What we're up againstSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Tue, 03/24/2009 - 08:55
My friend Bob Dwyer, a fellow patriot from here in Massachusetts sent this article to me. Bob is one of the hardest working Patriots in the area - he was an alternate delegate to the RNC last summer, and helped organize the Boston Tea Parties in Fanueil Hall in both 2007 & 2008.
The article is from the Boston Phoenix, which is one of those free weekly tabloid rags that every big city seems to have, read mostly by young people. In this town, that means students at some of the nation's most elite institutions: Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, to name a few. There are more than 200 colleges in the area. This will give you a good idea of the mindset we're up against:
Republicans all over the country find themselves backed into an ideological and political corner: their dogma has brought the country, and their party, to ruin. The candidate they called an evil, terrorist-loving, foreign-born socialist is in office and widely popular, while they and their beliefs are reduced to irrelevant minority status....
As Rush Limbaugh has made clear, their path lies in seeking the failure of President Barack Obama and the Democratically controlled Congress — in predicting, and seeking, the massive and catastrophic collapse of America. Only that result can prove them right....
McKinley is among hundreds of Republican lawmakers, all over the country, who are backing resolutions of "state sovereignty" — essentially empty gestures toward declaring the illegitimacy of the federal government. Of the many manifestations of conservative anti-government hostility, none is more striking than this sudden, nationwide movement: barely 50 days into Obama's administration, lawmakers in more than two dozen states have introduced these sovereignty declarations. Some appear headed for passage; others have prompted raucous demonstrations and public hearings.
Based on a thoroughly rejected reading of the 10th Amendment — which states 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" — the resolutions claim the federal government, in usurping powers and issuing mandates to the states, is in violation of the US Constitution. They call for Congress and the president to cease and desist in those (mostly unspecified) violations.
Read it so you can understand what they're thinking, and how best to diffuse their arguments.