Here Comes New Liberty

Almost half of the state legislatures are considering or have representatives preparing to introduce resolutions which reassert the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution and the idea that federal power is strictly limited to specific areas detailed in the Constitution and that all other governmental authority rests with the states.

In the version of this bill being considered in Washington state, they appeal to the authority of James Madison in The Federalist who wrote:

""The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people."
The founding fathers believed in a balance between state and federal power. This state sovereignty movement clearly arises from the belief that the balance of power has tilted too far and for too long in the direction of the federal government and that it's time to restore that lose balance.

The emergence of this movement is a hopeful sign of the people asserting their rights and the rights of the states and finally crying "enough" to runaway government. With the threat of increasingly out of control federal spending, some of these sovereignty bills may stand a fair chance of passage in the coming year.

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CHEF TROLL said...

A lot of variety in the States attempting to take this first step.
One wonders who is sponsoring some of them and why.

It's my understanding that Pelosi's orwellian "Freedom of Choice" act flat-out DOES forbid States from enacting common-sense measures regulating Abortion Mills.

One thing most people aren't thinking about yet is the Obamanation's plan to re-direct the focus and expand the power of Federal EEOC bureaucrats.

That could expand the State's Rights movement.

Gnomeself Be True said...

I think the commie/lib/democrats realize that this is their time. Most of the populous is so deeply ignorant of history or the importance of the protections built in to the constitution that they would not even notice.
Others, like my loving spouse, sincerely believe that the government is better qualified to run most people’s lives anyway.

fishy said...

Sign me up for the Sovereignty Party!

No question the Federal government is too large and far too intrusive.
We have reached the sad situation where the Federal government is DICTATING our cultural standards and our morals. They assuredly use the weapons of taking our monies and then distributing them back to the states so long as the states, and their populations, do as they are told.

This was NOT the purpose of the Federal government initially and should not be now.

In William Bennett's book,
The De-Valuing of America, his first chapter addresses the need to , "Identify The Enemy"...which is mostly identified as the "liberal elite" .....he goes on to say,
"There is a fundamental difference between many of the most important beliefs of most Americans and the beliefs of a liberal elite that today dominates many of our institutions and who therefore exert influence on American life and culture"

The book was written in 1992...and boy has the Liberal Elite increased their menace to us all!

On the issue of Federal mandated , unfunded programs, forced upon our schools, I will again quote Bennett
" Seeing outstanding schools in action makes it clear why they succeed: local people, leadership, community commitment, ans shared values, not federal tutelage."

The statistical reality is our schools have declined since the Feds got involved. We need to get the Feds out of our schools, out of our communities, out of our states. I might even be in favor of reversing the direction of the money flow....make the Federal government funds come from the states, not the other way around.

Governments earn no monies..they take money from their people in the form of taxation. What if there were no federal taxation?
What if income taxes were paid at the state level only. A percentage of those funds would then be sent to Washington based on population densities. In this way...the Federal government is again in the roll of SERVING and is no longer the DICTATOR in say my region, by the belief systems of the crazies in say California.

Bring on States Sovereignty!