Skip to comments.Tom McClintock Joins House Republicans to Launch New 10th Amendment Task Force
Posted on 05/16/2010 6:45:05 PM PDT by Bokababe
Representative Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay, CA) joined Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Tom Price (R-GA), Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and nine other Republican Members of Congress to officially launch the newly formed 10th Amendment Task Force, a project of the RSC. The Task Force will develop and promote proposals that aim to disperse power, decision-making, and money from Washington back to states, local governments, and individuals.
The Task Force was created in response to the concentration of power and the one-size-fits-all solutions from Washington. Representative McClintock made the following remarks at todays press conference:
I believe that it can be stated as a universal maxim that the failures of our government can be traced to a single cause: the abandonment of federalism.
The tenth Amendment was not written to protect states rights. Experience has shown that state governments can be just as abusive of their authority as any other government.
The tenth Amendment is rather about dividing governmental authority to limit the abuse of power that naturally occurs when it accumulates into too few hands.
The Founders knew that the ultimate check upon an abusive or dysfunctional government is the ability of people to walk away from it. By limiting the federal government to those enumerated powers that serve a truly national objective, our Constitution disperses the remaining powers among 50 states and a hundred fold more communities.
Those states that are governed unwisely naturally lose population and commerce and revenues to those that are governed well. It is a self-correcting mechanism.
In 1821, Jefferson warned that "When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
We have reached that point, and the time has come to restore the genius of the American founding by restoring those principles of federalism that are the foundation of our freedom and the natural ramparts that protect us against both folly and despotism.
I cant imagine more important work than that which this task force now sets out to do.
Ugh. Co-opting makes me gag.
This is a good development. Tom McClintock has great promise.
I gotta wonder if they really mean it.
McClintock is a good guy, though.
Wow... don’t hear much about the 10th Amendment from federal legislators much. This is good news, I hope it grows, I will try to keep up with this story.
Freedom Ping —10th Amendment!
Good, he may have to explain the 10th Amendment to most of the people in DC though. I don’t think they’re aware of the concept.
And land. The feds have no business owning huge swaths of land. Except for bases and office buildings, open land should be returned to the states. National forests, national parks, national monuments, national wilderness lands should all be handed back to the states where they are located along with the personnel who manage those lands, for thes states to do with as they deem fit.
BLM land, on the other hand, should be privatized, sold off to the citizens.
Isn't that the amendment that allows the federal government to tell the states what services to provide for it's residents, but not have to provide the funds to do it?
I don’t know much about the others on this committee, but this does not surprise me about my rep Tom Price. He is a SOLID conservative, and as a MD was very vocal against Obamacare - stood up to Obama at the summit, among other things. Like DeMint, I get emails and facebook messages daily from Price, letting us know all the atrocities going on and what they are doing to fight them.
There are a handful of “keepers” who are not RINOS. He is one of them.
(simpering sarcasm on) Oh, but don't you understand, the states are so broke now that they couldn't handle all of that land in their parks' systems! (Nevermind something I read the other day about how volunteers happy to help with parks' operations have been turned away and parks closed instead).
Turn things back to the people??? Why, something isn't really confirmed or validated until government gets involved! Without government, why ... it's nothing!
LOL, that’s the current Washington interpretation of it. I think they may have a bit of a “schooling” coming to them from SCOTUS. Do you suppose any of them will bother to read that old Bill of Rights before it goes to court?
God Bless you Tom, and your associates as well. We wish you, and all of us well in your venture.
They'll find all the justifications they need in the penumbras.
You’ve got that right. The feds have sucked up most of the land in Montana. They are grabbing more all of the time through one swindle or another.
The push for more wilderness areas and a dodge called “conservation easements” never stops. I wonder how many people here know about Agenda 21.
Ah yes, that’s the same place where they find the right to healthcare and the right to an education.
Support Tom McClintock in his efforts. He has been tirelessly working behind the scenes for years. He is acutely aware of California’s plight but if he sees this as more important then maybe he is on to something with going back to basic foundations.
In any case, and regardless of the motives, this will help to bring more attention to the predicament we find ourselves in and more importantly, how we got here. I LIKE it!
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Yeah...unfunded mandates. Like Death Care.
I believe that it can be stated as a universal maxim that the failures of our government can be traced to a single cause: the abandonment of federalism.”
yep, I would say that accounts for a significant portion.
I was thinking the same thing when I saw this one. How in the heck did I miss that at the time?
To tell you the truth I feel a little embarrassed about it. I try to keep up with these developments but it occurrs to me it's been a while since I did a web search for new stuff. Shame on me!
I also discovered they've set up a facebook page. JMHO, but I think Freeper Facebookers could add considerable numbers and share our considerable insights in support of their effort.
As much as I respect and voted for McClintock, he is wrong above. The 9th and 10th Amendments were specfically added to the Constitution to secure States' Rights! . There is no way to spin or parse or distort those Amendments.
Yes, State govs can be "abusive", but not so much as Fedgov which no one can avoid. You can always move to another State if you don't like their laws. I'm surprised about his interpretation of the 10th Amendment.
The tenth Amendment is rather about dividing governmental authority to limit the abuse of power that naturally occurs when it accumulates into too few hands."
Sorta, kinda got the right idea, but no: It's about limiting Federal abuse that "naturally occurs when it accumulates into too few hands"...not State authority. That's a whole other legislative, executive, judicial matter that is more locally controlled by the People.
Does no one ever read the Founding Fathers' debates, periodicals, correspondence, diaries, et al any more that shows their INTENT? Even this guy has got it wrong.
I concur on Price. He’s a class act.
Have you gotten in on any of his telephone town hall meetings? They’re good stuff as well.
>>Here’s a novel idea. Instead of increasing legislation, why not abolish those program and agencies that do not comply with the enumerated powers in Article 1 Section 8 thereby reducing the size and scope of government?<<
Great idea. Goodbye to Departments of Education, Energy, HHS, and an untold number of obsolete programs. Unfortunately, IRS is protected by Constitutional Amendment.
I’d go one step further. Limit Reps and Senators to three staffers only - one in Washington, one at home and a floater. Then sell off the excess office buildings to the public. Excluded from the sale are ALL politicians and their families, their staffs, lobbyists and anyone with ties to the federal and state governments.
That’s a good START.
>>The IRS began in 1862 before the 16th Amendment was enacted in 1913. That amendment pertains only to taxing income. The Fair Tax Act(HR25/S296) will replace all federal income taxes and abolish the IRS. There is also concurrent legislation(House Joint Resolution 16) that begins the process of repealing the 16th Amendment.<<
Thanks for the correction. Just another example of treasonous actions on the part of the Yankee government and America’s first dictator.
B U M P
“If the Left obeyed the 10th Commandment, maybe they would learn to obey the 10th Amendment. “
favorite quote of mine.
Here's a novel idea. Instead of increasing legislation, why not abolish those program and agencies that do not comply with the enumerated powers in Article 1 Section 8 thereby reducing the size and scope of government?
Indeed! Precisely what needs to be done.
Indeed. He is one of the few people I respect in DC.
(And if you're ever in Central California visit his family's restaurant McClintock's. They have wonderful Buffalo Burgers and steaks).
GOP TOM GO BTT
Tom McClintock is one of the few remaining good things about CA!
FYI Californians: Tom endorses Steve Poizner.
No, he is correct. The delegation of authority is from the People, through their elected representatives in a Constitutional Convention, not the States. The People are the master, the state and federal government are the servants. The only power they have is what the People have given them through their written constitutions. In America, and this is an important difference from Europe, individuals retain power that they have not delegated. They kept back individual liberties from government over which authority was not delegated. The exercise therof was subject to the Maxim “sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas” - each one must so use his own as not to injure his neighbor. (Equality of rights before the law.)
In France, the individual surrendered all his individual natural power in exchange for what was considered to be superior enumerated civil rights which were subject to the communal good.
Tom McClintock is more than a promise. He delivers.
I wonder what that would mean for a place like Yellowstone, which is shared by Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. I suppose the three state legisl00tures could hammer out an agreement, subject to approval by Congress per the Constitution, of course.
I hope that this task force studies the ramifications of repealing the 17th Amendment, as long as they are all about dispersal of power back to the states and the people. Repeal would return us to a federal Senate, but could also give us more Democrat Senators.
Having read some of the Founders' thoughts and other writers that followed, it appears to me the idea was that The States themselves would be jealous guardians of their retained powers, thereby keeping the feral government in check.
I think we would all agree, something went awry.