It is crucial that the next generation understand that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, That it is your protection against unbridled Government control.
Last Saturday, May 21st, Pete and JoAnn Juhasz and the Wilson County Patriots did a great job hosting the Ralph Gerhardt Scholarship luncheon. We had a couple of excellent presentations from the top two applicants for this scholarship, which is awarded based on the student’s knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the proper limited role of the Federal Government.
Congratulations to the winners! Following their presentations on Saturday, Paulina Vasquez-Peña was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and Waylon Mann received a $500 scholarship.
Below are my comments to the finalists:
Applying for this scholarship may be the most important project you have ever taken part in. Not because of the money you may win. Sure the money will come in handy, but it will be spent soon and gone.
On the other hand, my hope is that participating in this project may spark a lifelong appreciation for the Constitution—and that you may grow to understand just how important this document is to you in your everyday life and your future personal liberty and economic freedom.
When I was in high school, I saw the Constitution as really just a historical document that didn’t seem to have much relevance to my life, except when I had to memorize parts of it to pass a test.
Over the years though, I have come to understand that so many of the freedoms I enjoy in my daily life are directly tied to the Constitution. For example, in Australia and the UK the governments have taken guns away from their citizens. But in America, thanks to the 2nd amendment in our Constitution, we still have the right to bear arms and protect our homes and families.
The next generation needs to understand the freedoms you have because of the Constitution. But it is also crucial that you understand the freedoms that you have lost when the Federal government failed to follow the Constitution, if you are to have any chance of getting those rights restored.
For example, the feds have taken away your freedom to decide whether or not you want to buy health insurance. In fact, they’ve even taken away your freedom to choose what kind of insurance you purchase. This has happened, even though the Federal Government has no Constitutional right to mandate that you buy insurance because that is not an enumerated power delegated to them by the Constitution. But they’ll still fine you now if you don’t buy government-mandated coverage.
The Tenth Amendment stipulates that all powers not delegated to the Federal Government by the Constitution nor prohibited to the states will be reserved to the states. Since there is no enumerated power in the Constitution delegating this power to the Federal Government, they have illegally usurped this freedom from you. The freedom to choose or not choose your own health insurance coverage.
Far too many of our rights have been stripped away by an over-reaching Federal Government, although the founders’ intent was that the Federal Government’s powers would be few and limited, while the powers of the states and the people would be many and broad. Every power illegally usurped by the Federal Government means fewer freedoms for the citizens.
To restate this point: The intent was for the states and the people to retain all powers, except a very few that were clearly defined in the Constitution as belonging to the Federal Government, such as the power to wage war, to protect its citizens against invasions, and enter in to treaties.
I want to leave the students with this. This big, corrupt, bloated, power-grabbing Federal Government that you see now in Washington is not the government you have to accept. It is not the government intended by the founders. And it is not the government allowed for in the Constitution.
It is crucial that the next generation understand that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.
That it is your protection against unbridled Government control.
And that limiting the size and scope of government is the key to maintaining your personal liberties and future economic freedom.
Remember that any government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.
Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party. CLICK HERE for more photos from the scholarship award luncheon.
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