What is Subsidiarity?
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church...Never underestimate a government's lust for power. That applies to any government, not just national governments, but state government's too. The key to restraining tyranny is to get the government to unleash this lust upon itself, rather than on the general population - namely us.
1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."
1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.
1894 In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, neither the state nor any larger society should substitute itself for the initiative and responsibility of individuals and intermediary bodies.
2209 The family must be helped and defended by appropriate social measures. Where families cannot fulfill their responsibilities, other social bodies have the duty of helping them and of supporting the institution of the family. Following the principle of subsidiarity, larger communities should take care not to usurp the family's prerogatives or interfere in its life.
Over the last 40+ years, the Republicans and Democrats in Washington DC have worked together quietly, behind the scenes, making deals that would consolidate the power of federal government to a near absolute level. The Constitutional checks and balances between the three branches of the federal government have completely broken down. All three branches (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) now work together to consolidate the power of the federal government. In other words, there are no checks and balances on power anymore in Washington DC, neither between the political parties, nor between the three branches of government.
There is however one check and balance left, which has not been used for decades, and it is the missing link needed to restrain the federal government from runaway power grabbing. It's called State Sovereignty, and it is perfectly in line with the Catholic Social Justice principle of Subsidiarity.
From the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights...All across America we are seeing a movement take place. States are passing resolutions asserting their ninth and tenth amendment rights as outlined by the U.S. Constitution. It is the final "check and balance" our nations founders put on the federal government, and for the first time in most of our lifetimes, it is finally being used.
Ninth Amendment – The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Tenth Amendment – 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.
Essentially what this does is pit an individual state's lust for power against the federal government's lust for power, effectively putting the two governing bodies in competition with each other. Thus we have the ultimate check and balance. It serves not as a check and balance within the federal government, but rather a check and balance ON the federal government. Preventing it from getting too big and powerful, and allowing the states to take back whatever powers they don't want the federal government to have.
Do you want to stop tyranny from rising in the United States federal government? Do you want increase the level of personal and family freedom in America? Do you want your state to govern according to what is good for your state? Do you believe that one size does NOT fit all? Do you believe that what's good for California isn't necessarily good for South Carolina? Do you believe what's good for Maine isn't necessarily good for Missouri? Do you believe in the Catholic Social Justice principle of Subsidiarity (learn more here). Well, there is a simple solution to this, and it doesn't involve anything so elaborate as forming a new political party, or campaigning for some kind of new cause.
'The Catholic Knight' would like to encourage every Catholic reading this to support their local state's "sovereignty act," invoking the state's ninth and tenth amendment rights. Furthermore, 'The Catholic Knight' proposes that once passed, states use their sovereignty laws to audit all federal laws enforced in their state, to determine which ones fall under the powers outlined by the U.S. Constitution, and which federal laws do not. Those that fail the test should be made null and void by the State government immediately.
Whenever governments peacefully compete for power, the people win! The ninth and tenth amendments to the U.S. Bill of Rights essentially outline the Catholic Social Justice principle of Subsidiarity. You want to save America? Then this is what you do...
- Support your state's sovereignty act, understanding that this is a secular expression of the Catholic Social Justice principle called Subsidiarity.
- Contact your elected STATE (not federal) representatives, and encourage them to support your state's sovereignty act.
- Once your state's sovereignty act has passed, contact your elected STATE (not federal) representatives, and demand they use the state's sovereignty act to audit all federal laws currently enforced in the state, for the purpose of submitting a written report of them to the STATE congress, with the intention of nullifying all unconstitutional federal laws.
- Continue pushing for greater local state control of all federal programs and taxation.