereignty has gained momentum because the balance of power has tilted too far and for too long in the direction of the federal government. These bills are not political statements of independence. They are a rejection of the increasing cost of unfunded mandates being placed upon the states by the federal government. Currently, there are at least 30 states with bills before their state legislatures. As out of control federal spending increases, so do the odds of some of these sovereignty bills passing in the next year.

 

Last week just in time for April 15th  and the Tax Day Tea Parties that had been announced, the Department of  Homeland Security released a report that detailed the department’s concerns about increased security threats from “right wing extremists”. One of the ideologies warned about in the report was … states’ rights. Contrary to rumors most supporters of states’ rights are not interested in secession or avoiding their tax obligations but rather restoring the appropriate balance (as defined by the Constitution)

between states and the federal government. Make no mistake those in power at the federal level are not in favor of reducing the size and scope of Washington’s authority. As this movement gains momentum expect increased friction and fighting over this important issue.

 

More things to consider as this story unfolds…..

 

“Right wing extremists” are not the problem – radical legislators and activist judges are a bigger threat. A threat that the founding fathers anticipated, so they provided no Constitutional power for Congress to override state laws.  Also if they really intended to give Congress the authority to act in the interest of the “general welfare,” why would  Article I, Section 8,  have been included ? Keep in mind, it also did not give the judicial branch unlimited jurisdiction over the states.

 

The Tenth Amendment was written after the Constitutional was ratified. It was added to reinforce that the states remained individual and unique sovereignties and as such, were empowered in areas that the Constitution did not delegate to the federal government. Therefore, any federal attempt to legislate beyond the Constitutional limits of Congress’ authority is a usurpation of state sovereignty making it illegal.

 

As the Administration and the Congress make plans for massive bailouts and expanded social programs, state governments are wondering where the money will come from. If they don’t comply they can lose federal funding and if they do, many of these programs come with long strings that result in unfunded obligations for the states. Reasserting their sovereignty maybe the only way to take a stand.

 

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”  — Patrick Henry

 

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison

The G20 moves the world a step closer to global financial regulation…………

(Telegraph.co.uk) A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

“We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity,” it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century. In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF’s power to create money and begin global “quantitative easing”. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it. It has been a good summit for the IMF. Its fighting fund for crises is to be tripled overnight to $750bn. This is real money.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director, said in February that the world was “already in Depression” and risked a slide into social disorder and military conflict unless political leaders resorted to massive stimulus.

The Russians had hoped their idea to develop SDRs as a full reserve currency to challenge the dollar would make its way on to the agenda, but at least they got a foot in the door. There is now a world currency in waiting. In time, SDRs are likely evolve into a parking place for the foreign holdings of central banks, led by the People’s Bank of China. Beijing’s moves this week to offer $95bn in yuan currency swaps to developing economies show how fast China aims to break dollar dependence.

Need more evidence…….

(Telegraph.co.uk) US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner shocked global markets by revealing that Washington is “quite open” to Chinese proposals for the gradual development of a global reserve currency run by the International Monetary Fund.

The dollar plunged instantly against the euro, yen, and sterling as the comments flashed across trading screens. David Bloom, currency chief at HSBC, said the apparent policy shift amounts to an earthquake in geo-finance. “The mere fact that the US Treasury Secretary is even entertaining thoughts that the dollar may cease being the anchor of the global monetary system has caused consternation,” he said.

Only hours earlier, President Barack Obama had told a news conference that there was no threat to the reserve status of the dollar. Later, Geithner qualified his remarks, insisting that the dollar would remain the “world’s dominant reserve currency … for a long period of time” but the damage was already done. The markets appear confused by the conflicting statements coming from the Administration.

So what does this mean to America? It means for the first time in a 100 years the rest of the world is trying to regain control of the world economy and put the U.S. in its’ place. These moves are designed to strengthen the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This will lay the ground work for global financial regulation and a new world currency. The creation of a Financial Stability Board looks like the first step towards a global financial regulator. This is a serious threat to the U.S. economy and the dollar.

Once again the Administration is on the wrong side of this issue. The President supported the creation of the Financial Stability Board which in the future could/will technically be able to impose global regulations that the SEC would be obliged to follow. Welcome to the New World Order, goodbye sovereignty! The U.S. government elected by its‘ citizens, our regulators and our courts should be the only bodies that are allowed to interfere with, oops I mean, regulate U.S. businesses. Friends, we are embarking on a journey down a very slippery slope. At the bottom of this slope is a place where America as we knew it is GONE.

The dangers of a world central bank are glaringly frightening. The European Central Bank has struggled with managing policy for 16 countries in a region with a common history, and EU institutions (Commission, Court of Justice, competition police, etc). The potential politics of global monetary management would be disastrous.

The heads of the Fed, the ECB, and the Bank of England, must all testify before parliaments and answer to democratic government. In the absence of a world parliament or some type of world government, who would control a super-IMF? Are you starting to see the bigger picture more clearly?

On April 15th all across America there will be Tea Parties and Tax Rallies. The themes of these events are centered on taxes, redistribution of wealth, economic policy, individual rights and Liberty. Currently there are over 500 such events planned. These are grass root organizations made up of concerned citizens who have transcended partisan politics in order to make their voices heard. Their common goal is take back our country and the ideals that made it the strongest, freest nation on earth. We may not be perfect, as the Administration, is so quick to point out but overall the world has been a better place as the result of a strong and free U.S.A.!

George Washington warned of the dangers our country would face over 200 years ago if we lost sight of guiding principles that were used to form this great Union:

“’Tis folly in one Nation to look for disinterested favors from another; that it must pay with a portion of its Independence for whatever it may accept under that character; that by such acceptance, it may place itself in the condition of having given equivalents for nominal favors and yet of being reproached with ingratitude for not giving more. There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate upon real favors from Nation to Nation. ‘Tis an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
…….. ‘Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent Alliances, with any portion of the foreign world.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

If the idea of being part of some global nation engineered by politicians, dictators, kings, sheiks and communist party chiefs scares the hell out of you, then join us and make your voice part of the ground swell to Take our Country Back!