It’s funny how those wise architects 200 years ago anticipated things we couldn’t anticipate just a decade ago. It is providential that the document contains seeds that sprout over time. The 10th Amendment does not lend itself to the sort of corrupt interpretation that the Commerce Clause does. States retain power, period.
Imagine 1989. The impossible happened that year.
June saw a lone hero stand in front of a Chinese tank. Later that fall, the Soviet bloc crumbled.
It crumbled when Germans, Poles, Romanians, and Hungarians simply said, no more.
They would tolerate no more intrusion into their religious freedom. They would tolerate no more of the oppressive economic state. They broke down walls, both imaginary and real.
1989 and 1776 are years marked by the triumph of liberty. Unlike the bloody 1776, 1989 simply saw individuals refusing to participate in a morally and economically bankrupt system, even if refusal broke any number of laws on the books.
The Founders knew that governments accrue power over time to the detriment of the individual. Today’s election validated one of the most radical and swift accruals in our history.
When governments gain power, individuals lose freedom. Looking out toward the horizon tonight, I wonder how much more freedom Americans will be willing to surrender.
I wonder what the Founders would say to us tonight if they could. Their guidance lives on in the Constitution that they gave us.