Texas Governor Speaks Out on States’ Rights

by Phil on 04/14/2009

As I had reported here, and in what is sure to be an upcoming judicial showdown on accepting only partial stimulus funds, Drudge has now picked up on the fact that Texas Governor Rick Perry is wholeheartedly backing the concept of States’ rights as embodied in the 10th Amendment:

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.” 

Perry continued: “Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas.” 

A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally designated powers and impede the states’ right to govern themselves. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government. 

It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.

Texas’ State page for this initiative is here; a current listing of other State-based initiatives is here.

The TenthAmendmentCenter.com has an excellent posting on the “Enumerated Powers of the States.”

-Phil

There are 5 comments in this article:

  1. 04/14/2009Rocknee says:

    One Governor gets it right and an ex governor pleads not guilty to 16 charges. I get the feeling that there are some enjoying and just waiting for the hammer to fall on barry soetoro!!

  2. 04/14/2009Benaiah says:

    “Don’t mess with Texas” kind of takes on a new meaning…

  3. 04/14/2009LC says:

    I was born in Texas, and by God I will die in Texas.

    I’m in California now…but not for long. Texas, here I come! I’m sorry I ever left you!

  4. 04/14/2009Benaiah says:

    US will provide the Lebanese military [Hizbullah] with unmanned aircraft
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239710693717&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  5. 04/16/2009JeffM says:

    All this activity screams revolution. Governors and state governments clammering for control. Federal “government” spending like mad. Rapidly rising unemployment. Hyperinflation. Breakdown of the government and abandonment of the Constitution.

    These are obvious signs of war on the horizon. If it’s not, I couldn’t imagine what it is.

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