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"’Tis done. We have become a nation." Benjamin Rush, a Founding Father, wrote this in a letter to his friend, Elias Boudinot, on July 9, 1788, regarding the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

Georgia’s Founding Fathers, Abraham Baldwin and William Few, would not have ratified the Constitution if they thought the state of Georgia would be subservient to the newly formed federal government. This is why our Founding Fathers included the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.

The federal government in Washington is self-aware. Bureaucrats issue rules and regulations that affect all aspects of our lives at a frenetic pace. The Federal Register published 80,700 pages in 2008; 69,676 pages in 2009; and so far in 2010, 3,845 pages, or 256 per day, are published.

Social Security is in the red by $17.5 trillion (12 zeros); Medicare’s unfunded liability is $61.6 trillion, including a $16.6 trillion Medicare Part D (prescription drug benefit) liability. Do the math. Forecast gross domestic product for the United States in 2010 is $14.3 trillion. The federal government is going to supernova and it can’t be stopped at the national level.

Our Founding Fathers provided the states with a tool to protect ourselves from the leviathan both Democrats and Republicans created. It is called the 10th Amendment.

The state of Georgia must elect state representatives, state senators and a governor who will nullify federal mandates. If we don’t, one day a Republican or Democrat will say, "’Tis done."

Bill Evelyn

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