States of America
Strong and Independent
by Wayne Spencer – November 1, 2010
When you hear someone say that after 9/11 everything changed, you might want to question that statement. While it is true that approximately 3,000 people lost their lives that day, do we really want to accept that we have lost all that our country stands for? Our loss of privacy? Our loss of individual liberty? Our loss of honor internationally?
I submit that the very statement that “9/11 changed everything” is used to submerge our Constitutional Rights.
The last event in the United States that really changed everything was the Surrender by the Confederate General Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865 at the house of Wilmer McLean in Appomattox, Virginia followed the next day by the official signing at the Appomattox Court House. By the end of this war approximately 700,000 Americans had lost their lives in order to greatly diminish the rights of states.
Since that day, THESE United States of America became THE United States of America. Whether we like it or not, the effect of the 10th Amendment was diminished and the effect of the 9th Amendment was enhanced. (For a more modern aside, Judge Bork, doomed his chances to be a Supreme Court Justice when he indicated at the Senate hearing that the 9th Amendment was meaningless.)
When we hear the “states rights” people demanding their country back what do they mean? Do they really want a smaller U.S. Government? As U.S. Citizens do we really want to diminish our country's government? If you were a major stockholder in Microsoft, would you want to hear other stockholders calling for a diminished Microsoft? Then why as stockholders of our country would we want it to be diminished?
We may not want to admit it but our rights, protected under the Constitution of the United States, are dependent upon a Federal Government that is big enough and strong enough to defend our rights against enemies both foreign and domestic including our Federal Government itself. We have to be vigilant of the actions of others in their subtle attempts to take over our Federal Government.
There have been states rights proponents as long as I have been alive who call for smaller government and increased rights of states at the expense of individual rights. States rights is merely code for diminishing the rights of the individual. They are against the rights of minorities. They are against Gay rights, women's rights, Social Security rights, healthcare rights, privacy rights, clean air and water rights and are now even attacking religious rights.
Make no mistake, The Republicans, the tea baggers and the Libertarians backed by massive amounts of corporate money are out to take our government back from the people and give it to the states or directly to private interests. It's divide and conquer. The individual states will be easy prey for large anti-democratic economic and socially oppressive forces as they nearly always have been in the past.
Please keep these thoughts in mind when you vote tomorrow. Remember to maintain the power of “we the people” not “we the state.”