Greedy Power Coveting

Amendment 9 – Constitution of the United States of America:

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”


Amendment 14 Section 1 – Constitution of the United States of America:

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”


An associate of mine attempted to purchase a pack of cigarettes the other day at a local convenience store only to be refused service because of his out-of-state, state issued picture ID.  When shown, the clerk flat-out refused to accept his legal Florida ID card.  The clerk informed him that he could only accept a Utah driver’s license.


What does a driver’s license have to do with smoking?  Where did Utah get the power to make or enforce law that abridges the rights of citizens of the other States of America? 


Later that evening, the same guy entered the only local bar and ordered a pitcher of beer.  The waitress refused to give him a full pitcher of beer.  She maintained that the State of Utah laws limited the amount of beer she could give him to half a pitcher at a time.


Since when is it the obligation of the State to regulate what citizens can have?


Another associate of mine desired to camp out in a tent for the term of one month.  When he asked the owner of the local campground how much he had to pay, he was told Utah law forbade him to let the guy stay any longer than two nights.  The owner assured the guy that if it were up to him, he would let the guy stay for as long as he wanted.


Why wasn’t it up him?  Did this owner not own the property?


Where did the State get the authority to manage private owned businesses or property?  Since when are convenience store clerks, bar waitresses, and property owners agents of that State?


And, the ever important question; Why?




1. Abolition of property in land and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

5. Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.

6. Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State.

7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

8. Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

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