Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Just say the federal government. That's what the Ninth and Tenth Amendment are all about.

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

"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 power does the Constitution give to the federal government when it comes to firearms? None. In fact, it prohibits it from making any laws infringing on our natural law rights to access, use and carry them.

And what powers regarding drugs, of any kind, does the Constitution give the federal government? None.

All powers of Congress authorized by the Constitution can be found in Article 1 Section 8:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

That's it. No more, no less. Now I realize that the Congress has overstepped its authority, almost from the beginning of the Republic. I know that the Commerce Clause and General Welfare Clause have been used and misused, over an over, ad nauseum, to justify nearly anything the fed wants to shove down our throats. But it's not right.

All powers not specified as being given to the Congress by the people in Article 1, Section 8 belong to the states or the people. That's why the powers were enumerated and why the Tenth Amendment is in the Bill of Rights, to assure the people and the states that the federal government would be kept in check.

Go over to the
Tenth Amendment Center, the site the video came from and do some reading. Think about how much better off we'd all be if the Constitution was followed and the federal government limited by it. I'd much rather fight with my state than with Washington when it comes to the laws that govern my life and I think most others would, too.

1 comment:

  1. I agree 100%, Catawissa. BTW, the Feds outlawing drugs did nothing to prevent me from acquiring as much as I could possibly get my hands in my drinking and drugging days. Prohibition does not work. Conversion and repentance do work, aided of course by some God-inspired heroin withdrawals. ;-)