The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
A Discerning Texan... and a genuine movement to stop Anti-Federalist Tyranny
Texas was not the first State to move along these lines. Based on these comments from the esteemed Economist Walter Williams, Texas is the 21st state which is at least considering such a stance:
Read the whole thing.
Our Colonial ancestors petitioned and pleaded with King George III to get his boot off their necks. He ignored their pleas, and in 1776, they rightfully declared unilateral independence and went to war. Today it's the same story except Congress is the one usurping the rights of the people and the states, making King George's actions look mild in comparison. Our constitutional ignorance – perhaps contempt, coupled with the fact that we've become a nation of wimps, sissies and supplicants – has made us easy prey for Washington's tyrannical forces. But that might be changing a bit. There are rumblings of a long overdue re-emergence of Americans' characteristic spirit of rebellion.
Eight state legislatures have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and 10th amendments to the U.S. Constitution; they include Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington. There's speculation that they will be joined by Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.
You might ask, "Isn't the 10th Amendment that no-good states' rights amendment that Dixie governors, such as George Wallace and Orval Faubus, used to thwart school desegregation and black civil rights?" That's the kind of constitutional disrespect and ignorance big-government proponents, whether they're liberals or conservatives, want you to have. The reason is that they want Washington to have total control over our lives. The founders tried to limit that power with the 10th Amendment, which reads: "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."
New Hampshire's 10th Amendment resolution typifies others and, in part, reads: "That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General (federal) Government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a General Government for special purposes, delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force." Put simply, these 10th Amendment resolutions insist that the states and their people are the masters and that Congress and the White House are the servants. Put yet another way, Washington is a creature of the states, not the other way around.
Barack Obama and his "Chicago mob" led by chief hitman Rahm Emanuel have decided that a 52-48 victory in a hotly contested election gives a rookie, "first-time" executive with a slick smile and a lot of catchy phrases carte blanche to completely ignore the Constitution and to unilaterally impose a stunning string of scorched-earth Marxist solutions which seem to have much more in common with the repression of Hugo Chavez than with any of Obama's recent predecessors. But the real kicker is that they think no one is noticing; and on that point they are very, very wrong.
UPDATE: Speaking of the Tea Parties tomorrow--which no doubt will dwarf any antiwar protests over the last 8 years, and then some--don't miss Iowahawk's The Mary Hamsher Moore Show.
Meanwhile Bill Whittle gives at least 5 good reasons why you should attend a tea party yourself tomorrow.