Thanks to Audrey Boyd and Patricia Brandon for their excellent letters of Sept. 28. With all the revisionist history being referenced today, it's refreshing to hear historical truth as proof text.
Our U.S. Constitution is a beautiful piece of work, indeed it is the greatest political document ever drafted and implemented. It is a classic solution to the problem of a strong union balanced by states' (people's) rights, i.e., a union without its states losing their independence or individual powers and control over their own local affairs.
Federalism's genius is in delineating central governmental power by dispersing political power amongst various government units. However, the "people" need our fundamental rights or "first liberties" protected from our government, thus, the Bill of Rights, which is a clear stance against stateism and is the rejection of centralized federal government. The result of this magnificent work, the first 10 amendments or Bill of Rights, is the ninth and 10th amendments, which essentially say the Bill of Rights should not be used to deny to the people the God-given rights which we already possess, and the guarantee to the states a substantial amount of sovereignty over local affairs (states' rights), which is simply the limiting of federal government power.
While we recognize and enjoy the unique beauty of our Constitution, we must never forget it's by the prayers and vigilance of the "people" that we will keep the God-given freedoms we so cherish. It is God who provides and/or withholds using the very government He institutes. Sovereignty is an attribute of Almighty God, not of man's frail, imperfect attempt at self-rule.
William Van Amber Fields