Federal encroachment on states’ rights is ultimately a 10th Amendment issue that Americans must address head-on.
NBC further claims that the Democrats’ improvement in the polls was due to the “six in 10 voters who disapprove of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,” President Joe Biden’s approval rising to the highest point since last October, and former President Donald Trump’s “favorability rating dropping to its lowest point in more than a year.”
NBC’s narrative/spin is that voters care more about abortion than inflation and bread-and-butter economic issues, Biden’s poll numbers are improving in the face of 8.3 percent inflation and his serial gaffes and other bungling, and Trump’s numbers are going down, despite his political endorsements sweeping the Republican primaries. Got it!
But digging into NBC’s poll tells a different story, as 68 percent of those polled believe that the United States is “headed on the wrong track” while just 27 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction. This is the list of the top reasons polled on why the country is on the wrong track (those that polled greater than 7 percent): economy/inflation, divided nation/political division, border control/illegal immigration, gas prices, crime/violence/killings, government overreach/corruption, and cost of living/food prices.
The policies of the Biden administration are responsible for everything on that list! And coming in at 5 percent were the following: women’s reproductive rights debate, Democrats, health care concerns, Trump, climate change policy, and energy independence.
Are we supposed to believe the Democrats have pulled even with the Republicans because of the Dobbs decision and Trump’s supposedly decreasing popularity when voters know full well who has been running the nation into the ground over the past 20 months? Please.
While many pundits are focused on economic issues as the big motivators for voters this year, woven through voter feedback in this NBC poll are their concerns about the overreach of the federal government and its weaponization in support of Democratic policy goals.
BackgroundEnumerated powers are the specific powers granted to Congress by the U.S. Constitution. These powers, as delineated in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, include those associated with declaring war, maintaining armed forces, regulating commerce, coining money, protecting intellectual property (patent and copyright laws), defining immigration and naturalization laws, developing uniform bankruptcy laws, and establishing a post office. As a sort of catchall, the Founding Fathers also included a statement at the end of Section 8—called the “elastic clause”—which authorized Congress to pass laws that were “necessary and proper” to carry out the enumerated powers listed in that section.
That political conflict came to a head during the Civil War, which was ultimately a conflict fought to curb the states’ rights claims of the South to preserve the powers of the federal government.
With the primacy of the federal government firmly established after the Civil War, the budding progressive movement eventually supplanted the federalists. It began to chip away at the 10th Amendment by urging the centralization of functions that had been heretofore delegated to the states. The progressives were interested in using the powers of the central government in Washington to improve the conditions of Americans (as they defined them), including social welfare, medicine, education, labor laws, regulation of monopolies, and more, by consolidating programs at the federal level.
A good example is abortion, about which the Constitution itself is silent. The original Roe v. Wade decision—pushed through by left-wing judicial advocates and political activists—and the subsequent federalization of abortion weren’t enumerated powers; for example, the federal government usurped states’ rights on the issue. The Dobbs decision rectified that error and returned the issue to the states where it rightfully belongs.
As a result, over the decades, there have been fewer and fewer legal challenges on the basis of the 10th Amendment because the federal government has become involved in virtually every aspect of American society. The Founding Fathers would doubtless be aghast—certainly those from the states’ rights faction!
Examples of Federal OverreachThe Biden administration—backed by progressive Democrats in Congress—has been centralizing and expanding the functions of the federal government at a pace unmatched even by the Obama administration. The Biden push has been to accumulate power in the executive branch at the expense of Congress, which has the responsibility for lawmaking.
Numerous Executive OrdersSeveral executive orders (EOs) are weaponizing federal agencies without the involvement of Congress. As of Sept. 25, Biden has signed 99 executive orders and 102 presidential memoranda. The actions mandated by the EOs have been as far-reaching as they are controversial: advancing racial equity (critical race theory), federal mask and vaccine mandates, cessation of oil and gas exploration, revision of immigration enforcement policies (open borders), green technology mandates, LGBT discrimination (endorsement of dysphoria), numerous COVID-19 directives (shifting sands), resettlement of immigrants (illegal aliens), multiple actions to push elements of the progressives’ Green New Deal, promoting access to abortion (in violation of the Dobbs decision), and more.
These EOs bypass Congress and the will of the people—was this intentional?
Changes to the Electoral Count ActDemocrats and several Republican in name only, or RINO, allies, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are pushing revisions to the 135-year-old Electoral Count Act to preclude what could/should have happened on Jan. 6, 2021—a vote by both Houses of Congress to send the 2020 electors back to the states for further deliberations and recertification.
The proposed changes would provide a federal and judicial role in certifying future presidential elections by preventing state legislators from undoing the election results in their states. The Constitution states that state legislatures are responsible for election laws and certifications. That’s the opposite of centralization!