The 10th Amendment states, “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.” It seems obvious that its meaning is that anything not specified in the Constitution is reserved to either the states or citizens of this great nation. It is with great anxiety, however, that one can see this is clearly not the case.
Currently, it seems the scope of the federal government no longer has any boundaries. Issues that were state issues years ago are now entrapped under federal control. Social issues, such as abortion, marriage, drinking ages, gay marriage, etc., are now federal issues one way or another. Despite what the 10th Amendment says, and despite what over 200 years of precedent have established, every day you hear calls for the federal government—not the state government—to dictate social policy. Not only that, it seems more and more that states are forfeiting their own rights as an attempt by the politicians to relieve some of their own responsibilities. Even worse is when these policies are dictated from the bench of a courthouse (but that is another issue on abuse of powers).
Our federal system was established upon the belief of minority rights and the protection of it. Hence why the framers of the Constitution specifically stated not only the federal powers, but left everything not stated as the rights for the state and/or its citizens. This ensures that a national majority, in cases like social policy, does not overrule a statewide majority that happens to be a national minority. The federal government’s only purpose is to keep the union together and to defend it. It’s up to the states, not the feds, to decide how much control they want over the lives of their citizens.
On that note, health care is another topic that is being played with in the hands of the wrong level of government, the federal level. There is a reason why insurance is mostly regulated from the state level, as different areas have different needs. To find out more about the current system, the proposed system from Congress, and health care in general, I would like to invite all to the health care forum in Mother’s on Friday, October 9, at 8 pm. Bring questions.