When it rains, it pours. After stalling in committee last year, HJ 125, the Virginia Sovereignty Resolution, has passed the House by a vote of 76-20.

The Resolution:

Urges Congress to honor state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and claims sovereignty for the Commonwealth under the Tenth Amendment over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the United States Constitution.

This victory for federalism comes close on the heels of passage by both houses of several Virginia Health Care Freedom Acts, which are on their way to Gov. McDonnell’s desk at this very moment.

There has been much criticism of state sovereignty resolutions as toothless by those who feel states should be doing more to resist Washington. But, while it’s true they can and should do more, these state resolutions are a crucial first step to educate and inform the general public.

Unfortunately, many Americans no longer even understand the structure of divided sovereignty that was set up by the Constitution. Before the average citizen will support measures with real “teeth,” they must become re-familiarized with the Tenth Amendment, and acclimated to the notion that the federal government is in fact NOT supreme in anything but those spheres of power specifically delegated to it by the Constitution.

That is the significance of these resolutions, and that is why Virginians should contact their state senators to urge support for this crucial measure.

CLICK HERE – to view the Tenth Amendment Center’s Tracking Page for 10th Amendment Resolutions Nationwide

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