The Tenth Amendment, Hypocrisy, and Right-Wing Extremists Like You and Me

By Rick Saunders
America’s Right

In a press conference held last week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry articulated a concern that has long simmered under the surface of the nation’s states, and asked a question being asked by concerned Americans from coast to coast: has the intrusive hand of the federal government now become so oppressive and hostile to the existence of the states and to the free and productive lives of its citizens that a new resurgence of popular support for the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution is needed?

His answer: you bet it has, and the time has come to draw a line in the sand and say “enough is enough.” And yes, Virginia, Perry is a Republican.

Gov. Perry has thrown his support behind a movement in the Texas Legislature to enact HCR 50, a concurrent resolution reaffirming the proper relationship between the federal government and the states under the Tenth Amendment. That amendment, eloquent in its simplicity, states that “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.” A return to its powerful purpose is long overdue.

Under it, the Founding Fathers, as well as the representatives of the individual states of the fledgling republic who demanded it as an integral part of the Bill of Rights, understood that the federal government existed at the sufferance of the states, and not vice versa. Although this bedrock principle has resided at the core of the Tenth Amendment since 1791, over the years and decades and under both Republican and Democrat administrations–the jury is still out on the current administration as to whether it is more socialistic than anything else–its meaning and significance have been blurred, diluted and, until very recently, simply ignored.

But, as held in New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 44 (1992), under the Constitution and the Tenth Amendment, the states are not and were never intended to be mere “federal outposts” created to implement federal policies at the dictate of federal “authorities.” Ruling for the Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor noted that the federal government and the Congress “… may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states” to implement and enforce federal policies. And yet, that is precisely what has happened in far, far too many instances, ranging all the way from the storage of nuclear waste to enforcement of gun laws to, believe it or not, Indian gaming.

Governor Perry is right: enough is enough and more states should follow his lead. And what better time to say “enough is enough” than now, when the most leftist chief executive in the history of the country now seems intent on changing the nation from the republic it has been for the last 220 years into an aggregation of battling classes more resembling Huxley’s Brave New World and without the slightest concern for the rights of the states under the Tenth Amendment.

Ah, but wait — there’s more. As The Chosen One and his cadre of apparatchiks continue to steer the ship of state into waters even more perilous than those off the coast of Somalia, the most recent preview of what lies ahead for people like Perry comes in the form of a just-declassified and released report from the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). If anything is more in danger of being hijacked than a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden these days, it is the United States Constitution in the District of Columbia.

The hypocrisy of the current administration and, in particular, the DHS regime under Secretary Janet Napolitano, starts on the first page of the “assessment,” entitled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

Rightwing extremism?

The DHS, now headed up by former Arizona Gov. Janet “What Budget Calamity?” Napolitano, has produced a document which reads like a draft criminal indictment of all things conservative, libertarian or even vaguely Republican. And perish the thought that someone would look to the Tenth or (shudder) the Second Amendment to try to learn of one’s rights under the Constitution.

Underscoring the abject hypocrisy of the DHS “assessment” and the mentality of its authors, whoever they may be, the report throughout refers to the targets of the report as “domestic rightwing terrorists,” “rightwing extremists,” “small terrorist cells” and “rightwing extremist radicalization.”

This from the same woman who, less than 30 days ago, stated that the terms “terrorist” and “terrorism” were being given the administration’s Orwellian Newspeak scrub and that, henceforth, the Obama administration would refuse to characterize Islamist murderers of civilians as “terrorists” and that “terrorism” itself would now be known only by its politically correct alias, “man-caused disasters.” Napolitano has apparently become a big fan of Napoleon the pig’s axiom in Animal Farm that “all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” only, in her view, Islamist acts of decapitation are “man-caused disasters” while the only persons now capable of “terrorism” are “domestic rightwing terrorists.”

Disgusting, but oh, so typical.

What emerges is an ugly image of the United States Department of Homeland Security and its commandant calling the Islamist decapitation of a conscious, screaming Daniel Pearl a “man-caused disaster” while the legitimate concerns of non-Obots that their Constitution is being fed through a turbocharged industrial shredder constitute the rumblings of “domestic rightwing terrorists.”

Want some choice quotes from the report? How about the perceptions of “many rightwing extremist groups” that gun control legislation might eviscerate their Second Amendment rights and cause weapon and ammunition stockpiling and that “[s]uch activity, combined with a heightened level of extremist paranoia, has the potential to facilitate criminal activity and violence.”

Point one, “paranoia” is an unjustified fear. Remember, the first thing that dictatorships do when solidifying power is the disarming of the citizenry. Point two, since when did a citizen’s concern over rights protected by the U.S. Constitution become an acceptable basis for the slander that this will “facilitate criminal activity and violence?” The obvious, ominous answer seems to be: January 20, 2009.

The “assessment” also contends that “domestic rightwing terrorists” perceive the threat of the rise of other nations as being inimical to the interests of the United States (huh?) and that–get this–”[r]ightwing extremist views bemoan the decline of U.S. stature and have recently focused on themes such as the loss of U.S manufacturing capability to China and India….”

Say what? Is this not the identical propaganda line invoked by The Chosen One on the campaign trail when he was castigating all things Republican, dissing all things Bush and condemning all things corporate America in order to bamboozle the electorate into believing that he was better qualified–not to be confused, Virginia, with “eligible,” a completely different constitutional issue–to be elected president?

So, on that note, does this DHS report thus actually suggest that Obama himself may be a stealth rightwing extremist? Hmm. Maybe somebody should pose the question to his TelePrompTer. Regardless, Texas Gov. Perry, on the other hand, might need to start looking over his shoulder — his left shoulder, that is, as that’s their favorite side for attack.

So we are left with the question: What, exactly, are these people ingesting at night? I thought they harvested and hoarded away, like so much ammunition from members of that extremist group, the National Rifle Association, all the funny mushrooms from out behind the Rose Garden when Clinton loaded up the last U-Haul in 2000. Apparently not.

Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.



  1. Anonymous says:

    1. Sam Rohrer from Berks County, PA has a petition for PA to do the same.

    2. i want a bumper sticker that reads: Warning: Dangerous Right Winged Extremist at the Wheel or something like that.

    3. i also heard that ‘they’ are afraid that Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will try to recruit people for a Right-Winged Extremist Militia.

    4. Sometimes ‘they’ make me feel like I’M the crazy one…

    5. i’m going to a Tea Party in 20 min…can’t wait.


  2. Let us move forward says:

    From a conversation with an Obama supporter at a Tea Party:

    The Obama supporter thought that we should spend ourselves into bankruptcy so that we can eliminate our national debt. He stated that other countries have been through bankruptcy and survived and he had known individuals that had been through bankruptcy.

    He didn’t think that any other countries could do anything to hurt the US if the government declares bankruptcy.

    Dangerous concept. I wonder how many other Obama supporters share this view?


    To anonymous,

    You can get a bumper sticker printed with anything you want on it!, I have had many made. Please express yourself this way! Go to


  4. Gail B says:

    Rick, wouldn’t you agree that the release of that Document of Insanity was rather timely–just before the tea parties?

    It sounds to me like AKA Obama (TelePrompTer Prez)is just pushing the envelope and just ITCHING to declare martial law! Why else? I can see no OTHER reason for his tingling leg!

  5. Gail B says:

    This quoted from your article:

    What emerges is an ugly image of the United States Department of Homeland Security and its commandant calling the Islamist decapitation of a conscious, screaming Daniel Pearl a “man-caused disaster” while the legitimate concerns of non-Obots that their Constitution is being fed through a turbocharged industrial shredder constitute the rumblings of “domestic rightwing terrorists.”

    That shows just how dangerously warped the minds are in D.C., but your graphic description of what is destroying our Constitution is downright funny (though sad, too).

  6. suek says:

    “the jury is still out on the current administration as to whether it is more socialistic than anything else…”

    Surely you jest…!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    So, if we disagree with this administration and cling to our religion and guns we are terrorists or right wing extremists? Hummm, let’s get our Country back America! Not only was Mr. TelePrompTer not qualified but most of his appointees fall into that very same category! Keep those emails, letters and phone calls going to your elected officials. Surely some of them will wake up sooner or later!


  8. suek says:

    >>3. i also heard that 'they' are afraid that Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will try to recruit people for a Right-Winged Extremist Militia.>>

    Not exactly. 'they' are afraid that the "Right-Winged Extremist Militia" will recruit the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, because their skills make them so desirable for the coming revolution. What they choose to ignore is that the veterans are already "Right-Winged Extremists" because they all take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from _all_ enemies, foreign and domestic. That is to say, they are Constitutionalists…one of the dreaded "Right-Winged Extremists" already!

    The automatic question which they ignore is that given that "Constitutionalists" are extremists intent on overthrowing the present government, what does that make them? What does it make the man who took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution?

  9. Bodenzee says:

    Speaking of bumper stickers, this past weekend I drove to a meeting in a city about an hour away. As I drove I passed a number of cars, many driven by folks I knew.

    The cars driven by Republicans had no bumper stickers. Those driven by Democrats had a plethora of bumper stickers that seemed to be in sufficient quantity to hold together their Volvos, Saabs and Subarus proclaiming every think from Global Warming, to Obama-Biden, to Gay Marriage, Legalize Marijuana, etc.

    Why do Democrats feel such an overwhelming need to tell everyone else how to think? Are they really that insecure? I do think this points to a character deficiency that they have.

  10. GATOR-1 says:

    Well, lets see…

    Right leaning,



    Gun toting,


    Returning combat Veteran,

    Not happy with current policy?

    Did I just get kicked out of America?

    Or is it just that I am now the problem?

    Stranger by the minute folks…



    10th Amendment, Article II Section 1 Clause 5, it’s all crap to them.

  12. Jan says:

    I’ll as gladly were that label as I do the one of Jesus freak. At least I can look myself in the mirror knowing what and Who I believe in and stand up for.
    Proud to be one!!!!

  13. Gail B says:

    What happened to We the People? And elected officials SERVING We the People?

    How soon they forget how they were put into office! Well, strike that sentence–ACORN put them in!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm,let me see if I understand this…

    (1) If you are an American with a pro-life bumper sticker on your car, in the hopes of saving an unborn child’s life, then you are a “domestic rightwing terrorist”

    (2) If you are a Muslim, or other foreigner, murdering Americans such as in,”Islamist acts of decapitation” then you are just making a “man-caused disaster.”

    (3) Hussien Obama can befriend people that have set bombs,are racists,hate America,and politically support his cousin Raila Odinga, who has been accused by the Kenyan government of genocide, and yet he,(Hussien Obama)is the “Messiah” to some people.

    It is heartbreaking to watch America’s values being raped in such a blatent manner.

  15. SERVICE MY ARSE says:

    Can we please eliminate the phrase ‘public service’? They make 160,000 a year plus expenses, plus bribes, kickbacks, etc etc etc Then they try and cop this HOLY attitude that they are SERVING us! PLEASE. Especially when they aren’t even LISTENING to us! Go to hell all of em.

  16. Anonymous says:


    They are all wearing little Acorn hats. I’ll just keep my tinfoil hat…lol



    The more I read, it is apparent to me that we are enduring much greater fiscal oppression AND lack of any REAL representation than did the colonists. It is beginning to seem to me we need to start a new country.

  18. Bodenzee says:

    I keep hearing that the ‘polls’ indicate that the majority of Americans support Obama. Have you, or anyone you know been queried? Who is being polled?


    The true theory of our Constitution is surely the wisest and best, that the States are independent as to everything within themselves, and united as to everything respecting foreign affairs. Let the General Government be reduced to foreign concerns only, and let our affairs be disentangled from those of all other nations, except as to commerce, which the merchants will manage the better, the more they are left free to manage for themselves, and our General Government may be reduced to a very simple organization, and a very inexpensive one; a few plain duties to be performed by a few servants

    Thomas Jefferson

  20. Claudia says:

    no matter what all the MSM wingnuts say, there was a great Tea Party in Carson City, NV today and there were about 2600-3000 people out there, even though the weather certainly wasn’t co-operating at all. We had snow early this AM and it was colder than a you-know-what out there.

    Now on to this DHS thing that was put out by Napilotano (sp?), that means that I am a total Right Wing Extremist and paranoid because I am hoarding my ammunition for my gun, and I certainly do believe that it is my RIGHT to have it in usable, working condition ANY time I need it, without having to put it together. And I believe in the right to FREE SPEECH and every other thing that I can think of that makes me mad about what our Government is stripping away from us right now and doing to relegate every one of us to serfdom and doing it right now, so BOY, I guess they better covertly start watching and listening to me, cause I just might blow up one day really soon and take a lot of people out with me in a “man-caused disaster” and I am a 64 year old woman who has always trusted my Government to do the right thing, up until NOW, and NOW I AM MAD AS HELL AND I WON’T Trust them ANY MORE….

    Great Article Rick

  21. SLOW DOWN COWBOY says:

    Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.

    Thomas Jefferson

  22. CRY AS YE READ ME says:

    I am not among those who fear the people. They, and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessities and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers. Our land-holders, too, like theirs, retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs but held really in trust for the treasury, must wander, like theirs, in foreign countries, and be contented with penury, obscurity, exile, and the glory of the nation. This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagances. And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for the second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins, indeed, the bellum omnium in omnia, which some philosophers observing to be so general in this world, have mistaken for the natural, instead of the abusive state of man. And the fore horse on this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.

    Thomas Jefferson


    The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.

    Thomas Jefferson

  24. Anonymous says:

    Rick Perry HAD to do something…he’s seeking another term soon. Once he heard Glenn Beck was coming to the Alamo for the Tea Party I believed he seized the moment. Whatever the motivation was, I’m THRILLED for my fellow Texans!

    Perry is not well respected in Texas. He sold Texas out with the NAFTA SUPERHIGHWAY. He’s in the back pocket of the same global elites that own Obama. The NAFTA Superhighway is key to the creation of The North American Union. The North American Union is key to The New World Order.

    I have heard that because of the fact Texas is/was a Republic, our contract with The Union was different than the states that joined. I obviously need to do more research on this.

    Looks like the Tea Parties were a huge success! People are uniting and rising up. It’s great to be a part of it all.

  25. Mike T says:

    Rick – I am as concerned as you about the direction in which this president is leading us. It appears to me, however, that you are barking up the wrong tree if you are linking leftist views to this assessment. I am a conservative Christian, but I have to admit that there are right-wing terrorist groups out there (skinheads, etc) who will use the factors listed in the assessment to expand their influence and power. I’m glad the current administration is keeping an eye on them.

  26. Gail B says:

    Can’t remember the Texas Congressman’s name because I am not familiar with it, but he said that Homeland Security’s recent report was “profiling” based on an individual’s political leanings. It seems that, according to DHS, right-wing extremists are becoming restless because the “increasing power” of the federal government.

    Hello?! Has the U.S. Constitution gained weight, to give the federal government “more power?” Where are the lawyers and their briefs (what are they called, Jeff?) for cases challenging consitutionality?

  27. tm says:

    Janet Napolitano should resign,NOW.
    Whoever scripted this piece of garbage, should be FIRED, NOW.
    Whoever ordered Ms. Napalitano to have this written should be ready for a Legal nightmare coming their way in the administration.
    I hope Jeff gets his legal mind together because I smell Lawsuits starting with the American Legion. I was in front of the whitehouse at my tea party and heard a whole bunch of lawyer types talking lawsuits.
    I know what state I would love to live in after reading this article , TEXAS !

  28. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    TM — I’m saying just that in a post which has been percolating for a little while. It’ll be up at some point today.

  29. Momathome says:

    Sorta off topic..but am I the only one who thinks that Janet Napolitano is acting (and looking) a great deal like Janet Reno!? Wonder when her Waco moment will come?!

  30. Anonymous says:

    Say what you will about the report, but at least it doesn’t insist upon constantly referring to its readers as “Virginia” for no discernible reason.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Mike T…I have a glass of kool-aid…what’s your flavor? I mean really…they’ve always kept an eye on those types. The difference now? They’re keeping an eye on our vets…and you, buddy!

  32. Anonymous says:

    There are already rumblings for Nap’s resignation. She needs to be fired as well as the others like the climate Czar socialist, tax cheat Geithner, the socialist Dept. of Educ. guy, the future nomination of the transnationalist, Henry Koh…among all the other extremist radical ideologs throughout his administration. It’s not the simple fact of their wacky beliefs and issued statements; it’s the danger of what they will do with them.

  33. suek says:

    >>She needs to be fired as well as the others like the climate Czar socialist, tax cheat Geithner, the socialist Dept. of Educ. guy, the future nomination of the transnationalist, Henry Koh…among all the other extremist radical ideologs throughout his administration.>>

    Don't be silly. He appointed them because they are in agreement with him. That's the whole ball of wax, right there.

    Obama _is_ an extremist radical ideolog!


    Mike T, sometimes excellent things come from ‘right wing extremists’, like those original colonists. Those colonists who fought barefooted in the New England winters with not even a blanket to sleep under at night. Fought to end EXTREME taxation and VERY INADEQUATE REPRESENTATION (sound vaguely familiar?). I say the more right wing extremists the better.

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