by: the Common Constitutionalist
For years we constitutional conservatives have been railing against federal encroachment on States Rights. And for that we’ve been called every name in the book.
There are 10th Amendment groups all over the country. They are derided by the both the left and right as being out of touch, unrealistic and just plain backwards. Most think these groups are simply comprised of gun-totin hard right hicks who just hate the thought of a federal government or societal progress.
The assemblage of reasonable folks at ThinkProgress calls them Tenthers. I’m sure it is a term of endearment.
Although these Tenthers have gotten a bad rap from pretty much everyone as being completely anti-federal government, they’re not. They, like the rest of us constitutional conservatives, only wish to live and be governed by the real rule of law – the Constitution of the United States.
Unfortunately we are living in a post-constitutional nation, ruled only by federal laws, most of which are unconstitutional.
In 2009 Sam Rohrer, a Pennsylvania republican, who ran unsuccessfully to unseat Senator Bob Casey in 2012 said: “Over time, over the last many generations, the federal government — seeking to grow, as most governments tend to grow — have become increasingly involved in activities that have been reserved to the states, being involved in such things as education, or health care, or for that matter even highways and roads. A great many things the federal government has increasingly passed laws, appropriated tax dollars which are yours and mine, and attempted to force the states to implement laws for which then the federal government essentially has control…”
For his stance on upholding constitutionally mandated States Rights, he was ridiculed. read more