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To: Evil Slayer

Amendment X
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.

This amendment sounds good on its face, but thanks to things like stretching the Interstate Commerce Clause to include anything our Congress wants it’s become meaningless. I’m generally not in favor of adding new amendments - but maybe we need one to restrict the Commerce Clause.


14 posted on 02/07/2009 3:53:26 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: R. Scott
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2178623/posts?page=100#70

20 posted on 02/07/2009 4:04:42 AM PST by EBH ( Directive 10-289)
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IMHO only the first ten had much meaning. The rest of them have been nothing but trouble. Again, IMHO.


22 posted on 02/07/2009 4:07:56 AM PST by wita
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To: R. Scott
I’m generally not in favor of adding new amendments - but maybe we need one to restrict the Commerce Clause.

Nope, we just need to beat the feds over the head with original intent:

This principle is, if possible, still more clear, when applied to commerce "among the several States." They either join each other, in which case they are separated by a mathematical line, or they are remote from each other, in which case other States lie between them. What is commerce "among" them; and how is it to be conducted? Can a trading expedition between two adjoining States, commence and terminate outside of each? And if the trading intercourse be between two States remote from each other, must it not commence in one, terminate in the other, and probably pass through a third? Commerce among the States must, of necessity, be commerce with the States.
Gibbons v. Ogden Chief Justice Marshall

Commerce among the several States means the ENTITIES of the States, or State governments. For instance; if Hawaii and Iowa wanted to trade pineapples for corn, the federal government would arbitrate the exchange to insure it was equitable.

30 posted on 02/07/2009 4:21:10 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am not a political, public, collective, corporate, administrative or legal entity)
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To: R. Scott

Congress can apparently stretch any statement to cover any cause they see fit. Maybe the problem is with the politicians? Maybe we should go back to the Citizen Civil Servant as first required? I don’t think that the office of any State or Federal Representative or Senator should be a paid position, nor should any politician get a lifetime pension for serving for as little as two years. After all, these bums work FOR us not against us as they appear to be doing currently with this non-stimulating pork roast of a bill.


34 posted on 02/07/2009 4:31:27 AM PST by junkman_106 (The ACLU can go have aerial intercourse with a revolving glazed pastry.)
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To: R. Scott

Years ago, someone at National Review proposed an amendment to the Constitution, reading: “The Ninth and Tenth Amendments to this Constitution are to be observed.”


35 posted on 02/07/2009 4:34:59 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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