The Tenth Amendment and a paring of history

Ray McBerry (center) among Republican candidates at a January forum. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

Ray McBerry (center) among Republican candidates at a January forum. Elissa Eubanks/AJC

The trouble with history isn’t that it’s apt to be forgotten. The real problem is that it’s often remembered at the most inconvenient times.

Last week, several hundred people gathered at the Hilton near the airport to celebrate the alleged sovereignty of Georgia and the other 49 states of the Union.

The Tenth Amendment Summit, named for the portion of the U.S. Constitution intended to crystallize the concept of federalism, was a national gathering of the state’s rights movement.

As a group, these are the combatants on the exposed right flank of the Republican party. They can make tea partiers look like pikers — demanding not just restrained Washington spending, but shackles on all aspects of the federal government. At the Hilton, the pitchfork in the crowd was real.

But like the tea party movement, the rhetoric and symbolism harkened back to the American Revolution. The event featured two candidates for governor, though not from the same state.

Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, won fame for his defiance of a federal jurist who ordered him to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments. Ousted from the bench, Moore lost a primary campaign against GOP incumbent Bob Riley in 2006 – but is trying for the post again this year.

Moore recited vast stretches of the Declaration of Independence and the speeches of Patrick Henry from memory.

Ray McBerry spoke slightly longer, but this was entirely proper. His campaign for governor financed the two-day event.

McBerry, a one-time history teacher, challenged Republican Sonny Perdue in the 2006 primary, winning nearly 12 percent of the vote. He’s trying again, and makes the six other Republicans in this year’s contest a little skittish.

McBerry named two bills he’d had introduced in the Legislature this session, one to assert Georgia’s right to decide what federal expenditures it will pay for.

Like Moore, McBerry walked his audience – he’s an excellent speaker – to the very edge of the 18th century. McBerry then leaped across the next 100 years, landing in the 1920s for a discussion of the federal government’s expanded use of the commerce clause.

The omissions by both men were too spectacular to be accidental. Not in Atlanta, which was once burned in an argument over a state’s right to hold a people in bondage. Not in the South, which once used the Tenth Amendment and state sovereignty as a shield for slavery.

Afterwards, McBerry admitted to editing his history. “I’ve made a real effort in my campaign not to be associated with the war or slavery. That’s not what I’m about. I’m Christian. I simply believe in the Constitution. All Americans – white, black or otherwise – we’ve all lost our liberties,” he said. “I genuinely hope and believe that we’ve moved past that point in our history where standing up for the Constitution has to automatically be tied to racism or anything from the past.”

Many would agree. A CNN/ORC poll released Friday indicated that 56 percent of Americans think the federal government has become so powerful that it poses an immediate threat to individual rights – the highest number in 15 years of polling on the topic.

But very few ideas can claim to be born whole, without a past. And in Georgia, where McBerry wants to be governor, the past matters more than words can possibly say.

Asked when America was at its ideal, McBerry picked 1850.

“Ultimately, when the South lost the war, it totally transformed the American republic into basically a federal empire,” McBerry said. “And the truth is, that’s what we’ve been morphing into over the last 150 years. In a sense, the old republic died when the South lost the Civil War.”

More than a few Georgians would have serious problems with that statement.

But this isn’t just about history. Last year, the state Senate passed a resolution declaring Georgia’s right to secede — should encroachment by the federal government deepen. One candidate, then-state senator Eric Johnson of Savannah, voted for the measure. Two others, John Oxendine and Karen Handel, joined McBerry and endorsed it.

The bandwagon crashed to a halt when Democratic candidate for governor David Poythress, the former commander of the Georgia National Guard, rebuked his GOP opposition in a YouTube video.

Poythress declared that dissolution of a nation isn’t something to be spoken of lightly when U.S. troops were dying overseas. “They would, in effect, ban the American flag, and end the Pledge of Allegiance. They would say to the world that when they don’t get their way, they quit,” Poythress said. “That’s just childish. That’s cowardice, not leadership.”

That ended the discussion for most Republican candidates. But not McBerry.

“I’m personally in favor of de-funding the Georgia National Guard, and funding the Georgia state guard, which is solely under the authority of the governor and the General Assembly,” McBerry said. “I believe that the original purpose for the National Guard was not overseas deployment anyway. I think it’s being abused and misused.”

This is not a gauntlet other Republicans are likely to pick up, and a vision of America that most of us would have to think twice about.

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38 comments Add your comment

Keith

February 27th, 2010
3:18 pm

I’ve been fighting this urge for months, but the closer we get to July the more likely I am to consider voting for McBerry. One of the other 7 dwarfs better do something quick

Bill Orvis White

February 27th, 2010
3:26 pm

Mr. McBerry is right. The nation’s fabric began to tear right after the Civil War. We need to get back to the basics of the Constitution whereby these great Southern states ought to have the right to leave the union if it gets too powerful. Now is the time to do just that and with good folks like Mr. McBerry at the wheel. God Bless Ray Mcberry. He is the South’s best hope in standing up to Obamacare, Crap and Trade and other Socialistic programs that will weaken American-making her open to a jihadist revolt. I say let these Southern states defend their way of life while those states in the north and west can die on the vine.

Roger

February 27th, 2010
3:47 pm

I found that Poythress video on his web site, http://www.poythressforgovernor.com/secession

Way to stick it to ‘em, General! It’s about time we had a Democrat in this state willing to take it to the Republicans!

PCBobby

February 27th, 2010
3:59 pm

“Prof” McBerry, Karen Handel, Nathan Deal and Eric Johnson are racists. Call it like you see it. We need to move GA forward instead of letting nonsense like this to enter into our debate. Lining up behind this 10th Amendment argument will not create jobs, improve our environment, or make GA an attractive tourist destination. I am an independent who loves this state. I’m embarrassed by these candidates. I do hope people will use common sense when they vote this Nov. We need to clean up this state of politicians like Voter Identification Extremist Handel, birther Deal, and Confederate Johnson.

Larry

February 27th, 2010
5:04 pm

All kinds of straw man arguments abound whenever the states rights argument is brought up. It is easy to point at our awful, awful past of race relations and blame it on states rights because that argument was used to justify the enslavement of an entire race far into the 20th century. The fact of the matter is that absolute power in the hands of the states is just as bad as absolute power in the hands of the federal government. Just as the federal government is there to ensure the state government doesn’t trounce on the rights of its citizens the state governments are there to ensure that the federal government doesn’t abuse its power either.

Bob

February 27th, 2010
6:09 pm

McBerry’s got my vote.

You failed to explain how the existence of domestic slavery (as opposed to the state slavery now ubiquitous on our soil) in the Southern states somehow negated the constitutional right to secede.

Various New England states, as well as some others, have at times both before and after the War asserted their right of secession, as well. In fact, Lincoln himself, as a senator, declared on the floor of the Senate in a speech meant to encourage Texas’ entry into the union, that the right of secession was a right necessary to a free republic. Your attempt to paint states’ rights as merely the province of racists is either woefully ignorant or shamefully disingenuous.

Even marriages…a far more sacred bond than any merely political bond…have lawful grounds upon which they may be dissolved.

Wayward governments, like wayward spouses, sometimes may need only the reminder of that possibility in order to repent of their transgressions. I believe most who today are reminding the government of the right of secession hope, as I do, that the reminder will suffice to end the tryst with tyranny that is the cause of the discussion in the first place.

It is not a matter of quitting when one doesn’t get one’s way. But if the union is left (i.e.–the terms of the union are breached), the party acting in defiance of the terms of the union is the one who has dissolved it, not the offended party.

You don’t blame the cheated on wife for destroying the marriage when she divorces her philandering husband, do you?

Dave

February 27th, 2010
6:09 pm

I’ll go for the Tenth Amendment having meaning if we all agree the Ninth Amendment has meaning. Let’s see, Feds, then the states and then the people. 1850 being the perfect year? Who is this guy?

Stephen

February 27th, 2010
6:18 pm

Today, the doctrine of States’ rights is used to cherish local control in terms of social legislation (i.e., school control, criminal statutes, gun control, etc.). Federalism is probably the last defense against an all-powerful, amalgamated central government. Mr Galloway, I think that you would benefit from a careful reading of Jay, Madison, and Hamilton in the Federalist Papers. Also, consider that Montesquieu, Locke, et. al. warned against the concentration of power in the hands of the few, with the idea that such a concentration would lead to tyranny. Human nature seeks power (read Federalist #10). Federalism, along with checks/balances and a number of other constitutional mechanisms are designed to check human nature and prevent tyranny. While I think we can agree that most of those provisions have failed to stop concentration of power in Washington, I don’t think that the resurrection of those ideas would be a bad step. Just because a Constitutional provision has in the past been used to support an institution such as slavery doesn’t mean that the provision is bad or evil. The idea that the Tenth Amendment would be used to support slavery. I’m supporting McBerry–he’s a dumbass (I’m from Henry County). I just think you should read some of those founding documents a little more closely.

Stephen

February 27th, 2010
6:19 pm

I’m sorry—-”NOT” repeat “NOT” supporting McBerry. My mistake!

DaveBakken from PNW

February 27th, 2010
6:37 pm

I was at this meeting.

I live in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), but had a business trip that ended the day before in Texas, so when I found out about this meeting a month ago, I added a hop over to Atlanta (fortunately I could change my Texas–>Seattle leg to Atlanta–>Seattle leg at no cost to my employer). I spent the better part of $1K of my own money to do this.

I think it was well worth it, to cast my vote by my attendance. The federal government is way, way, way out of control. I am a Bible-believing Christian who believes that he does not have the luxury of rationalizing away Romans 13. However, any student of history (or even informed layman—a rare commodity lately in our Republic) cannot fail to conclude; IMO; YMMV.

In summary, I felt the meeting was very important. It was a bummer that Judge Nepolitano could not come due to flight cancellations in the Big Apple. But I felt that governer candidates McBerry and Moore both did the constitution well. And common citizens need to say “Enough!” to the ever-encroaching federal government. After all, it was set up to be a limited agent on behalf of the States; i.e. their servant, not their master. If Americans want to dissolve this social compact, then lets do it explicitly, under terms outlined in the Constitution. But not by incremental decrees by unelected Federal judges (including Supreme Court justices).

I know it is quite politically incorrect, but, for all citizens that truly care about our government and the future of our country, let me lay down a challenge for you….

To those who would say the 10th Amendment is simply a truism, I ask you this: why on earth would our Founding Fathers, for more than 3.5 months, labored over the Bill of Rights and yet bother to state a truism such as “of course, the Federal government is [somehow unexplained, undefined, and unenforcable] to be limited in scope”? Inquiring minds want to know….

Its quite similar to those that would claim that the 2nd Amendment only applies to militias. In order to believe this (at least with any semblance of intellectual honesty, a currency in short supply in recent decades), one would have to believe the following. (1) All other amendments are for individual liberty (see below), yet this one is not. (2) Our Founding Fathers were so trivial as to bother to state “an army is allowed to own weapons”. Well, duh….!!!!

And, to those who have no problem with unelected judges adding their own personal opinions into the mix, let me ask this: on what basis would you ever say that our Federal government has exceeded its bounds? Does such a condition exist?

Let me add some context from our Republic’s raison d’etre, the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

So,. to my PC countrymen, why do you level the (utterly nuclear yet impossible-to-refute) charge of racism against people who would assert their rights viz. the social compact of this Republic? Have ye no shame? Does your mother really know what you do in your spare time? Inquiring minds want to know…

I hope that our great Republic survives the last few generations (and especially the last few years, both Republican and Democrat) with a definable social compact intact. If not, God help us…

… at least consider the words of Patriot Samuel Adams ““If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!”

Do you really consider your precious First Amendment (at least the free press part) to be at the federal government’s whims? Inquiring minds want to know….

Limbaugh Needs to Exercise

February 27th, 2010
6:38 pm

Snow in Hell’s chance this clown wins governor–waste of time

p

February 27th, 2010
7:20 pm

I would vote for David Poythress, DuBose Porter or Jeff Chapman. The rest are scary, or crooks, or in the race to line their pockets, and some are totally unhinged.

Nick

February 27th, 2010
7:29 pm

Sounds logical, there’s a black man in the White House we must secede from the union. And Republicans wonder why they don’t get African-American votes?

Alabama Communist

February 27th, 2010
8:01 pm

WTF! This dude believes that the 1850’s was the greatest moment in USA History? Where did he go to get his PHD BS in American History? ” The Calhoun Clemson School of On-Line History and Matchbook Sales”

Jan L

February 27th, 2010
8:47 pm

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Bubba

February 27th, 2010
11:16 pm

The lunatics are taking over the asylum.

LadyLiberty

February 28th, 2010
12:40 am

As an attendee of this summit, I must say that all of you are overreacting.

Firstly, the states rights movement is seen as the “last peaceable approach to reign in an out of control Federal Government.” Though secession may cross the minds of some, it is far from my mind. I love my country; that means ALL of it. I do not wish to see it separated by secession, and that is precisely why I support candidates who are willing to fight for the rights of the people and states that are innumerated in the Constitution.

To all of you who despise Mr. McBerry, and believe him to be unlearned, a troublemaker, and a racist, I ask you this: What has your Federal Government done to help you? Social Security to take care of you after retirment? It’s almost bankrupt. Medicare and Medicaid to keep you healthy? These two programs are two of the main reasons that those who aren’t on healthcare have to pay so much more, and why medical costs for doctors have risen, and continue to rise. They borrowed your money, yes, your tax dollars that they have no right to take, to fund Cash-For-Clunkers, which went bankrupt as well. Now, they want to give you healthcare. My British friends tell me that this is the worst thing that we could possibly do to our country. They live with it, and they have seen the horror it brings. Our country is bankrupt. We are in debt to our enemies, and yet the Federal Government will not listen to the voice of the people in this nation who cry out for freedom that we once shared. We are shackled by the power hungry and money loving bureaucrats that call themselves “public servants”, but serve only one thing: their own selves.

My fellow Americans, as I read your statements, I am wholeheartedly saddened by your lack of love for your fellow Americans. Just as someone who breaks the law, steals, and is searched out, is stopped, and duly reigned in, so the Federal Government should also be stopped from unlawful actions and reigned in. Mr. McBerry is not asking for anarchy or secession. He is, of all men, the most fair and loving person towards all human beings I have ever met. Those who throw racism into the picture are trying to throw up a smoke screen to turn people away from truth and freedom, which threaten the bullying government we have today.

PCBobby

February 28th, 2010
1:08 am

@LadyLiberty …and he’s a racist.
I love this state and would love to see it join the modern world — not withdraw for it. There is no way we will attract companies to this state if the world see us supporting racists like McBerry and the other gubernatorial candidates who are shouting about the 10th Amendment.

DaveBakken from PNW

February 28th, 2010
3:03 am

OK, PCBobby, how dare you call LadyLiberty a racist!

Have you no shame?

Do you think that MLK was an unrealistic fool when he wished for a day in which people would be judged by the “content of their character” and not the “color of their skin”?

If you think that anyone who disagrees with you is a racist, then you are ipso facto saying that MLK was an idealistic idiot preaching things that could never be achieved. While YMMV, I do not agree with this.

tc

February 28th, 2010
7:24 am

except for scott, that is one futt bugly group of folks….

Proud American

February 28th, 2010
8:00 am

Wake up – this isn’t only about McBerry! “One candidate, then-state senator Eric Johnson of Savannah, voted for the measure. Two others, John Oxendine and Karen Handel, joined McBerry and endorsed it.”

And Galloway forgot to mention that Congressman Deal (who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the UNITED State of America) has never been brave enough to express his opinion on this foolish secession movement. He’s been too busy asking Obama for his birth certificate!

Voters need to think carefully about how businesses looking at Georgia will react to these extreme views taking over the GOP. If one of these candidates becomes our next Governor, we won’t just be losing jobs to NC, but we’ll fall behind Alabama and Mississippi.

Uncle Billy

February 28th, 2010
8:23 am

Generals Sherman, Grant and many others, under the Commander in Chief (Abe Lincoln) adopted the amendment which prohibits states from seceding. If the power of the Federal Government is to be reigned in, the closure of Forts Benning, Gordon, Dobbins AFB, the submarine base at St. Mary’s etc. would have to be closed. Raising an army and navy to compete with the US Army would be difficult. So, Forget it.

Sic semper tyrannis

February 28th, 2010
9:41 am

Uncle Billy makes a good point. What can each state do in terms of self-defense and raising a militia? I think the states-rights movement is great but it’s also a death knell for the age of American superiority. I’m all in favor of each state breaking away and forming ’special interest’ zones under free market principals and citizen referendum. “Tree Huggers” like me might be more at home in CA or VT with strong environmental law. Free market religious conservatives might be more at home in KY, OK, LA or TX. Entrepreneurs and biotech firms might gravitate to CT, MA, MD, lawyers in NJ or NY. It would cause a huge migration of people who would move to form ‘like minded’ communities of interest. The biggest benefit of all to me is it would starve the bloated federal military budget as states refused to participate or allow their citizens to be conscripted. Getting my share of the $1TRILLION defense budget off my back would make me happy to no end, so I say, dissolve the union, let us look more like Europe than a single superpower of 300 million, with a regional VAT that would be the only source of ‘federal’ funds.

SWGA Politics » The Edge of Chaos

February 28th, 2010
2:11 pm

[...] year 1850 came up recently in a moderately unexpected place – this interview Jim Galloway did with Ray McBerry. In it, McBerry, the former history teacher who is ignorant on [...]

Mike

February 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

The 10th Amendment Summit supporters and the majority of Tea Party people have zero idea of what the Founding Fathers meant when they wrote our Constitution. They pervert it for their own narrow-minded, bigoted agenda. I often wonder where these “patriots” were when the Bush amdninistration and the Republicans were exploding the deficit, amassing huge debt, passing unfunded government mandates and starting two wars that were off the accounting books of the US budget. Suddenly, now that we have a Democratic president (or “Democrat” president as they like to say) who happens to be African American, these people now claim they want to “take their country back”.

I say that any group that wants to follow the unworkable, idealistic policies of Ron Paul, that take their marching orders from the paranoid delusions of Glenn Beck and cheer the inane sniping of the half-Governor Sarah Palin are very dangerous people. And, many of them are racists who try to couch their paranoia in patriotism.

Hifi

February 28th, 2010
5:30 pm

Anyone seriously speaking of reigning in the U.S. government needs to list first and foremost defunding the U.S. military. If that’s off the table, all those other points are just an exercise in hearing yourself blab.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

March 1st, 2010
7:39 am

Just another iteration of the Sons of KKKonfederate Veterans.

Mr. Grumpy

March 1st, 2010
8:14 am

Oh, yeah. Let’s secede from the Union. That’s a brilliant idea. We could build a huge wall or fence around Georgia, and place machine gunners at 30-yard intervals, and by God and based on our knowledge of what we think “THE FOUNDING FATHERS” meant, shoot anyone off the fence…especially those who try to escape.

After hearing some of you support nut-jobs like these Repubs who endorse another nut-job like McBerry, I’m more convinced than ever that I’d support secession of Georgia as long as it’s populated by none other than all you nut-jobs. Yeah, let’s return to the 1850s, a time when attempts to do away with slavery were viewed by so many simply as a violation of State’s rights…rather than the violation of human rights that it was. Yeah, and we could go back to the good ‘ol days when women weren’t permitted to vote…and THE FOUNDING FATHERS would want us to quit flying airplanes because they didn’t know or believe that man could fly, and you can prove that by noting carefully no reference to flying airplanes or MRI machines or computers in the THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. Our FOUNDING FATHERS would be mortified to know we had strayed so far from the wording of the THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. And most of you are already convinced that God is angry with us because we strayed fro the wording our FOUNDING FATHERS laid down over 200 years ago. Yeah, we need to return to the good ‘l days.

PCBobby

March 1st, 2010
10:09 am

Right on, Mr. Grumpy. Ditto on every word. Is anyone paying attention out there? These Republican candidates are disgusting and embarrassing to the world. And no, we won’t move if we don’t like it. Folks like Mr. Grumpy and me will speak out against this insanity.

Bill Orvis White

March 1st, 2010
10:20 am

Mr. Grumpy and PCBobby-I will help you both pack your bags so that you can get married up there in Secular Vermont. You both don’t understand history and any of the Constitution. You are both “stuck on stupid” Democrats who were probably schooled in government-run schools where they teach Evilution, Junk Science and the Gay Agenda.
The Southern States can exist just fine without interference from the Godless, Secular states to the north and west.
God Bless,
Bill

Jan L

March 1st, 2010
7:36 pm

There was never any mention of ANY state seceding from the Union at the Tenth Amendment Summit. You are all listing to and reading remarks from people that grossly mis-represented the entire proceding. The concern is quite the opposite – it’s about preserving the Union and the Constitution and preventing another armed Revolution or Civil War, which some states have groups of people have discussed across the country.
I was at this summit – The Tenth Amendment group crosses political and racial lines and the Tea Party Movement does too.

Yes, past Congresses, Senates and Presidents have violated the Constitution and states rights. Government was meant to work from the bottom up. Why did it take so long? I don’t know, but perhaps it was the straw that broke the camels back with this Congress when they took over private companies, bailed them out, printed money with no backing, took Trillions of dollars in loans from our enemies and spent more in a few months and got us farther into debt than any of the prior administrations.

There were no racist candidates at the Summit – they are all God fearing men and women.

What is so wrong with following the Constitution, for that is the key to saving this country. Our forefathers were very insiteful in designing a limited Federal government. Now with all the mandates that have come from those who are abusing their power and trying to turn this country into a socialist swamp, they need to look at history very closely and find out what has happened, who is trying to take over every aspect of your lives. The Tenth Amendment gives the States the right to tell the federal government NO! We will not follow your unconstitutional rules, we will not obey your unfunded mandates and tax our citizen more at your bidding. We know better how to run our schools, spend our tax dollars, raise our children, farm our fields, provide our utilities, etc. The end result will be an improved economy, and less interferance in our lives.

America was founded by pioneers who forged the wilderness with an ax and a rifle and when the people of the several states decided to create a Federal Government, all they asked is to be left alone.

Everyone at the Summit, including myself were Patriotic Americans, many of us have served our country, many have seen other countries fall, and watched the chaos that ensued. We don’t want that to happen to America. Aren’t we all American’s here? Do we not love this country and all Americans? I see no hyphens in AMERICAN . . .and I don’t see racists. Trust me, if I’d thought someone there was a racist, my husband and I would have publicly called them on it – we only saw one person who appeared more a politician and opportunist, who looked down on others, and we called that guy on it as soon as he opened his mouth.

Please do not make false accusations against people you do not know. It does not speak well of your nature or your intelligence.

Jan L

March 1st, 2010
7:50 pm

Ray McBerry was a perfect gentleman and he is a patriotic American. For those of you from GA, he would make an excellent Governor and by supporting the Tenth Amendment as well as the rest of the Constitution he is looking out for your best interest. I grew up in GA, if I were still here, I’d vote for him. If I found out all your accusations were true I wouldn’t, but some of you have made accusations with no foundation or fact.

The date mentioned in the article had nothing to do with the Civil War, it was simply the first time in our nation’s history that the federal government grossly violated the Constitution. Remember the Civil War didn’t begin until 10 years later, and if you knew your history, it wasn’t about Slavery – it was about all the tarrifs and additional taxes that the federal government levied on the southern states for their products and their warm water ports. Supplies were sent to the northern industrial states, fabrics and other products were shipped back south and they were taxed again as if they were a foreign country.

At the summit, for those of you who would cry racist – it was mentioned that one of the only bills that have come out in the last 100 years that WAS CONSTITUTIONAL was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and there were more Republicans that pushed that than Democrats.

Before you spout off, learn the history of this country, not the garbage you get taught in school, for the limited learning in public schools leave out a lot of historical facts. There are plenty of books and writings of our forefathers out there to tell you the truth.

This is the best country in the world, we want to keep it that way.

Middle Aged White male and Democrat

March 1st, 2010
8:15 pm

Holy S**T! These Republicans and conservatives are complete idiots! Jeez, when will the madness and lunatic fringe on the GOP end?? McBerry is a nut, Thank goodness he is not teaching school anymore. Let’s pass an amendment… Let’s require all members of the GOP to take psychological exams before being able to hold or run for any office. That way, we could be sure that VERY FEW would be able to run!! I am an Atlanta native, and it is sad to see how the GOP has ruined this state over the past 8 years or so. The only logical choice for Governor is General Poythress.

Jeff

March 2nd, 2010
1:54 am

It used to be said half jokingly that parts of the South are still fighting the Civil War, but based on McBerry’s position and that of his supporters posted here, it apparently is no joke!

Ocean of Wisdom

March 2nd, 2010
6:42 am

Wow, Any candidate espousing STATE’s RIGHTS is the one we need absolutely…Ive taken to asking any candidate, ‘Are you a Constitutionalist?’ … its a question that causes most to squirm and avoid! I highly suggest that you axe every candidate that you encounter and axe them about their STATE’s RIGHTS defense…40 out of 50 states are addressing the issue right now!!!!

Ocean of Wisdom

March 2nd, 2010
6:44 am

Oh, and remember, the Republican Party FREED the SLAVES. The Democrat ‘party’ seeks to KEEP PEOPLE ENSLAVED by the Government!

GOP Voter

March 4th, 2010
12:49 pm

Well said Jan L. I could not have said it better myself. I remember over 11 years ago when I took U.S. History in high school how much I had to challenge my teacher on the ‘real’ history of this country and not what was taught from a text book. Needless to say, it was her teaching method to get us to challenge her and it paid off for me with the highest grade in class. I was impressed with her and how well she knew her history to make us learn it.

Too bad that many students do not have this kind of teaching today or they would know exactly what the 10th amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights stand for. One is not more important than the other. The 10th is just as important as the 1st and vice-versa. All ten are as equally important to protect our liberty and that is why the founding fathers included them into the U.S. Constitution. It sounds like many who post on this blog need to retake U.S. history.

Jan L

March 8th, 2010
8:36 pm

GOP voter – I heard they aren’t even teaching the Constitution in school anymore, and to think when I was in school, because of the wide variety of my friends, Mom used to call me her ‘little liberal’! LOL! Then I went to WORK, something that many on the socialist left know nothing about, and I learned how my tax dollars were being wasted and how the Constitution was being violated.

Sorry, but it is both parties involved in the violations of the Constitution, and there is little difference between them anymore, not like the old days. It is amazing though that is was the Republicans that ‘freed the slaves’ and that pushed for the Equal Rights Act of 1964, the Dems really put up the biggest fight.

The enforcement of the 10th Amendment will prevent another revolution or civil war and the desire to get back to the Constitution for our governmental guide crosses all racial and social and economic avenues. It’s not just for one group, or one race. It’s for the truly educated people of America – which it’s clear, there are many on this site that know nothing of the subject but are following a Party mantra. Why is it that every time someone speaks of getting back the Freedom for ALL Americans, or dares to suggest work or education or personal responsibility, some idiot cries ‘racist’? Hmmm, are they making assumptions about others? Sad isn’t it.