From Agnes’ Blag
Live Free or Die
Thursday 02-12-2009 3:46pm ET
I don’t usually post “serious” things on my blag, but this is definitely worth paying attention to. It’s a little long, but please bear with me and scroll down for the rest of it below the links. Earlier his week we told you that there were eight states that now have bills being pushed that will dissolve the power of the federal government over them. They are claiming sovereignty under the tenth amendment. The 9th and 10th read as follows: 9th
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
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.
Here are the links to all of the bills that are being proposed with NH leading the way!
There is a lot of emotion around this bailout. There are a lot of other serious issues that are not even being addressed because people are so caught up in the back and forth of their “side.” Where has all the conversation gone? And the civility? Nobody wants what is bad for the country or the rest of the developed world for that matter.
My concern is that these symbolic measures will be skewed to be subject to the partisan argument, the Constitution be damned! I am afraid that the signifigance of this will be undermined by those who are willing to shoot themselves in the foot for the sake of a political argument centred on D vs. R. It seems that whomever will benefit the most from their argument is the one that has the most to prove. Has everyone forgotten where our liberties came from? That it is okay to disagree civilly as long as you don’t forget what you believe in? The mentality of us vs. them has to go! We have more in common with one another than these things that are tearing this country apart.
I am also concerned that the states and the people have let the federal government strip them of their power for so long (since the Federal Treasury came to be) that these measures may not be noticed. Why now though? The states have been happy to sit back since the ’30s with their hands out to the Fed for this long.
We don’t know what is going to happen in the coming days and years, but something has to give. Some people think that the solution to this is to go back to what we were doing with the fnancial system to begin with. How well has that worked? Some people think this is another step towards socialism. What has history taught us?
Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven’t had capitalism. A system of capitalism presumes sound money, not fiat money manipulated by a central bank. Capitalism cherishes voluntary contracts and interest rates that are determined by savings, not credit creation by a central bank. (-ron paul)
It seems to me that people are happy with capitalism, or at least calling it that when it is working for them, but will call it socialism when it is not?