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.)