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Tea Party and the 10th Amendment 01-28-2011

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Guest column by Mabel Ryan

Much has been written regarding the Tea Party and its objectives. The Tea Party organizations’ objectives are: Less intrusive federal government, less unnecessary taxes, responsible use of the taxes paid, no legislating by judges of the court (their jobs are to enforce law, not make law), personal freedom of each citizen to decide how to best implement the guarantee by the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

When the Supreme Court in 1973 declared that abortion was legal, ignored the word “life” in the Declaration, and made it the law of the land, it was a flagrant violation of the extent of their authority. Laws can only be established by duly elected legislators; the function of the courts, Supreme or otherwise, is only to enforce such established laws.

Since that 1973 infamous decision, America has been in a downward spiral in morality to a level unknown in past generations. Although illegal, this decision gave birth to the “me generation.”

Because individuals equally possess the “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” government derives its just power from the consent of the governed.

Since the year 2008, we have seen freedom taken away without “the consent of the governed.” By large margins, public opinion opposes government-controlled health care, and the opposition continues to grow. Likewise, the majority of Americans oppose Roe vs. Wade, the abortion “law,” and therefore it, too, is without “the consent of the governed.”

Unionized labor is reported to be less than 7 percent of the American workforce, but yet the labor unions have a vise-like hold on the present administration and their decisions, and the influence and overreaching of the labor unions are responsible for the majority of the financial chaos being suffered by the public today. And that same financial chaos, and for the same reasons, is being seen throughout most of the world.

The 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: “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.”

If the 10th Amendment was acknowledged and respected as it was intended to be, and not in constant violation by the federal government, our country would not have the vast, painful and out-of-control problems that it now suffers. Problems that would arise would be local state problems, and each state would be better able to make corrections than the hordes of politicians we now see operating from Washington, where they are remote, but by distance and mindset.

Enter the Tea Party movement, a simultaneous and spontaneous uprising by persons with a single objective: Take our country back from the politicians and make them respond to the American people who elected them. Politicians need to be reminded that the government derives its power from the consent of the governed. The Tea Party movement, organized just over two years ago, was a tsunami whose time had come.

The November 2010 midterm elections demonstrated what people of goodwill, i.e., the Tea Party, can accomplish when they join forces, trust in God, maintain a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence and work together for the common good. “We must and will continue pursuing the goal of bring this government back to “We, the People.”

Mabel Ryan of Ocala is president of Life Education Ministry, Inc.