The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution reads:
"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."
In essence, this was the Founders way of saying, "This government derives its rights from the consent of the governed and what they want it to do."
They meant that we had a Federal government, limited in its scope by what we the people granted it. It is at the core of Federalism that the States, "or to the people" was included in this, the final act in the Bill of Rights.
The AFL-CIO, in their blog entry, "'Tenthers' Would Abolish Wage and Child Labor Laws, Social Security, Medicare, and More" accuse conservatives of just that. Moreover, they equate conservatives who see the 10th amendment as an important check on Federal power to "cultists."
Of course, their definition of "cultist" in this case is:
"Most cults are based in some sort of skewed spiritual vision or the worship of a charismatic leader, but there is a re-emerging cult that bows down at the feet of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."
I wonder who the "charismatic leader" is in this case? In the grammatical sense, they are putting the US Constitution in the role of leader here. That being the case, I plead guilty. I am a cultist when it comes to the Constitution. Hey, AFL-CIO, I served over 20 years in the Navy and I took an oath (and oft-repeated it) to defend that Constitution. I don't think you could get much more cultist than I was (and still am). So, if it's "cultist" to love, defend, honor, and protect that document, so be it.
What's that make you, leaders of the AFL-CIO?