of Americans watch with horror as the Obama administration continues to
implement its own version of 'change.' Change that involves an unprecedented
and systematic devolution of power to the federal government, in direct
contravention of the Constitution.
the pending takeover of 17% of economy under the auspices of health care
reform, to the government takeover and subsequent ownership of automobile
companies, to the unconstitutional interference in the formerly private market
under the rubric of stimulating the economy. Not to mention the proposed cap
and trade legislation which would give the federal government unlimited powers
of taxation and regulation under the guise of saving the planet.
ignored by elected officials of both parties is the tenth amendment of the
Constitution, which states very clearly, "The power not delegated to
by the Constitution, nor prohibited
by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the
Many Americans don't agree with the left's idea of a 'living constitution,'
arguing that the intent of the founders should govern the interpretation and
application of the Constitution, not the whimsical and politically motivated
present day politicians. And, largely unreported by the media, they are
starting to stand up to the federal government.
date, 37 states have introduced sovereignty resolutions,
asserting their state's sovereign rights under the tenth amendment.
this month, Louisiana became the seventh state, joining Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Idaho and Tennessee to officially adopt a
resolution affirming their sovereignty. These states are putting the federal
government on notice that politicians in Washington do not have the right, under
the Constitution, to continue to impose their increasingly onerous federal
mandates on sovereign states.
states, with Arizona leading the way, are going a step further.
Under Arizona's Health Care Freedom Act, which was passed by
the Arizona state legislature this month, a voting
initiative will be placed on the 2010 ballot that, if passed, will allow Arizona to opt out of any federal
health care plan.
Following Arizona's lead, five other states -- Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming -- are considering similar initiatives to opt out of federal
health care for their 2010 ballots. This even before Congress has created the
Arizona is also preparing for the misnamed 'climate'
bill, that passed the House this month (with eight Republican votes). The
Arizona state Senate voted 19-10 to approve a bill banning the Department of
Environmental Quality from
enacting or enforcing measures with language pertaining to climate change.
states are stepping up to the plate and asserting their state's sovereign right
under the second amendment - a right that guarantees the right of the people to
keep and bear arms.
On July 6, Florida introduced the Firearms Freedom Act which seeks to provide "that
specified firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition for personal use manufactured
in state are not subject to federal law or regulation" in the State of Florida.
the representatives 'we the people' have elected to preserve and protect our rights
are ignoring the clear, unequivocal language of the Constitution. Our
politicians seem unaware of the fact that the Constitution does not
includeÂ Congressional power to override state laws.
fact, the power our representatives are now accruing to the federal government
was expressly voted down, not once, but several times.
the Constitutional ratification process, James Madison drafted the 'Virginia
Plan' which advocated a strong federal government. It proposed, among other
things, giving Congress legislative authority, and a veto over state laws. Each
of Madison's proposals was soundly defeated. Our founders'
clear intent was vesting all powers in the states, with but a few, listed
since 1938, when FDR used the occasion of the Great Depression to drastically
expand the scope of federal government (Wickard
vs. Filburn) using an absurd reading of the Commerce Clause, this
unconstitutional taking of power by the central government has gone virtually
unchallenged. Until now.
the media have ignored these efforts, 'we the people' are starting to fight
back, via our state and local representatives.
Politicians need to be reminded that our Constitution is still in effect. And
Americans need to be reminded that just because some believe the trendy notion
that our Constitution is a 'living, breathing' document, doesn't make it so.