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-- 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (The Message)

States Formally Declare: Don’t Tread On Us!

With Matt Drudge having drawn red-highlight attention to Oklahoma’s State House having passed their chamber’s version of a Tenth Amendment resolution (a feat big enough of a deal to warrant Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s inviting State Senator Charles Key to his Saturday night FoxNews show) and the Politico similarly mentioning a brief overview of these bills and resolutions — heck, even The New York Times posts a relatively reasonable response to these events – one might think that a movement was afoot.

In fact, while Mississippi also looks like it’s about to be passing its own resolution, there are far-reaching implications, for even States such as Tennessee are looking at passing bills having to do with the Second Amendment, and with court cases like Nordyke v. King providing fodder for federal challenges to the companion Bill of Rights issue of weapons rights, it’s unlikely that the States’ rights movement is going to slow any time soon.

This is precisely what State legislators like South Dakota State Rep. M. J. “Manny” Steele proposes in his invitation (PDF with signatures) for other State officials to join the cause (as always, major hat-tip to TenthAmendmentCenter.com):

Greetings from South Dakota.  I am proud to announce that South Dakota was the first state to accomplish bicameral passage of its resolution, HCR1013, to affirm our state’s rights.

Joining me today to announce the successful passage this year of their respective states’ rights resolutions are the primary sponsors and leaders from the following states:

  • Alaska (HJR27) Passed House and Senate
    Mike Kelly, Dist. 7, Sponsor
    Gary Stevens, Senate President
  • Georgia (SR632) Passed Senate
    Chip Pearson, Dist. 51, Sponsor
  • Idaho (HJM004) Passed House and Senate
    Lenore Barrett, Dist. 35, Sponsor
    Dick Harwood, Dist. 2, Sponsor
    Lawerence Denney, House Speaker
  • Missouri (HCR13) Passed House
    Jim Guest, Dist. 5, Sponsor
  • North Dakota (HCR3063) Passed House and Senate
    Craig Headland, Dist. 29, Sponsor
    David Monson, House Speaker
  • Oklahoma (HJR1003) Passed House and Senate
    Randy Brogdon, Dist. 34, Sponsor
  • South Carolina (H3509) Passed House; Currently in Senate Committee
    Michael A. Pitts, Dist. 14, Sponsor
  • South Dakota (HCR1013) Passed House and Senate
    Manny Steele, Dist. 12, Sponsor
    Dennis Daugaard, Lt. Governor
    Tim Rave, House Speaker

We have heard great news from Texas that its HCR50 passed committee April 23, 2009. Sponsoring Representative Brandon Creighton expects the House to pass the resolution very shortly. In addition, Arizona’s HCR2024 passed committee on April 14, and per Sponsoring Representative Judy Burges, it is expected to pass the House.

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution expressly reserves all powers to the states which are not delegated to the federal government. Over the course of decades, there have been increasing federal mandates and acts designed to effectively step in and legislate the affairs of our various states from Washington D.C.

Federal usurpation into state affairs severely limits the ability of state governments to operate according to their citizens’ wishes. We believe that the best government is one which governs closer to the people.

As of this announcement, legislatures in nine states’ have acted on bi-partisan support and have passed their respective resolutions to affirm states’ rights. These are: Alaska (HJR27), Georgia (SR632), Idaho (HJM4), Indiana (SR42), Missouri (HCR13), North Dakota (HCR3063), Oklahoma (HJR1003), South Carolina (H3509) and South Dakota (HCR1013).

It appears that there are 25 more states which presently have similar resolutions pending.

The current price of erosion of states’ rights exceeds $11 trillion. Without the countless attempts in Washington to duplicate and micromanage our states’ affairs, much of this debt could have been avoided.

It is our sincere desire that each of you sees this popular issue as a means to more effectively carry out your duties to the citizens you work so hard to represent. We call on you to join us so that, together, we can make a difference.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or to discuss how our states can work together to bring back government closer to the people.

I tend to agree with TheNewConservative blog as far as what we, the People should demand from our leaders:

As new potential candidates come forward – ask them how they would vote on a state sovereignty bill… and then continue to press the issue of state’s rights and limited government… Let’s vet the 2010 candidates fully and ensure that the next generation of GOP candidates breathes the necessary life into the party.

Aside from my own page containing State-based initiatives, another great site to check out is SovereignStates.net and their listing of States considering sovereignty resolutions.

-Phil

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21 Responses to “States Formally Declare: Don’t Tread On Us!

  • 1
    The Doer
    May 7th, 2009 22:14

    This is great news, but can someone please tell me why Florida is not doing anything about this? Are we Floridians just going to sit idly by and have our rights taken away?

  • 2
    NewOrleansPuma
    May 7th, 2009 22:34

    The Republic is being dissembled before our eyes every day as more and more legislation usurps not only the powers of individual states but individual rights of assembly and speech.

    The time is now. We will stop this. The States Rights Movement is just getting started.

  • 3
    Bigeasy43
    May 7th, 2009 22:49

    We have to start with our cities, here in New Orleans we have C Ray “Chocolate City” Nagan that can’t remember how the numerous trips he has taken were paid for.

  • 4
    DJ
    May 7th, 2009 23:00

    Response to “The Doer”:

    Because your spending too much time blogging. Go Do It Doer! Quit waiting for someone to push it for you!

  • 5
    Roderick
    May 7th, 2009 23:01

    I just got an email from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office. It states that “As our state faces a serious budget situation, it is necessary that agencies take a close look at the stimulus bill and review every program. The state will not use a portion of the stimulus package that requires the state to change its law to expand unemployment insurance coverage to qualify for federal stimulus funding because it would result in a tax increase on Louisiana businesses. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Federal law requires us to pass all of those costs on to our employers in the form of unemployment insurance tax increase.” And the letter goes on. The point being this non-NBC who thinks he is running our government and who is trying to force us to live under his tutelage is only causing everybody to jump ship in the form of state sovereignty resolutions. Not only does he not realize that his “stimulus package” is illegal, but he also does not realize that his trying to ban guns is unconstitutional. Good luck earl and brygenon your man is on the run

  • 6
    buck baker
    May 7th, 2009 23:37

    i suppose i was a lucky one. My dad was a sheriff in Lafayette ct Ark for 18 yr. I got to meet a whole bunch of people. Jonny cash, whitt stevens ,we went to his place and had one of his open dinners, you know, the cooked bar-b-gue type thing that he gave. Mr Faubus was at our home for a dinner at one time. Gov. Cherry was there at one time also.Was at a dinner in Little Rock once with slick willy. He could not keep his eyes off my wife. The Ark. 150TH birthday celebration at the war mem stadioum. He was a slime ball. Shucks, just woke up, thought i might post something on something. never done this before. hope yall get this

  • 7
    Christinewjc
    May 7th, 2009 23:40

    Heard about this on Glenn Beck’s show today. What GREAT NEWS!! It’s about time that WE THE PEOPLE in the states DO SOMETHING about this awful power grab that usurper ObamaFRAUD and his cohorts are wielding in this nation!

  • 8
    magna carta
    May 8th, 2009 00:18

    I hear HR 45 gun bill is in committee…next front!

  • 9
    Zeeshopper
    May 8th, 2009 01:08

    @The Doer:

    This says it all:

    Governor Charlie Crist: RINO of the Year (so far)
    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30141

  • 10
    Jeff Matthews
    May 8th, 2009 03:41

    Go to sovereignstates.net to see who these legislators are and to give them your support.

  • 11
    John Galt
    May 8th, 2009 09:32

    The Times headline was enough for me to pass on the article.

    The first sentence on the Politico blog was also enough to pass on the rest of the article.

    Why waste your time reading inaccurate garbage unless of course you are a politician and want to get a little more insight into what the leftists are thinking.

    However, like always when one reads what their opponents write they then usually fall into the trap of arguing with them which diverts one from getting out the truth. I learned many years ago that arguing with the left is a total joke and wasts of valuable time.

    The truth is what is relevant not the garbage written by the ignorant left wing.

  • 12
    The DOER
    May 8th, 2009 09:45

    Okay. Obviously our Governor will be no help in this for the great State of Florida. Whom should I contact?

  • 13
    Carol Greenberg
    May 8th, 2009 21:15

    Marga Carta:

    Just checked NRA-ILA site. You can relax, at least for now. HR 45 has no sponsors besides the introducer; Bobby Rush (D-IL) and there has been no activity since introduction.

    http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/NewsReleases.aspx?ID=12117

  • 14
    Drake
    May 8th, 2009 22:39

    Nice blog. But citing Drudge? C’mon, right away you’ve given yourself the credibility of right-wing Alec Baldwin.

    President Bush expanded the Executive to a ridiculous breadth, disrupting Checks and Balances by signing more presidential signing statements than all other presidents combined, and invoking executive privilege to usurp even more power. What is all this paranoia about Obama? I’m certainly no Lefty, but his cry for States’ Rights is unfounded, if not down right irrational. And, even worse, it seems like the flock’s response to Republican strategy; if you don’t have policy that appeals to voters, then foment discontent, and play on their fears.

  • 15
    Phil
    May 8th, 2009 23:03

    Drake,

    Nice blog. But citing Drudge? C’mon, right away you’ve given yourself the credibility of right-wing Alec Baldwin.

    Welcome to my site. Some would consider me a “fringe, right-wing extremist” (does DHS come to mind?) but I’ll let my commentary and postings speak for themselves.

    Enjoy and thanks for reading and commenting,

    -Phil

  • 16
    Pete
    May 9th, 2009 15:14

    >>>Drake says,
    What is all this paranoia about Obama? I’m certainly no Lefty, but his cry for States’ Rights is unfounded, if not down right irrational. And, even worse, it seems like the flock’s response to Republican strategy; if you don’t have policy that appeals to voters, then foment discontent, and play on their fears.<<<<

    Paranoia about Obama? Just show me his long form birth certificate with footprints, and his student loan records, and I’ll give you a pass and agree we are all paranoid.

    States rights Unfounded? If it isn’t given to the Federal Goverment in the Constitution the right remains with the people or the state. That makes it WELL FOUNDED.

    Don’t have policy, then forment discontent? What exactly did the news networks like CNN and MSNBC and the DNC do for the previous eight years? This sounds disturbingly familiar.

    The States Rights issue is a statement by middle America that they aren’t quite ready to submit their freedoms to Big Brother. Take a second and read carefully Phils moto.

  • 17
    Seeking_Justice
    May 11th, 2009 18:58

    I really think if we at least find some honesty within our whole justice system from local to the TOP and ALL branches of government and move on with the integrity our country once had through out our government.
    A complet non partial investigation shoud be done and replace the criminals and this should begin ASAP.
    I am tired of hearing about a BC or hearing the same arguements for months and getting no satisfaction. I have been very supported of the idea to know the truth of the BC issue. I have thought about it and decided we are much better off in the long run if we let it be.

    I know and agree it’s not really just a popularity contest but he is well liked by even those who don’t agree with his policies.
    I like Obama and if he is held to the constitution it won’t really matter about his bc at this point. We do need to correct the loophole that allowed this arguement to take place in the 1st place.

    I do seek justice and if much of the corruption is removed and what i call organized crime at the worst level (Government) needs to end.

  • 18
    SueK
    May 11th, 2009 21:55

    Seeking_Justice says:
    May 11, 2009 at 6:58 pm
    I really think if we at least find some honesty within our whole justice system from local to the TOP and ALL branches of government and move on with the integrity our country once had through out our government.
    A complet non partial investigation shoud be done and replace the criminals and this should begin ASAP.
    I am tired of hearing about a BC or hearing the same arguements for months and getting no satisfaction. I have been very supported of the idea to know the truth of the BC issue. I have thought about it and decided we are much better off in the long run if we let it be.

    I know and agree it’s not really just a popularity contest but he is well liked by even those who don’t agree with his policies.
    I like Obama and if he is held to the constitution it won’t really matter about his bc at this point. We do need to correct the loophole that allowed this arguement to take place in the 1st place.

    I do seek justice and if much of the corruption is removed and what i call organized crime at the worst level (Government) needs to end.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Do you *really* believe what you wrote?

    Just because you ‘like’ him doesn’t make him legitimate. I suppose that spitting on the Constitution on a daily basis is Ok with you and the rest of the Obots.

    I suppose that some just don’t see the big picture-the destruction of this country by a usurper.

    What a shame.

  • 19
    Seeking_Justice
    May 12th, 2009 18:47

    Suek,
    I have similar feelings as you but you not only need to look at the big picture it grows into a massive picture when you get all his supporters wound up over an issue that has been on the table and in several courts w/o a cut and dry answer. If it is possible to prove that Obama has or is violating our constitution then by all means I support the constitution and at that point he should resign for the sake of our country.
    I look at the time we have been going in circles with the BC to prove the NBC with no resolve in sight.

  • 20
    SueK
    May 13th, 2009 19:40

    Seeking_Justice says:
    May 12, 2009 at 6:47 pm
    *******************************************************************

    Being a Narcissist he’ll never resign, but to effectively tell the Patriots of this country to accept our fate isn’t the way to go, in my opinion. I, for one, refuse to roll over, and there are many more just like me out there.

    Although we are indeed hitting brick walls with the ‘Congress’ and the ‘court system’ all the cards aren’t yet on the table.

    The BC issue is moot; The Messiah even admitted his daddy was Kenyan. We all know he’s ineligible and everything he does is illegal; he knows it, too. He’s part of something bigger that will shake the foundations of American life as we know it and that’s what we have to stop!

    I’ve said this previously elsewhere, but it bears repeating: It will not be a court case or a 50 million person march on Washinton; it’ll be something simple, such as one credible person with an ax to grind, or one bit or irrefutable evidence that’ll nail him. Rather than this guy going out with a bang, I feel it’ll be more like a whimper. Just one damning detail will do it. Just one.

    I look forward to that day and will never give up!

  • 21
    Chance
    May 28th, 2009 20:37

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujugUiFtBKU

    A million man march is what its going to take. I’m convinced now.

    The way Fox News laughed in our faces, and the way the White House answered the question, “His COLB is posted on the Internet”. Its a fraudulent document!!!

    And its not the long form, with the Dr’s signature, and the name of the Hospital.

    This has gone on long enough. WE ARE NOT GOING TO SLEEP ON THIS ISSUE.

    WHO is going to rise up against these serpeants? I’M TIRED OF IT.

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