Saturday, December 12, 2009


The movement in Missouri to reassert state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment is gaining steam. Will this become an issue in the election of 2010? I'm beginning to believe that it just might.

"Liz Lauber joined Missouri state legislators and the other non-incumbent federal candidates from Missouri last month and signed the The Missouri Sovereignty Project Pledge to support enforcement of the 10th Amendment whereby the federal government should abide by the powers granted to them in the Constitution.

Today, she issued the following statement calling upon her opponent, Todd Akin, to sign the pledge and to express her support of The Health Care Freedom Act, legislation that would prevent enforcement of federal health care mandates that are being proposed in Washington. This legislation is modeled after the Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, which nullifies an individual mandate to purchase federally approved health insurance.

“I am pleased to support the Missouri Sovereignty Project Pledge, because it sends a signal to the federal government that is crucial for them to understand: The federal government has a limited set of enumerated powers, and if they over-reach those powers granted to them by our Constitution, the people of Missouri will not tolerate it. I call upon my opponent, incumbent Todd Akin, to join with me and sign this pledge."

Liz Lauber

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  1. Unfortunately these 10th amendment claims are bogus. In almost all areas federal law trumps state law. Should we "opt out" of Medicare and Social Security too? (We can't.)These "sovereignty" claims are political posturing to keep voters angry. As an independent voter, I'm gravely concerned about how many of us are being lied to by political operatives. We're being manipulated when we should be engaged in meaningful negotiations about how to fix our health care system. Such a shame!

  2. The Tenth Amendment is not bogus. It's right there in the Constitution for all to see and the language is not ambiguous. The Federal Government has grossly overstepped its authority and has done so for many years.

    Returning to a smaller government more in line with the vision of most of the Founding Fathers will take time. Lots and lots of time. But we have to start somewhere. Reassertion of states rights as established by the Constitution is the logical place to do it.

    Why can't we opt out of any Federal program not authorized by the Constitution? Because honestly, if it weren't for a bastardization of the whole idea of general welfare we would not have these programs to begin with.

    Of course, we really only have to wait a few more years (if that long) for all of this to collapse under its own weight anyway.

    As to your last point I just don't see that our health care system is broken. Sure it has problems. But enough to justify handing control of it over to some bureaucrat in DC? Why? Because they've managed Medicare and Social Security so well?