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Do States have the right to protect its citizens and borders ?

Liberal thinkers will apply an interpretation of Constitution that is presumptive in favor of the Federal Government.   They will tend to believe that the Federal Government is superior and States rights are completely secondary.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.   There are two ways to view and interpret the Constitution .  One is to say that we may ONLY do what the law specifically says we can do.   The second method would say ANYTHING  not specifically prohibited is legal.  The US Constitution follows the latter hermeneutic.  All rights not granted SPECIFICALLY to the Federal Government is therefore left to the States.

The Constitution was written to LIMIT the power of the Federal Government not to expand it.  Nothing in the document prohibits the states from having their own laws relating to ANY subject as long as it does not violate or go against the Federal Law,  and this is VERY IMPORTANT .. assuming that the Federal Law itself is constitutional.   Otherwise, SOVEREIGNTY is left to the States and to the people.  How far from this original principle have we strayed ?

Arizona recently passed a state law that basically says two things .. “You can NOT be in Arizona if your are an  ILLEGAL undocumented alien” and “Law enforcement officers now MUST enforce Federal Immigration law to its fullest extent” .  Under this law, police and other authorities in the exercise of their normal enforcement of the law may ask under reasonable cause for identification.  This law does NOT permit random and indiscriminate profiling of individuals on the basis of race strictly for the determination of immigration status.

So, the practical question is .. Can Arizona or any other state pass such a law?  Nothing in Federal Law or the Constitution prohibits Arizona or any other State from having a law as long as it is consistent with Federal Law.   For instance, If Indiana wanted to pass a law on marijuana it could and HAS.  However, It could not legalize marijuana in contraveance to the Federal Laws against marijuana .  (Now I have to insert here that I don’t believe that the Federal Government has any business having any law regarding the intake of any substance.  Nothing in the Constitution grants that  right to them).   Indiana’s marijuana laws are a perfect example where a State passed a law the is simply uploading the Federal law.  That is all Arizona did.

I would suggest that you read Article 1, Sections 1-10 and tell me where you see any prohibition against anything  that Arizona has done.  Notice too that the powers of the Congress is VERY limited.   Here is what it says in Article 1 Section 8

“To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;”   http://topics.law.cornell.edu/constitution/articlei

Notice that the word “immigration” is never used.  It’s amazing what the Constitution DOES NOT SAY !   NOT a word about illegal immigration and what can or cannot be done about it.

A  proposal offered by Thomas Jefferson during the Constitutional convention of 1788 regarding immigration .. gives us a good idea of the purpose and intended meaning of the 9th and 10th Amendments.

“Alien friends are under the jurisdiction and protection of the laws of the state wherein they are; that no power over them has been delegated to the United States, nor prohibited to the individual states, distinct from their power over citizens; and it being true, as a general principle, and one of the amendments to the Constitution having also declared, that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the states, are reserved, to the states, respectively, or to the people,” the act of the Congress of the United States, passed the 22d day of June, 1798, entitled “An Act concerning Aliens,” which assumes power over alien friends not delegated by the Constitution, is not law, but is altogether void and of no force.”

The Tenth Amendment was designed to cover the subject of States Rights.   Jefferson and Madison were strongly opposed to the Federal Government passing laws regarding immigrants .. Look a the history of the Aliens and Sedition Acts sometime.  They thought that each State should have the right to determine immigration issues for themselves.  The Federal Government they argued ONLY had control of the process for such immigrants naturalization.  Nothing more.

States rights were definitely NOT determined or settled by the Civil War as some claim ..  only whether a State had the right of secession  or not.  If you think the issue was settled, study the 2000 cases filed yearly in the Federal courts regarding States Rights.  In order for the Constitution to work, it must be defended continually.  Otherwise, the Federal Government will do EXACTLY what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were afraid of .. take over completely and trample on individual freedom and the rights of the sovereign states to pass laws at the direction and will of its citizens.

One last thing .. the Constitution does REQUIRE the Federal Government to protect our borders against INVASION ..  In Arizona no less than 1000 illegal aliens  cross the border EVERY DAY, 365 days per year !  That’s qualifies in my mind as an invasion.

Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution

“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.”

Notice too that there is nothing here stopping Arizona from passing laws of its own to do the same.   That’s what they did.  To prohibit Arizona from protecting its citizens from drug cartels, gangs and others who are clearly thumbing their nose at both State and Federal laws is ridiculous.

I can’t stress enough that the folks we are talking about are ILLEGAL.  No state has the right to pass any law to restrict the movement or deprive the rights of LEGAL aliens.  ILLEGAL no .. LEGAL yes.   That’s what the Arizona law says.

May 08 2010 | Politics and Uncategorized | No Comments »

How many different taxes do we pay anyhow ?

At the turn of the last century, America was a powerful nation, had ZERO national debt and its citizens enjoyed a level of prosperity unknown in the history of the world to that point.  Opportunity and freedom caused millions from all over the world to want to come to America .. most came legally, worked hard and contributed to the welfare of the country.

Since that time, Congress after Congress has passed legislation along with the necessary taxes to pay for the systematic destruction of the greatest nation on earth.

See if you recognize any of these taxes on the list below and ask yourself if you really believe that any of these will ever be eliminated or reduced ?   The truth is that ALL of them will be increased.  So, when President Obama says he’s NOT going to increase your taxes, either he lies, or is just the biggest damn fool ever to occupy the oval office.  I do NOT think he is a fool.  He thinks you and I are stupid and will not compile a list of all the NEW taxes his insane policies will force on us.

Remember too that NONE of these taxes existed in 1910.   Then ask yourself what the future holds.    What will the next 100 years bring ?

Federal and State Taxes

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge T ax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge=2 0Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Many of the State taxes we pay are as a result of Federal Mandates.  Property taxes for sure are affected by this intrusion by the Federal Government.

Oh .. one more thing.  Guess who REALLY pays these taxes .. THE MIDDLE CLASS !!  Don’t forget that Companies and rich people pass their taxes on in the form of price increases for goods and services.    Ask any business person .. some part of the price you pay for everything includes the taxes being paid to the Federal, State and Local governments.

May 02 2010 | Politics and Uncategorized | No Comments »