Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Perry (R-TX) backs Texas Sovereignty

Governor Rick Perry held a news conference affirming Texas Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment. A press release is available here at the Governor's Website.

Video Here:



Perhaps with the ever encroaching Federal Government, States Rights, as defined by the Constitution, will cause other States, so inclined, to do the same.

Text of the Resolution: Here:


81R5789 MMS-F

By: Creighton H.C.R. No. 50


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
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 that specifically granted by the
Constitution of the United States 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 2009, the states are demonstrably treated
as agents of the federal government; and
WHEREAS, Many federal laws are directly in violation of the
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of
the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union
of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal
government may not usurp; and
WHEREAS, Section 4, Article IV, of the Constitution says,
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
Republican Form of Government," and the Ninth Amendment 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 has ruled in New
York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that congress may not
simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the
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 Constitution of the United States;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise
enumerated and granted 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, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective
immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these
constitutionally delegated powers; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That all compulsory federal legislation that
directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal
penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation
or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed; and, be it
further
RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the
senate of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the
Texas delegation to the congress with the request that this
resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a
memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.

3 comments:

Chuck said...

I'm all for this as long as he shows proper respect for the federal government. Having states stand up to the watering down of their rights is long overdue.

KrisEveland said...

Good for him! I'm so glad a Governor is standing up to the madness. I'm stuck in dem ran Iowa, so mine wont. Oh well, maybe next election cycle.

Tina Hemond said...

Hi Chuck, I added the Bill from the legislature - it doesn't look as if it is over-reaching, rather in line with the original intent of the Constitution - (10th Amendment) - Hi Kris - check our our Govenor, Duval Patrick (clueless - in a word) one thing is certain, there will be elections. Keep the faith.

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