We have heard about other states in the union putting forth legislation in their respective state houses to underscore and reiterate their Tenth Amendment rights, basically acknowledging that the Federal government has overstepped its bounds on numerous occasions. States are starting to stand up for themselves and send a message to the Feds that they no longer wish to be dictated to regarding a number of issues from education to gun control to establishment of martial law.
Here is the thrust of the State sovereignty movement (which by the way, is different than secessionist movements which seek to have a state leave the union all together):
"To restore and uphold the sovereignty and rights of the individual States as guaranteed by the tenth amendment of the United States Constitution, which 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."In any case, CT is no different, and in case you have been wondering, we do have a state sovereignty movement bubbling in our midst. There is a petition online as well as a paper petition circulating courtesy of Cort Wrotnowski (email: metaqubit at aol dot com).
Here is a draft of the CT State Sovereignty resolution which I recently obtained from Mr. Wrotnowski.
The last 6 points regarding nullification of Federal mandates and laws have to do with (including but not limited to):
1) Establishment of martial law - that the State can choose to disregard Federal mandates for this action and must have the State's legislature decide as to whether martial law should be instituted or not in Connecticut.
2) Involuntary servitude - that the State can reject any call for mandatory service other than a draft during a declared war - especially if there is a consequence of incarceration as a result of refusal.
3) Involuntary servitude for those under the age of 18 - that the state can reject any Federal mandate for such service - again - especially if there is a consequence of incarceration as a result of refusal.
4) Surrendering of power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government.
5) Connecticut reserves the right to reject any Federal mandate regarding limitations on religion, freedom of political speech and limitations on freedom of the press.
6) Connecticut will reserve the right to reject any Federal mandates which infringe on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions on the type and quantity of arms and ammunition. (Yes, Federal gun control is unconstitutional according to the 10th amendment!)
In fact, this resolution states that the State of CT can declare any federal law deemed to be unconstitutional by the Connecticut State Legislature to be unauthoritative, void, and of no force within the jurisdiction of the state.
Perhaps instead of wasting time in Hartford talking about exonerating witches and whether or not we should have store deposits for plastic bags, our elected state representatives ought to be protecting our State rights from the continual usurpation and power grab coming out of Washington DC.
Who will be the first legislator in Hartford to introduce and sponsor this, or a similar, resolution?
And will the Governor pledge to sign such a resolution?
This could very well be an important campaign issue for 2010 in our state.