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Restoring the Sovereignty of the States

08/20/2015

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. - The Tenth Amendment

Restoring the Sovereignty of the States

America’s Founders feared the arbitrary and coercive powers of government, and constructed our Constitution to limit and disperse those coercive powers, which are often referred to as the checks and balances of our governmental system. The Tenth Amendment is one of the most important checks and balances and is otherwise known as our Bill of Rights. Essentially, the powers not delegated to the United States Federal government by the Constitution are reserved to the States respectively...or to the people.

Unfortunately, our Federal government has coerced (actually bribed the States) to enact legislation that is properly the States' domain. President Obama has accelerated the coercion and bribes within our government, and has recently mandated every state to reduce CO2 emissions from their power plants. Knowing our Constitution does not give him the authority to force States to comply, our President bribed the States with money. Of course, Obama’s bribery monies are the taxes paid by every Federal taxpayer. So, how does our President intend to coerce compliance?

Well, first, our President announced, “Over the next few years each state will have the chance to put together their plans to cut carbon pollution. And we’ll reward the states that take action sooner rather than later.” The message sounds innocuous, but isn’t. However, every governor knows their state will receive a boatload of money from the Federal government if they comply with the President’s demand. If a state refuses to comply with the President’s command, their citizens will lose a boatload of money. Thus, the bribe forces compliance.

Harmfully, this coercion tactic was used in ObamaCare. Obama, Reid, Pelosi and other Democrats ordained that states must expand Medicaid (healthcare for the poor) or the States would lose all of their Federal Medicaid funding. Federal Medicaid transfer payments are a major component of every state’s budget, which would have been forfeited if the States did not meet the expansion ordained in Obamacare. The Supreme Court which abhors overruling government edicts said this was too coercive, and violated sovereignty of the States.

Very harmful, this Federal bribery and coercion over the states has existed forever, and is how the Federal government has mandated unemployment insurance, obliterated Parens Patriae in juvenile law, expanded Medicaid, sold Common Core, set highway speed limits, and the list goes on.

To counter the CO2 coercion, several states have filed or are about to file lawsuits contesting the mandates, and many governors are contemplating not complying and rejecting the bribe.

What's most important is our need to restore our Constitution, the Rule of Law and stop government by edict. Counter-vailing the force against the corrupt usurpation of power in the States, which requires citizens to appreciate and respect our Constitution and the separation of our powers. It requires governors and State legislators to reject any and all coercion. Needless-to-say this will be a big and expensive fight, but it is absolutely essential to restore the sovereignty of our States and is critically important to our Republican-form of government as well as our personal freedom. Fortunately, a political initiative exists that will unite our States in order to counter our arrogant, Federal government. The Compact for a Balanced Budget is our ticket to forming a better State-system, and I further explain it's importance in my next blog.

10 comments
sdv92's picture
sdv92
08/24/2015

A Balanced Budget is a wonderful idea, however, that wouldn't stop the Federal Govt. overreach in our lives. Our freedoms are at stake. Obamacare alone is financially crippling families and Care is going to be hard to come by in the future. A Balanced Budget Amendment could not fix these type of problems in DC. The Citizen for Self Governance have come up with a Convention of States Project that would fix DC in a bigger way. When the 34 State Legislators pass their application, States will be able to propose Term Limits on Federal Officials, Propose a Balanced Budget, Propose a clarification on the Welfare and Commerce Clause so that whatever is regulated by the States can not be regulated by the Federal Govt. and vise versa. These types of Amendments would shift the balance of power back to the States as the Constitution was originally intended. A Balance Budget Amendment would only solve 1/3 of the problems existing today in DC.

sdv92's picture
sdv92
08/24/2015

A Balanced Budget is a wonderful idea, however, that wouldn't stop the Federal Govt. overreach in our lives. Our freedoms are at stake. Obamacare alone is financially crippling families and Care is going to be hard to come by in the future. A Balanced Budget Amendment could not fix these type of problems in DC. The Citizen for Self Governance have come up with a Convention of States Project that would fix DC in a bigger way. When the 34 State Legislators pass their application, States will be able to propose Term Limits on Federal Officials, Propose a Balanced Budget, Propose a clarification on the Welfare and Commerce Clause so that whatever is regulated by the States can not be regulated by the Federal Govt. and vise versa. These types of Amendments would shift the balance of power back to the States as the Constitution was originally intended. A Balance Budget Amendment would only solve 1/3 of the problems existing today in DC.

sdv92's picture
sdv92
08/24/2015

A Balanced Budget is a wonderful idea, however, that wouldn't stop the Federal Govt. overreach in our lives. Our freedoms are at stake. Obamacare alone is financially crippling families and Care is going to be hard to come by in the future. A Balanced Budget Amendment could not fix these type of problems in DC. The Citizen for Self Governance have come up with a Convention of States Project that would fix DC in a bigger way. When the 34 State Legislators pass their application, States will be able to propose Term Limits on Federal Officials, Propose a Balanced Budget, Propose a clarification on the Welfare and Commerce Clause so that whatever is regulated by the States can not be regulated by the Federal Govt. and vise versa. These types of Amendments would shift the balance of power back to the States as the Constitution was originally intended. A Balance Budget Amendment would only solve 1/3 of the problems existing today in DC.

sdv92's picture
sdv92
08/24/2015

A Balanced Budget is a wonderful idea, however, that wouldn't stop the Federal Govt. overreach in our lives. Our freedoms are at stake. Obamacare alone is financially crippling families and Care is going to be hard to come by in the future. A Balanced Budget Amendment could not fix these type of problems in DC. The Citizen for Self Governance have come up with a Convention of States Project that would fix DC in a bigger way. When the 34 State Legislators pass their application, States will be able to propose Term Limits on Federal Officials, Propose a Balanced Budget, Propose a clarification on the Welfare and Commerce Clause so that whatever is regulated by the States can not be regulated by the Federal Govt. and vise versa. These types of Amendments would shift the balance of power back to the States as the Constitution was originally intended. A Balance Budget Amendment would only solve 1/3 of the problems existing today in DC.

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Rick Bulow
08/22/2015

While a BBA is needed, it is only a stop measure. We need something stronger to bring the power back to the states as intended by the Founders. That is where the Convention of States comes in. Using Article V of the Constitution, we can do that by telling our State Legislatures to submit an application to Congress to call for one.

Join the effort today!

Start by sending this petition DIRECTLY and IMMEDIATELY to your state representatives: http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=972185. Make sure to check the box to allow us to contact you!

Second, create a profile at http://www.conventionofstates.com/?recruiter_id=972185 and take the steps in your activist dashboard.

Let's do this!!

Jakrsmom's picture
Jakrsmom
08/22/2015

We need more than a BBA to rein in DC and restore states rights. Sign here to tell your state representative and senator to support an Article V convention of states. http://bit.ly/1aM7xMw

Jakrsmom's picture
Jakrsmom
08/22/2015

We need more than a BBA to rein in DC and restore states rights. Sign here to tell your state representative and senator to support an Article V convention of states. http://bit.ly/1aM7xMw

stonestone's picture
stone stone
08/21/2015

Let me translate all the above. Basically when things don't go the GOP's way... proclaim something ridiculous like:

"Restoring the Sovereignty of the States"

stonestone's picture
stone stone
08/29/2015

Yeah right... If you want to talk about failure I'd suggest looking at the GOP. Seems to me that they're sort of in big doo-doo since the front runner as of now is a big joke.

Jakrsmom's picture
Jakrsmom
08/22/2015

A true example of the utter failure of our public screwel system. You are in unbelievably ignorant. Well played, NEA.

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