by Rich Hand

As usual, Walter Williams hits the nail on the head. This article references a referendum introduced in the state legislature of Oklahoma to put the Federal government on notice that it has over stepped its bounds based on the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The founders would have never been able to get the constitution passed by the states if they could foresee the current actions of the federal government.

They would be completely surprised at the degree to which the states have given over responsibility and authority for issues regarding individual citizens in individual states. The state representatives at the constitutional convention were passionate about state’s rights, and suspicious of any power transfer to the federal government. It was a miracle that the constitution was ratified.

The Oklahoma legislature that passed the resolution restating their states rights as defined in the constitution would be applauded by our founders. It is interesting how ignorant most of us are on the details and history of our constitution. Ignorance is the only reason we continue to accept unfunded mandates, and an over active federal government supported by an over active federal court system.

If our founders were here today, we would have had a revolution already. All of their fears have been realized. They feared too much power in a central authority. They feared that fractions would develop and control the process of government while ignoring the will of the people. They feared tyranny over the states. They feared a central government would become too powerful and impose on individual freedoms. To name a few…

The Oklahoma state legislature is just trying to re-establish the balance that the founders worked so hard to solidify in our constitution. We should join them…

Rich Hand is a candidate for congressional district 5 in colorado. Formerly a Republican, he has left the party after 16 years because of his disappointment with its direction. He is a dedicated family man, the author of My Life; Ignored! and a musician with 3 CD’s. Visit his blog at

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