Just before the Missouri primary election on August 3rd the following photocopied flyer from local teabaggers (along with another photocopied “Missourians for Health care Freedom” Yes on C flyer) was left at our doorstep:
So, where were all these folks from January 2001 to January 2009? Just asking.
That’s what I thought.
A Non-partisan and Conservative, Political Action Group Standing for Constitutional Restraint, Limited Government and Missouri State Sovereignty
Okay, that fits the bill of all the republican Tenthers in the Missouri General Assembly. Again, where were all these folks from January 2001 to January 2009?
We believe that our elected representatives are responsible to us, the people. We are the bosses, not their children. They work for us. We do not work for them.
Actually, aren’t we all supposed to work together for the greater good of society? We can disagree on how we get there, of course, but we do elect our representatives to address the things that need to be addressed, right?
We believe that taxes represent the hard-earned money of American citizens. We recognize the need for limited taxation. Yet, we demand that our taxes not be used to pay interest on debts resulting from gross and irresponsible overspending by our elected representatives.
Don’t forget that corporations pay taxes, too. Oh, right…
Uh, there’s that small matter of the U.S. Constitution:
All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation….
Original intent and all, you know.
Again, where were the folks from January 2001 to January 2009?
I seem to recall a presidential administration from January 1993 to January 2001 which just happened to run a budget surplus, don’t you? And then:
Okay, back to the teabagger flyer:
We believe that the right to vote is one of the most important rights of Americans and should not be diminished by fraudulent activity. We believe in one legal vote per legally registered United States citizen. We expect our elected representatives to puruse and prosecute voter fraud and intimidation.
ACORN! Run for the hills! Not.
Uh, elected representatives don’t prosecute violations of the law. If it’s a federal prosecution those would be pursued by U.S. Attorneys. They’re appointed by the President and subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. And then the U.S. Attorneys are supposed to pursue violations of the law without political influence. Except in Missouri and New Mexico under the Bush II administration – you, know, from January 2001 to January 2009 when all these teabaggers were apparently asleep.
We believe in the sovereignty of the State of Missouri. The States created the Federal Government, not the Federal Government the States. Any powers not specified in the Constitution are left to the States. We are the United States of America, not the United State.
[emphasis added] I kid you not.
Tenthers and states rights! There’s got to be a tautology or two in there somewhere, but it’s kind of hard to tell.
There’s the small matter of the “supremacy clause”:
…This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding…
So, if their tenther arguments ever make it to the U.S. Supreme Court what do you think they’d do about it? I mean, at least Justice Scalia would be their champion, right? Wrong.
[What do you think about the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, the reservation of powers to the states?]
I don’t think [garbled] it very much. [laughter] As I think our opinion holds, so what else is new? It’s just, it’s the repetition of uh, of, of the understood fact that the Federal Constitution is a constitution of enumerated powers. The only powers the Federal government has are those given it by the Constitution. And that all the other ones remain with the states. That’s why, you know, I mean the Federal government has branched out into stuff that the framers wouldn’t have thought it had any business being in. But there’s still a lot of fields where the Federal government doesn’t touch, like family law.
Ever think of it? There are no Federal statutes on marriage, on, uh, divorce, on adoption. All that stuff. So, the Tenth Amendment is just a repetition of what everybody understood the Constitution would be anyway.
He didn’t sound particularly enthusiastic, did he?
Back to the flyer. And finally:
We believe our nation was founded as a Republic, not a Democracy. A democracy would allow 51% of the people to enslave the other 49%. We are a nation governed by law, not by the whims of our elected leaders. We expect our elected representatives not go beyond the enumerated powers expressly granted them in the Constitution.
There is the little known George W. Bush exception in the U.S. Constitution.
“I’m the decider, and I decide what is best.”
Oh, wait, that’s right, these folks were asleep from January 2001 to January 2009.
The enslave part would definitely explain how republicans operate in the United States Senate.
Apparently, bringing all this up to teabaggers is just a waste of time.