cross-posted from the Georgia Tenth Amendment Center
In the last paragraph of Antifederalist paper No.17, “Brutus” states the probability that the Federal Government would eventually look to usurp all the powers of the States.The writing of the paragraph seems almost to be a script from the teleprompters of the daily news. It is so obvious that what is taking place in Washington today is a direct result of the Statist’s progressive agendas, slowly but surely infringing on the liberties of the people and the powers specifically given to the States.
Insuring the State powers would not be trampled upon and eventually negated was a huge concern, as it was plausible that the warnings of Antifederalist 17 could very well come to fruition. Imposed by a federal leadership that perceived individualism or personal liberties as a threat, the usurpation of state powers would enable the federal government to be more involved at the states local levels, virtually controlling its programs and thus be an authority to the people. Once this authority was obtained, whether through blackmailing, threats of loss of federal funds for state projects, or other tactics, the federal government would then be in position to control those who could stand in the way of their authority and eliminate any hindrance to their plans of total control. Insert dictatorship, hard tyranny, or totalitarianism here… your choice of nomenclature…
But the builders of our governments foundations and the implementers of it’s construction had the foresight to see the potential of tyrannical regimes coming to power; those hungry for control and mindless of freedom. In it’s perception of utopia, the power of the federal state would be supreme, not the liberty of the individual. Unalienable rights would be non-existent because there is no natural law, only the law which it deems appropriate to enact, to the furtherance of its goals
On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified. The last of these amendments was proposed and ratified with the intent that the state and ultimately the people, would have all power that was not explicitly enumerated in the main text of the Constitution.Details