“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.” – The Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
I believe the Federal Government has overstepped its bounds and I will use the 10th Amendment and any other means available under the Constitution to help you protect your rights. Thomas Jefferson said, “whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” The founders of our country knew it was important to put checks and balances in place to guard the people against the power of a unified federal government. The three branch nature of the Federal Government is one such check and balance. Another one of these balances of power is the 10th amendment. The 10th Amendment is part of the “Bill of Rights” and is there to allow the states to hold the Federal government within the bounds of the US Constitution. James Madison said regarding the “dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact [The Constitution], the states, who are parties thereto, have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose, for arresting the progress of the evil.” It is thus the duty of the State of Tennessee to hold the Federal Government to the limited powers granted it in the Constitution. I intend to put fourth 10th Amendment legislation as necessary to stop the continual encroachment of the Federal Government upon the rights of the citizens of Tennessee.