Apr 162009

Several of my preceding columns received criticisms of my apparently conservative tilt. I’d like to take this opportunity to clear the air.

The only political concept that more nauseates me than half the country believing Democrats are the answer is the other half of the country believing Republicans are the answer.

Neither party understands or represents the fundamental concepts on which our country was founded. Let me be completely straightforward on this: The Republican view of the Constitution is as equally dim-witted as that of the Dems.

When two parties of incompetency and corruption are fighting for control, no one wins.

President Bush furthered the century-old path to centralizing power in the White House, then covered everything up by claiming executive privilege and refusing to answer questions. Then-candidate Obama promised to bring transparency and change. Do you still believe him?

President Obama’s not yet 80 days in office, but he’s already claiming executive privilege to cover up some of the financial decisions he and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made.

He brought change the way Detroit brought efficient vehicles.

Bush and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the use of military assets during the Beltway Sniper attacks, despite needing to ask Congress’ permission to do so, something they refused to do.

We all know the primary goal of nearly every politician serving in D.C. is re-election. Let me be clear, President Roosevelt furthered the Great Depression and manipulated the economy in order to assure his reelection. Obama will do the same. Just as Bush would have and just as President Clinton and Bush Sr. would have.

How can you have faith in a man who refuses to cut welfare programs while adding to an insoluble deficit and looks to greatly expand the dysfunctional federal bureaucracy? How can you continue to back politicians who refuse to cut their own pet projects and instead continue to plunder the Social Security trust fund and further destroy Medicare?

None of you seem angered that the country you will someday control has been delivered bankrupt.

Americans perpetuate the corrupt two-party system when we have better options. Americans apparently believe the Constitution is a joke.

I don’t comprehend this, America. Why? You accept the beliefs of statists like John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, FDR, Ronald Reagan, John McCain and Barack Obama, and believe that somehow government should have control of everything. Now, what was the last program the federal government ran efficiently or well?

None of these men even approached greatness. Thomas Jefferson was a great man. He knew revolutions keep government honest and get rid of garbage. We’re due, folks.

The 10th Amendment, for the uninformed, 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.”

Think about that for a moment. Essentially this means every act by the government in violation of the original intent of the Constitution, a limit on federal power, is a violation of one-tenth of the Bill of Rights.

Recent news indicates we may have some amount of hope. Our union was created to limit the federal government’s influence on the people, with states governing the day-to-day needs of their people.

Reportedly 16 states have introduced legislation to invoke the 10th Amendment in an effort to regain their state’s rights.

Apart from civil rights violations, what possible downside can you come up with for the states to govern their people? The representation is more responsive, budgets must be balanced and they can’t print money.

The federal government retracts the military troops serving abroad and puts them on the borders, decriminalizes anything involving a personal choice allowing the individual states the right to maintain those laws stops printing money to intentionally devalue the dollar and (here’s a stretch) restricts their actions to Constitutional mandate.

Yes we can?

How did we get to this point?

Next week: Nullification, what would Madison do?

Seth J. Stern is a junior undeclared liberal arts major. His tirade appears Tuesdays in the Collegian. Send comments, criticism, vilification or scorn to letters@collegian.com.

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