Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Connecticut State Sovereignty Initiative


There is a not so quiet movement afoot in legislatures in at least half of the states in this country. I blogged about it before here and here, but it bears mentioning again since more states have joined the fray, and there is even an initiative in Connecticut.

The state sovereignty movement intends to reassert state sovereignty and stop the uncontrolled expansion of federal government power. State Legislatures across the country are proposing and considering resolutions which reassert the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution. The 9th and 10th Amendments reinforce the intent of our Founders that Federal power should be strictly limited to specific areas detailed in the Constitution and that all other governmental authority rests with the states.

The Sovereignty issue is not to be confused with Secession. States are merely stating that they have had enough of the Federal government over-reaching their authority and continually putting up unconstitutional legislation. They have had it with unfunded federal mandates and legislation which the Feds have no business enacting.

The proposed Sovereignty legislation being drafted by Cort Wrotnowski in Connecticut is being modeled after the legislation being considered in New Hampshire. Some of the things it says are:

1) The Federal government cannot establish martial law within our state without the consent of our state legislature.
2) The Federal government cannot require involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, pursuant to or as an alternative to incarceration.
3) The Federal government cannot require involuntary servitude, or governmental service for persons under the age of 18
4) Surrendering any power to corporations or foreign governments (as in requiring our state to abide by certain treaties that go against our state constitution)
5) The Federal government cannot limit our freedom of religion, political speech, freedom of the press
6) The Federal government cannot infringe on our right to keep and bear arms including type and quantity or arms or ammunition (like they did during Katrina)

There is other stuff in this proposed resolution as well.

If you are interested in contacting Mr. Wrotnowski about this he can be reached at metaquibit(at)aol(dot)com.

There are also people in Connecticut seeking the establishment of sound money and the ability to conduct business using gold and silver. (Committees of Safety and Gold Money Bill) Some states have already introduced bills to their legislatures regarding the establishment of provisions for sound money and the return to some type of gold standard.

You can find out more about the State Sovereignty Movement at the Tenth Amendment Center


Update: Tennessee has joined the fray: HJR0104 and HJR0108 (H/T Eric H.)

7 comments:

Susan Ryan said...

It's deathly quiet about a State Sovereignty Movement in Illinois.

But SO many of our Illinois 'leaders' have moved on to DC, that is not surprise.

This movement looks like a good idea and we'll just keep at it.

miket said...

No movement can succeed without leadership and communication. The silence of the national media is making communication difficult - the internet seems to be the only news source. We need to start getting familiar with the names of some good leaders like Dan Ipse of NH and Sam Rohrer of PA, who have led the way in their states. See also YouTube videos. Also write letters to your state reps. I'm 53 years old, and this is the first time I've ever written about anything. This is too important to sit on the sidelines and watch what happens.

Andrew Sica said...

The Committees of Safety is going to lead the way with this one here in Connecticut. Thanks to Dr. Edwin Vieira, they have legislation that CAN succeed, and has real teeth, unlike some of the other bills.

Rick said...

Here is a completed resolution for Connecticut, ready to go. The New Hampshire one failed because it scared some people and was demonized in the press as being secessionist. This one has teeth without seeming secessionist:


A Joint Resolution declaring sovereign State authority as so prescribed by the Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates; proclaiming that certain federal legislation is null and void; instructing the State legislature to enact appropriate legislation; and directing distribution.

Resolved by this assembly:

WHEREAS, the Tenth Article in 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 Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States limits the total scope of federal power to that which is delegated specifically by the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, aforesaid limited scope of power clearly demonstrates that the federal government was created by the several States specifically as an agent of, and subservient to, the several States; and

WHEREAS, presently, the several States are demonstrably treated as agents of, and subservient to, the federal government; and

WHEREAS, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States assures that the several States respectively, and the people, are each and unto themselves sovereign and now and have always had rights the federal government may not usurp; and

WHEREAS, the Constitution of the United States, Article IV, Section 4 states that “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”; and

WHEREAS, the Ninth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States further states that ”The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court ruled in New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144 (1992), that Congress may not commandeer the States' legislative processes; and

WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous federal administrations, and some now pending from the present federal administration, and from the Congress of the United States, further violate the Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Connecticut General Assembly hereby declares sovereign authority as prescribed by the Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise delegated to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this serve as Notice and Demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, any and all mandates that are beyond the scope of those delegated powers as so prescribed by the Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any and all compulsory federal legislation that directs States to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions, or requires States to pass legislation under threat of losing federal funding, are null and void within the State of Connecticut, as per the Tenth Article in Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Connecticut General Assembly shall enact appropriate legislation necessary to assert its sovereign authority as so expounded in this resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerks of the House of Representatives and the Senate cause a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate of each of the several State's respective legislatures, and each member of the Connecticut delegation to the United States Congress.


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Rick said...

For starters, we should contact Representative John Picopo (R), 76th District. Especially those of us in his district.

In 1995, he co-sponsored this same resolution and is the only sponsor who is still serving today:

http://search.cga.state.ct.us/dtsearch_lpa.asp?cmd=getdoc&DocId=24799&Index=I%3A\zindex\1995&HitCount=0&hits=&hc=0&req=&Item=232

His office numbers are: 800-842-1423 or 860-240-8700 or contact him online: http://reppiscopo.com/?page_id=8

Judy Aron said...

Thanks Rick!!

Judy Aron said...

Here is the resolution from 1995

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Proposed Senate Joint Resolution No. 30 Page 1
Referred to Committee on GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS
LCO No. 1373
Introduced by SEN. GUNTHER, 21st DIST.
REP. DIAMANTIS, 79th DIST.
REP. CHASE, 120th DIST.
REP. GARVEY, 67th DIST.
REP. WARD, 86th DIST.
General Assembly
January Session, A.D., 1995
RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING THE TENTH AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES
CONSTITUTION CONCERNING STATE SOVEREIGNTY.
Resolved by this Assembly:
That, whereas the Tenth 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 Tenth Amendment defines the total
scope of federal power as being specially granted by the United
States Constitution and no more; and whereas, the scope of power
defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government
was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the
states, and whereas, today, in l995, the states are demonstrably
treated as agents of the federal government without cause; and
whereas, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
whereas, a number of proposals from previous administrations and
some now pending from the present administration and from
Congress may further violate the United States Constitution; now
therefore be it jointly resolved by the Connecticut General
Assembly (1) that the State of Connecticut hereby affirms its
original sovereignty, protected by the Tenth Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise
enumerated and granted to the federal government by the United
States Constitution, all alleged present day national emergencies
notwithstanding; and (2) that this serve as Notice and Demand to
the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist
effective mandates that are beyond the scope of its
constitutionally delegated powers; and be it further resolved,
that copies of this resolution be sent to the President of the
United States, the Speaker of the United States House of
Representatives, the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of
the House and President of the Senate of each state's legislature
of the United States of America, and Connecticut's Congressional
delegation.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: To protect states' Tenth Amendment rights.
Co-Sponsors: REP. PISCOPO, 76th DIST.