There appears to be the beginnings of a, so far, quiet revolt across much of the country. First was the State Sovereignty movement started by Montana and followed by a growing number of states including Texas, Alaska, my own state of Missouri, and perhaps this coming session, Nebraska.
Nebraska legislators seek to assert state sovereignty
LINCOLN — At least three Nebraska lawmakers want to send a message to the federal government:
Butt out of state business.
Next year they will see if a majority of their colleagues agrees.
The senators are working on resolutions asserting Nebraska’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.
Nebraska wouldn’t try to secede from the union under their proposals but would go on record objecting to federal laws that they say go beyond constitutional authority.
“My goal here is to shine light on the fact that the federal government is overstepping its bounds,” said State Sen. Tony Fulton of Lincoln. “We would be making a statement on behalf of Nebraska.”
The tension between states’ rights and federal authority has been a repeated theme in U.S. history, starting with arguments among the founding fathers.
Richard Duncan, a constitutional law professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, said legislative resolutions send valuable political messages even with no legal weight.
“It’s kind of a nice warning that people are growing tired of the size of the federal government,” he said.
Under the 10th Amendment, states and citizens retain all powers not specifically given to the federal government.
Sovereignty supporters argue that the federal government has overstepped those bounds on matters such as endangered species protection and seat belt laws. Others say the Constitution, as interpreted by courts from the 1800s on, gives the federal government broad authority.
I don’t have a complete list of states that has joined the Sovereignty movement, but it is well into the double digits. Those joining have been, so far, from the Red States.
With the statists’ push to enact ObamaCare, Rick Perry, Governor of the State of Texas adds this warning.
Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as “Obama Care.” But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a “number” of states might resist the federal health mandate.
“I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying ‘no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare,” Perry said. “So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats.”
Many people on both sides of the political line seem to think that the next revolution with be triggered by some individual who has finally reached the breaking point and resists the federal government violently. On the left, they all cry about the “racist, right wing, gun-loving extremists.” On the right, they cry about the “JBTs” or “Jack-booted Thugs” coined by conservative radio host Gordon Liddy after the BATF
riot excesses at Ruby Ridge and Waco, TX.
Instead, it may come from another route as the States finally reach their collective limit at the abuses of the central government and they begin to exercise their rights under the 10th Amendment. Leftists poo-poo this as irrelevant citing the commerce clause and legislation that allows the FedGov to supersede state rights. They cite Lincoln and the first Civil War for the abolishment of States Rights and think the issue dead.
They are wrong. The States Rights issue is not dead. It has just been ignored and asleep for awhile. It is now awaking. Pray that the States are successful because if they are not, the alternatives will be terrible.