"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Today the Gingrich campaign launches an initiative known as Team 10. During a bloggers conference call, Newt invited everyone to go to his new Facebook page on the initiative and participate with ideas and suggestions for what he hopes will result in the 10th Amendment Enforcement Act.
Enter Team 10: a crowd-sourced, participatory effort meant to listen, learn and work with the American people, both online and in person, to develop ideas for enforcing the 10th Amendment and returning power back home.
If Newt is the Republican nominee for President, the best of these ideas will be included in a new Contract with America, as part of a “10th Amendment Enforcement Act.”
Using Facebook and Google+, Gingrich is looking for Tea Party activists and other conservatives to bring about Congressional support in the next six to eight months to write the bill. He wants the Gang of 12 commission mandate in the debt ceiling agreement to use the Enforcement Act in finding spending cuts. He uses the Republican principle that prefers state control over federal bureaucracy and red tape. He supports using the Gang of 12 to work on de-centralizing government.
The campaign claims support of "early state" Tea Party groups for Team 10:
Iowa: Jim Conklin (Iowa Conservative Union)
New Hampshire: Michelle McManus (Manchester 9/12)
South Carolina: Elisabet Wilson (Simpsonville Tea Party)
Georgia: Wendy Bloedt (Coweta County Tea Party Patriots)
Florida: Debbie Wilson (Tampa Tea Party) and Guyann Bracken-Fay (Brandon 9/12)
National: Tamara Colbert and Mike Alexander (Pasadena Patriots)
Gingrich said that President Obama "prefers putting people o food stamps" and waging class warfare over finding real solutions to our economic woes.
While calling his resources "scarce" he believes he is a viable Presidential candidate, using Iowa polling as his reference. He said he is viable in polling "with Pawlenty and a couple of others" in Iowa and is spending time there in pursuit of support.
Since the mid 1930's, according to Gingrich, the 10th Amendment has been ignored. He called the Great Society of LBJ "bureauocratic socialism" and that relying on the same people to find economic solutions is not the answer. He thinks Geithner should resign and wants an audit of the Federal Reserve. He calls for "bold steps" and thinks Congress should be called back into session.
He promoted his friend Mike George and the non-profit organization Strong America Now
for ideas of deficit reduction and the way forward in fiscal restraint without raising taxes.
Newt Gingrich is still the man of the big idea.