By Alden L. Benton
I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year. The good news is that the New Year brings a spirit of hope, a hope that things will be better; and a hope that we all get a chance for a do-over.
The bad news is government micro-management of your life is growing at an alarming rate.
MSNBC reports that 40,000 new state laws took effect January 1, 2012. These laws cover diverse activities ranging from abortion to driving golf carts; from raising the minimum wage to verifying a person’s eligibility to legally work in the United States.
The fact that the states generated these 40,000 new laws illustrates the principle of federalism at work. To the Founders, the states were sovereign entities brought together by the Constitution as independent entities. The Federal government was limited in its powers. The system worked until the Wilson progressives of the post-World War I era came to power.
The progressives steadily eroded the power of the people and of the states until the federal government grew into the top-down, controlling Socialist nanny state we have today.
The Founders considered the States laboratories of liberty. They felt the states should be left alone to devise the solutions best suited to their unique needs.
However, do the states need to pass 40,000 new laws a year? Add those 40,000 laws to the legislation Congress passes each year, to the tons (literally) of regulations generated at the federal and state level every year, and you have the United States in 2012: Economically stagnant, massively in debt, and rife with programs that exacerbate the problems and steal your liberty.
In a Presidential Election Year, the discussion rightfully turns to the problems of the nation as a whole. However severe those issues may be, we must also be cognizant of the ever-growing urge by the states to join the Feds in micromanaging our lives and destroying our freedom.
The states have become vassals of the Federal behemoth. They have allowed themselves to drink from the Federal trough, choosing to give up their sovereignty in exchange for feeding at the Federal teat.
The fight to take America back is a fight that must take place on many battlegrounds. The Congressional and Presidential elections are but two of those battlefields. However, we must also wrestle the progressive beast to the ground at the state level. We must take back our states as well.
This is a both a political and a legal battle.
We must downsize the federal government and return the powers it has usurped to the states and to the people as the Constitution demands.
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
~Amendment 9 of the Constitution of the United States of America
Ratified December 15, 1791
“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.”
~Amendment 10 of the Constitution of the United States of America
Ratified December 15, 1791
Then, when the federal beast is caged, we can work at downsizing and taking back our states. Only then can we truly preserve our lives, liberties, and our happiness.
However, we must start now.
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