Power of the states vs. power of the federal government: who cares?

People who can wake up care.

by Jon Rappoport

March 2, 2017

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There are 50 countries in the US. They’re called states.

All right, that’s an exaggeration. They are states. But they could be countries.

If you don’t think so, consider the 2015 state budget of tiny Rhode Island: $8.9 billion. The 2016 budget for the nation of Somalia was $216 million.

The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States [government] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The 11th Amendment reads: “The Judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity, commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by Citizens of another State, or by Citizens or Subjects of any Foreign State.”

If you combine these two Amendments, you begin to see the considerable powers granted to the states.

Of course, now, relatively few people care about these powers. They should, but they don’t.

The Civil War over the issue of slavery convinced a majority of Americans that states’ power was a bad thing—and it had to be remedied when high moral principles and intolerable suffering were at stake.

This premise was, however, expanded to include almost any issue on which the federal government wanted to assert its supremacy.

Which is where we are now.

And the Congress has been more than happy to cement that assertion of overweening federal power, by passing budgets that hand over huge sums of money to the states—otherwise known as bribes for giving in and surrendering.

The states lost that war without a shot being fired.

There is another way so-called “Progressives” look at illegitimate and unconstitutional federal power: it is the wonderful solution to problems the states refuse to solve for themselves.

If a state or states can’t see the wisdom of regulating an industry that pollutes, the federal government must step in and take control. When it does, the control is hailed as a victory.

But is it? The solution, in the long run, can be worse than the problem. As time passes, the federal government exerts more and more power over the states—any one of which could rightfully claim it has the size and money to rank as a country.

America, more and more, becomes a single entity, ruled from above, at a great distance, by a gigantic vampiric bureaucracy. This is exactly the kind of centralization the Republic’s Founders tried to avoid.

Conventional wisdom asserts that the states will do great harm to their citizens, because the states are locally inept, corrupt, ignorant, and cruel, whereas the federal government is kinder, gentler, more humane, and wise. The states are more likely to be run by greedy businessmen, while the federal government can maintain greater distance and rule with equanimity and fairness.

This is largely propaganda, and now, in 2017, it is difficult to run tests of the conventional wisdom, because the federal government has taken such major blocks of states’ former powers into its own hands.

But here is an example of such a test: the US Department of Education, a federal agency. It employs a mere 4400 people, and it has a staggering annual budget of $68 billion.

What in the world are those 4400 people doing with that much tax money and money printed out of thin air?

Here is the defining statement from the Department’s website:

ED’s 4,400 employees and $68 billion budget are dedicated to: “Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds [throwing giant sums of money at the states while binding the states to all sorts of rules and conditions and guidelines and bribes.].”

“Collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research [surveillance, data mining, profiling, invasive pseudoscientific psychological screening].”

“Focusing national attention on key educational issues [propaganda, indoctrination, useless public relations, b.s.].”

“Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education [preempting the states’ ability to handle those issues themselves].”

The individual states could run and fund their own schools. Of course, they wouldn’t have the $68 billion each year to work with, but that would be their problem to solve.

The fact that it isn’t their problem now speaks to the federal policy of piling up insupportable budget debt to the sky and then pretending it doesn’t exist. “Here’s 68 billion dollars. No problem. We’ll print more when we need it.”

So the test would be: eliminate the US Department of Education.

Turn back the full responsibility for education to the states.

Perhaps then, the states would realize how insane their own governments are, because those governments, too, are running on the fumes of unpayable debt.

A rude awakening for all concerned, at every level? Most certainly. But the degree of overarching federal power would shrink a bit.

And in the long run, that is a good thing. An important thing.

And the next step would be individual communities within the states taking back control of their own schools. And many more parents homeschooling their own children.

The whole operation is called Decentralization.

And it starts at the top, where the biggest power grab of all occurred. Where the Constitution was stepped on, twisted, co-opted, ensnared, burned, scrapped, defamed, ignored, and ridiculed.

Think about this. How many schools in America, all of which receive gobs of federal money, actually teach the Constitution in a serious way, article by article, amendment by amendment, day by day, through all grades, with increasing depth and sophistication?


As in: NONE.

Why should the schools teach the Constitution? After all, they’re sucking in money from a federal government that opposes the document and its essential separation of powers.

Coda: There are people who think what I’m proposing is beyond the pale. For example, what about the great civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s? It resulted in the passage of federal legislation that changed the landscape of America and canceled racism in many resistant states.

Yes, and it also resulted in Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, which was launched in 1966, and continues in one form or another to this day. Trillions of dollars have been poured into inner cities, and the conditions in those areas are far worse than in 1966.

How can that be? It can be, because along with the money came Dependence on the federal government. Lifelong dependence. Which was the actual motive behind the whole operation. It was no favor to the poor. It was a war on the poor. Honest programs aimed at developing self-sufficient businesses were cast aside and purposely rejected. Why? Because they could have worked. Because they would have lifted people up.

But instead, we now have equality. Equality of dependence. That was the federal ruse. That was the op.

What looks like federal intervention on behalf of the high moral ground turns into a long-term enduring disaster.

The solution to the problem turns out to be worse than the problem.

Why should we care about fake morality, devised to appear like a gift from the gods?

We should care about the self-sufficiency, power, imagination, and visions of many individuals. We should support the work that springs from those wells of deep energy.

The Constitution, in its own way, was an attempt to establish a platform from which those qualities could emerge.

It limited the force that could be applied from the highest controls of government.

Perverse criminals at every level rise and fall. But the Founding ideas and ideals remain. And so do the individuals who grasp them and live in freedom.

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56 comments on “Power of the states vs. power of the federal government: who cares?

  1. Chrissy says:

    I was around when Lyndon Johnson enacted the War on Poverty…us liberals, at that time, believed we were helping the poor, and many were African-American. The Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s failed. Failed the upright, hard working proud people of the time who struggled for equality, not dependency. But WOP was a ruse to re-enslave the ancestors of the slaves, this time with despair, dejection and dashed hopes. Removing their dignity, their integrity and their access to a Real education as all are, except the very rich. They were relegated to a lifetime of dependency, generation after generation, of lost youth, gangs, drugs, angry and unmotivated. The agenda is to repress us all, not lift us up. Controlling the narrative that the current liberals mindlessly follow disguised as good but really harm and control freedoms. Clever and evil.

    • KLA says:

      Well said. Thanks.

    • Eileen Kuch says:

      You’re absolutely right, Chrissy, and I couldn’t agree with you more. I, too, was around when LBJ enacted the War on Poverty. I graduated from a private Christian Academy in 1964, the year the War on Poverty was enacted. Many believed the poor were being helped, and many were African-American .. And, as you said, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s failed .. Failed the upright, hard working proud people of the time who struggled for equality, certainly not dependency. These struggling people’s dignity, integrity and access to a True education, as all are, except the very rich.
      What you posted here is so true, even now, with Common (actually, Commie) Core was enacted by Barack Obama, depriving students of the necessary education that would prepare them for the real world. Education – from pre-school to University – became indoctrination. No wonder the USA ranks last among developed nations.

    • Bruce says:

      Wow! Excellent assessment.

    • marguerite says:

      It’s very tempting to accept handouts when nothing is asked for in return. We reap what we sow. Before the WOP, Black families were mostly intact. We can’t say the same today.

  2. Josh says:

    This is the answer.

    It’s the answer politicians hate – or pretend to understand and support with one hand, then simultaneously pass bills that achieve the opposite with the other.

    They count on the superficiality and ignorance of the majority population that completely misunderstand the real structure of our Republic and the reasons it was set up that way.

    Unfortunately, Decentralization is not a sexy word. Maybe that’s another reason why people’s eyes glaze over when it comes up in conversation.

    ‘Localism’ seems to work a bit better lately. Because it’s easy to understand in opposition to Globalism.

  3. Greg C. says:

    Even turning Education over to the states would not be much help here in Idaho, where the school system is written into the constitution. We would just one less layer of bureaucracy. No, what we need is an emancipation proclamation, and a constitutional amendment, to free the students.

    Imagine: No one will be forcibly educated, no government attendance requirements or truancy laws. No teacher licensing permitted. Let’s see, how about “A self educated citizenry, being necessary to the preservation of liberty, the right of the people to teach and to learn in whatever manner they choose, shall not be infringed.”

    • Terri says:

      Greg, just because they wrote something into the state constitution, doesn’t make it valid. If it is not constitutionally compliant(federal, original constitution). There are many rulings which make this clear, and here are a few which can be used to challenge the state and to support any one’s standing that government mandated education is unlawful and null, void and without effect. If you study these actual “laws” you are referring to, that are usually administrative, and unconstitutional, you will find them to be tricky and misleading on purpose, to hide the fact they were written by and for criminals. Law can not be vague, it must be clear, or it has no standing. There is no need for any other laws to give people rights, the constitution was written to bind the government not give people rights. (see below) Your rights are inherent, not given to you. This is a very important distinction that people do not understand or practice. By asking the government to legislate and give you rights you already have, you are admitting you are not sovereign and they have jurisdiction and authority over you. Which makes you nothing but a ward of the state.

      I would re read what you claim the law says in Idaho, because when you break down these things and truly understand what they mean, what they claim it means and what it means are two different things.
      The original constitution says nothing about education, this is not mandated and the government has no lawful jurisdiction or authority over it. what is not stated is not included as far as enumerated powers.

      Marbury v. Madison : 5 US 137 (1803)
      “No provision of the Constitution is designed to be without effect,” “Anything that is in conflict is null and void of law”, “clearly, for a secondary law to come in conflict with the supreme Law was illogical, for certainly, the supreme Law would prevail over all other laws and certainly our forefathers had intended that the supreme Law would be the bases of all law and for any law to come in conflict would be null and void of law, in would bare no obligation to obey, it would purport to settle as if it had never existed, for unconstitutionality, would date for the enactment of such a law, not from the date so branded in an open court of law, no courts are bound to uphold it, and no Citizens are bound to obey it. It operates as a near nullity or a fiction of law.”
      If any statement, within any law, which is passed, is unconstitutional, the whole law is unconstitutional.”

      “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.” Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425, 442 (1886).

      People are supreme, not the state. Waring vs. the Mayor of Savannah, 60 Georgia at 93

      The people of the State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created. (Added Stats. 1953, c. 1588, p.3270, sec. 1.)

      The people are the recognized source of all authority, state or municipal, and to this authority it must come at last, whether immediately or by circuitous route. Barnes v. District of Columbia, 91 U.S. 540, 545 [23: 440, 441]. p 234.

      “the government is but an agency to the state,” — the state being the sovereign people. State v. Chase, 175 Minn, 259, 220 N.W. 951, 953.

      No state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it. Murdock v. Penn., 319 U.S. 105 (1943).

      If the state converts a liberty into a privilege, the citizen can engage in the right with impunity. Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 U.S. 262 (1969).).

      16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256: The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows: The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it’s enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it.

      An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it.

      The knowledge, applied legally and lawfully, cited above would throw out all fraudulent alphabet agencies, the federal reserve, and its collection agency the irs, and most “laws”, certainly all administrative, and change the civil and criminal court system for the better if the people demanded their Republic and were true to it.

      • Greg C. says:

        Thanks, Terri. I’m quite familiar with Mar. vs. Mad. and consequent principles. I would like to believe we live in a country where those principles were recognized by courts. Heck, even legal procedures are faked – many amendments to the U.S. constitution were not legally ratified. So we are aswim in fake law which is worse than fake news. With fake law, once it’s in the constitution, no court will question it, or consider appeals that question it. The legal system works against the people, so it is up to the people to remove fake laws, since the courts will not do their job.

        Idaho constitution has a whole Article on public schools, including Section 9, “COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOLS.” A child is not free to stop schooling before the age of 18 (yeah, right!) and be an apprentice in a trade, or spend a year hunting and fishing with grandpa. The only way, practically speaking, to free the students in Idaho would be to repeal Article 9 with a new amendment that
        declares children, under their parent’s agency, to be free and sovereign citizens, and declares that no law may compel children to do anything.

        • Rastafari says:

          the so-called “courts” do not follow the law. Lower courts don’t care, they say you can appeal if you disagree. Most people cannot appeal, besides, if you know what happens at court of appeals, you would never appeal. The freemasons control all courts. They work with and for their breddrin in the craft, and cannot go against one another.

          In theory, we have ample law to run the country. But the criminals who run the place don’t even follow their own “laws” (statutes). Until it is dismantled and people take responsibility for themselves, we are lost.

          • Greg C. says:

            Yep, the courts and the lawmakers are well-insulated from the people. The best option to change this is jury nullification. So easy! They need our participation, and for the most part, we give our assent when we blindly follow the judge’s orders. Trump needs to declare next month as Jury Nullification Month. Whoa! If he truly is a populist, he will do that.

          • Greg C. says:

            Right – there’s too much dependence on law to protect our freedom. There are many ways to live free in an unfree world, and we need to exploit them. It starts with choosing your own way of life rather than following the herd.

        • Terri says:

          This is why you have to demand an article 3 constitutionally compliant court and hold the judge to his oath or get him recused or removed from the bench, it takes some time but it can and has been done. This is why you hold these illegitimate people who claim they have jurisdiction and authority over you to their oath and then file a criminal complaint with the AG and write to everyone you can to point out their criminal actions. Then you remind them of the 14th amendment sections 3 and 4 which provide for their automatic removal for perjuring their oath. The sheriff is an important contact in this process as well. http://cspoa.org/
          (Constitutional Sheriffs and peace officers association)
          here is a partial description of their website.
          The Sheriff is identified as the CLEO, or CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, of his/her county. As an elected official he/she is the ultimate protector of the people providing a check and balance locally for any state or federal agency that may infringe the constitutional rights of the people.

          As every sheriff takes an oath of office we are of the opinion that they are constitutional sheriffs. We believe that these honorable men and women are ready and willing to serve to the best of their ability and we want to build a relationship with them and support them.

          The sheriff is a citizen first. Elected by citizens (the people). And answers ONLY TO THE PEOPLE.

          Our goal is to educate citizens and elected officials, from sheriffs to commissioners to judges on their Constitutional rights and responsibilities. With this knowledge we become empowered to walk in our in-a-LEIN-able right that have endowed upon us by our creator.

          Our movement is apolitical as a constitutional Sheriff not defined as Democrat, Republican or Libertarian. A constitutional Sheriff, in reference to their OATH, their citizenry, and the constitution is dedicated to UPHOLD – DEFEND – PROTECT – SERVE.

          If more people did this, this would not be an issue and our republic could be restored much quicker. It takes a lot of time,money, intelligence and commitment to do this. If a law is fake then its not a law, and they will not and can not disagree when you hold them lawfully responsible. The people in government are evil criminals and do not have good intentions nor are they ignorant of what they are doing.

          To get the state to repeal such a ridiculous amendment which is clearly unconstitutional would require more people willing to care. Unfortunately too many people prefer someone else raise their children and they get free daycare so they can go work at some meaningless job and gossip and waste their lives instead of being responsible and caring for their own children. Humans actually think its normal to give their kids to someone else for most of the day. Do people homeschool in Idaho? They could and should lead the movement to repeal this.There is a homeschooling defense fund but they use lawyers who are mostly just whores for the system and don’t work on change at the roots from a constitutional basis.

          This is the best way to assist Trump in draining the swamp and its past overdue for everyone to get involved.

          • Rastafari says:

            Nobody is elected by you and me.
            See these documentaries:
            Hacking Democracy, and
            Invisible Ballots.

            Are elections more false news? You decide.

          • marguerite says:

            I agree with you. We are in deep doo-doo.

          • Greg C. says:

            Terri, the homeschoolers in Idaho are doing fine, since they are “attending school” in their home. Even so, in order to by compliant, they often overlook more sensible options than filling up their teen years with studying and taking tests. So they are not really free from the system, because it still tells them what they must do to prepare for their future. Then once they are free from that, they have to prepare for retirement and illness, by government mandate.

            I agree we need sheriffs and we need to support them. But there is a limit to how much opposition to federal action a sheriff can exercise. This can be a good thing – what if a sheriff wants to protect illegal aliens in their county, looking to the federal courts for support?

          • Rich says:


            Kurt does a great job explaining how federal citizens can’t get to that “constitutional” ground because… well they’ve signed up through ignorance and contracts to opt out of the responsibility inherent to freedom.

          • marguerite says:

            That link is temporarily unavailable. I smell a rat.

          • Rich says:

            That should get you there. If I copied and pasted wrong just YouTube search “season of treason full”.

    • Donald S says:

      Sounds good to me Greg

  4. Charley Miller says:

    The premise of your article is 100% backwards. The federal government did not create nor Grant powers to the states. This is because the states created the United States. Read article 7 federal Constitution. It is an agreement between the states to create a federal United States to manage the powers of the Confederation. Read article 6 section 1 in context of article 7 for clarity on these statements.
    The Good People are the Sovereigns to all governments from top to bottom operating within the union of confederate states, a perpetuity , beginning 1783. Reference Article 1 of the Treaty of Peace of 1783 where in King George treats with others, the People of this country, The United States Of America, as Sovereigns to engage in a treaty. At the time of the treaty the only ones the king George could treat with were other Sovereigns. No King at that time of any country would or could enter or a treaty with his subjects which are personal chattel property. Treaties are always between parties of equal standing.
    I use the proper it only name of this country as found it the Article 1 Confederation, CAPITAL T . The union is perpetual inclusive of all actions taken subsequent.
    The federal government is now and never has been more than an L LC to manage powers of the states under very limited circumstances in particular international relations and commerce between the entities of the states themselves.
    The two controlling sections of the federal United States construct are the “thou shall not” clauses, The bill of rights and article 1 section 8. One grants powers of a limited nature and the other limits those powers.
    Nowhere in the grant of legislative power under article 1 are the people identified as subjects of government control. Nowhere in the legislative section of any state constitution are the people identified as subjects to state legislation. This is because the people are the grantors, the source and authority of all powers of government. If I do not hold the power to regulate my neighbor I could not of given it to a government I created.
    The fundamental miss-construction that has caused the confusion that we are all experiencing at the moment is defined by a single set of circumstances. The people granting authority to create government to protect her life liberties and properties FAILED to supervise their agents and hold them account and the letter of the law. Our Law, the “Thou Shall Not” mandates control otherwise SLAVERY through law or legal process is heaped upon the People!!
    The only good reason for government of any kind is to LEGALISE FORCE for the protection and benefit of the People creating governments.
    More to the point, no court of the United States can interpret the federal Constitution because they were never granted that authority in the law itself. The extent of powers of United States courts is very limited. When a court trespasses from its limits of jurisdiction into the jurisdiction of the people they are outlaws!
    When the Federal executive branch creates agencies to regulate the people they are trespassing from the limits of Federal executive power into the jurisdiction of the people.
    When the Congress legislates upon any subject other than the management of government they trust pass from the limits of their legislative power into the jurisdiction of the people.
    Read the contract between the people creating government starting with the Declaration of Independence, Confederation, original state constitutions, Northwest ordinance, and in particular the 1783 treaty of peace.
    Reading these as contracts,identify the parties to the contract, the subject matter of the contract, and what was created under the contract and your legal relationship with government becomes very simple clear and direct.
    Sadly very few Americans today will take the time to understand their true positions and legal capacities. The best that anyone seems to be able to do at the moment is muster the energy to bitch and complain about something that is their fault while they blame someone else.

    • arcadia11 says:

      what do you propose?

    • Rich says:

      Yeah, you rock! Thank you.

    • Rastafari says:

      Best summary of the problem (lack of enforcement by the people), history of the problem and the effects of the problem (slavery under tresspassers).

      Here’s the start of the solution:

      Read the contract between the people creating government starting with the Declaration of Independence, Confederation, original state constitutions, Northwest ordinance, and in particular the 1783 treaty of peace.
      Reading these as contracts,identify the parties to the contract, the subject matter of the contract, and what was created under the contract and your legal relationship with government becomes very simple clear and direct.

      Thank you Charley.

      That’s the best I’ve read in a long time. You nailed it. Good job.

    • Soapweed says:

      All one needs to do is sit down with a supply of Pendleton’s rye whisky and contrast the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution. WE WERE HAD. Not accidentally, but a coup. The Antifederalists never had a chance……………Hamilton, Adams and their ilk should have been whacked at birth. And their mothers………

  5. thedoctor says:

    With all due respect, the civil war had zero to do with slavery, and everything to do with money, debt and the very valuable port assets of the south. Lincoln was a tyrant, who caved to banking families as they all do.

    Chrissy is 100 percent right. The War on Poverty is a DECLARED war, one of only two we currently exist under – war on drugs is the other war. War, in the context of government, is not a euphemism (it’d be a horrible one) but a legal term that took power from the states entirely by giving the Feds the right to round up the enemy, poor people, by any and all means. The War on Drugs is the same entry to seize what is desired through the spoils of war process. Who has no due process, lost all “owned” property and is totally reliant on federal government for nearly everything – those poor people who are being warred upon until victor has been achieved.

  6. joanie says:

    I do not claim to be a “subject” to the CONstitution… though
    “all” power was given to congress, thus non are left for the individual states.
    Article I, Section I –
    “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

    “All” means all.

    • Rastafari says:

      “All legislative powers HEREIN GRANTED …” [emphasis added]

      This clause references the powers granted therein (within the document/contract). Herein granted are 2 words that you cannot ignore.

      That’s really just discussing the actual language you’re talking about.
      Not whether the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, etc., involve those other than the signatories to the Declaration. It looks like those founding fathers who signed, reserved the Constitution for themselves and their posterity. Not for us. I haven’t read the documents completely as cited by Charley above, so I don’t know about this.

      My question would be: what binds us regular people, not the posterity of those who entered into the contract (Declaration, Constition, Treaty, etc.) to the contract? How did we, those of us out on the land, in towns having business, on seashore fishing, or making things, why do we have standing within the framework of the Constitution? The supreme court says we don’t have standing.

      so … always more questions than answers.

      • marguerite says:

        From what I understand, the framers of the Constitution met in secret. So much for freedoms for the people. What freedoms? It’s pretend. I like to look at http://www.thetruthaboutthelaw.com for insights of the realities behind our constitution. But it sure sounds as if you and others are quite informed anyway and don’t have any wool pulled over your eyes 🙂

    • Terri says:

      All legislative powers is not all power. just legislative for the legislative branch joanie. We have three branches all with limited powers to balance each other out.
      Read what Jon said about the 10th amendment again. the power of the states is greater than that of the federal. the people are sovereign creators of the government and the government is only created to serve and protect the people.
      The people of the State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created. (Added Stats. 1953, c. 1588, p.3270, sec. 1.)
      The only con here is you.

  7. Terri says:

    Thanks for explaining this unfortunately not well known fact, Jon. Very limited delegated authority was given to the states and the federal, in that order, by the people, with the people retaining all power, being the creator. The federal government actually only has a few delegated powers, one of them being protect the borders. Ironic that all these commie-traitors are denouncing Trump for upholding the Constitution and their stupid sycophants cheer them on.

    Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution;
    “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.”

    Here is an article which discusses the 10th amendment and this issue, and also discusses the militia and its role as protector.

    Getting rid of the Dept of Education is a great idea, a good beginning, and its interesting Reagan spoke of doing so, but didn’t mention it again after the assassination attempt.

    I understand the conundrum we are in when we seek for Trump(the federal) to curtail the corruption in the states. The federal has no constitutional authority over the states. Our state reps are supposed to adhere only to their delegated authority, for example, to create a reasonable and balanced budget that is constitutionally compliant, not seek to fleece the people for more money by their racketeering schemes, such as traffic tickets.

    Another tidbit just in time for tax season. Income has been ruled and understood to mean profit. A man or woman’s labor is merely an equal exchange, not profit, therefore not income. Almost all Americans are not liable to be taxed if you read the code. They do it anyway, because the people are ignorant and do not know how to defend their inherent right to property.

    This country is in such a mess, all of these federal agencies, as well as the bloated military are all unconstitutional, all these useless pencil pushing federal and state employees, also unconstitutional. Welfare (for individuals as well as corporations) is another unconstitutional scheme. Here is a great article on what welfare has done to our country, and our demographics, and the truth about how much money is being given to immigrants, illegal and legal..

    If we removed all welfare, and corporate welfare is probably larger than individual programs, as well as torturing animals in government labs, this would significantly fix the budget, as well as make the playing field more level for small farmers who are raising animals and crops humanely, with love and care. If we demanded all these cafo’s and industrial businesses who have polluted and poisoned our air, ground and water, pay for this themselves, and then refuse to allow them to continue to do more damage, this would help everyone. Lets stop invading other countries and manipulating them, that would save a lot more money. The deep state and black ops which create an untold amount of debt and suffering, are other targets that would not exist, if the people understood and exercised their rights and responsibilities.

    How do we go back to a pure constitutional republic? Things should never have been allowed to get so out of hand. Don’t humans aspire to anything greater than a paycheck or a handout anymore? Why cant we help each other with our dreams and seek something higher? We could easily solve the epidemic of prescription and other drug use by helping each other fulfill our dreams and actually do something worthwhile we can feel good about. We can turn this ship around by getting involved.

    Home schooling our children should be a number one priority, and in doing so, we get the opportunity to learn what we should have been taught when we were younger. Prevention is far better and easier, and would eliminate the need for much of the schemes in place to keep the people as slaves. Everyone had a dream when they came into this world, the parents are supposed to lovingly support their children in following their dream, not crushing them, and throwing them to a corrupt society of zombies.

    Homeschooling should include civics, and taking our children to local town halls and other things and speaking out, writing letters and emails, and demanding that our states now follow Trump’s example. Its amazing how inspired we become and what we can accomplish when we hold our precious child’s hand. The declaration, federalist papers, Constitution and other documents should be read and discussed in everyone’s home and community. Accountability comes with responsibility, and only then can we truly be free.

    For more info, look up Joe Bannister, Devvy Kidd, Sherry Jackson and others.

    I have posted before the answer to a real currency, and I will do it again. This would remove all tyranny and war, as well as debt and empower the people to live their dreams. There is no need for debt. Who is ready to begin the process to restore our Republic?

  8. Eric says:

    Is it supposed to be lowercase “united” States of America instead of uppercase “United” States of America?

    • Eduardo the Magnificent says:

      Depends. The States are the countries, and they are united for some very specific purposes. So in general, it’s supposed to be united States, as in States united. When referring to the federal government, then it is usually spelled United States. Since the federal government has now dwarfed the States, we see US more than uS. This was not so 150 years ago.

    • Terri says:

      yes Eric its supposed to be lower case u. for the confederation of the many states of the union. All caps reference the the corporation, which is not our true Republic.

  9. John says:

    What is the progressives greatest fear and nightmare? Accountability. Tell me one “progressive” liberal idea and solution which doesn’t create more problems. Tell me when in the last sixty years have the progressives been able to advance their agenda at the ballot box with a consent of the majority of the citizenry. When have they ever been held accountable by the media for their failed ideology.

    It never happens, in order for their ideology to advance they have always relied upon unelected activist judges, a biased left wing MSM, a federal liberal indoctrination educational system and a bloated federal overvreaching government which operates under zero accountability.

    These so called progressives have lost almost 2/3 of the state legislatures and governorships. The electoral map was a sea of red. They can not see that their vision for this country has been soundly rejected by the working class stiff who has common sense. Federalism is what the US Constitution was all about. Time to return the power back to the individual states and the people.

  10. John says:

    They now indoctrinate young minds and tell them to read EPA manuals in school. Didn’t you hear, the US Constitution is obsolete, written by a bunch of white racist slave holders. I am sure the last president would agree with my above assessment.

    Why teach young people about freedom and liberty when you can indoctrinate their minds with liberal fairytales. Common core, what a such bunch of vile liberal BS used to destroy young minds.

  11. marblenecltr says:

    We have gone a long way, and not for the better, when we lost our control of what our children were taught by teachers paid with our money to take the responsibility of the implementation of our desired curriculum. Common Core, lack of knowledge of our history and constitution, teachers telling parents how to raise their children in matters that should be of no concern to the instructors, anyone want to add to the list? I write this with reluctance for more than one reason I will merely relate that I have great respect for the many teachers who do their best to instruct their students when confined by limits and ordered by regulations to follow orders given by forces far off aiming for submissive subjects of Globalist control.

  12. classichdcycles says:

    […] although this was a toe in the well of deep corruption causing a mere glimpse into the issue, it is a beginning, thank you for the honest insightful opening. You Jon have been waiting to expose this when the time was right and that wisdom is set to pay off, your trickle in approach as with the vaccinations and medical corruption/deceit of recent days have built scaffolds for the individual mind to step off the collective mind bomb. People respect you and you have given us reason to, now with the timing as it is and the deep state busy in its own “karmic” throws you open this door […]

  13. UZA - a peoples' court of conscience says:

    Thank you, Jon; one of the few sane among the many; and, we care;
    True Republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural and imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate.” Marquis De Lafayette

  14. toejamicus says:

    Around 1938 the 150th birthday of the United States of America was commemorated with a little book Called the Story of the Constitution. A commission of Senators and Congressman and Constitutional scholars presented the Book to FDR and the American people. In the Question and Answer section at the end of the book there was this Question: “Where in the Constitution is there mention of education. Answer: There is none, Education is reserved strictly to the States.” Good old President Jimmy Carter only 40 years later created the Department of Education and the rest is history. America, once at the top in educational world ranking, now can hardly make #20.
    For an in depth study of State vs Washington DC. or *the Federal Zone” enter this website. http://www.supremelaw.org/

  15. Bob Klinck says:

    I have difficulty understanding how allowing a monopolistic system to create a society’s licenses to act (i.e., money in the form of financial credit) can be compatible with personal freedom. Centralized planning and private initiative are antithetical.

  16. Jim says:

    “All right, that’s an exaggeration. They are states. But they could be countries.”
    I beg to differ. Let’s look at something you see on local news from time to time…Extradition. Extradition is the lawful process of retrieving a criminal from the country where he is hiding back to the country where he committed the crime for trial. If someone, say, robs a bank in Michigan then runs to Texas Michigan will apply to Texas to “extradite” him. This is the very same process you see with Snowden and Assange. But wait a minute! If this is all one country, United States, why is extradition needed? Michigan could just go to Texas and grab the gent like they would in a different county within Michigan.
    Michigan IS a country. Texas IS a country.
    Now we must ask, “How did the UNITED STATES, INC. get such sweeping power over the 50 countries(states)?” Hint: It has already been mentioned in these posts. Would anyone like another hint?

  17. Tommy Tunes says:

    President Trump needs a New Foreign Policy Strategy in the Currency Wars thats causing so much destabilization both economically and security worldwide . We need to find ways to negotiate a position for the Dollar in the Pricing of Oil rather than continuing to destabilize the middle east to keep control of the oil . Here is some Info on the way this is going and finding peace seems to be in settling for a basket of currencies that would include the dollar , This tells the story clearly about why our soldiers are getting blown up and killed , and this is why we did the Nuclear deal with Iran , trying to keep Iran from siding fully with Russia and cutting the Petro Dollar out of the Pricing of the Oil , An Iran-Iraq-Syria pipeline is unacceptable in the Beltway not only because US vassals lose, but most of all because in currency war terms it would bypass the petrodollar. Iranian gas from South Pars would be traded in an alternative basket of currencies. http://www.intifada-palestine.com/2015/12/blood-for-oil-syria-is-the-ultimate-pipelinestan-war/

    The Petro Dollar perpetrators AKA the Federal Reserve want to control the Pipeline through the region , not letting the Islamic Pipeline go through , and if you notice the timeline when the Contract for the pipeline between Syria , Iraq , Iran , http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Industry/2011/07/25/Islamic-pipeline-seeks-Euro-gas-markets/UPI-13971311588240/ , and once that was done the Federal Reserve had Obama start the Arab Spring , to destabilize the alliance that was going to open the door to a Big change in who priced the Oil , and the Petro Dollar Federal Reserve wasn’t going to let that happen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria

    This is a US Foreign Policy that is Totally Out of Control !!!!!!!

  18. Bruce says:

    Thank you Mr. Rappoport. De-centralization and local, local, local provides the foundation for honest, accountable self governance. Top down, centrally controlled forms of government are loved by the Oligarchs due to ease of control. Control the dictator and you control everything. Clean and neat. The best form of government is probably a beneficent monarch if there could be such a thing. In practice, however, monarchs are identical to any other totalitarian dictator and are easily bribed, indebted, cajoled or threatened into central banking compliance as the Rothschild Cartel has consistently demonstrated. The borrower is enslaved to the lender. Our Republic has been the best defense against totalitarian control yet devised, but has as its weakness the fact that it is itself a form of elected and appointed Oligarchy. As the Founders warned, a republic can only function when self governed by a moral people having the courage to stand for integrity. To the extent we the people refuse honor and integrity our politicians cater to their own greed and our republic fails, falling victim to Corporatocracy or Fascist control by dynastic families holding controlling interest in the banks and Fortune 500 companies who fund our politicians and provide positive press coverage – or not as the case may be.

  19. From Quebec says:

    Maybe if all governments were to follow the international Golden Rule,instead of all their crazy laws, this planet and all of its citizens would get a better life..

  20. classichdcycles says:

    I agree it is about taking back responsibility and getting away from reliance on Daddy .gov to handle everything and everyone stand back and say why did they do that and how is that allowed to happen? Has this avenue been misdirected with anything? I mean what is it that holds people back from taking personal responsibility? They pay taxes and number one can’t afford to contribute into the local street repair fund or the local sewage and well drilling operations or the traffic systems ad Infinum. So the ptb have waged financial war very well and kept the servants griping about what their tax dollars are going for instead taking responsibility and at a minimum letting the governance govern itself. So how do we get the money back into the communities hands? How do we lay groundwork or revive prebuilt foundations that were already at play when this .gov slipped into its power play? I’m serious, how to remind cities and neighborhoods and towns how they used to run, how they use to pay for the streets and bridges before big monopoly started giving out grants putting local politicians into “Dads” pocket.

  21. Larry says:

    “But here is an example of such a test: the US Department of Education, a federal agency. It employs a mere 4400 people, and it has a staggering annual budget of $68 billion.”

    I divided $68 billion by 4,400 and got $15, 454,545.4545 …..that’s per employee.

    What the hell?!?!?

  22. D Dina says:

    Mercy! Words mean things.

    They are NOT called ‘states’. They are called ‘States’.

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