State Legislators Issue Joint Announcement on State Sovereignty

On May 5, 2009, fourteen influential Senators and Representatives from eight states recently organized and made a Joint Announcement of passage of their respective states’ rights resolutions. The Announcement invites governors and state representatives throughout the nation to join them in furthering the states’ rights movement on a coordinated, multi-state level of participation.

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The Constitution: A Radical Cause?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is at it again. Recently, an editorial by Jay Bookman, Georgia Senate endorses radical idea, was published in response to the state senate passing SR 632. Bookman’s commentary is full of slander, not only of the resolution, but of our senate itself. In short, he equates this resolution to nearly firing on Fort Sumter!

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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State of Revolution

While even sympathetic observers will admit that the current 10th amendment revival is a reaction to the new Democratic president, resolution sponsors are making special efforts to point out the constitutional, not partisan, intention of their efforts. Says Republican Michigan state Rep. Paul Opsommer, “Some Democrats feel it is an attack on Obama until I explain I also introduced it last year… This is about the rights of the states and the people, not anything to do with Republicans or Democrats.” Primary sponsor of the pending Kentucky state sovereignty resolution, Rep. John Will Stacy, is a Democrat.

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