The 10th Amendment - Why It Should Be Important to You.
- In 1791 the 10th Amendment was ratified. Many people seem to have forgotten that this Amendment exists and yet it is a very important one. The 10th Amendment is this:
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.
What this means is that, unless specified in the Constitution of the United States, the Federal Government has NO RIGHT to make laws affecting the people of this country, these rights are reserved for the States.
The Federal Government must guarantee the following rights to all citizens of all states:
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of the press
- Right to bear arms
- right to a speedy trial
- freedom from excessive bails and fines
- freedom to worship whatever religion you want
- Right to petition your government with grievances
- Right not to have military quartered in your home
- The right to equal justice (regardless of skin color)
- The right to private property (no government may take your private property away - without cause or paying for it)
- the right to travel freely between states
- right to work at any job for which we qualify
- The right to marry and raise a family
- the right to a public education
- right to join a political party, union, or legal group
So the Federal Government has no right to stop States from any of the following laws:
- Abortion (for or against)
- Where you can go to the bathroom
- Health Insurance
Here's how the Federal Government gets away with things like the Health Insurance Bill and Social Security...The General Welfare Clause. We have allowed the Federal Government to overtake the State Rights. The Federal Government was set up to protect the rights of the states and interstate commerce and travel as well as protection of the states. We never intended to give up the rights of the states of self-governance and yet we have. If New Hampshire decides not to have a law requiring you to wear your seatbelt as an adult, the Federal Government says that they won't give us money towards our transportation needs. They hold money over all the states that they collect from the states...yet the States are the ones giving them this money to hold over their own heads...
I believe that we all need to be more aware of the rights of our State to govern their own people and the people need to remember that their states should be run by their people...
Together we are strong.