You may have been aware of this before, I know I was only slightly aware of it. I knew that years ago the Federal Government, spurred on my those oh so helpful insurance lobbyists, forced us all to wear seatbelts and helmets. How they did this? If I remember correctly the Federal Gov essentially said you will make state laws to force your residents to do this (since we cannot, being that we are the Feds and the Constitution does not give us these powers) or we will not give you money for the interstate highway system. Do it, or else!
So anyway, I was moderately aware that this does happen, but I was not aware to the extent that the Federal Government has been threatening our state governments over the years. Everything from the speeds you can travel on roads, the seatbelts you wear, the sugar in ketchup(wtf?), the size of your toilets, the list just goes on and on. The Federal Gov has taken away our slight libteries here and there until today so much of our life is regulated by them indirectly, that it is quite startling to me.
Well, how do we stop it? How do we stop our insane over-powerful federal gov? It really is quite simple actually. You are probably thinking that we need to elect new people to office right? Nope, they will simply continue this.
The fastest and easiest way? Starve the government. If 2/3 of the states agree to call for a Constitutional Convention to discuss changes (or repel) the 16th amendment. I agree with others that say if this process was even STARTED the Federal Gov would be terrrified and changes would start. If the people in Washington knew the states meant business, they would start making changes to save their own asses and we would see some real “Change” in our capital.
A few states are even talking this. I heard that one Representative in Texas recently made a comment about leaving the Union if things continue. Now, don’t gasp in horror, it is our right set forth in our Declaration of Independence:
…That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…
So it is clearly within our historical rights that if we see the current government is wrong, we have the side of history that it is our right to alter or abolish it. Old dudes with funny hair said we could.
Anyway, back to the 16th amendant, this is the fabled income tax law. If the Federal Government was not able to generate its massive wealth by starving the working people of the US for thier insane social programs, the size and power of the Feds would slip and States would rise up with power. Think about it and it makes sense. You live in Florida, who should write the laws that affect you the most: those Feds up in Washinton (which includes silly people from Cali, Alaska, Texas, and those goons from Illinois) or people that are very much like you because they come from your home state, many live in areas just like you, have the same culture as you (sitting on the beach, eating fish, boating, speaking Cuban(thats a joke dumbass)). What if the ret of the non-fish eating Fed decided to put a massive tax on fish sold in resturants, one so bad it would kill the Florida economy? Oh well, you couldnt stop it, becuase it is a Federal law and the rest of the country thinks eat those water floppers is yuckie.
See my point?
Talk to your state officials, send them lots of emails. If they dare (gasp) to have a townhall meeting in your area (which they should be doing, how else are they supposed to know what the man on the street thinks?) get there and tell them what you think.
A thought just occured to me. Think about this for a moment. Have you, or anyone you know, ever spoken to their local elected official, and I don’t mean at a rally where they go around and shake hands and kiss babies. How do the local elected officials know what we are thinking???