Tenth Amendment: The Secret to Less Bickering?

I’ve said it for years. The secret to less bickering between political ideologies in this country lies within the U.S. Constitution itself. It’s known as the Tenth Amendment– and is otherwise referred to as “State’s Rights”:

“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.”

Think of it, Republicans and Democrats spend a good chunk of time in Washington working to impose one party’s will on the entire nation. The current health care debate is a great example. On the one hand, we have “Obamacare”. On the other, we have “Trumpcare”. Whatever the differences are between the two plans, one thing is the same– both will be imposed upon the entire¬†nation. It need not be this way.

Health care isn’t the only example. There are a myriad of other issues. The War on Drugs, gay marriage, education, welfare issues, and the list goes on. Why constantly badger back and forth at the national level about what can be done to force a single centralized standard on the whole country? Especially when we don’t have to.

The Tenth Amendment can be a beautiful thing.

If liberal Massachusetts decides that it wants single payer health care, then let them have it.

If Connecticut wants gay marriage, leave them alone.

If Arizona wants Education Savings Accounts, so be it.

But we need not force these things in a centralized one-size-fits-all manner. If a state adopts a policy or program that someone disagrees with, then they could move to a neighboring state that better fits what they stand for.

What are citizens to do when these types of issues are forced upon the entire nation? Moving to Canada or Mexico isn’t exactly a viable option.

Now, embracing the Tenth Amendment most certainly requires a reduction in the size and scope of the federal government. An idea that – for the most part – has been advocated for by small government types. But I’m telling you that it need not be this way. The Tenth Amendment is for everyone– liberals, conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, etc. And embracing it is the secret to a happier people, less bickering, and a more peaceful society.

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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.