Just in the past week or two I have seen a rash of articles regarding a growing number of states that are using the 10th Amendment to declare sovereignty from the federal government, including Washington, New Hampshire, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, Georgia, and Texas to name a few.
The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states: “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."
While these declarations of sovereignty are obviously intended to remind the Federal government of its limitations under the Constitution, what is less clear is how the Federal government will react to these assertions and what the long term ramifications will be for the United States.
It may wind up to be nothing more than macho posturing, and if that’s the case, then all well & good. But the fact that we would even be at a point where macho posturing is deemed necessary speaks volumes about the current state of our country.
If it’s not just posturing, however, it certainly makes me more than a little uneasy to think of where it may lead.
Here’s several of the articles in question:
Eleven States Declare Sovereignty Over Obama’s Action
States prepare to combat stimulus strings
21 States Claiming Sovereignty
Firestorm Brewing Between U.S. States and Federal Government