Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Over 30 U.S. States Rebel Against Federal Government

"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." - Full Text of the Tenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution "While the mainstream news media are hyping President Barack Obama and the dismal economic downturn in the United States, more and more states are declaring -- or have already declared -- sovereignty," writes Jim Kouri, CPP. This has been going on for some time now, as I've written about here (see "States Resisting Obama's Tyranny" from April 21, 2009). Kouri's point is important: The mainstream media has virtually ignored this story, even though it should be front and center in every newspaper and on every news broadcast. A few of the states that have declared sovereignty are New Hampshire, Montana, Oklahoma, Washington, Missouri and Georgia. They've all passed legislation that essentially tells the U.S. Government to back off and leave them alone, to stop messing where they shouldn't be messing. Kouri does a good job of detailing the fine points of those states' efforts to keep Uncle Sam out of their playpens. FoxNews reports today (May 26) that at least 35 states have introduced legislation in 2009 to assert their home authority under the Tenth Amendment to regulate things that are not specifically delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution. "This has been boiling for years, and it's finally come to a head," said Utah State Rep. Carl Wimmer. "With TARP and No Child Left Behind, these things that continue to give the federal government more authority, our rights as states and individuals are being turned on their head." More at FoxNews... The states' soveriegnty moves are reminiscent of what is currently happening here, in Cook County, Illinois. Because of extremely high local tax rates and other matters of interference by the county, a number of Chicago suburbs are talking secession. It's a huge issue in some municipalities, which are losing business to nearby communities outside of Cook County where taxes are significantly lower. The Daily Herald newspaper published a letter to the editor on May 16, in which the writer opined that "rolling back the Cook County sales tax increase would be a fine first step. What's really needed, however, is secession of the suburbs from Cook County." Kouri is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He goes on to note that the sovereignty trend is slow so far, but could be the first baby steps toward a nationwide trend in the making: "Not only does the US Constitution provide for the sovereignty, the US Supreme Court also ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states. "So far, only a few states have declared sovereignty, but several states are considering legislation to do so. Some legislation addresses all aspects of states’ rights, while other legislation addresses certain actions such as abortion control and gun owners’ rights." Kouri's full article is shocking. When you read it, you will also wonder why the mainstream media have ignored the subject. You'll also wonder how the hell we've allowed the federal government to usurp so many of our rights and to interfer in areas that they may not even have the constitutional authority to do. RELATED: Movement Aims to Give Power Back to the States - FOXNews Oklahoma Senate Affirms Sovereignty - r3publican.wordpress.com Texas Governor's Secession Talk Stirs Furor - New York Times Eleven States Declare Sovereignty Over Obama’s Action - Human Events Three Townships Voting On Secession From Cook County - Huffington Post Palatine wants to secede from Cook County - Marathon Pundit To secede or not to secede? - Reform Cook County Leave a Comment on our Guestbook! CommieBama Hats and More Chicago News Bench RSS Feed Follow ChiNewsBench on Twitter