Alabama Governor Signs Sovereignty Resolution

Alabama Governor Bob Riley has signed Senate Joint Resolution 27 (SJR27), sponsored by State Senator Scott Beason. The resolution claims sovereignty for the state “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.” In…

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Ron Paul on Federal Stimulus spending

Is federal government stimulus the answer to our declining economy?  Texas Congressman Ron Paul discusses why government spending can’t reverse our anemic economy.  Government does not create wealth or create value, this is done in the private sector by companies and individuals who take raw materials then assemble a product to create something more valuable…

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Jefferson, the Fed, and the Tenth Amendment

In one of the many arguments Thomas Jefferson had with Alexander Hamilton in the first administration of the newly found republic, under President George Washington, Jefferson used these words to describe why Hamilton’s plan for a federal bank under private management was a bad and unconstitutional idea: “I consider the foundation of the Constitution as…

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Health Care Sovereignty for Colorado

On Friday February 5th, 17 House Representatives and 2 Senators in the Colorado General Assembly cosponsored new legislation limiting the federal government’s power to enforce health care legislation in this state. Please make sure this legislation passes by contacting all members of the General Assembly and ask them to cosponsor this bill. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION…

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Another Nail in the Coffin: Utah Considers bill to Reject Real ID

Introduced in the Utah Legislature is House Bill 234 (HB234), which if passed, would prohibit the state from “participating in the implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005.” Real ID created national standards for driver’s license and identification cards and opponents have been resisting it for various reasons – it’s a privacy risk, forces…

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Sovereignty for West Virginia?

Introduced by State Senators Boley, Barnes, Hall, Deem, Caruth, Sypolt, K. Facemyer, Guills, and Plymale, West Virginia’s Senate Concurrent Resolution 20 (SCR20) seeks to reassert “the State of West Virginia’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers and serving notice to the federal government to cease and…

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States to Feds: Step Off

Ashby Jones has a good report on the still-growing 10th Amendment Movement in the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog. We had no idea: states across the land are assembling their legislatures and passing these resolutions asserting their sovereignty. It’s all part of this push, it seems, to remind whomever — citizens, the federal government —…

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Nullification, Secession, and the Human Scale of Political Order

For three days last week, on the third floor of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston, SC, a group of scholars have been meeting to discuss the history of nullification and secession in American law and politics, and the continued relevance of those concepts today. I had the privilege of joining them for the…

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