I'm writing in response to Milton Garber's letter Sept. 1 chastising the Tea Party for their big government opposition.
It's difficult for me to believe Mr. Garber is not aware or has forgotten the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, but just in case, a little reminder. The 10th Amendment states "the Constitution's principle of federalism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_government_of_the_United_States nor prohibited to the states http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._state by the Constitution are reserved, respectively, to the states or the people." Liberal Socialist Democrats historically have ignored this amendment as they would like to do with the entire Constitution. They feel it's a living document that can be ignored or changed as they see fit.
The commerce clause listed in the Constitution which is to "regulate Commerce http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes" is also considered by the liberal socialist Democrats to be a part of the Constitution that gives them the right to ignore the 10th Amendment. Obamacare, abortion, education, energy, welfare, and environmental issues are some of the best known present day examples of what I'm talking about.
To my knowledge, none of these issues are specifically addressed in the Constitution and should for the most part be left to the states or the people. However, since the days of Franklin Roosevelt's packing of the Supreme Court with liberal judges (and continuing to this day) we have been the victims of an activist court who in many cases is essentially rewriting the Constitution and ignoring the intent of the 10th Amendment and the Commerce Clause. Ergo, a big federal government ready to file suit on any state or person who they want to for any reason, political or otherwise, that will extend and protect their power.
Does anyone remember the USSR? As I recall, that big government had to break up into "states" to save Russia. Tell me Mr. Garber, why are the Democrats trying so hard to emulate the USSR, a concept that failed so miserably? Our Constitution was written for the sole intent to not allow that to happen.
I feel the Tea Party is the only viable platform for the people to be visibly recognized by our politicians to change our great country back to a financially responsible and Constitution revering nation. I sincerely hope the elections of 2012 will accomplish that purpose.