Dear Federal Government: Go to Hell
by Michael Boldin
by Michael Boldin: Toys
in the Attic Strikes Again!
was based off a speech given at a freedom rally hosted by state
sovereignty advocate and Washington State Representative Matt
Shea on August 30, 2011.
I know has written a letter to the federal government. They've contacted
their representatives or senators at some point. They've emailed,
or faxed, or even called asking, demanding, or just plain begging
these politicians to do something or not.
I never have.
I believe that going to the federal government to fix problems created
by the federal government is not only an absurd idea, it just doesnít
those on the antiwar left got a "peace president" that has bombed
Libya and massively expanded the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Many of those same progressives vehemently opposed the Patriot Act
forced upon us by George Bush and the republicans. With the Democrats
in power, they got more of the same. Again.
For those on
the right, the so-called "conservative" George Bush and the republicans
in Congress gave us more federal control over education with their
No Child Left Behind Act. They also laid the groundwork for today's
national health care mandates with the largest expansion of federal
control over health care in decades Medicare Part D.
And for everyone,
we've got the TSA. Because no one, at least no one I know, likes
the fact that this particular agency violates the 4th amendment
of things like these, I've always thought it was pointless to write
the Feds telling them anything. Until now.
wrote a draft letter to my so-called representatives in Washington.
Before sending it off to them, I thought I'd share it with you here
to see if you have suggestions or if it meets your approval as is.
So here's what
I came up with:
Go to hell."
OUT OF THE
MAINSTREAM? NOT AT ALL
Tenth Amendment, state sovereignty or heaven forbid nullification
and you will immediately find
yourself branded as an extremist, a nut job, a radical and out
of the mainstream. They even created a supposedly nasty term for
those of us who would dare advance such nutty principles "Tenther."
the American majority is just plain nutty.
poll released last Friday tells us that "54 percent of
likely U.S. Voters believe that states should have the right to
opt out of federal programs they donít agree with." In other
words, more than half of Americans now embrace the constitutional
concept of state sovereignty.
than this small majority in support of such crazy ideas is the much
smaller minority of people opposed to them. Only 31 percent of those
polled disagreed and said states should not enjoy the ability to
that for a moment, because it is significant. Less than 1/3 of the
country opposes our base principle that each state can and should
have a unique approach to handling various political issues.
told us that such a system was not only a good idea, but also in
line with the constitution. They knew that one-size-fits-all solutions
would lead to pretty much what we have today. A crumbling economy,
liberty eroded, and continual violations of the rules given to government.
everywhere are beginning to recognize a simple truth what's right
for California is likely not right for Washington State. And what's
right for Idaho is likely not right for Alabama. And so on.
In fact, such
a decentralized system the system that the founders gave
us in the constitution is the only kind where people in a
huge country like ours, with widely varying political, economic,
and religious beliefs, can all live together under a big defense
umbrella. In peace.
famously told us that the real American revolution was not the war
for independence... he said
was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the
minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments
of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles,
opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real
Even more exciting
than this poll is the fact that states around the country are putting
this idea into practice.
In 1996, when
my home state of California
decided to opt out of federal drug laws by allowing marijuana
to be used for medical purposes, they were going it alone. But,
soon other states recognized not only their own ability, but the
possible benefit of opting out of this particular federal program.
Today, fifteen states are doing so, and they're increasingly getting
away with it.
A few years
ago, the ACLU championed state-level opposition to the 2005 REAL
ID Act, which required states to follow federal guidelines in issuing
driverís licenses. Since then, over half the states enacted legislation
against participation, and all had applied for or received extensions
by the 2008 deadline.
Here we are
six years later and itís still not fully implemented, because states
just wonít do it.
out" of federal programs (at the Tenth Amendment Center, we refer
to it as "nullification")
can be a pretty effective strategy. Far more effective than "voting
the bums out" or writing a letter to federal politicians, in my
RIGHTS: NOT JUST FOR LIBERALS
this growing states rights movement is not just exclusive to progressives
and the left. Conservatives have gotten on board with the idea in
recent years, and they are becoming more effective with it, too.
A recent Washington
tells us "All told, 17 states have enacted laws rejecting parts
of the Affordable Care Act." And, as tracked by the Tenth Amendment
Center, more than ten states have begun to consider the next step,
rejecting (read: nullifying) the entire Affordable Care Act, every
word of it.
Rasmussen, "support for states' rights goes even higher when
unfunded mandates enter the equation. Sixty-three percent (63%)
of voters think states should have the right to opt out of such
programs. Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree."
What does that
mean? Only one in five now believe that the states should have to
blindly comply with federal mandates, no matter what. This is certainly
good news, and something to build upon. We Tenthers are winning
the ideological battle amongst the people.
In the end,
it seems to me that Thomas Jefferson's ideas from the Principles
of '98 have gone mainstream, as they should. He was far more
eloquent than I when he wrote, "the several states comprising
the United States of America are not united on a principle of unlimited
submission to their general government."
But, the message
remains the same.
federal government. Go to hell! "
Maharrey, communications director for the Tenth
Amendment Center, contributed to this article.
Boldin [send him
mail] is the founder of the Tenth
© 2011 Tenth Amendment
Center. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly
granted, provided full credit is given.
Best of Michael Boldin