June of 2009, the Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled that Governor Mark Sanford can not refuse the Federal Stimulus money being giving to his state. Justin Williams, a third year law student was one of the plantiffs that brought this suit against Gov. Sanford. A June 10th article by Katie Jones from UWire and reported on Foxnews.com discusses the suit and references Justin Williams and what he has done. In response to this article I have written an open letter to Mr. Justin Williams. Below is the link to the article on Foxnews.com and then my open letter to Mr. Williams.
Dear Justin William,
Recently you made the news for your role in bringing a suite against the Governor of your state Mark Sanford for refusing to accept the "bailout" money from the Federal Government. While I admire your altruistic views I want to take this time to point out how your actions came with ramifications that quite frankly I would expect a third year law student to think through. My first conclusion is they do not teach law students about the constitution in South Carolina’s schools. My second conclusion is that some law students don’t take the time to read and understand the Constitution on their own. Had you read and studied this document, a document that is the basis of our country's Government you would have known that Gov. Sanford was doing the right thing and was only looking out for the best interest of South Carolina. You may wonder why someone like myself living in California cares about what you have done and why you have done it, I can only point out that what you have done affects all Americans, not just those living in South Carolina. How you managed to convince your Supreme Court to rule in favor of forcing the Governor to take this money is a quandary. What you and the Supreme Court told Gov. Sanford is that you have to participate in plundering the rest of the nation for your righteous cause. I do believe that those justices should hang their heads low and ultimately the citizens of your state should call for their removal. They failed at their job to uphold the Constitution as you have failed on your job as a citizen. Your actions and the decision of your state’s Supreme Court will ultimately hurt those very same people you think you are looking out for. Their cost of living will increase due to the inflation caused by all the printing of new money for these bailouts and their taxes will increase in order for the government to cover up this hidden tax. Thanks to your actions, the Federal Government will now have more power and permission to continue to plunder the citizens of your state and every other state in the union.
The powers delegated to Congress do not include the funding of state projects including education. I commend Gov. Mark Sanford for attempting to shake off the yoke of federal funding; funding which the federal government uses to bully States to their will. The powers of the State in regards to the lives of their citizens must not be infringed. Gov. Sanford’s actions in refusing stimulus money were in the State’s best interests and, by extension the rest of the nation. Only the residents of a particular state can fully understand the needs of that state. An all-encompassing central government was the last thing our founders wanted when they imagined a free and prosperous Republic. By subverting the Governors authority in this matter you have done your state a grave disservice. You have enabled the Federal Government to have an ever-increasing stranglehold on your state, given them just-cause in their ever increasing spending when many Americans are struggling just to get by. Where do you think this "stimulus" money comes from? It comes from the pockets of hard working Americans who will be taxed even further to keep up with this, illegal I might remind you, spending. So thank you Mr. Williams, thank you for stealing from me and every other tax-paying American just so you will not have to pay for your own education, as a responsible individual should. While you celebrate your imagined victory, just remember that when you finally graduate your earning power will be significantly decreased due to the mass inflation caused by the spending you championed.
I do not know all of Gov. Sanford’s policies but I do know he was right with his decision to refuse the money. He is the true hero. Not many Governors are willing to stand up against the unconstitutional powers of Federal Government has usurped. I would direct you to read both Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution as well as the Tenth Amendment. As you are a law student, the text of these items should be clear.
From this day forward I would suggest you work with-in your state and community to have your altruistic views enacted and leave the Federal Government out of it as the Constitution directs. I also suggest you draft letters of apology to your fellow citizens and to Gov. Sanford for your actions as they will, in the end, have the opposite effect on your state than you intended. The citizens of South Carolina should applaud Gov. Sanford and recognize that his decision was in the best interest of the state and its people. I personally want to thank Gov. Sanford for his courage in standing up to the Federal Government, for his understanding of his State’s rights and hope that he serves as an example to all the Governors of the other forty-nine states. Our Governor here in California is standing there like Oliver Twist saying, “Please sir can I have some more”. Your Governor is standing up saying “No More” -- a statement that makes him the real hero.
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