If the author understood the meaning of the United States Constitution in general, along with the Ninth and Tenth Amendments in particular, he would have said something along the lines of “DOAH!” and stopped typing before his third paragraph. The States have ALWAYS held the lion’s share of the power, even to this very day, as clearly evidenced by the ever-growing number of them passing laws in support of “Constitutional Carry,” laws making it an imprisonable felony for federal officials to interfere in state affairs, and many similar reinforcements.
Given the fact that the number of armed citizens in your average state who are willing to be deputized should push come to shove exceeds the number of all federal military and law enforcement personnel combined, or the fact that for any given showdown at least ten additional states would coalition with their own aid to fight the fed — and would win, hands-down — I think it behooves both the federal government as well as the people of our union to seriously reconsider just who holds the actual power and authority in our Union of these United States of America.
I suggest you start with a fresh re-read of the United States Constitution, available from our Library of Congress, here: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html
Take it slow, perhaps one article per day. If you’re as bright as the average fifth grader, you should be done in a week, and if you’re still failing to understand the fact that We the People hold ALL the power and authority in the United States of America, you failed.
Don’t worry, though, as there are no bad grades for failure. Just slavery. So, give it another whirl, and this time, STUDY IT. Unless you actually LIKE slavery for some mind-bogglingly stupid reason.
And now, some quotes from those who actually WROTE our Constitution and its Amendments:
John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams is a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our second President.
John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court , “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”
George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation, ” Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”
Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
“A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” – Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774
“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever.” Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781