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What If the Tea Party Wins?
center for american progress ^ | 09-16-2011 | staff

Posted on 09/17/2011 3:04:40 PM PDT by bronxville

What If the Tea Party Wins?

They Have a Plan for the Constitution, and It Isn’t Pretty

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In the Tea Party’s America, families must mortgage their home to pay for their mother’s end-of-life care. Higher education is a luxury reserved almost exclusively to the very rich. Rotten meat ships to supermarkets nationwide without a national agency to inspect it. Fathers compete with their adolescent children for sub-minimum wage jobs. And our national leaders are utterly powerless to do a thing.

At least, that’s what would happen if the Tea Party succeeds in its effort to reimagine the Constitution as an antigovernment manifesto. While the House of Representatives pushes Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan to phase out Medicare, numerous members of Congress, a least one Supreme Court justice, and the governor of America’s second-largest state now proudly declare that most of the progress of the last century violates the Constitution.

It is difficult to count how many essential laws would simply cease to exist if the Tea Party won its battle to reshape our founding document, but a short list includes:

Social Security and Medicare Medicaid, children's health insurance, and other health care programs All federal education programs All federal antipoverty programs Federal disaster relief Federal food safety inspections and other food safety programs Child labor laws, the minimum wage, overtime, and other labor protections Federal civil rights laws Indeed, as this paper explains, many state lawmakers even embrace a discredited constitutional doctrine that threatens the union itself.

What’s at stake The Tea Party imagines a constitution focused entirely upon the Tenth Amendment, which provides that “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”—which is why their narrow vision of the nation’s power is often referred to as “tentherism.” In layman’s terms, the Tenth Amendment is simply a reminder that the Constitution contains an itemized list of federal powers—such as the power to regulate interstate commerce or establish post offices or make war on foreign nations—and anything not contained in that list is beyond Congress’s authority.

The Tea Party, however, believes these powers must be read too narrowly to permit much of the progress of the last century. This issue brief examines just some of the essential programs that leading Tea Partiers would declare unconstitutional....

I'm not but there's more here if you're interested: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/09/tea_party_constitution.html


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: 10thamendment; conservatives; constitution; demagoguery; entitlements; foodinspections; medicare; paulryan; perry; progressives; rottenmeat; teaparty; tentherism Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: bronxville

Just an FYI.


2 posted on 09/17/2011 3:06:35 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: bronxville

The only plan I have for the Constitution is obey it!


3 posted on 09/17/2011 3:10:44 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: bronxville
Rotten meat ships to supermarkets nationwide without a national agency to inspect it.

LOL.
4 posted on 09/17/2011 3:12:44 PM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: bronxville

Who ever wrote this is effin nutz.

Why do we have to deal with those idiots?


5 posted on 09/17/2011 3:13:18 PM PDT by Adder (Say NO to the O in 2 oh 12)
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To: nhwingut

Where did you find that...rotflmao


6 posted on 09/17/2011 3:15:14 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: bronxville
Where did you find that...rotflmao

Very first paragraph.
7 posted on 09/17/2011 3:16:55 PM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: nhwingut

I should have read it before I passed it. :)


8 posted on 09/17/2011 3:17:43 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: bronxville

****In the Tea Party’s America, families must mortgage their home to pay for their mother’s end-of-life care.****

We have just learned that this man obviously hates his mother.


9 posted on 09/17/2011 3:19:50 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: bronxville

Get used to it. This is a preview. They have nothing to run on.

The Tea Party will have you eat rotten meat and sour milk and moldy cheese. LOL!


10 posted on 09/17/2011 3:20:15 PM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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Wow. I thought the Tea Party stood for “Taxed Enough Already”.

I had no idea it was the movement to promote low wages and rotten meat for everyone.


11 posted on 09/17/2011 3:24:27 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: bronxville

Please stop bypassing copyright restrictions imposed upon Free Republic. Today we had to remove the Associated Press photo you posted in the first response.

Our previous notes to you requesting that you please follow Free Republic’s copyright rules:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2687118/posts?page=2#2
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2731800/posts?page=22#22

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1111944/posts

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12 posted on 09/17/2011 3:36:55 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: nhwingut

Common wing nut, EVERYONE knows that selling rotten meat to people is the best way to make a profit and keep customers...Maybe THAT’S why you aren’t a filthy rich millionaire, you aren’t thinking outside the box :-)


13 posted on 09/17/2011 3:40:09 PM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: bronxville

haha

this is hilarious.


14 posted on 09/17/2011 3:40:37 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: bronxville
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Dude!

15 posted on 09/17/2011 3:41:26 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: bronxville

Center for American Progress is all I need to know. This is nothing more than fear-mongering propaganda from a George Soros front group.


16 posted on 09/17/2011 3:49:58 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Progressives spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: bronxville

Of course I want my granddaughter to eat rotton meat. I usually try to keep the good stuff for myself.

If she wants better, she can get her little butt out there and get a job and pay for it.

Little slacker just turned 3 and she still thinks life is all fun and games.

jeesh.


17 posted on 09/17/2011 3:53:22 PM PDT by digger48
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To: bronxville
families must mortgage their home to pay for their mother’s end-of-life care

It IS so much nicer to have anonymous strangers who live 2000 miles away pay for Mom.

ML/NJ

18 posted on 09/17/2011 3:53:48 PM PDT by ml/nj
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from the article:
The Constitution gives Congress the power “to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States,” thus empowering the federal government to levy taxes and leverage these revenues for programs such as Social Security and Medicare. A disturbingly large number of elected officials, however, insist that these words don’t actually mean what they say
Actually, the man who wrote those words into the constitution, Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist #41 said that those particular words were an introduction to the specific enumerated powers and did not convey any powers in addition to the specific enumerated powers that followed. Here's Madison's words on the subject:
From Federalist #41:
It has been urged and echoed, that the power "to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States," amounts to an unlimited commission to exercise every power which may be alleged to be necessary for the common defense or general welfare. No stronger proof could be given of the distress under which these writers labor for objections, than their stooping to such a misconstruction. Had no other enumeration or definition of the powers of the Congress been found in the Constitution, than the general expressions just cited, the authors of the objection might have had some color for it; though it would have been difficult to find a reason for so awkward a form of describing an authority to legislate in all possible cases. A power to destroy the freedom of the press, the trial by jury, or even to regulate the course of descents, or the forms of conveyances, must be very singularly expressed by the terms "to raise money for the general welfare. "But what color can the objection have, when a specification of the objects alluded to by these general terms immediately follows, and is not even separated by a longer pause than a semicolon? If the different parts of the same instrument ought to be so expounded, as to give meaning to every part which will bear it, shall one part of the same sentence be excluded altogether from a share in the meaning; and shall the more doubtful and indefinite terms be retained in their full extent, and the clear and precise expressions be denied any signification whatsoever? For what purpose could the enumeration of particular powers be inserted, if these and all others were meant to be included in the preceding general power? Nothing is more natural nor common than first to use a general phrase, and then to explain and qualify it by a recital of particulars. But the idea of an enumeration of particulars which neither explain nor qualify the general meaning, and can have no other effect than to confound and mislead, is an absurdity, which, as we are reduced to the dilemma of charging either on the authors of the objection or on the authors of the Constitution, we must take the liberty of supposing, had not its origin with the latter.
Unfortunately, the courts have ruled on a different constitution when they accept the "general welfare clause" argument. Court decisions which allow that as a more general power always place a period after the introductory clause, after the words "throughout the United States;" By placing a period there (where the founders used a semicolon), the courts have treated that as a very general and basically unlimited power.

We will be free from these usurpations only when the Supreme Court goes back to the original document and rediscovers the semicolon at the end of that prhase, and removes the period they have substituted to justify their "progressive agenda."


We the People...Happy Constitution Day, September 17, 2011 Happy Constitution day, September 17, 2011.

       — cc2k

19 posted on 09/17/2011 4:00:13 PM PDT by cc2k ( If having an "R" makes you conservative, does walking into a barn make you a horse's (_*_)?)
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To: sodpoodle

****In the Tea Party’s America, families must mortgage their home to pay for their mother’s end-of-life care.****

Now, now, we all know it is easier to make grandma take a pill and pass on as she is no longer a productive member of the “Federal Family” (I believe that is buried in Obamacare bill)


20 posted on 09/17/2011 4:01:55 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: nhwingut

I laughed, also. How mant cases of death by food posioning still happen, even though we have a Fed agency designed to stop it?

Not to mention the fact that there is a movement on the left to “regulate” Farmer’s markets. It was started a couple of yrs ago by a congresswoman who is married to a board member of Mosanto, who worried that if we grow our own food, the pesticide and fertilizer industry would go belly up.

I would LOVE to have the space to grow my own food and milk my own cow. I live in the suburbs now, which is for work and not how I was raised. That is where I want to go back to when I retire. I grew up, helping raise our own food. If the “Urban” libs can’t do it, I’ll sell them my excess at the Farmer’s Market.


21 posted on 09/17/2011 4:11:22 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: AlaskaErik
At one time in my lifetime, I witnessed families taking care of their aged.

That is befoe flat screen TV's, BMW's, and you know the rest.

22 posted on 09/17/2011 4:11:55 PM PDT by oldtimer (uee)
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To: sodpoodle

In a NORMAL American household, you may have to make hard choices on how to take care of an elderly parent....Duh. Isn’t this what families have always done?
Not only does this man hate his Mother, he thinks we hate ours as well.


23 posted on 09/17/2011 4:14:59 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: cc2k

It’s the words “ the general welfare” that the left justify passing all of their laws designed to “protect” us with that has been scaring me for quite a few decades now.


24 posted on 09/17/2011 4:19:58 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: bronxville
Is the barf alert busy?


25 posted on 09/17/2011 4:23:48 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: Adder

The “Center for American Progress” is a front organization for George Soros. ‘nuff sed!


26 posted on 09/17/2011 4:26:50 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: bronxville

“In the Tea Party?s America, families must mortgage their home to pay for their mother?s end-of-life care.”

Well, who the f*** else is gonna pay for it?


27 posted on 09/17/2011 4:27:26 PM PDT by Jim Noble (To live peacefully with credit-based consumption and fiat money, men would have to be angels.)
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To: bronxville

I’m so glad I stopped smoking the crap this writer is smoking way back in college. It has apparently gotten much stronger and stranger.


28 posted on 09/17/2011 4:34:03 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: bronxville

Wow! Just Wow! It’s difficult to know what to say - they have found us out!

I was just outside hollowing out a small depression in the dirt under the porch where I can chain my Grandmother.

I plan to throw some food scraps out the window for her now and then.

I’m also planning to bring rotten raccoon meat to the farmers market to sell - but only to poor people. I sure hope it is rabid!

It’s really difficult to understand how STUPID or INTENTIONALLY IGNORANT the left can be. How completely disingenuous in the face of actual fact they can be!

Theyu are the personification of “the ends justifies the means”! They have NO LIMITATIONS! This is what we must understand!

They are truly an evil that must be eradicated - by shining the light of truth on them rather than by the lies, thuggery and outright violence they perpetuate. There IS evil in the world and it is progressivism.


29 posted on 09/17/2011 4:46:12 PM PDT by Castigar
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To: bronxville

Far too many people read this crap and believe it. You don’t think people are that dumb? Just remember Obama won in 2008 because of those very same people who buy into this crap.


30 posted on 09/17/2011 5:10:33 PM PDT by Graneros (The most fundamental purpose of government is defense, not empire. – Joseph Sobran)
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To: bronxville

Constitutional Government is a real bogeyman for the hogs at the trough!!!

Looking at who’s doing the squelin’ identifies the parasites.....


31 posted on 09/17/2011 5:18:56 PM PDT by mo
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

And the Department of Education, Department of Labor, Environmental Protection Agency, and Heatlh and Human Services will cease to exist.

WooHOO!! Can’t Wait.


32 posted on 09/17/2011 5:26:06 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Adder
This is how the left fights against those with whom they disagree.

They create from whole cloth deceitful worst-case scenarios and present them as de rigeur facts. This is how they fought Rep. Paul Ryan's budget suggestions, with a commercial where a guy who looks alot like Ryan pushed Granny off a cliff in her wheelchair.

Net effect? The GOP lost the seay that was up for grabs in a special New York election, because the liars (progressives) terrified the imbeciles (NY voters) with their lies.

It mattered not one whit that Ryan's plan did not affect those already on Medicaid. Nor did it matter that there were no actual "cuts" to the program, only "cuts" to the rate of porjected "growth" of the program, with offsets to be found in the waste, fraud and abuse in the system.

We must keep in mind that this is how venally and despicably these filth are willing to behave if necessary to hold onto the reins of power. Truth be told, this is actually rather tame compared to how far they will likely go.

Any good progressive will shrug and tell you, "Desperate times call for desperate measures."

There is a way to effectively combat this, and my friend on the TEA Party tribune will be doing an article on this shortly. It will be a seminal piece as it will contain a bulletproof roadmap for destroying the Lying Liberal Progressive Cabal once and for all.

I may even post it here if he asks me to nicely.

8^D

33 posted on 09/17/2011 5:32:59 PM PDT by Gargantua ("I'm only voting for Palin because I can't run for President..." (_8(|) Doh!!!)
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To: Gargantua

You know my father, bless him, is so proud of himself to have insurance out the yin yang to prevent my brother or I having to put up with the “burden” of his later years.

I told him families used to have 3 generations under the same roof and all involved weren’t any worse off for it. I’m firmly convinced that we’re much poorer as a nation not having multi-generational households and strong families that come with it.

Tell me, would you rather live poor/modest like the Waltons or rich as all get out like “The Real Housewives of....”

Oh and I’m not a geezer, I am an MTV generation conservative.


34 posted on 09/17/2011 5:48:55 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: nhwingut

I am so damn stupid I would eat rotten meat, were it not for the govt. meat gestapo, lol!


35 posted on 09/17/2011 8:21:43 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: bronxville

More liberal drivel courtesy of George Soros and his little band of merry men who wants to run our lives. Post this nonsense somewhere else.


36 posted on 09/17/2011 9:26:15 PM PDT by Grey Eagle
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To: bronxville
The libtards are worried that Obamacare may lead the Supreme Court to change its mind about the Commerce Clause and the Tenth Amendment, potentially unraveling eight decades of social progress. Read what leading 'tard Jeffrey Toobin recently wrote about the Court's hidden intellectual leader.
37 posted on 09/17/2011 9:40:26 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: All
It's hard to know where to begin.

Rotten meat can't be inspected by states or locals? I find that odd since we have county "Departments of Environmental Health," we have a "Retail Food Code" in CA, we have "Registered Environmental Health Specialists" doing inspections to make sure state and local laws are adhered too. Do they really think food-related inspections are all handled by the FDA? Wow. They're morons.

Mortgage a home to care for grandma? Actually that's something people are pressured to do now by the unscrupulous "progressive" "social safety net." When I was growing up, I helped take care of my grandmother in her last years just as she'd taken care of me in my earliest years. Like my mother before me, I was a parental caregiver as well. This is what responsible people do. It's what families do.

It wasn't all on me, of course. Born into poverty and orphaned by 13, my father was not well educated. However, through hard work and initiative, my father ensured he and my mother had health coverage, retirement income, insurance and so on. He tasked himself to be the prime bread winner while she managed the finances and, when children came, she left work to focus on child rearing. Through complementary tension, they handled their roles very well. It's how successful families function. When local public schools were a clear failure, they sacrificed niceties like vacations and vast wardrobes to put us through private schools.

We've always donated to charities to help those in need and do so quietly, without fanfare. I've volunteered because I was moved to do so, not because of some government edict or diploma requirement. Our neighbors helped us and we helped them. This is what I see as conservative's America.

Dependence upon the federal government is akin to slavery. Self-styled "progressives" want this nation to be a giant plantation. Real individual liberty is stolen while base behaviors are not only treated permissively but rewarded. The family unit is undermined in favor of collectivism and state dependence. Parents are undermined by direct relationships between government bureaucrats and children.

Public education and the "progressive" programs train us not to think of our selves in relation to one another in family and community, not to think of our own can-do initiative but to think of ourselves as wards of the state in need of coddling by our self-appointed betters.

As an aside, I want to reject the idea of "giving back to the community." That thinking presupposes you have a debt to pay to the collective whole and, by extension, the state. Progressives would like us all to think that way because debt is subjugating, more like serfs than freedmen.

38 posted on 09/17/2011 11:03:28 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: Admin Moderator

My apologies.


39 posted on 09/17/2011 11:05:22 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: newzjunkey

Well said.


40 posted on 09/17/2011 11:07:10 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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