We live in a nation that is run by federal bureaucrats. There is almost nothing we can do to stop them from interfering in our lives, other than through the courts. It is extremely expensive to do this.
Let me give you a recent example. The United States Supreme Court is hearing a case in which, if upheld by the Court, the Congress of the United States will be authorized to pass legislation that is inconsistent with the United States Constitution, as long as the legislation is an extension of the treaty power.
If the court upholds the case, Congress will be able to override limitations of the federal government that have been imposed by the 10th amendment. This is a 10th amendment case. Wikipedia describes it. The case is almost beyond belief. It has to do with a burned thumb. The case is Bond v. U.S..
The husband of Carol A. Bond of Lansdale, Pennsylvania impregnated Myrlinda Haynes. Mrs. Bond told Haynes, “I am going to make your life a living hell.” Federal postal inspectors videotaped Mrs. Bond stealing mail and putting poison in the muffler of Haynes’s car.Bond was indicted for stealing mail and for violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act of 1998. Her appeal argued that applying the chemical weapons treaty to her violated the Tenth Amendment. The Court of Appeals found Bond lacked standing to make a Tenth Amendment claim.
Can you imagine this? Here is a woman who is about to be put into prison for violating a treaty, which the U.S. government says overrides the 10th amendment, yet she had no legal standing in the case. This is Alice through the looking glass.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court found that Bond had standing to argue that a federal statute enforcing the Chemical Weapons Convention in this instance intruded on areas of police power reserved to the states. Justice Kennedy reasoned that actions exceeding the federal government’s enumerated powers undermine the sovereign interests of the states.
So, in 2011, the Supreme Court finally gave legal standing to citizens to challenge the U.S. government’s official nullification of the 10th amendment. This had not previously been determined. This took over 200 years!
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