These days, many are cheering the end of an era in the South. As The New York Times reported, many (saw) the lowering of the Confederate flag from outside South Carolina’s State House as “closing a chapter on a symbol of the Deep South and its history of resistance and racial animus.”Whatever your views on the flag itself — symbol of racism and oppression vs. historical symbol of Southern pride — few would argue that the end of racial animus is a worthy cause for celebration.
However — chillingly — others see the lowering of the flag and the elimination of other Confederate statues and even street names as closing a chapter on something most fundamental and dear to our great nation: states’ rights, as enumerated in the 10th Amendment of our Constitution. And, more chillingly, they may be onto something.
This might have slipped your notice at the time, but it’s worth a second look at one of the persons who was cheering on the lowering of the Confederate flag.
With a hat tip to Weasel Zippers, here’s what former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisor Mohamed Elibiary had to say about it:
You remember Elibiary, right? He was appointed by President Obama and retained a position with the Department of Homeland Security Council until he was sent packing after some unfortunate turns of events regarding things like the Muslim Brotherhood, tweeting that the return of Sharia law is inevitable, and getting caught borrowing classified materials and downloading them to his own computer.And it’s also worth reminding everyone that in its Explanatory Memorandum, the Muslim Brotherhood clearly lays out its plan for “civilizational jihad” against America and the West. Truly, if you’ve never read this document, you should.
As Weasel Zippers continues:
Let no one mistake what is being said here, and what this controversy is about, as the former advisor spells out the point very simply. It’s not about the flag, but about federal control.
Anyone else sensing a trend these days, with the recent Supreme Court decision to force gay marriage on all 50 states and now this? (Never mind the small detail that it was, in this case, the state legislature that voted to remove the flag; Elibiary, nonetheless, points to a dangerous momentum sweeping our nation.)
Unfortunately, Mr. Elibiary (not to mention President Obama) seems to have skipped a lesson on the Constitution which accords to the federal government only those rights or powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
Also unfortunate is the fact that our general citizenry seems to have forgotten — or in some cases, never learned — about the importance of the 10th Amendment in preserving our freedoms from an overbearing federal government. Which is exactly what we’re seeing these days.
Indeed, that is one of the main points in the 10th Amendment, that all other powers remain with the states or the people. It is a specific and purposeful limitation of the powers of the federal government, that limitation being one of the main points of the Constitution.
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.
Basic Constitution. But hey, his former boss doesn’t pay attention to the Constitution, so why should he?
Ronald Reagan’s famous quote seems more prescient and urgent today than ever:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
It’s time to cut through the smoke of politically correct outrage and see clearly that what’s going on here is an attack by the political left — and our government — on one of the most fundamental pillars of our freedom. It’s time we start seeing what’s emerging as a common thread in the issues du jour: the attack on states’ rights guaranteed by the 10th Amendment. It’s time states rights becomes a cause célèbre — before it’s too late and we are left to tell future generations what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”