Uncle Sam has just learned that he has 18 bastard stepchildren and they are all born from the same mother - the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution.
The children’s names are: Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, West Virginia, South Dakota, and Idaho
In a nutshell, the 10th Amendment, according to West’s Encyclopia of American Law states:“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
The notorious leader of the children listed above is New Hampshire where, on March 4th held a rally at the New Hampshire State House that called for the support of a Bill (HCR 6) as a result of the Obama “Central government power grab”.New Hampshire men, women and children descended on the House in a peaceful manner to make their voices heard and in some individual instances had done so with pistol’s on their hips (according to a Human Events article titled “New Hampshires 10th Amendment Rally: "Armed but Peaceful"
In rallying their support for the 10th Amendment the crowd did so by exercising their First (Peaceful Assembly) and Second Amendment (Right to Keep and Bear Arms) rights. Democrats voted HCR 6 down on March 4th, 2009 but other States have adopted the language in that failed bill in crafting their own.
In addition to the above States adoption of legislative bills that are meant to fortify States rights through the 10th Amendment there are also a host of “grassroots movements” springing up across the country on numerous constitutional fronts. One of those movements that is gaining momentum is the “Tea Parties” resulting from angry tirade of CNBC host Rick Santelli on February 19th (which is aptly described as the “shout heard across the World”) when he called on Americans to join him in a “Chicago Tea Party”.
Since February 19th hundreds of “tea parties” are being planned from the grass roots up. The latest one took place in Cincinnati Ohio recently and drew an estimated 5,000 people. The “Shout heard across the world” is a play on the words penned by Ralph Waldo Emerson that referred to the battles of Lexington and Concord and read “here once the embattled farmers stood and fired the heard around the world”.
Translation: The determination of the colonists at Concord led to the establishment of a new nation on Earth and encouraged worldwide movements towards democracy.
There are more than 150 tea parties scheduled around the US and if you want to participate in one, here is the list of cities and dates they will occur: Tea Times
There is a real fear that is brewing across America with the election and actions of Barack Obama in his quest to transform America into socialism. This fear can be seen in the explosion of gun sales across America. Gun manufacturers are one American business that does not need a federal bailout. In all fairness to Obama, a lot of fear was coming before he was even a candidate. For instance, the Kelo decision was an impetus for States rights legislation that narrowed the government from exercising “eminent domain” powers to prohibit taking of land from an individual to give to a for profit business to increase taxation (as was the case in the Kelo case).
An interesting study that was published one year after the Kelo case show where special interest group favor Kelo on the one side and individuals seeking to keep private property on the other. An interesting read that can explain the angst caused by the Kelo decision.
The various constitutional infringement fears that Obama is raising in America's conscience is starting to snowball into grassroots efforts that is giving some measure of impowerment to everyday people who are feeling helpless to do anything to stop it. It also reinforces the strength in numbers dynamic that is starting to give Americans some education in what America should look and feel like when it comes to what the founding fathers had in mind when they started this democratic experiment call individual freedom that Ronald Reagan best described as the "shining city on a hill".