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From Timothy B. Smith

By Staff | Feb 3, 2010

When the 13 original states established the Constitution they delegated a limited number of their powers to the federal government and set forth the rules for the operation of that government. Those delegated powers and rules are all listed in the Constitution.

The states did not empower any branch of the federal government to interpret the Constitution as it pleases, yet for over 200 years the Supreme Court “fox” has been guarding the states’ “henhouse” and reporting that all is well. The unceasing expansion of both the scope and power of the federal government is ample evidence that things are not as they should be.

Since the Constitution does not empower the federal government to judge the constitutionality of its own laws and regulations, this is a power that is “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people” by the Tenth Amendment. I do not know what the states have to do to regain control of this and other “reserved rights” but, as with many other things, the first step to solving a problem is recognizing that there is a problem. The state governments have not only a right, but also a duty to rein in an unconstitutional federal government.

A more thorough explanation of the problem can be found at http://constitutionality.us/.

The states are the “boss” of the federal government and must regain control of it.

The federal government exists to serve the states and the people-not the other way around. I believe it is time to restore the proper relationship between the states, the people, and the federal government. As my representative in the state government, I urge you to defend our state against encroachments by the federal government.


Timothy B. Smith

New Martinsville