The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution are also known as the bill of rights. These amendments were enacted in order to gain approval of the Constitution by certain colonies hesitant to grant such power to a central government, on the heels of throwing off the yoke of King George. They grant us individual liberties, and are the bedrock of our thinking and culture.
The U.S. Constitution is explicit in leaving everything not covered in the document to the power of the states, or to the people:
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.
Section 4. The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence.
That's right, the United States will protect each state against invasion.
We have seen evidence of the invasion on our TV screens. Evidence of the protesting of hundreds of thousands of illegals. Choose any number you like, we have heard of 11, 13, or even 20 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S. They have all entered here in violation of our laws, without regard for our borders and now threaten the sovereignty of the United States of America.
The United States of America seems not to have the political willpower to do anything about this invasion, except perhaps to throw up their collective hands and suddenly declare them as now legal and law-abiding citizens! Northern states, relatively unaffected by the swarm, sit like arm-chair quarterbacks and scoff at those Southern and Western states suffering under the crushing burden caused by the invasion.
May we all now pick and choose those Federal laws we care to abide by? The end of that is chaos and madness.
I believe this may very well be the most pivotal issue between the Federal and state governments, between individual states as well, since the War Between The States. There has not been one issue as close to breaking our union apart as illegal immigration, not since the civil rights issue of the 60's.
Illegal immigration has the power to escalate and perhaps we may see a disintegration of the union of our states. It has certainly pitted state against state, and breeds a strong resentment by individuals toward our strong central government.
It would be really interesting to see a state choose to enforce the current Federal law and crack down on illegals and the people who employ them. And then see how the Federal government reacts.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Posted by Red Bug at 3:58 PM