In Tenth Amendment Radio Episode 15 (click prior link to be taken to where you can listen to the show), Michael Boldin (host of TRX radio) made an interesting point concerning Federal Power. He explained that, “This is the Fed’s goal. To not necessarily be everyone’s God – but also their mom, their dad, their employer, their doctor, their nutritionist and everything else. So whether it’s telling us what kind of fats we can have, or what kind of plant we can grow, or when we should live and die for them – they want to make the decision on everything.”
Lesley Swann, State Coordinator for the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center, agreed. “If you look at Article 1, Section 8 – there’s a few little powers scattered here and there throughout the constitution. But Article 1, Section 8 lists out the Federal Government is supposed to be able to do. And anything outside of that (with of course a few exceptions) falls completely out of the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. Now for instance, if a state government decided we want to ban Marijuana – that would be constitutional. Provided of course that restriction falls in the confines of what is allowed by that State Constitution.“
Michael followed up by saying that, “The real lesson here is that every time we advocate the use of Government to promote something we care about, or to stop something we dislike – what do we end up with? We end up encouraging our opposition to do the same. So if you’re in favor of allowing or prohibiting a particular issue – if you promote the Federal Government controlling that, then what you’ve told your opponents is: “All you need to do is get 51 percent, and you can turn it over and block it.” People always want to accomplish these things on a Federal level, which is misdirected. Because what you’ve just done is empower people who want to create laws to do the exact opposite of what you stand for – and forcing one view on the entire country. The way the system is supposed to work, is that we’ve got this massive country with all these different viewpoints. The worst way to run the country is to make everyone the same. Humans are not the same period. If we at least allow people to be making their decisions on a more local level, then we’ll have options…as Tom Woods said in an interview a while back is, “every four years we see this country engaged in a low grade civil war, with one side bashing the other side over the head, and all these doofuses trying to gain power to run the country for themselves.” And that’s not how things are supposed to work – if we look around us, we see the kind of mess we’re in.”
To read one of Missouri Tenth’s PDF resources relating to the discussion, please see Jonathan Mayhew’s “A Discourse on Unlimited Submission“.