Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Oklahoma 's State House Demands Sovereignty

From World Net Daily:

Steamed over a perceived increase in federal usurping of states' rights, Oklahoma's House of Representatives told Washington, D.C., to back off.

Joint House Resolution 1089, passed by an overwhelming 92-3 margin, reasserts Oklahoma's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and, according to the resolution's own language, is "serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates."

The Tenth Amendment states, "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."


Charles Key, the Republican state representative who authored the resolution, told WND that he introduced it because he believes the federal government's overstepping of its bounds has put our constitutional form of government in danger.

"The more we stand by and watch the federal government get involved in areas where it has no legal authority, we kill the Constitution a little at a time," he said. "The last few decades, the Constitution has been hanging by a thread."

Specifically, Resolution 1089 says the following:

"The State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States."

The resolution resolves that Oklahoma will "serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers."

A statute was set to take effect July 1st that would really crack down on illegal aliens. But, U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron stopped it from going into effect. Read about it at the link.

It is about time some states started standing up for themselves. We are seeing the federal government overreach it's boundaries on a regular basis.

I believe sovereignty to be the key to the success of this nation. That is why I am against the invasion this country faces from illegal immigration. The leaders of this country are not interested in protecting it's citizens from the 12-20 million or more invaders. But do the individual states have the authority to address this problem?

I believe that each state's sovereignty is just as important as the sovereignty of the country as a whole. That is what has brought us to where we are today. And that is what will ensure our survival far into the future. Yes, Oklahoma has every right to defend itself against illegal immigration.

The federal government has been successful in eroding this concept. Sure it has taken decade upon decade of work, but it is becoming more and more evident that "states rights" will soon be a thing of the past.

What can be done to turn this around? The article mentions succession. I have been seeing more and more of this word's use lately. Although that is one option, I do not feel it is the right step.

The solution lies within understanding the problem. The problem can be related to the old story of the schoolyard bully. He will keep picking at you until you stand up to him, right? This action by the Oklahoma's House relates to the little kid getting up in the face of the bully. Most of the time that is all that it takes. Of course in this instance their are 50 little kids going against a dominating bully. Can little Oklahoma take on the bully? Well yes. But will it do any good? Probably not. But what if 10, 15, or even 20 of those little kids decide that enough is enough? I would venture to say that may make the bully think about it a little harder.

The sole power to retaliate against the assault on states rights lie with the individual states themselves. My desire would be for many more little states to stand up to the federal government. Whether it would do any good in changing the direction we are going in is any body's guess. One thing is for sure, we cannot continue to follow the same path we are on right now.

I believe I'll throw an e-mail out to a couple of members of my state legislature right now.

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