posted on Sep, 24 2011 @ 09:18 PM
The 10th Amendment
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
Sorry, guys, but I had to look this up!
This is the crucial amendment behind the smaller-federal-government argument.
Seems pretty clear to me, doesn't it?
Now, we can't say for sure that the states would do any better at running their areas than the Feds do, but there is a principle here that is really
darned important. Because the Federal Government (Central government) is just too big
to be interacting very much with individual citizens.
That's the most important principle in back of this amendment. It gives the individual a better power balance. If he gets into trouble with the
government, he only has to face his own state about it. Ideally, this pattern would continue on down so that the biggest group an individual would
have to face would be his neighborhood or his town. That's somewhat manageable. He could have some friends in that crowd. And that's the point. You
don't want individuals overwhelmed by the sheer power and elevation of what he has to face to get something done. Then maybe something worthwhile