State Sovereignty Declaration

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. - 10th Amendment to the US Constitution.

A debate going back 230 years about the role of states' rights has surfaced once again. Last week, with little or no fanfare, Texas passed a joint resolution in both houses of their Congress and signed by their governor asserting their rights to sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. The movement appears to have been going on now for a few months, lurking in the shadows, hiding in the background, unreported in any way by the liberal media before last week.

The basic jist of it is this: The federal government is out of control and states are finally realizing this and have begun to take a stand. From unfair taxation to strongarm legislation forcing the states to do things that are beyond the Constitutional authority of the federal government, at least 22 states have finally had enough and have either passed or are very close to passing resolutions declaring their sovereignty. The concept of Constitutional nullification is being bantered about - so rather than secession movements, you essentially have a growing number of states who would argue that you cannot secede from a union which no longer exists due to direct violations of the Constitution itself.

I don't pretend to be much of an expert in this area, but I fully support the movement. Not just in refusing to go along with bogus federal laws and regulations, but with a state being able to raise their own militias and standing armies outside the control of the central authority. Texas for example is in the middle of a crisis along the Mexican border with protesters clogging the border crossings and the drug cartels firing bazookas randomly at people, and shooting across the border at our citizens. Obama has refused to do anything about it, so Governor Perry put the Texas National Guard on alert and from what I gather has already deployed their troops along the border or is working on doing that real soon now.

I have joked and been half serious about a pending second Civil War, but with this current sovereignty movement the question of another Civil War here in America becomes a little more serious. Suppose some states take the next step and declare the Constitution to be null and void, as is their right, and the feds decide this is unacceptable? How do you suppose they'll attempt to put a stop to it? With troops of course. They'll call it quelling a rebellion, but in reality it will be Civil War. We may now be closer than we think to seeing this happen. And we're not alone as Mexico appears to be on the brink of an all out Civil War there too.

There's also the issue of Barack Obama's non-citizenship as verified by his own family in Kenya who have repeatedly said he was born in Nairobi and that his mother was not old enough at the time to pass on citizenship to him. The little matter of his father legally renouncing that citizenship in Indonesia as well. This has at least a few states questioning if our government is even legitimate at all, right now, as we speak. When this kind of talk reaches passed the so-called lunatic fringe into mainstream politics, then it's time to take it seriously. There's even word going around that large segments of the military are seeking court action to determine if they're serving a legitimate commander.

I grabbed a few interesting links on the subject. I've not been able to find a list yet of which 22 states are circulating bills, but Texas and New Hampshire are the most prominent. Even if you think I'm a raving lunatic who is frothing at the mouth, you would do well to read these and watch the videos. The people in them are most certainly not crackpots. This is a dangerous time for our nation.

The original press release from Texas, with video:

Blog posting explaining some highlights of current bills:

Dan Itse (State Representative,NH) - Constitutional Nullification:

Texas on Alert - Even Fox News is trying to suppress the story!

Alan Keyes - Refreshing political honesty:

"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009 5:20 am by Samson in: | 14 comment(s) [Closed]
Michael Boldin [Anon] said:
Comment #1 Apr 15, 2009 9:31 pm
Great post - hope to read more from you on this in the near future!

you can reference a full listing of state sovereignty resolutions at the Tenth Amendment Center

Some good information there on those pages Michael, thanks. I'll have a look through them as time permits. If it hadn't been for stumbling over something on Drudge about Texas I have to wonder just how long it would have been before the media finally mentioned all that's happening. It's really refreshing to know that so many others share my point of view on this in so many different states. I guess I know where to head when the tanks roll in :)

Just a quick note - states do have the constitutional power to declare war, though it's circumscribed: "No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another state, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay." - Article I, Section 10.3.

Well I suppose the counter argument to that would be that if a state secedes, are they still going to consider themselves bound to Article 1, Section 10? Somehow I'd have to assume not. That said, the 10th Amendment movement isn't about the ability to make war on a foreign power or against Washington DC. It's simply to remind the feds where their place is and what powers they do and don't have. Something they've all forgotten over the last 200 years.

My point was just that a state doesn't have to secede in order to retain the ability to declare war. That said, that clause was written when troop movements across states took days and days, so that if, say, Britain showed up with a big fleet and tried to capture Manhattan as a base to attacking the rest of the US, NY could declare war without waiting for the news to get by horse to DC/Philadelphia, Congress to make a deliberation, etc. It's tough to think of a set of modern circumstances would lead a state to feel so threatened that it declared war on a foreign power that also didn't lead the President to feel that he had to call in the National Guard. The delay we're talking about is now on the order of a few hours, rather than days or weeks.

I agree with Michael, "Great post", Samson. I also think a civil war/revolution is probably well past overdue at this point here and I think it'll be a tough battle if more than half the states decide to declare the constitution no longer valid and recall their state citizens from the national military to enroll in the state militia instead.. Somehow I doubt Obama will be able to just appease his way out of that one, but he'd be right that he'd have brought about huge change via his election.. along with definitely taking a huge place in history - but as the straw that broke the camel's back. ;)

I really hope you guys realize what you're saying. While I agree that it's long overdue, do you realize that some other country (i.e. China) will probably be all over us in a heartbeat if any kind of civil unrest breaks out here? Do you really think that they won't take advantage of the situation to their own gains?

I don't think China would be the one to risk it really. They have an economic interest in letting us live, in one piece even. Without us their economy dies. Simple as that.

I would however expect Russia to try and take advantage of the situation. They can't be trusted, never could. I wouldn't even put it past the Euros to try and pull something. Either way, we're going to find out. I fear it will be sooner rather than later if things keep going the way they are.

I really was never inclined to believe all these conspiracy theories, but the one about the 'FEMA Concentration Camps' in combination with this that you've shown us kind of clicks.

I've noticed that Glenn Beck has become strongly anti-government all the sudden. Check this out:
You can skip to 2:02 if you want, but I wouldn't. Can end it after 3:00 if you like too, but I wouldn't.

And then this is even more shocking. On the same day, on HIS program:

Somebody threatened him..

And recently, he's been EXTREMELY anti-government.

I'm sure you've heard the Prison Camp conspiracy theory, but if you haven't..:

Well, Zenn, I'm not sure that I'll agree with Samson's reasons for which countries would try to jump into the fray to their own benefits should we enter a civil war, but I do agree that we would certainly see other countries jumping to get a grip on a piece of what used to be the USA once it begins and that it's likely enough to begin soon if it hasn't already via "underground" movements and political activities that just haven't gotten full media coverage yet. As for conspiracy theories, well.. let's just leave those as theory for now rather than jumping the gun and assuming there are enough correlating factors to call any of them real just yet, shall we?

Honestly I don't think China is going to ruin what they've got now. Not unless North Korea goes off and does something really stupid and tries to start some shit while a period of unrest is underway and China feels compelled to act out of honor or something.

Zenn, if you're just now realizing Glen Beck is strongly anti-government, you haven't paid any attention at all. I hardly watch the guy and I picked up on that eons ago :P

If anybody realizes that we won't be there to help, I'm sure you can probably say goodbye to South Korea, Israel, and Taiwan at the very least.

God knows what Russia will do with their former bloc states, as well.

Well, I don't think you should be in such a rush to bid farewell to Israel, they've got a lot we've been holding them back from doing for decades now, but you might be right about the others.

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