This is a copy of an e-mail I sent to Fox News. I have no illusions that it will matter to them, but I want them to know that not everyone who watches them mindlessly swallows the pap they dish out.
This morning on Fox’s America’s Newsroom, reporter Douglas Kennedy made an ignorant, misleading and blatantly false statement, that represents everything wrong in government today. He said, “The supremacy clause of the Constitution states that the federal government is the law of the land, and that you, the States, have no right to challenge that.”
Article VI, paragraph 2 of the Constitution says, “This Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof … shall be the law of the land.” And further, “Judges in every State shall be bound thereby.” That is a far cry from meaning the federal government.
The application of the supremacy clause is balanced and clarified by the 9th and 10th amendments:
“The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” and,
“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.”
The question of just how the supremacy clause is to be applied and who has ultimate authority — federal government, State government or the people — is far from resolved. A federal judge has declared Obama’s health care bill unconstitutional. That still has to play out in the courts. For Douglas Kennedy, posing as an objective reporter, to say, “States have no right to challenge that.” is astounding. Under our form of government (Remember, we are a free people.) every State and every American citizen has the right to challenge the federal government.
If this were not the case, then the idea of governments “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” would be meaningless and the Declaration of Independence would be pointless. Apparently, Douglas Kennedy is a statist who believes our sovereignty springs from a central ruling class in Washington D.C. But the United States are 50 in number. And the people of those States yearn to be free and deserve to be free from an out-of-control federal government that is running us into bankruptcy.
During his report, Mr. Douglas had a smirk on his face, betraying his contempt for any citizen who wants to shoulder the responsibility of his own self-governance. He would make a great poster boy for the media’s hand-in-glove partnership with big, central government. He is a brother-in-arms to elitists like Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and all who seek to control every aspect of our lives. They don’t want us to be free. They think we need them to take care of us because we are inferior and only they can solve our problems.
But like all smirks, they eventually get wiped off. If not voluntarily, then by someone who won’t put up with them any longer. I can hardly wait to see it happen.