“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

States Take a Stand Against Federal Intrusion

(Credit: The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin)

(Credit: The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin)

Even in the midst of some of the most brazen, far-reaching socialist attacks ever seen on the American way of life, there is strong reason for hope.

Over the past several months, many states have been moving to pass what are becoming known as “Tenth Amendment Resolutions.”  These resolutions like the one passed by South Dakota and other states basically tell the over-reaching federal government to keep its paws off what doesn’t belong to them, and it’s backed up by appealing to the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which says

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.

According to Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the federal government is only empowered by the people and the states (i.e. the ones the federal government exists to serve) to do certain, specific things known as the “enumerated powers.”  If we want the federal government to do a certain thing, but authorization for that is not found in Article 1 Section 8, then it is illegal and unconstitutional for the federal government to do that.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, Tennessee is the latest state to affirm their rights and sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment, coming on the heels of Louisiana just a few days earlier.

Now, thanks to a comment left by Brook yesterday, I was made aware that some states are moving specifically to tell the federal government to butt out of health care and environmental issues.  If you’re a freedom-loving, Constitution-respecting American like me, news like that makes you want to stand up and shout!

According to Fox News, Arizona and other states are getting ready to tell Big Brother to take a hike on their socialized medicine schemes:

Congress has yet to come up with a clear prescription for the nation’s health care system. But some state legislators are already urging voters not to take the medicine.

Under Arizona’s Health Care Freedom Act, which was passed by the state legislature this week, a voting initiative will be placed on the 2010 ballot that, if passed, will allow the state to opt out of any federal health care plan. Five other states — Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota and Wyoming — are considering similar initiatives for their 2010 ballots.

“Our health care freedoms are very much at risk by health care reforms proposed in Washington, D.C.,” said Arizona state Rep. Nancy Barto, the Republican legislator who sponsored the measure. “We needed to act as a state to protect our citizens and ensure that they will always be able to buy their own health care and not be forced into a plan they don’t want.”

And from the Tenth Amendment Center:

This past Monday, the Arizona State Senate voted 18-11 to concur with the House and approve the Health Care Freedom Act (HCR2014). This will put a proposal on the 2010 ballot which would constitutionally override any law, rule or regulation that requires individuals or employers to participate in any particular health care system.

HCR2014, if approved by voters next year, also would prohibit any fine or penalty on anyone or any company for deciding to purchase health care directly. Doctors and health care providers would remain free to accept those funds and provide those services.

Finally, it would overrule anything that prohibits the sale of private health insurance in Arizona.

It’s about time the states revived federalism and the near-forgotten Tenth Amendment!

The Arizona Daily Star says the state is also getting ready to tell the feds to stuff it on their environmental extremism:

State senators voted to block further efforts by the Department of Environmental Quality to regulate greenhouse gases in Arizona.

SB 1147, supported by electric companies, car dealers and businesses, is designed to short-circuit rules adopted by the DEQ at the behest of then-Gov. Janet Napolitano to require vehicles sold in Arizona to meet new emissions standards for carbon dioxide. The agency also has been looking at broader “cap-and-trade” rules for industrial sources.

More states may need to look at passing such measures if the U.S. Senate follows the House’s socialist lead and also passes the cap and trade global warming tax.

The federal government has made a mockery of freedom, federalism, and the U.S Constitution since the days of FDR.  Too many of us have for too long walked around, following every beck and call of the federal goverment like mindless, spineless little sheep.

It’s well time that we started acting like Americans and stood up for our God-given liberties.

And with moves like these, it’s enough to make the heart of this red-white-and-blue American beat with excitement!


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3 Responses to “States Take a Stand Against Federal Intrusion”

  1. I agree greatly with the sovereignty movements, however, it ignores the difference between abrogation and waiver of the states sovereignty attributes. It is a huge first step in getting the states to start down this road, however, since most of the federal mandates entered into the states laws through the waiver of the sovereignty by state legislators, there is much work to do.
    This step is wonderful, I just hope those driving it will take the next step in those states and start dealing individually with the mandates, which is what will be required by the existing legal status.

  2. I agree greatly with the sovereignty movements, however, it ignores the difference between abrogation and waiver of the states sovereignty attributes. It is a huge first step in getting the states to start down this road, however, since most of the federal mandates entered into the states laws through the waiver of the sovereignty by state legislators, there is much work to do.
    This step is wonderful, I just hope those driving it will take the next step in those states and start dealing individually with the mandates, which is what will be required by the existing legal status.