Update from Sen Fielder – Farming, Ranching, & Freedom

Farming, Ranching, & Freedom? Absolutely!Update from Senator Fielder, R – Thompson Falls, MT Last week people and producers from across Montana celebrated NationalAgriculture Day at the State Capitol. As part of the festivities, MontanaAgri-Women saw fit to honor me with the 2015 “Keeper of the Tenth” award. Sowhat does the Tenth Amendment have to do with farming and ranching? Montana’s number one industry — agriculture — includes 27,000 farms andranches which support tens of thousands of great jobs in Montana whileproducing food and other useful commodities for millions of peopleworldwide. That truly is something to celebrate. In opening remarks, Agri-Women President Kellie Kittelmann stated, “The ideaconceived by our founders and adopted into the U.S. Constitution to allowthe states the right to administer rules and regulations of property closeto home is vital to Montana agriculture. State governance is important tomaintain local input and accountability which is not feasible nor accessiblefrom far away bureaucrats in Washington D.C.” Ms. Kittelmann continued by citing the Tenth Amendment of the U.S.Constitution which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States bythe Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to theStates respectively, or to the people.” As she presented the award, Ms. Kittelmann concluded, “It is not easy beingat the forefront. Being there leaves a person in a vulnerable position forambush. Senator Fielder has provided leadership and direction foragriculture in Helena and specifically for states’ rights. Her determinationand wisdom have put her at the head of the pack, and she has remained steadyand brave. Congratulations to you Senator Fielder. Please accept this awardwith our sincere appreciation.” This award from the agricultural community was totally unexpected but verymuch appreciated. I believe upholding the Law of the 10th amendment, and theentire U.S. Constitution, is not only beneficial to agriculture, but thesefundamental principles of liberty and self-government are beneficial to allmankind. Unfortunately, the Constitution’s meaning sometimes gets lost in theshuffle. For example, Article VI. Clause 2, commonly referred to as ‘TheSupremacy Clause’, reads: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the UnitedStates which shall be made in pursuance thereof.. shall be the supreme Lawof the Land.” Because it is called the Supremacy Clause (a nick name), some peoplemistakenly jump to the conclusion that this means all federal laws aresupreme to all state laws. But inclusion of the term “in Pursuance thereof”within this clause, ensures all federal laws must be in pursuance of theConstitution, i.e. in accomplishing or carrying out the Constitution. Courtshave repeatedly ruled that federal laws do have limits and that any lawscontrary to the Constitution are invalid. Besides, if it were true that the federal government can do whatever itwants, then what are the powers “not delegated to the United States”? Andwhich powers “are reserved to the states”? Remember the Tenth Amendmentsays, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution.are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” During the First Congress in 1789, James Madison (father of theConstitution) said: “The State Legislatures will jealously and closely watchthe operations of this [federal] Government and be able to resist with moreeffect every assumption of power, than any other power on earth can do; andthe greatest opponents to [establishing] a federal government admit theState Legislatures to be the sure guardians of the people’s Liberty.” All public officials have an imperative responsibility to recognize anduphold the Constitutional boundary between state and federal jurisdiction.Every word of the Constitution is significant, otherwise it would not havebeen included. The “Keeper of the Tenth” award now sits in my office as a reminder ofAgri-Women and everyone — including several excellent colleagues,supporters, and all lovers of liberty — who share a steadfast commitment toConstitutional principles that enhance the lives, livelihoods, and freedomsof all Americans. Several of my colleagues already qualify, but I hope oneday every state legislator can be known as a sure guardian of the people’sliberty. God Bless You, God Bless America, and God Bless the Montana Way of Life weLove! JenniferSen Jennifer FielderMontana State Senate – District 7Please connect with me at: www.jenniferfielder.uswww.jenniferfielder.us —This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.http://www.avast.com

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