Gingrich’s Team 10 to tackle Tenth Amendment enforcement

posted at 4:05 pm on August 9, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Much as he did with his “Contract with America” in 1994, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich hopes to provide 2012 Republican legislative and executive candidates with a common purpose, a platform that appeals to the American people. He thinks the topic of Tenth Amendment enforcement could be that rallying point, the issue that touches all others and informs elected officials’ approach to governance.

That’s why, today, he launched “Team 10,” “a crowd-sourced, participatory effort to listen, learn and work with the American people, both online and in person, to develop ideas for enforcing the 10th Amendment and returning power back home.” Essentially, Gingrich wants to utilize social media, conference calls and in-person events to survey American opinion about ways to ensure a balance of power between the federal and state governments. The effort is, of course, linked to his campaign, but, on some level, it also transcends his campaign, as it taps into widespread sentiment among voters, regardless of whom those voters plan to support in the presidential election.

“When I talk about enforcing the Tenth Amendment, it’s not just Tea Parties, but there’s a broad understanding that there’s too much power in Washington, too much bureaucracy and we need to take a different approach,” Gingrich said today on a conference call.
The end product of Team 10 will be actual legislation, Gingrich said. But that a need even exists for additional legislation to enforce the Constitution says something about the state of the government and society today. (Incidentally, that’s an objection some folks make to the push for a Balanced Budget Amendment — if the president and Congress don’t abide by the Constitution as it is, who’s to say whether they’d abide by a new amendment?)
“Since the mid-1930s, the president and Congress have steadily ignored the Tenth Amendment and grown the government to an unbelievable degree,” Gingrich explained. “Prior to that … most of life was lived in your local neighborhood. Then, all of a sudden, partly as a response to the Great Depression and partly because liberals saw it as their moment to grow government, there was this huge, huge increase in government followed by Lyndon Johnson seeing the chance to create what he called a Great Society and what I would call a bureaucratic socialist state. Now, we have a third wave of that with Obama, with this extraordinary increase in the power of the government bureaucracy. What that has meant is a decline in local government, local community — and, in businesses, a decline in the freedom to direct their business as they see fit.”
A Tenth Amendment enforcement act would return some of that power to the states. This isn’t the first effort by a politician to spotlight the Tenth Amendment. The Tenth Amendment Task Force, a project of the Republican Study Committee, has as its mission to “disperse power from Washington and restore the Constitutional balance of power through liberty-enhancing federalism.”
But what’s refreshing about Team 10 is that it gives anyone paying attention a chance to have input. Of course, given the trouble his campaign has faced, much of Gingrich’s succes will depend on the buy-in he gets from other candidates and the attention this effort receives from the grassroots. But Gingrich seems to recognize that.
“Working with Tea Party activists across the country, we want to get every candidate and politician to endorse a Tenth Amendment enforcement act,” he said. “I hope that we can get such momentum for Team 10 that House and Senate candidates will say, ‘Yes, I want to get behind this.’ … This has to have lots and lots of grassroots people.”
Hopefully he’s serious enough about this effort that he will see it through to completion — that is, to the drafting of actual legislation — regardless of how his campaign fares, which, incidentally, Gingrich still doesn’t think is faring too badly.
Even though he flat-out didn’t have the funds to participate in the Ames straw poll this weekend, the former House Speaker still sounds hopeful, citing a recent success at the Johnson County picnic in Iowa, after which reporters of all stripes declared him to have outperformed former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

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Is the Newt still running?

Knucklehead on August 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Newt, pander much?

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 4:10 PM

It’s a good thing he’s exploring 10th Amendment enforcement and applications. Wouldn’t want the states to get rankled over Paul Ryan’s right wing social engineering, now would we?

I think it’s probably time for Mr. Gingrich to swallow his pride and start working for the benefit of one of the other candidates for the greater good.

KingGold on August 9, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Is the Newt still running?

Knucklehead on August 9, 2011 at 4:09 PM

My thoughts exactly.

ConservativePartyNow on August 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

There you go, now he’s got something to do besides running for president.

Fallon on August 9, 2011 at 4:13 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Where has Gingrich been since 1994?

Where have all these “Johnny Come Lately’s” been?

NOW that Palin has softened up the opposition to the
opposition, they are coming out of the woodwork.

Well, the more ideas the merrier as they say. I just
am not buying their sincerity.

Amjean on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

the timing HAS to be coincidental!

search4truth on August 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!

meci on August 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

uh uh uh uh uh let me say clearly uh um uh uh shared sacrifice um uh uh um adult in the room uh um um um where is the golf course um um uh um um.

search4truth on August 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM

It’s a good idea Newt…

… but I just can’t get that picture of you and Nancy Pelosi sitting on that couch out of my head.

Seven Percent Solution on August 9, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Repeal the 17th Amendment and let the Senate enforce the Tenth Amendment.

JohnJ on August 9, 2011 at 4:19 PM

i thought Newt was on vacation

unseen on August 9, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Newt reminds me of that old story about a 1,000,000 monkeys sitting a type writers.

Newt is an intellectual machine. His contribution will be his ideas – not him.

jake-the-goose on August 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

rabble rabble rabble commerce clause rabble rabble rabble

ccr6

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Missed you on the other threads where Obowma was left as a skid mark on the bowl…

Seven Percent Solution on August 9, 2011 at 4:23 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Very eloquent, but I think you have the wrong thread. You meant that for Obama’s speech yesterday, regarding the downgrade, didn’t you?

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 4:23 PM

My IP address app has crr someplace 9 floors under Allah’s 8th floor apartment.

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM

rabble rabble rabble commerce clause rabble rabble rabble

ccr6

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Funny how crr6 used that commerce claus in the constitution, as a point of contention, for their arguments on Obama care…but when it comes to states rights, it’s rabble rabble, screw the constitution.

So now we know just how much crr6 loves their country, respects it’s constitution, and regards states rights as important.

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Does he have any idea why the country is pissed. Geez

derft on August 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Yep, dems love the constitution when they interpret it their way, but loath it as an old stupid, outdated document when it doesn’t.
Kind of like dems spit on Vietnam Vets but when Kerry was running in ’04, he was a war hero.

carbon_footprint on August 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Essentially, Gingrich wants to utilize social media, conference calls and in-person events to survey American opinion about ways to ensure a balance of power between the federal and state governments

i don’t know shouldn’t a leader already know what he/she wants to do about something this major?

unseen on August 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

rabble rabble rabble FORE! rabble rabble rabble

– Obama

fossten on August 9, 2011 at 4:30 PM

I thought all the Gingrich Team took their equipment and headed home or went looking for a new ballpark.

bw222 on August 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Here it is, Newty….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-NIbZXNRns

you might be smart but not smart enough to wear gloves during a break-in.

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Good luck with that. Idiot liberals and RINOs will label him a ‘Tenther’, and associate that with racism and slavery.

I can make a much better case that democratics should be associated with racism and slavery.

I’m more of a ‘Seconder’ myself.

slickwillie2001 on August 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM

I thought Newt’s team quit!

huckleberryfriend on August 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Perry was 10th Amendment before Newt.

publiuspen on August 9, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Hannity is running out of new material?

Now he can drool over The Newt all over again.

MrScribbler on August 9, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I thought Newt’s team quit!

huckleberryfriend on August 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

They did. His wife hired everyone at her salon.

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

So you logged in under your crr6 account, not your crn6 account.

Nice.

portlandon on August 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Yeah, but what about the Ninth Amendment?

Akzed on August 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.
crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Yeah, to hell with that Bill of Rights thingy.

Akzed on August 9, 2011 at 4:44 PM

You can’t beat Perry on support of the 10th. Good try Newt and I do support the cause but not good enough to win the primary

Cosmop on August 9, 2011 at 4:45 PM

He could also have his team fielding amicus briefs for every case that involves a sovereignty issue between the States and the federal government…. but that would be too simple…

ajacksonian on August 9, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Funny how crr6 used that commerce claus in the constitution, as a point of contention, for their arguments on Obama care…but when it comes to states rights, it’s rabble rabble, screw the constitution.

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Who said “screw the Constitution”? I just think it’s funny that you guys blather on about the 10th amendment so much considering it’s just a truism that doesn’t add anything to the document.

In other word, if you were to erase the 10th amendment from the Constitution the federal government’s powers would be exactly the same. It doesn’t add anything and it doesn’t limit anything.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

“Working with Tea Party activists across the country, we want to get every candidate and politician to endorse a Tenth Amendment enforcement act,” he said. “I hope tha……Oh look! There’s a squirrel!”

cartooner on August 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM

if you were to erase the 10th amendment from the Constitution the federal government’s powers would be exactly the same. It doesn’t add anything and it doesn’t limit anything.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

ROTF….you wear blinders much?

We aren’t after changing the Feds powers. We are about claiming the States powers. You really need to look beyond the front page of that law book you saw you read.

Limerick on August 9, 2011 at 5:03 PM

This is the first cause I’ve seen so far that I am willing to rally behind. Without the right to local self-governance, the American experiment with liberty is doomed.

Without states’ rights, the concept of “separation of powers” means nothing but the federal government, the federal government and the federal government agreeing upon how much more power they should take.

They have the right to discuss that – or anything else – among themselves. But we have to take about 90% of the power back.

logis on August 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Pure genius, I tell ya.

Girl, you’re gonna go far.

Far away, I hope. Have you considered volunteering for legal aid to Somalia?

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM

In other word, if you were to erase the 10th amendment from the Constitution the federal government’s powers would be exactly the same. It doesn’t add anything and it doesn’t limit anything.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Only when your confederates selectively ignore the passages of the Constitution which don’t suit their purposes.

Are you really that thick, or are you just RABBLE-rousing again?

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Who said “screw the Constitution”? I just think it’s funny that you guys blather on about the 10th amendment so much considering it’s just a truism that doesn’t add anything to the document.

In other word, if you were to erase the 10th amendment from the Constitution the federal government’s powers would be exactly the same. It doesn’t add anything and it doesn’t limit anything.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Are you going to tell us next that SCOTUS has never gotten it wrong?

I’m waiting.

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 5:53 PM

The only way Newt can get back inmy good graces would be to take Nancy Pelosi on a trip to Aruba…

Khun Joe on August 9, 2011 at 5:56 PM

rabble rabble rabble 10th amendment rabble rabble.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:14 PM
Pure genius, I tell ya.

Girl, you’re gonna go far.

Far away, I hope. Have you considered volunteering for legal aid to Somalia?

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I’ll pitch in for the one way ticket… Has she left Wisconsin yet? I figure she’s performing ‘pro bono’ for the recall effort…

Khun Joe on August 9, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Are you going to tell us next that SCOTUS has never gotten it wrong?

Who said anything about SCOTUS? Just read the amendment.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Who said anything about SCOTUS? Just read the amendment.

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Read it already.

Understand it already.

I said something about SCOTUS. It is relevant in case your allegedly educated mind cannot process that fact.

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 6:01 PM

crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Shame on you. You know better. Shame on you!

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 6:03 PM

I’ll pitch in for the one way ticket… Has she left Wisconsin yet? I figure she’s performing ‘pro bono’ for the recall effort…

Khun Joe on August 9, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Or helping coordinate the next whitey beat down.

capejasmine on August 9, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Who said anything about SCOTUS?

You need to get away from your professors, if indeed you have any.

You do know that ultimately it is the SCOTUS that interprets the Constitution and its various Amendments, and how they are applied to everyday jurisprudence, don’t you?

You would probably do well to return to your silly sermonizing about the Commerce Clause if you have nothing more intelligent than that to add to this discussion.

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

In other word, if you were to erase the 10th amendment from the Constitution the federal government’s powers would be exactly the same. It doesn’t add anything and it doesn’t limit anything.
crr6 on August 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Only when your confederates selectively ignore the passages of the Constitution which don’t suit their purposes. Are you really that thick, or are you just RABBLE-rousing again?
hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM

In an incredibly insane and idiotic way, crr6 is actually right about this: the Tenth Amendment SHOULD be too patently obvious to ever need to be said to anyone with a working brainstem. It basically boils down to: “READ these WORDS, instead of being a bunch of fvcking liberal moron affholes!”

And that is exactly why it needs to be shoved in their faces over and over and over again. Until neo-hippies are forced to realize that they have all been unremittent idiots their entire lives, they will never be able to learn, literally, the first thing about the United States Constitution – or anything else for that matter.

logis on August 9, 2011 at 6:07 PM

“Since the mid-1930s, the president and Congress have steadily ignored the Tenth Amendment and grown the government to an unbelievable degree,”

They aren’t ignoring the tenth amendment, you dipshit. They are claiming all this legislation falls under the interstate commerce clause. FDR’s supreme kangaroo court went along with it and it has been all downhill ever since. Call me when you form Team ICC. Then I’ll know you’re serious.

Kafir on August 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

They aren’t ignoring the tenth amendment, you dipshit. They are claiming all this legislation falls under the interstate commerce clause.
Kafir on August 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

That was nonsense then, and it is still nonsense today.

If there are no state rights, then the Supreme Court can rewrite the Constitution at its whim. And its revisions last until and unless it deigns to change them.

On the other hand, if there are such things as state rights, then the (non)interstate (non)commerce clause drafted by the Supreme Court (along with every other Constitutional Amendment the Supreme Court has ever written) can be re-considered whenever the Supreme Court tries to enforce its dictates.

You can form as many “ICC Committees” as you want. Bearing in mind that, of course, you have absolutely no Constitutional authority to contest any edict the Supreme Court enacts. But, under the Tenth Amendment, every state in the Union clearly does.

logis on August 9, 2011 at 6:40 PM

logis on August 9, 2011 at 6:40 PM

You just made cur666′s head explode, I’m afraid.

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM

How convenient to be for the 10th after supporting the big govr argument for AGW. Bless his heart, still wants to be relevant.

AH_C on August 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM

You just made cur666′s head explode, I’m afraid.

hillbillyjim on August 9, 2011 at 6:48 PM

“Wait… States have, like… rights? Or something? So then, like, every molecule in my thumbnail is, like, its own sovereign government! Or something.” “Dude, that’s really freaky, man!”

Seriously though, don’t worry. He’ll be fine. He won’t start seeing penumbral emanations unless you do the REALLY hard stuff.

logis on August 9, 2011 at 7:33 PM

It’s a good idea Newt…

… but I just can’t get that picture of you and Nancy Pelosi sitting on that couch out of my head.

Seven Percent Solution on August 9, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Right message, wrong messenger.

petefrt on August 10, 2011 at 7:46 AM

JohnJ stated suggested repealing the 17th amendment and let the Senate enforce the 10th. Good idea, but, unnecesary. If the Senate did their job as they should, they would be enforcing the 10th amendment, 17th amendment or not.

The House of Reprsentatives is called that because they are suppose to represent the people. The Senate is suppose to represent the States, whether they are appointed or elected.

The 17th amendment was to cut out bribery and curruption, not the duty of the Senate to represent the States.

LurP on August 10, 2011 at 9:07 AM