Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Them's fightin' words!

Take a look at what has been introduced in the New Hampshire legislature, A Resolution affirming states' rights based on Jeffersonian principles (H/T: Vanishing American):

That a committee of conference and correspondence be appointed, which shall have as its charge to communicate the preceding resolutions to the Legislatures of the several States; to assure them that this State continues in the same esteem of their friendship and union which it has manifested from that moment at which a common danger first suggested a common union: that it considers union, for specified national purposes, and particularly to those specified in their federal compact, to be friendly to the peace, happiness and prosperity of all the States: that faithful to that compact, according to the plain intent and meaning in which it was understood and acceded to by the several parties, it is sincerely anxious for its preservation: that it does also believe, that to take from the States all the powers of self-government and transfer them to a general and consolidated government, without regard to the special delegations and reservations solemnly agreed to in that compact, is not for the peace, happiness or prosperity of these States; and that therefore this State is determined, as it doubts not its co-States are, to submit to undelegated, and consequently unlimited powers in no man, or body of men on earth: that in cases of an abuse of the delegated powers, the members of the General Government, being chosen by the people, a change by the people would be the constitutional remedy; but, where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non foederis), to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them: that nevertheless, this State, from motives of regard and respect for its co-States, has wished to communicate with them on the subject: that with them alone it is proper to communicate, they alone being parties to the compact, and solely authorized to judge in the last resort of the powers exercised under it, Congress being not a party, but merely the creature of the compact, and subject as to its assumptions of power to the final judgment of those by whom, and for whose use itself and its powers were all created and modified: that if the acts before specified should stand, these conclusions would flow from them: that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism -- free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power: that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no further, our confidence may go. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. That this State does therefore call on its co-States for an expression of their sentiments on acts not authorized by the federal compact. And it doubts not that their sense will be so announced as to prove their attachment unaltered to limited government, whether general or particular. And that the rights and liberties of their co-States will be exposed to no dangers by remaining embarked in a common bottom with their own. That they will concur with this State in considering acts as so palpably against the Constitution as to amount to an undisguised declaration that that compact is not meant to be the measure of the powers of the General Government, but that it will proceed in the exercise over these States, of all powers whatsoever: that they will view this as seizing the rights of the States, and consolidating them in the hands of the General Government, with a power assumed to bind the States, not merely as the cases made federal, (casus foederis,) but in all cases whatsoever, by laws made, not with their consent, but by others against their consent: that this would be to surrender the form of government we have chosen, and live under one deriving its powers from its own will, and not from our authority; and that the co-States, recurring to their natural right in cases not made federal, will concur in declaring these acts void, and of no force, and will each take measures of its own for providing that neither these acts, nor any others of the General Government not plainly and intentionally authorized by the Constitution, shall be exercised within their respective territories; and... (emphasis mine)

Quick!, someone grab a mirror, I think this dude might be breathing afterall! I'll definitely be sending out a few letters and emails to selected politicians in the coming days.

(The state of Washington has drawn up a similar resolution.)

What does this mean? Both the state of New Hampshire and the state of Washington voted Barack Hussein Obama in the presidential election, 54.3% and 57% respectively. It seems somewhat peculiar, therefore, that these resolutions would originate in these particular states. Nonetheless it is in Oklahoma's interest to join these states and draft a similar resolution in behalf of re-affirming our unalienable rights under the Constitution and the ninth and tenth amendments. After all, and as I've said several times before, our immigration law, H.B. 1804 is, you can bet your bottom dollar, just one of the many things currently in the sights of of the wild-eyed nuts (Reid, Pelosi, et al) in the leftist federal Congress and the Hussein administration. Once more, I'll be sending a few emails to select Oklahoma House and Senate members asking them to propose similar protective measures in our state. And I certainly encourage you to do the same in your own states.


Call Me Mom said...

Ha! I knew this would find it's way to you.
I have already sent the link to my legislators encouraging them to propose and adopt a similar resolution. One doubts our governor would sign it, considering he is in the process of making our state a debtor slave to Washington DC with his request for a bailout, but I sent it anyway. I have no doubt that OK will surpass New Hampshire in their verbiage.

Bring in the crash cart!

Terry Morris said...

I have no doubt that OK will surpass New Hampshire in their verbiage.

You think they'll adopt my "wild-eyed nuts" verbiage? LOL

Call Me Mom said...

One could only wish for such clarity ofexpression in a legislative document.
They'll undoubtably mess it up with a bunch of legalese and legislator jargon. Assuming they have taken enough hold of their senses to write it.