Article the twelfth… 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.
What you just read is the 10th amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. It was an addition to the Constitution which was considered redundant because it was implied by the language of the rest of the Constitution, but was added anyway to satisfy those who didn’t want the Constitution’s intent to be vague.
The 10th amendment grants states significant authority to govern their own affairs, and limits the federal government’s ability to interfere.
You now have a better idea of how the USA is run. Why do I bring this up? Because, apparently, not everyone gets it. This includes Presidential hopeful, Joe Biden.
In a recent speech, and repeated in a political ad, Biden points out that the recent mayhem we’ve been seeing (from left-wing groups) are not legitimate protests. Sounds like something I can agree with.
But as the advert continues, Biden blames President Trump for the mayhem, saying that he’s not doing enough to stop it. In saying so, Biden indicates that he’s not aware of the 10th amendment, or how it’s applied.
What does Biden want, for Trump to send in the feds at the first sign of rioting? Is that how it should be handled? It would be great if states had their own institution for law enforcement, that could step in to restore the peace when things get tense. What would such an institution be called?
You know, The institution that radical leftists are going full-tilt to try to abolish, so there won’t be anyone to stop the looting.
So Trump can’t just send in the feds when state and city governors should be deploying the police. But (left-wing) governors seem hesitant to deploy police for some reason. So, what is Trump supposed to do?
One idea would be to make the offer to governors for the feds to be sent in to restore order. That way, the governors would have the opportunity to accept or decline assistance, and in either case, the President would be respecting the states’ 10th amendment protections.
Sounds like a great idea, right? As it so happens, that’s just what Trump has been doing, and (left-wing) governors have largely declined. Therefore, Democrat politicians are to blame for their failure to protect the people. And this they continue to do in spite of Trump’s repeated offers of assistance.
Kinda makes you want to vote out the governors that don’t want to cooperate with the President in bringing a bunch of dangerous marauders to justice.
I know it’s tempting to be hard on ol’ Joe, but please be understanding: How can we expect him to uphold the Constitution if he doesn’t know what it says?