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by Walter Scott Hudson
In a recent Minnesota Public Radio article profiling the Minnesota Tea Party Patriots, Democratic-Farmer-Labor party chief Brian Melendez is quoted disparaging those grassroots activists who seek to uphold the Constitution.
The tea party tends to identify themselves with the movement that some have called ’10th-ers,’ people who support the 10th Amendment as a vehicle for obstructing programs sponsored by the federal government, like health care reform.
This term “10th-ers,” which Melendez attempts to distance himself from with an artful use of the anonymous “some,” is a blatant effort to rhetorically group advocates of state’s rights with so-called “Birthers,” who insist on questioning the national origin of President Obama, or “Truthers,” who question the events of September 11, 2001. Apparently, Melendez would have us believe the 10th Amendement is a conspiracy theory.