MSNBC: Clueless about the 10th Amendment Again

It’s hard to cover everything that needs to be addressed in this 6+ minute video, but I’ll touch on a few of them below.

Here’s a few observations:

1. Turley is absolutely correct that “decades of precedent” in the courts oppose the view that the federal government is not authorized to enact a national health care plan. But, what he fails to point out, is that under the original meaning, intention and understanding of the Constitution – these kinds of powers would have been unthinkable. The court is, in plain English, wrong.  Learn more here.

2. Neither the host nor Turley seem to have any clue about nullification – or its current efforts. Nullification has nothing to do with getting a positive ruling from the Supreme Court. It’s when a state passes a law simply refusing to implement a federal law. In fact, it has a long history in the American tradition. It’s been used to resist laws against free speech, fugitive slave laws, the use of the militia in war and more. Hardly “right-wing” at all.  Learn more here.

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Shuster: Tenth Amendment is a Bunch of Baloney

From NewsBusters.org “MSNBC’s Shuster: Tenth Amendment a ‘Baloney’ Issue That Appeals to Right-wing Fringe”  (h/t Bob Greenslade) Clearly Dave is mis-informed.  Or, he’s a straight-faced liar.  Either way, as far as Constitutional understanding goes, this guy is as clueless – and dangerous – as it gets. Here’s some introductory reading on the subject: Is Obamacare…

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The ‘tenthers’

When “they” start giving you a name – and especially when they attempt to use it in a derogatory fashion – you know you’re having an effect.

So here comes the new one – “The Tenthers.”  I recently started seeing a few references to this term in the standard places, Alternet, ThinkProgress, and elsewhere.  But now it seems to have come from on high like the NeoCons did with every new buzzword during the Bush years.

These days, everyone from MSNBC on downward is disparaging those who invoke the principles of limited government that the 10th Amendment stands for as something awful.  And they’ve got this cute little word for it too!

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