Do you think he has a point or is he reaching?
There is an ongoing push in Congress to ban the ability of states to legalize Internet gaming. Rumors are swirling in Congress of an end of the year deal that will impose a short-term gaming ban; they are calling it a “moratorium and study,” that, if passed, will violate the 10th Amendment to the Constitution as much as a permanent one.
As a supporter of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms, I must ask, can an Internet ban on the sale of firearms be far behind?
Michael Hammond, the General Counsel of Gun Owners of America, has noted that a gaming ban potentially opens the door for further meddling with Internet freedom. Hammond believes if the federal government can cherry pick what can be sold online and can override state laws, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has demanded action on this front since 1999, will again push for the banning of gun sales online and Republicans won’t have a philosophical leg to stand on to fight against it.
The Bill of Rights is sacrosanct and liberals should respect the right of the people to govern themselves in the states. Political correctness has no business dictating what parts of the Constitution our federal government follows and ignores.
On some politically correct college campuses, Voltaire’s fight for the idea that, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” may seem quaint and outdated. Liberals will only fight for ideas that they deem acceptable. Thankfully, most average Americans still cherish and agree with tolerance of others to believe differently.
Freedom of speech isn’t about consensus; it’s about liberty. The First Amendment to the Constitution incorporates this belief by affording Americans freedom of speech without caveats or exceptions. When you think of it, the same principles should apply to other sections of the Bill of Rights, particularly the 10th Amendment.
The 10th Amendment affords states the ability to govern their affairs. The Constitution provides that powers not specifically given to the federal government were reserved to the states. There is no exceptions or caveats to the rule. States may pass laws in which you may not agree but that doesn’t give the federal government the power to overturn laws when politicians in Washington disagree. Furthermore, the federal government can’t veto a law because they find a certain activity immoral – like gambling.