Save the Constitution
What You Can Do to Save the Constitution
Assuming that you'd like to see the United States federal government adhere to the Constitution, here are some things you can do.
- Read the Constitution and become familiar with it and the limited powers it conveys to the federal government.
- Challenge politicians when they overstep the Constitution's bounds: "Congressman, where in the Constitution is congress empowered to legislate in this area?".
- If you know of a particularly egregious example of the federal government trampling on the rights of your particular state, contact this site's author with the details.
- Since this site is in its infancy, suggestions on how best to accomplish its goal are always appreciated. Contact this site's author with your suggestions.
- Publicize this web site.
Bring it to the attention of your state's legislators and other state government officials. (See the sample letter below.) Ultimately, it is the state governments which must act to wrest the usurped powers from the federal government.
- If you have a web site of your own, please link to from it.
- Include a link to in your email signature.
- Talk about the issue with your friends. Chances are, they mistakenly believe that the Constitution gives to the Supreme Court the power to judge the constitutionality of federal laws and regulations.
- Join the Const-Talk mailing list to brainstorm with us on ways to make the state governments become aware of their obligation to protect the Constitution on behalf of the people.
One thing is certain: The states must regain control of the federal government. How they can do this is anyone's guess. If you have suggestions or theories as to how this might be effected, by all means, share these thoughts with me. It is not for the federal government to make its own rules or to decide what the Constitution's provisions mean. The states created the Constitution and should, rightfully, be the arbiters of any questions about its meaning.
It is up to us, the people, to motivate our respective states to realize where the power to determine constitutionality rightfully belongs.
Sample Letter to State Officials
Dear State Official:
When the thirteen original states established the Constitution, they delegated a limited number of their powers to the federal government and set forth the rules for the operation of that government. Those delegated powers and rules are all listed in the Constitution.
The states did not empower any branch of the federal government to interpret the Constitution as it pleases, yet for over 200 years, the Supreme Court "fox" has been guarding the states' "henhouse" and reporting that all is well. The unceasing expansion of both the scope and power of the federal government is ample evidence that things are not as they should be.
Since the Constitution does not empower the federal government to judge the constitutionality of its own laws and regulations, this is a power that is "reserved to the States respectively, or to the people" by the Tenth Amendment. I do not know what the states have to do to regain control of this and other "reserved rights" but, as with many other things, the first step to solving a problem is recognizing that there is a problem. The state governments have not only a right, but also a duty to rein in an unconstitutional federal government.
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The states are the "boss" of the federal government and must regain control of the it. The federal government exists to serve the states and the people, not the other way around. I believe that it is time to restore the proper relationship between the states, the people and the federal government. As my representative in the state government, I urge you to defend our state against encroachments by the federal government.