Establishment attempts to marginalize and politicize grassroots freedom movements
Friday, Feb 12th, 2010
Do you think the federal government is too big? Do you believe states have relinquished too much authority to Washington? Do you think the people should re-assert their constitutional rights in the face of diminishing liberties? You must be with that radical fringe group “The Tenthers” according to CNN.
“A movement has been growing over the past two years of urging states to exert their rights under the 10th Amendment.” CNN’s Ed Hornick writes.
“The anger behind the so-called ‘Tenther’ movement comes from what advocates see as the federal government’s forcing policies on the states — most notably on health care reform, economic recovery measures and social issues.” Hornick adds.
Hornick then quotes Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jay Bookman who referred to the Georgia Senate’s April 2009 declaration of state sovereignty as “nasty” and indicative of a growth in “radical causes and fringe groups”.
“You have to question the judgment of those who would have any truck whatsoever with such nonsense.” Bookman stated at the time.
The connotation is clear – using the term “tenther” is an attempt to link defenders of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to “birthers”, those who suggest that Obama is not an American citizen.
The mass media attack campaign on the “birther” movement was inevitable, given that it was extremely easy for establishment organisations on the left such as MSNBC, not to mention CNN, to associate it with the right, and use it as a way of consistently playing the race card to go after critics of Obama on any issue.
It is clear that those same organisations are now employing ridicule-by-association tactics in an attempt to marginalize a truly non partisan grass roots movement that is exploding in popularity.
In response to increasing federal encroachment, a growing number of states have passed and proposed resolutions to assert the Tenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.
The Tenth Amendment Center has the latest facts and figures. The founder of the website, Michael Boldin explains:
These non-binding resolutions, often called “state sovereignty resolutions” do no carry the force of law. Instead, they are intended to be a statement of the legislature of the state. They play an important role, however. If you owned an apartment building and had a tenant not paying rent, you wouldn’t show up with an empty truck to kick them out without first serving notice. That’s how we view these Resolutions – as serving “notice and demand” to the Federal Government to “cease and desist any and all activities outside the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers.” Follow-up, of course, is a must.
The Tenth Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights and was ratified on December 15, 1791. It states the Constitution’s principle of Federalism by providing that powers not granted to the national government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the states and to the people. It is based on an earlier provision of the Articles of Confederation: “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled.”
It is important to remember that the state sovereignty movement was primed by opposition to the Bush administration’s consistent subversion of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights after 9/11, it is neither a conservative nor a liberal movement – and that is why it is most troubling for the establishment.
It was no surprise to see a footnote attached to the now infamous leaked “Rightwing Extremism” report by the Homeland Security Office of Intelligence and Analysis, which defined”rightwing extremism in the United States” as including not just racist or hate groups, but also groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.
It is ironic that the genesis of the terms “birther” and now “tenther” stem from “truther” – a description given to activists primarily occupying the 9/11 truth movement, the core of which is made up of non-partisan patriots who encourage others to break free from the shackles of the false left right paradigm, reject framed political posturing and address the real issue of freedom vs tyranny.
The establishment is clearly attempting to attach negative connotations to the term, applying it to any movement it wishes to demonize, while attempting to firmly ground it within the control mechanism of the superficial political spectrum.
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This article was posted: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 10:28 am