Am I the only one that finds it a bit disingenuous that all of a sudden now my fellow Christian brothers are just coming out of the wood work to say, "We gotta get back to the constitution." However, if somebody brings up the 10th amendment their reactions is something akin to this, "Woah! Now, you just hold on a sec...we didn't mean THAT part of the constitution"?
There is a difference between the legality and the punishment... The legality the federal government can impose via the 14th. However, the punishment and technicalities are completely up to the individual states to enforce. It is this way with every other law and corresponding punishment on the books, why should any form of murder be held to a different standard? ALL life is sacred.
Please explain to me the exact meaning and nature of the 10th amendment... Do you mean to tell me that our founding fathers were so vain as to place a toothless ornament within the bill of rights? I guess my bigger point is this, in order to be consistent you really have to want to have the federal government involved directly into every aspect of these type of crimes. However, I don't hear people arguing that the federal government ought to be taking over the enforcement of murder, what I hear is people wanting to bestow the same rights we all have. Part of those rights is for each of us to handle our own business...as states that is.
If you read Dr. Paul's addendum to the personhood pledge he makes it very clear that he would have every intention of making the states enforce the law, that is, place penalties upon the crime of murder. However, as with murder and every other crime, he wishes to allow them to decide what penalty is appropriate... I donít see anyone arguing that we have uniform punishment for any other particular crimes.
The federal government can require a state up hold prohibitions upon murder, however, they have no right to tell the state how to punish the crime of murder. They have no right to demand that abortion be 1st degree rather than a 3rd degree felony. There is 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree murder, and the states get to decide what is what. All the 14th can demand is that all be treated equally under the law, but those particular law they have no right to impose.
It would be enforced as the crime of murder, for that is what it is. In fact, if ever given a chance, I'll ask Dr. Paul (perhaps if he is on Jan Michelson's show, because we know he will never be on Deace for whatever reason) if the means as I am describing or if it means as you fear. I'll bet my bottom dollar (which is zero for the record) that is indeed what he is saying. I'd however not want to put words into his mouth.
To be fair, Anti-Paul folks are twisting his positions. People say he wants to make abortions a 10th issue. Not sohis addendum makes it perfectly clear that he fully intends to hold each state responsible for enforcement of this crime. What he rightly recognizes that then as with every other law on the books it is up to the state to deal with the technical process and the punishment. IF these people want to remain consistent then they need to start crying out that indeed different states have different levels of punishment for the same crimes.
The beauty of America is e pluribus Unum/ from many comes one
however, we mustn't forget or forsake the many to recognize the one...