It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
Federal individual health insurance mandates; States unable to protect their citizens from drug cartels and illegal immigrants; banned light bulbs; attacks against Religion and morality; attacks against free speech through political correctness; attacks against the traditional nuclear family; attacks against individual Americans by the president; contrived crises to promote federal actions; oil refineries and coal-fired power plants closing due to tyrannical EPA mandates; the president overriding and going around the voice of the People – Congress; industries closed down due to threatened and “endangered species;” Occupy mobs with the support of the president closing businesses to demand the fruits of another man’s labor be redistributed; the Constitution pilloried and ridiculed – ignored.
There’s more, of course, but when is enough – enough?
The below story comes to us from the Tenth Amendment Center and involved the city of Tombstone, AZ falling under the thumb of federal tyranny and oppression. In short, due to rulings from the National Forrest Service the city of Tombstone is unable to fix their damaged city water system due to the Spotted Owl and other endangered species in the area unless they are willing to use 19th Century technology.
Here is the link to the story:
Tombstone, Water, and the Bureaucrat Standing In Between
Many people rightfully point out the 10th Amendment and the federal government’s many violations thereof, but forget, or neglect, other constitutional philosophies.
Remember, the Constitution doesn’t have to say the federal cannot do something. It has to say the federal government can do something. So in addition to the 10th Amendment what might also come into play in a situation such as the one in Tombstone? How about the lack of exclusive federal jurisdiction and supremacy that has little or nothing to do with the 10th Amendment?
If the federal government was intended to have “supremacy” over local and state laws in all matters as progressives maintain then why does the so-called “supremacy clause” exist and why does it restrict federal supremacy to laws made pursuant to the Constitution? Does that not at least imply the federal government is only supreme when acting strictly within the limits of our Constitution?
Of course it does.
Why does Article 1, Section 8 outline exclusive federal jurisdiction for an area to be the seat of national government – Washington, D.C. and forts, magazines, etc that the federal government may “purchase.” Why that strict limitation on exclusive jurisdiction if the federal government was not intended to be limited?
Why did our Founder give us the 9th Amendment?
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
There is a war against America and Americans and it isn’t coming from the Middle East or al-Qaeda. The enemy is within and called progressives. The enemy within is our own federal government just as our Founders faced an internal enemy in King George and Parliament.
It is impossible for the federal government to be “supreme” and unrestricted when it is the People who hold all power and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.
I like Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona and Sheriff Joe Arpio but I think they have another mission to add to their illegal alien efforts. I believe Governor Brewer should deploy her National Guard, State Police and other resources to surround Tombstone and protect the city from the federal government while the free citizens thereof fix their water supply system.
Tombstone, with State assistance, should tell the Forrest Service to piss off while they fix the water.
Why stand we here idle?