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States, Part 1, The Situation
John Tobin 6/19/2021 8:06 AM
Ok Folks, once again I am trying to delineate what factors allowed the liberals to so drastically change the course of our Republic.
When did states lose the rights granted to them in the Bill of Rights: Amendment X. 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.
The first nine Amendments limit the Federal Government powers over the states and a people. Each states what abuses may not be perpetrated on its citizens. The right to worship, the right to speak, the right to a free press, the right to bear arms, and the others not only giving rights to the citizens but prohibiting the Federal Government or any government from removing those protections nor to nullify those rights.
What happened, did the people rise and demand that the federal government rise and take charge of our lives, no; did the states cry to the federal government and demand that the feds remove the burden of governing, no; it was a gradual process, with three major steps. One, the introduction of the graduated income tax, giving the government a mechanism to control success, control wealth and to control people.
Two, the direct election of Senators, prior to 1916, some senators were elected by the state’s citizens, but many were appointed by State Legislatures, or even governors, this step allowed the people unfettered access to the treasury, enough people want x, senators wanted to be re-elected make sure they get X. Enough bribes, I mean donations to their campaigns from unions, or the Military Industrial Complex and yes, we will demand that all government contracts use union workers, or that DoD can only buy trucks that meet these specifications, and only my good friends company builds trucks with that features.
Three, FDR threatened to “pack” the Supreme Court, if in 1935 they didn’t change two words in the Interstate Commerce Act, at that time, it stated that “the Federal Government MAY regulate any goods, services, crops etc, that ARE sold across states lines, the change, read MAY regulate any goods, services, crops, issues etc that COULD cross state lines.” Ergo, I am prohibited from landscaping my back yard that retains water after a heavy snow or rain, being judged “wetlands” or part of the “water supply,” now it would have to be a “Noah” rain to get that water forty miles to the state line, but it “COULD” happen. Now the alphabet agencies can regulate anything they want, and can shove the Federal government down any throat.
If the state plays along, as with the states and the ChiCom Virus, and murders its citizens by putting the healthy with the infected, useless masks preventing herd immunity, allowing the Feds to regulate legal drugs that work, they are praised by the Media and protected by the social media. Cuomo, Murphy, Wolf, Newsome, Whitmer, DINO governors all watched as their citizens, died through their maleficence, decades old businesses closing because of their unconstitutional edicts, mandates and demands. They cared naught that their citizens died because vital medical procedures were postponed to enforce their ridiculous “emergency” regulations.
States like Florida, Texas and others that defied the Fauci Decrees, who elected him anyhow, or quickly abandoned them, have flourished, and now are gaining citizens and Congressional seats from the fascist loving thugs named above.
I would proffer that one class of governors rose about the evil of the Cuomos, etc, Commissar Cooper of North Carolina, is one of that evil group, he not only exceeded the maniacal demands of Fauci, the DINOS and their stooges in the media, but reveled in the power he still wields by forcing businesses to close, because he continues the DINO tactic of paying people to return to the “economic plantations” they established, once again making them slaves to the government. He has exceeded their standards by saying “I am protecting North Carolina.” Yeah, Right.
Tomorrow: States, Part 2, Solutions
God Bless America
COL (R) John “Jack” Tobin graduated from the Special Forces Training Course in 1968, as a communications supervisor. He served with 7th SFGA, and then was fortunate to serve with A503, A504, B55 “Mike Force”, 5th SFGA, Republic of Vietnam. After commissioning, he commanded ODAs, was Team Chief for the FORSCOM Intelligence Center for DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, wrote new Tactics, Techniques and Protocols for Antiterrorism and Force Protection for J37, the Pentagon after the Khobar Towers event, and commanded the JRU, SOCJFCOM. He retired 1/1/2006, after serving as Chief of Plans, Combined Forces Command, Afghanistan, and Chief Military Liaison Team, US Embassy Kabul, 2004-2005. Between these assignments were there was a series of interesting posts in CONUS, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Since retirement he served as the SF consultant on the conversion of nuclear submarines to SOF platforms, and was primary author of the ARSOF Future Operating Concepts 2016-2025. In 2012 he was named a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment, and served as the National President of the Special Forces Association. When his term as President, SFA ended, he happily returned to his duties as Deputy Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, of SFA Chapter VI, The Camp Mackall Chapter.
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