State Sovereignty Movement
Thirty states already are, are now claiming, or are planning for declaration of sovereignty. A legislator introduced a sovereignty resolution HCR1011 in Arkansas which was voted down in committee in the House State Agencies committee yesterday. It will be voted on again in the committee tomorrow. On the other hand, Oklahoma adopted a similar resolution by a wide margin, 83 to 13 in February of this year, 2009. For information on each state and what they have done, see this link: http://www.mrstep.com/politics/az-wa-mo-nh-ok-claiming-sovereignty/ For a copy of the bill in Arkansas see this link: http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=HCR1011
The sponsor of the resolution [in Oklahoma], state Rep. Charles Key, said the measure was a 'big step toward addressing the biggest problem we have in this country – the federal government violating the supreme law of the land." Key also said that "whenever we allow the federal government, or any other government entity, to violate the Constitution, we destroy the Constitution one piece at a time...The federal government must honor and obey the Constitution, just like the states and this citizens of this country are obligated to do, or our system of government begins to fall apart. We have gone so far down that path that the Constitution is hanging by a thread right now," he said.
These above quotes of Charles Key sum up the feeling of millions of people in our country. This State Sovereignty Movement grew out of this frustration. Many people are concerned about the limitations the federal government may place on gun rights, abortion, homosexual marriage, martial law, and the unfunded mandates the government places on states like in the stimulus package that some governors are refusing.
These resolutions are typically nonbinding and are saying no more than what is already stated in simpler form in the Constitution, but they give legislators a platform to stand against the federal government's rampant usurpation of power not granted to it by the Constitution. These state sovereignty resolutions are a good way to remind citizens and the federal government of the ninth and tenth amendments.
The Ninth Amendment reads, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." The Tenth Amendment specifically provides, "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."
Why wouldn't anyone be concerned about the encroachment of federal powers when we see such power emanating from Washington, from both the Republican and Democratic Presidents and Parties? And why would any legislator want to vote against the ninth and tenth amendment of the Constitution?
We hope those Democrats who voted against this resolution in committee yesterday will change their minds: