You may not have heard much about it, but there’s a movement to reassert state sovereignty and stop the uncontrolled expansion of federal government power. 37 states, including Minnesota, have or are attempting to introduce legislation that will reassert the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution to reinforce that federal power is strictly limited to specific areas detailed in the Constitution and that all other governmental authority rests with the states.
In the version of the sovereignty bill being considered by the state of Washington, they appeal to the authority of James Madison who wrote:
“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.”
The founding fathers believed in a balance between state and federal power. This state sovereignty movement clearly arises from the belief that the balance of power has tilted too far and for too long in the direction of the federal government and that it’s time to restore that lost balance.
The emergence of this movement is a hopeful sign of the people asserting their rights and the rights of the states and finally crying “enough” to runaway government. With the increasingly out of control federal spending, it is believed many of these sovereignty bills will pass in the coming year!!
If you have had enough, we welcome your help to get sovereignty legislation passed in Minnesota similar to the states of Tennessee and Alaska. View our website at www.mnsovereignty.org and check the link “Charles Duke” for solid information on implementing the Tenth Amendment.