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March 25, 2009

Walter Williams had an excellent article on about States rights.  Eight states are currently considering amendments that would confirm the 9th and 10th amendmends to the Constitution, and a dozen other states are considering it.

I was sad to see that Virginia wasn’t on the list. My home state, the Commonwealth that gave birth to the Constitution, isn’t reasserting the importance of state rights.

Just to recap (from

9th Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

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 the people.

These two amendments are critical to limiting the power of the Federal government. The 9th supports the natural rights of citizens, by specifying that any rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution are still held by the people. The 10th Amendment was intended to balance the power of the central government by reserving rights to the states and the people, as opposed to defaulting power to the Federal government.

Virginia should pass a law reaffirming it’s belief in the 9th and 10th amendments, and start to peel away some of the power that Washington exerts over our schools, roads, and everyday lives.

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