State Sovereignty Movement - USA Amendments 9 and 10
State legislators are fighting back against unconstitutional federal laws!
The United States is in turmoil. Some state legislators seek to decrease the problems involved with federal bureaucracy by reaffirming the rights of states to US Constitutional protections.
The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution isn't being honored by the federal government, yet states continue to abide by federal statutes and mandates which the federal government had no Constitutional right to enact. It is unclear how these state sovereignty laws may be used in the future, but their language is clear:
"Many federal mandates are directly in violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States..."
"...this measure shall serve as notice and demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers..."
(Quoted from the California State Sovereignty Law)
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The United States Congress has no Constitutional right to create laws on education, child welfare, drugs, health, abortion, and many other topics, yet it has been doing so for many years.
The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution
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."
For more information: The Tenth Amendment Center.
What is State Sovereignty? - "These two words hold the key to freedom from the suffocating weight we all feel bearing down upon us by the federal government."
The United States Constitution - So what does the Constitution allow the federal government to make laws about?
The federal level of government in the USA is limited to laws on these topics, according to the United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8:
Article I, Section 8 - Powers of Congress
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
"The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people."
- James Madison, from The Federalist
What is the Supremacy Clause? - ...can the federal government be more powerful than the states?
So why has the federal government enacted laws on other topics, and why have the states allowed the feds to tell them what to do
...money, what else?
The federal government has created laws on many other topics, for many years now. The states were promised federal funding if they were compliant with these laws. Sure, any state could simply refuse to comply, but they don't.
Consider, for example, child welfare laws. In 1973 the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was passed, and states immediately started setting up compliant child welfare programs so that they could get their share of the federal funding for child welfare programs. Social workers were trained, giving them jobs. Support personnel were tapped to provide "services" - all of which were reimbursed by the Social Security Fund. Mandated reporter laws were created in each state to comply with federal law.
There we see that though there was no Constitutional right for the federal government to enact or impose laws on the states, all the states willingly went along with this program so they could get money from federal funding streams.
This is one of many issues that were legislated on at the federal level, which states rushed to implement, all for the love of money.
"...whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force..."
- Thomas Jefferson, Kentucky Resolutions of 1798
Ninth and Tenth Amendments
Every American should know their rights = and to understand what's gone wrong with our country, we should all have a good understanding of the Ninth and Tenth amendments to the US Constitution.
States are enacting legislation that indicates that they want to take back their sovereignty.
State sovereinty laws
...a proclamation honoring a right they already have.
Several states currently have state sovereignty legislation in progress. A few enacted state sovereignty legislation in the early 1990s.
The Tenth Amendment and State Sovereignty
Understand the issues. What went wrong with America? Hint: entitlement programs. There are too many federal laws about issues that are supposed to be decided by state governments only.
State legislation on state sovereignty
- Arizona - House of Representatives, 2009, HCR 2024
Introduced by Representatives Burges, Ash, Biggs, Boone, Gowan, Mason, Montenegro, Pancrazi, Seel, Williams: Barto, Campbell CL, Court, Crandall, Crump, Driggs, Fleming, Goodale, Hendrix, Kavanagh, Lesko, McComish, McGuire, Miranda B, Murphy, Nichols
- California legislation: SJR 44, adopted on August 23, 1994
WHEREAS, The 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: "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"
- Missouri House of Representatives HR 212 (2009)
A proposed declaration of Missouri's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. This bill was not passed; it was replaced with another bill, HR 294, which covers only the abortion issue.
- Michigan, House Concurrent Resolution 0004 (2009)
A concurrent resolution to affirm Michigan's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and to urge the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by th
- Montana - House Bill No. 246 (2009) - The Montana Firearms Freedom Act
Montana's law focuses on the issue of the Second Amendment and the possession of firearms. This is in response to possible gun control legislation by the Obama administration. This bill is currently under consideration by a committee.
- New Hampshire HCR 0006 (2009)
HCR 6 - AS INTRODUCED 2009 SESSION 09-0274 09/01 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 6 A RESOLUTION affirming States' rights based on Jeffersonian principles. SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock 9; Rep. Ingbretson, Graf 5; Rep. Comerford, Rock 9; Sen. Denley, Di
- Oklahoma - HJR1089 (2009)
STATE OF OKLAHOMA HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1089 By: Key AS INTRODUCED A Joint Resolution claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and
- South Carolina - 2009-2010 Bill 3509: Rights
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO AFFIRM THE RIGHTS OF ALL STATES INCLUDING SOUTH CAROLINA BASED ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE NINTH AND TENTH AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. Whereas, the South Carolina General Assembly declares that the people o
- Washington State Sovereignty Bill - HJM 4009 (2009)
1 TO THE HONORABLE BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND 2 TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF 3 REPRESENTATIVES, AND TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 4 UNITED STATES, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, AND
The Bill of Rights
If you don't know what your rights are, you should. Seriously. Know your rights. Yes, the Constitution has been shredded by shrewd politicians while Americans were "sleeping" ... but if enough of us understand the value of the Constitution, we can restore it.
More links on this important topic
- The United States Constitution
The entire US Constitution can be found at this link.
- Resource Page: States' rights and Sovereignty
Alex Jones' archive of information on state sovereignty issues.
- Committees of Safety - Declaration
"To unite and support Americans in their local communities to prepare for any catastrophic event, be it manmade or natural, political or economic in nature--by proposing, developing, and implementing solutions to our most immediate concerns."
- Edwin Vieira, Jr. -- Archive
Dr. Edwin Vieira is an outspoken proponent of the state sovereignty movement. This links to his article archive at News With Views.
- Restore State Sovereignty - Share News and Organize !!! - 12.160Mhz ... Resisting the New World Orde
This message board forum is for news sharing and organizing.
- Majority Of U.S. States Join Sovereignty Movement, Assert 10th Amendment Rights
New World Liberty | With the economy collapsing, it is a very real and immediate danger that the federal government can turn into a completely criminal and fascist government.
- The Tenth Amendment Center
"The Tenth Amendment Center works to preserve and protect Tenth Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of state and individual sovereignty issues, focusing primarily on the dec