Tenth Amendment Rights Town Hall (Part 4)

Posted on March 21, 2010. Filed under: Conservative, government, Politics | Tags: , , , , , |


This is the conclusion of the series on the Tenth Amendment Town Hall, which was held in Plano, Texas.  This final segment covers the speeches given by Governor Rick Perry and by Judge Napolitano.

The capacity crowd at the Plano Centre had spent the morning together learning about legal options for the State of Texas and for the country.  Now the audience would hear what the Governor thinks about the situation and what steps have been taken by his administration to protect our rights.  The Governor took the stage and prepared to share his vision of where we are as a state and what is important for all of us.

Governor Perry began the discussion with what the majority of us have suspected for quite a long time.  Washington wants to be all things to all people to get the votes.  Why can’t they secure the borders?  This is a fundamental need for the citizens of Texas and for the country, yet they show little to no interest in a resolution.

Our founding fathers believed in limited government.  Do a few things really well was stated over and over in documents written by the founding fathers. What happens when government goes unchecked?  Today the government is continuing to erode our dollars.

It is time to return to our values:  Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  The unique possibility of an individual to pursue the American Dream without the interference of the Federal Government is what our country is about.  It is time for the Federal Government to be more respectful of the people.

The governor had some basic principles of governing which he shared with the audience: 

  • Don’t spend all the money!
  • Have a legal system that doesn’t allow for excessive suing!
  •  Have a good educational system
  •  Government should get out of the way, and leave it to the people.

There is a reason to call for a balanced budget for the Congress.  Fiscal Responsibility results in a good quality of life for all.  Abuse of money and power never ends well for anyone.  We have learned what works in Texas.  Courageous men and women have done what was right in Texas.  Supply side economics works as exhibited by the businesses of Texas. People will be sending a message at the polls – are we going to follow the Washington method of economics, or will we be following the Texas model of economics?

It is imperative that State Rights under the 10th amendment be asserted to preserve the constitution and the vision of our founding fathers for a strong republic.  With those closing comments, the Governor introduced the keynote speaker of the event, Judge Napolitano.

The Judge took all of us on a journey through our American History.  He helped each of us to understand how we have lost some of our state rights through the years.  State rights have veered far away from the original intent as outlined in the constitution.

Can an amendment ever be unconstitutional?  When the 17th amendment was added, it took away from state rights.  This began the erosion of state rights.

The original constitution demanded no taxation.  The Federal government changed the law so they could tax us.  It began as a “small” tax and has been increasing exponentially year after year.  The more money they get at the Federal level, the more they spend, and the more money they need to cover their wish list.

The Progressives choose power over freedom.  During the time of Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt this was very clear.  The greatest fear of the founding fathers was that the federal government should not have too much power.  The aforementioned Presidents did much to instill the importance of power at the Federal Level.  They also opened the door to entitlements and dependence.

Since the Civil War, the concept of power dominated over liberty.  There was a shift in the priorities of the politicians.  Each decade that followed the Civil War illustrated more of a focus on new priorities rather than life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness outlined in the Constitution.

The Feds have learned how to buy away the sovereignty of any state by dangling money with strings in front of any state.  Why can the Federal government get away with bribing people, when individual would be locked up for the attempt to bribe people?

If the federal government continues to try to legislate every aspect of your lives, where does it end?  None of this is in the constitution.

Take Patriot Act passage as an example of the dangers when we ignore the wisdom outlined in our US Constitution.  After 9/11, this piece of legislation was deemed necessary to “protect citizens” from terrorism.  However, it was really unconstitutional in the assumption of sweeping powers not outlined in the Constitution. Today we have learned an invaluable lesson with misuse of the Constitution.  It is extremely unsavory in the hands of the progressives.  That is why it is so important that we do not take chances by ignoring the constitution.  We cannot predict how unscrupulous people may take advantage of inappropriate laws.

This concluded the remarks of the Governor and Judge Napolitano.  What an amazing educational experience!  A good idea for Texas and other states is to put similar events on for seniors in the high schools and also college students.  Imagine a stadium of students learning invaluable information about our government over a 5 hour period of time.  This is how we ensure a strong tomorrow for our country.

For your convenience, listed below are the links for Part I, II, and III of the series of articles.

10th Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 1)

https://texasfor56.wordpress.com/2010/02/17/10th-amendment-rights-townhall-part-1/

10th Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 2)

https://texasfor56.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/10th-amendment-townhall-part-2/

10th Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 3)

https://texasfor56.wordpress.com/2010/03/20/tenth-amendment-rights-townhall-part-3/

My hope is the series has given ideas and assistance to citizens of Texas as well as other states that may be looking for answers, as the Federal Government continues to push for more control over the republic.

When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people, there is liberty. – Thomas Jefferson.

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