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.
The above sentence is the Tenth Amendment to our Constitution. Besides being another piece of the Bill of Rights completely ignored by the ACLU, Liberals in general will like to pretend that its meaning can not be divined. That somehow, this one simple sentence is so mysterious in meaning, that it must simply be ignored. So, as a public service, I’ll give it a try. What I see when I read that is a statement that the Federal Government, be it represented by the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial branch, does not have the authority to grant itself powers not expressly mentioned in the Constitution. What the founding fathers feared most, was a central government growing in size and scope beyond the control of the governed. This Amendment which is one of the 10 which the individual states demanded be put into place before ratifying this new law for our new nation, is for that purpose alone. It was a statement to the behemoth of today, if we did not specifically write that power or authority into the document in the first place, you do not have it. You can only do what we have specifically gave permission for you to do.
What perplexes me is how anyone can speak of Barack Obama as being some kind of Constitutional Scholar. He is all over Youtube grousing about how the Constitution really missed the boat by not granting the Federal Government authority to do more to enforce social and economic justice. In order to make that leap, one has to skip over this particular amendment. so that we are all clear about what the Bill of Rights represents, and the importance of all 10 of these Amendments, the Constitution would never have been ratified without any one of them. For you liberals, that includes the Second and the Tenth.
Recently, President Obama announced that a provision of the Obamacare Law granted him authority to force health care providers, regardless of their religious affiliation or not, to provide for contraceptive and/or pregnancy termination services. A very warranted public outcry ensued. President Obama has for his entire legislative and Political Executive life been waging an undeclared war against any religion other than Islam. Before people start screaming that Barack Obama is not a secret Muslim or what ever other cries of indignation anyone may wish to throw my way, the record of Barack Obama is crystal clear. Islam is exempt from this sour little man’s wrath, while Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism are not. We heard everyone discussing the clear violation of the First Amendment which was taking place, and sure enough, the President magnanimously decided that the hospitals run by the single largest provider of Health Care in America, Catholic Charities, would not have to pay for abortions and contraceptives after all. They must still provide them of course, but Barack Obama has found a way to accommodate the accountants by issuing an edict. As of now, insurance companies will have to pay for everything. So, here we are two days later, and I am happy to say that not many people have been fooled by this clear attempt to deflect from the truth. There is another point however, that even we conservatives have missed.
I must say something here as an aside. My conservatism does not stem from religious convictions. That is to say, I am not a social conservative. I am a free marketeer. My argument here is not about the, “free choice versus right to life,” debate per say. While I believe that the First Amendment is extremely important to the health of out society, I can see that the argument of religious morals often finds its way beyond this boundary. That is to say, I can see the difference between a woman choosing to terminate her pregnancy of her own volition, and forcing other taxpayers to pay for it. I can also see a clear distinction between a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy of her own volition, and forcing an unwilling physician to perform the procedure. In those instances, free choice is removed from one group entirely.
What has gone unnoticed in this entire debate is the fact that the Obamacare law spits on the Tenth Amendment. Put another way, has anyone else in America noticed how the President has just declared that it is his decision to make which services physicians would perform whether or not they wished to do so, and who is going to pay for it? I guess this is what happens when we pass a law without reading it first, but then again, I refuse to believe that Barack Obama did not have any idea that this monstrosity would grant him dictatorial powers to edict that doctors would perform according to his wishes and that the costs would be covered by whomever he so chooses. This is about far more than abortions, this is about the Executive Branch being constrained by the consent of the governed. If he can say an act must be performed, than he will also have the authority prohibit actions as well. Where does anybody realistically see this stopping? Even if you believe the current President to be the benevolent Messianic figure the non Fox Media has assured us he is, what about the President who will be in office 20 years from now? Does that President deserve the unbridled dictatorial powers, sight unseen? Remember that George W. Bush, someone half of you hated before Barack Obama won the job was also a President of the United States.
One word to the Social Conservatives. I appreciate hearing your voice, and agree with you far more than I disagree. While this issue will never be at the top of my importance list, and I will never agree with teaching intelligent design as science in a school where my children attend, there is far more to this entire thing than what is being discussed, and it is a real shame that the bigger picture is not a part of the debate. This President has made it his mission to grab as much power for the Executive Branch as is possible. He has trashed our Constitution in the process, while eschewing the very limited actual duties of a President, as proscribed by the Constitution. As an example, defending our citizens against all enemies both foreign and domestic. (Just ask the good people of Arizona who have been warned by our President to stay clear of their own desert lest they find themselves victim to the drug cartels who have invaded there.) While we were all arguing over whether or not people should be getting abortions or wearing condoms, he has very slyly gotten us all to accept his ultimate authority on demanding who pay for those abortions which care providers will now be forced to perform.