Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Oklahoma Lawmakers Strike Blow for Constitution!
In reading Walter Williams' WorldNetDaily column this morning, I was cheered to see that lawmakers in the Oklahoma state House have thrown down the gauntlet to the feds. They overwhelmingly passed a resolution that reads in part . . .
"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'; and Whereas, the 10th Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and whereas, the scope of power defined by the 10th Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and Whereas, today, in 2008, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government. … Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 2nd session of the 51st Oklahoma Legislature: that the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the 10th 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. That this serve as Notice and Demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers."
Unfortunately, the state Senate dithered and didn't get the resolution passed before the end of the session, so the House sponsors are going to try again. (What is it with Senates?!? Maybe we should consider unicameral legislatures?)
The long and short of it is, it is going to take mass actions like this by states and local governments if we are ever going to recapture anything close to our constitutional republic. The federal government needs slapping down, and the people are the only ones who can do it.
Kudos to Oklahoma. Now, finish the job!