by Michael Gaddy, LewRockwell.com
While I have not changed my beliefs on the illegal, immoral policies and actions of the state, somehow, in the past few months, I have, in the opinion of some readers, changed political affiliations. When I was writing of the illegal wars of the warfare/welfare state, I was often asked to leave the country, called a traitor, a coward, and accused of being a commie liberal. Now, since I have attacked the illegal, immoral actions of the welfare/warfare Obama administration regarding the Second Amendment, I am accused of being a fascist and questioned as to why I supported Bush and his torture of “enemy combatants,” and the Patriot Act.
To many Americans, calling the state on its many crimes when their chosen candidate/party is in power automatically places one in the enemy camp. Freedom, liberty and the Constitution have been swept away in the flood of party politics. Nowhere is the folly of allowing party politics to frame the debate on freedom better illustrated than in Lew Rockwellâ€™s newest, The Left, The Right, and the State.
The belief that an answer to the problems now facing this country can/will be found in Washington, D.C. is totally insane. Washington is the home of criminals, those who rob with a gun, and those who rob with unconstitutional laws and regulations. Begging/lobbying either to change their ways is madness. At least, the criminal who robs with a gun does not claim to be a public servant and doing so “for the children.”
It is my belief, our last chance at subverting the criminality occurring within the federal apparatus known as the federal government is the reclaiming of the rights of the people and the repudiation of overreaching federal tyranny as defined in the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution. This movement, which is now gaining a foothold in many states, is referred to as the State Sovereignty Movement.
Oklahoma State Representative, Charles Key authored HJR 1003, which passed the Oklahoma State House by the vote of 83-13 on February 19th. The following is the official summary from that piece of legislation,
“A Joint Resolution claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates; providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed; and directing distribution.”
(although it failed to pass) New Hampshire has introduced similar legislation, HCR6, based in part on Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, according to NH State Representative, Daniel Itse. Itse can be seen here being interviewed about this legislation by Glenn Beck. Refreshing is it not to hear an elected official say he does not have an office, but does have a “drawer.” How much better off we would be if that were true of all politicians. Perhaps that is one of the reasons state legislators are more responsive to the people in their quest for liberty than those who inhabit the black hole where freedom goes to die inside the Beltway.
At least 20 states now have some form of state sovereignty bill, either introduced, or in the process of being introduced at this time.
It is imperative that we, as citizens of our states, become involved in promoting similar legislation. If our state is not presently considering such a stand, we must encourage the proposal of state sovereignty legislation and support state legislators who have the courage to introduce/support constitutional legislation and stand behind the 9th and 10th Amendments. It is totally delusional to believe the DC crowd will ever again be responsive to the will of the people.
Now would be the perfect time for organizations such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) to cease all support for national politicians and direct their monies and efforts towards passage of these State Sovereignty pieces of legislation. If they refuse to do so, we should take that as an indicator of their actual motives concerning our 2A rights and their hidden allegiance to those who seek to disarm the people. Both organizations have actively supported politicians who have declared by word and action their opposition to our God-given rights defined in our Constitution. Bush and McCain certainly come to mind as two that have recently received their support.
It is imperative we understand, just because a large number of states pass this legislation, the government will still, most likely refuse to honor the wishes of the people to cease and desist the efforts to rob us of our liberty and our money. A quick look at the atrocities Lincoln visited on the South will illustrate what we can expect from those in DC when we re-claim our constitutional rights and move to de-fund the monster.
I highly recommend Professor DiLorenzoâ€™s works on Lincoln and his illegal war, along with, When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession by Charles Adams. Both authors totally debunk the popular theory that the unconstitutional war that claimed the lives of over 600,000 Americans and was instrumental in the polarization of the black and white races was fought over the issue of slavery.
If there still exists a political solution to the problems we the people presently face, this could be our last hope. If a majority of the states were to pass such legislation, we would send a very clear message that the American people have awakened and intend to seek redress of their grievances with the out of control federal bureaucracy.
Michael Gaddy [send him mail], an Army veteran of Vietnam, Grenada, and Beirut, lives in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.
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