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, â€œSome Democrats feel it is an attack on Obama until I explain I also introduced it last yearâ€¦ This is about the rights of the states and the people, not anything to do with Republicans or Democrats.â€ Primary sponsor of the pending Kentucky state sovereignty resolution, Rep. John Will Stacy, is a Democrat.Details
Legislators in Ohio have introduced House Concurrent Resolution 11, “To claim sovereignty over certain powers pursuant to the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, to serve notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates, and to insist that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed. “Details
On 03-05-09, Alabama State Representative Canfield introduced House Joint Resolution 298 to call on the State of Alabama to claim “Sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution” and to serve “notice to the federal government to cease and desist”
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On 03-10-09, legislators in the State of Oregon submitted House Joint Memorial 17, which calls on the federal government to “cease and desist imposing mandates that are beyond the scope of those powers expressly delegated by the Constitution of the United States to the federal government…”
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Pennsylvania Lawmakers encourage supporters to join them at Capitol event
Politicians in Washington, D.C., have been exerting undue influence on the states and itâ€™s time for them to stop. Thatâ€™s the sentiment behind a rally Rep. Samuel E. Rohrer (R-128) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) will hold at noon on Monday in the Capitol Rotunda.
â€œIf you think the size and scope of the federal government has far exceeded our Founding Fathersâ€™ intentions, then we hope you come out Monday to support our cause,â€ Rohrer said. â€œFor too long, Congress and the president have been encroaching on policy areas that ought to be decided by the states. This rally is the equivalent of posting a â€˜no trespassingâ€™ sign.â€Details
by State Rep. Dick Harwood, Idaho-St. Maries
It might seem strange that the Legislature is considering action to declare Idaho’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. State sovereignty should be a given.
Yet, it isn’t. “Change” is the latest buzzword in politics; that’s what President Obama campaigned for when he ran for office and since he took office in January. He wants “change” in the political climate in Washington and “change” in how business is conducted.Details
by Justin D. Lowry, Georgia Conservative Weekly
Change is inevitable, and not all change is bad just as not all change is good. Government is a collection of law. Politics uses philosophy and theory. The way to test these is to compare them to events in history. If something didnâ€™t work 100 years ago, it will not work now.
To put state sovereignty to this test, you will see that it worked for around 90-100 years. The Articles of Confederation clearly expressed states rights, and the Constitution gives states levels of autonomy.Details
The danger of being number 10 is that no one really knows who you are. George Washington was our first president; but how many can name number 10 off the top of their head? And Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to climb Everest, but does anyone know who the tenth person was to reach the summit?Details