Jesse Jackson Jr. Is Shivering in His Lizard Slippers

Friday, September 16, 2011
By Paul Martin

Tenth Amendment ‘Terrorism’

by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is terrified. He is terrified that the American public has started to believe that they are the masters rather than the servants of their own government. He is terrified that they may have started to think that the old Jeffersonian dictum that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed is not such a bad idea. Most of all, he is terrified that the public will act on these beliefs, organize themselves into political communities at the state level, and oppose socialized healthcare, endless “stimulus” spending by the federal government, and the never-ending expansion of the welfare state.

“I have introduced an Economic Bill of Rights!”, he whined, while bemoaning citizen opposition to this hoary socialistic scheme. That’s why he is doing what all Democrats seem to do these days – insinuating that anyone who holds such beliefs is either a racist, as he did in a recent speech, or a member of a “hate group” (or both).

There are a lot of black people on welfare, you see, so that in the mind of Jesse Jackson, Jr., (and his friends at the Southern Poverty Law Center and other Democratic Party appendages), the only conceivable reason why anyone would ever criticize the welfare state is racial hatred. The Obama regime promised a “post-racial America” while working diligently with all of its supporters to create a hyper-racial America instead.

In his recent bloviation Congressman Jackson bemoaned the fact that politicians like Governor Rick Perry of Texas have been talking a lot lately about states’ rights and the Tenth Amendment as tools with which ordinary Americans can oppose the corrupt, imperious regime in Washington, D.C. This of course is the very reason why Thomas Jefferson believed that the Tenth Amendment (“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”) was the cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution and the key to creating what he called “an empire of liberty.” The clearest example of this Jeffersonian states’ rights tradition is the first section of Jefferson’s famous Kentucky Resolution of 1798 (written by Jefferson at the request of his friend, Senator John Breckenridge of Kentucky) which announced that the citizens of Kentucky would not abide by the unconstitutional Sedition Act that was being enforced by the Adams administration. The Sedition Act essentially outlawed free political speech in America by making it a crime punishable by prison for criticizing the Adams administration. Section 1 of the “Kentucky Resolve” reads as follows:

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