Where’s the Line?

A simple question each of us needs to learn.  As Ken Ivory (UT-HD47) has stated, “I don’t have all the answers but I have a really good question, where’s the line?”  We just came from a presentation by Mr. Ivory and he is creating a ground swell of excitement here in Utah that will be spreading across the country and you can help!  As a matter of fact this is so simple to grasp and powerful to enact you will want to help.

Anyone investing a few minutes to read this knows the 10th Amendment.  “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.”  In his new booklet Mr. Ivory talks about the foundations of our “Compound Republic” and it is built upon a vertical separation of powers even more important to our preservation than the horizontal separation most were taught in 8th grade civics classes.  “The founders of this nation understood that it is the nature and disposition of men and governments to amass and consolidate unbridled power and control, or, in their words, tyranny.” (Ivory, p. 1)  The basic roots of Federalism, that unique grand experiment formed by our U.S. Constitution, has a line drawn between two governments, the State and General government levels.

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Do we want representatives pulled into line?

According to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) those members of his faction , the Democratic Party, most likely to be defeated in 2010 are the very members difficult to pull into party line. As reported in a recent article in The Hill Waxman was very clear on why he believes many will lose their seat in Congress this coming election actually referring to weeding out difficult Democrats. This line of thinking is critical to understanding the root problem we face under a governing standard based on the rule of law resting with the people.

Quoting the Berman and Hooper article, “I think a lot of the House seats we’re going to lose are those who have been the toughest for the Democrats to pull into line — the Democrats that have been the most difficult,” Waxman said. When we understand the job of the Majority or Minority Whip as the person responsible for whipping faction members into line with the rest of the party it is not surprising someone with as long a career as Waxman has had feels these Democrats are difficult. He is not alone as a believer in party members serving in Congress for the benefit of the party rather than the people.

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House Resolution introduced reaffirming federalism

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional 10th Amendment Task Force last week introduced a House Resolution, reaffirming Congress’ commitment to the principle of federalism and the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The resolution specifically calls for “real decentralization of power” and recognizes that “the cause of liberty demands that government should be made accountable again to the consent of the governed” through the restoration of American federalism.

“The Founding Fathers’ vision of a limited national government of enumerated powers has gradually given way to an intrusive, irresponsible, and virtually omnipotent national government. I am proud to be among the efforts to engaged and educate other Members of Congress on the importance of restoring federalism principles in Congress,” said Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), co-founder of the 10th Amendment Task Force.

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Focus On Freedom event to show where candidates stand on 10th Amendment

May 6th will be a very interesting evening for Utah delegates, voters, and candidates.  When it comes to the 10th Amendment each of those participating in the questions surrounding Key #14 will have to defend or refute the amendment. It is long past time we get a clearer picture of what these candidates think rather…

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Getting the right gang numbers in D.C.

Many wonder how it is we can have political factions seemingly different while obtaining the same results no matter which party is in office.  It is fairly clear if we look at the nuance comments presented by leadership from the supposed conservative side of the aisle.  It is a business of who has the biggest…

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When the discussion grows we begin to win

A key factor in successfully defending our American heritage and Constitution is discussion.  We can study, we can fight, we can argue yet nothing will move forward without people willingly listening to one another and growing their mutual understanding through discussion and debate.  Those opposing federalism and a free will approach to government fear people…

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Utah Governor signs eminent domain to seize federal land

An effort seen as fundamental to funding of public education was taken to the next level by Gov. Gary Herbert.  Saturday he signed the legislation authorizing Utah to use eminent domain to seize federal lands.  In an update the Wall Street Journal has written a solid article on the action which sets the pace for…

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Comments on 10th Amendment legislation miss the point

Yesterday there was an article in the Desert News about this year’s legislative session, Carl Wimmer, and the Patrick Henry Caucus has some fair insights. There is even a comment by the House Minority Assistant Whip (can these titles of nobility get any more stretched?) Carol Moss (D – Holladay) that was right on the…

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State Government vs. Federal Government Radio Show

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Steel on Steel radio show, hosted by John Loeffler, this weekend was focused on state vs. federal governments.  I was interviewed for the show for the 10th Amendment segment.  To listen to the interview click the player embedded in this post. There were many good areas on…

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