Mar 19, 2010

States' Rights Movement - STAND UP AMERICA!

The battle over when states rights trump federal government edicts is as old as the constitution. But recently, an increasing number of states are standing up to the federal government and asserting their independence through legislation, resolutions or rhetoric.
It’s widespread. We’re seeing states all across the republic with different resolutions or legislation. Some deal with health care, some firearms.

States are declaring their independence differently. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 states have followed Montana and introduced legislation saying if a gun is manufactured in that state and stays in that state, then federal regulation, such as registration, doesn’t apply. On March 12, Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, a Republican, signed such a bill into law. Wyoming’s governor signed a similar bill the day before.

Idaho’s Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a law March 17 ordering the state attorney general to sue if Congress approves health care legislation. Similar bills are pending in 37 other states. Another Arizona lawmaker has introduced a firearms measure similar to the one signed by Rounds of South Dakota. Starting with Maine in 2007, 25 states have passed resolutions or legislation denouncing or refusing to implement the federal REAL ID which imposes strict – and costly – security and authentication standards for issuing drivers licenses.

While some say the push for states rights is largely a Republican, red state, Tea Party phenomenon, not so. Oregon, Wisconsin, Maryland and New Hampshire – all states won by President Obama in 2008 – where resolutions were introduced last year aimed at bringing members of the National Guard home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The message is clear: Don’t Tread on Me!

At the center of the arguments made by states' rights advocates is the Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights:

“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.”

That amendment is a weaker version of a similar sentence in the earlier Articles of Confederation:

"Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled."

By the will of the States, our nation “Of the people, by the people, and for the people” refounded upon “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” would again become the beacon of the world as the rest of the planet realizes that we have finally decided to do something about our future! If the States don't become UNITED now, the wild Progressive coup in Washington under the direction of the Obama administration, will succeed in "fundamentally transforming" our country.

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