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The Amendments

Amendments to the Constitution. The first ten Amendments collectively are
commonly known as the
Bill of Rights.

This page is about the Tenth Amendment only. States rights.
Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

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.

Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People under Constitution
Note well this. Anything not expressly granted to the Federal government is reserved for the States or the People.
Although this amendment is very liberally interpreted, it is one of the tenets of the Constitution. This amendment is
also known as the States' Rights Amendment.

Go to this point in the Constitution.
21 States Claiming Sovereignty

Ernest Hancock
Freedom’s Phoenix
February 12,2009

21 States Claiming Sovereignty: AZ, AL, AK, AR, CA, CO, GA, HI, ID, IN,
KS, ME, MI, MO, MT, NH, NV, OK, PA, TX, & WA

Wow… it will be interesting to see how this turns out… it’s about time
people started stepping up and speaking out.  As people have pointed
out in comments, all of these (except for HI) are explicit restatements of
what has always been in place, but not necessarily enforced, as
detailed by the 10th Amendment.  HI is actually aiming for total
sovereignty as it is claimed that HI was never really a state of the U.S. to
begin with.  However, I believe the intent of these bills is to let the
federal government know that the states’ sovereignty will not be
overwritten… say in case certain gun ban laws get passed… or other
“War Time / Martial Law” type plans come into play.
Check them out:

AL: (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it is
in the works)
AK:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it
is in the works)
AR:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it
is in the works)
CO:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it
is in the works)
ID:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it is
in the works)
IN:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it is
in the works)
KS:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it
is in the works)
ME:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it
is in the works)
NV:  (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it
is in the works)
PA: (Still searching for link - not officially posted, but analysts expect it
is in the works)
TX: (not officially declared recently, but is supposedly sovereign since it
was never willfully ceded to the States - put on planning list)

11 States Declare Sovereignty UPDATE: Now Up To 30 28
February, 23, 2009 — nicedeb

“Yes we can!” just turned into Je refuse! in 11 states that have
insisted upon the right to refuse federal dollars they believe would be
an infringement  upon state rights:
State governors — looking down the gun barrel of long-term
spending forced on them by the Obama “stimulus” plan — are saying
they will refuse to take the money.  This is a Constitutional
confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike
any in our time.
In the first five weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama has acted so
rashly that at least 11 states have decided that his brand of “hope”
equates to an intolerable expansion of the federal government’s
authority over the states. These states — Washington, New
Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma,
California, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas — have passed
resolutions reminding Obama that the 10th Amendment protects the
rights of the states, which are the rights of the people, by limiting the
power of the federal government. These resolutions call on Obama
to “cease and desist” from his reckless government expansion and
also indicate that federal laws and regulations implemented in
violation of the 10th Amendment can be nullified by the states.
More at Human Events.
Previously at Nice Deb:
Eight States Introduce Resolutions Declaring State Sovereignty
Hat tip: Reeko
UPDATE (Feb 26):
The number of states who are reaffirming their right to sovereignty
as stated in the 10th Amendment has now swelled to 30 states.
UPDATE (April 6):
Since that last link is no longer operational, I decided to update with
a new link to a story from March 27,  in The Christian Science
Monitor which claims the number up to 27 states with sovereignty
*MEDIA BLACKOUT* Increasing Number of States Declare
Sovereignty Citing the 10th Amendment
>> FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2009

Is this another attempt by the media to keep Americans in the dark
regarding the most important issues taking place in the Union?

Several states have joined the
movement towards less federal
control and regulation. The increasing expansion of federal power is
so blatant and real that legislation has been drafted by various
states citing the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights 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."

The movement for such a measure has gained momentum mainly
because of the Obama stimulus plan which has sparked protests in
some cities such as San Diego Bay. There is obviously need for
concern since members of Congress did not even have a chance to
read the thousands of pages that make up the bill. How could any
responsible representative approve something without even reading
it? Would you sign a legal contract without first making sure your
best interests are kept?

Crazy as it sounds, the media has made little or no attempt to shed
light on the present political crisis. The number of states seeking to
reclaim their sovereignty is believed to be 17 as of 02-23-09.

The following are interviews with 2 state representatives from New
Hampshire. Some reports state that there are more than 20 states
looking to enact similar legislation.

Michael Boldin February 27, 2009 5:40 PM
Great post! You can also keep up to date on these issues at the
Tenth Amendment Center

aaron4unitruth February 27, 2009 5:48 PM
Thank you. I actually did find some of my information there and
linked to the "State Sovereignty Resolutions" post.
State sovereignty legal definition of State sovereignty.

The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which an
independent state is governed and from which all specific political
powers are derived; the intentional independence of a state, combined
with the right and power of regulating its internal affairs without foreign
Sovereignty is the power of a state to do everything necessary to
govern itself, such as making, executing, and applying laws; imposing
and collecting taxes; making war and peace; and forming treaties or
engaging in commerce with foreign nations.
The individual states of the United States do not possess the powers of
external sovereignty, such as the right to deport undesirable persons,
but each does have certain attributes of internal sovereignty, such as
the power to regulate the acquisition and transfer of property within its
borders. The sovereignty of a state is determined with reference to the
U.S. Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.
West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The
Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOVEREIGNTY. The union and exercise of all human power possessed
in a state; it is a combination of all power; it is the power to do
everything in a state without accountability; to make laws, to execute
and to apply them: to impose and collect taxes, and, levy, contributions;
to make war or peace; to form treaties of alliance or of commerce with
foreign nations, and the like. Story on the Const. Sec. 207.
2. Abstractedly, sovereignty resides in the body of the nation and
belongs to the people. But these powers are generally exercised by
3. When analysed, sovereignty is naturally divided into three great
powers; namely, the legislative, the executive, and the judiciary; the first
is the power to make new laws, and to correct and repeal the old; the
second is the power to execute the laws both at home and abroad; and
the last is the power to apply the laws to particular facts; to judge the
disputes which arise among the citizens, and to punish crimes.
4. Strictly speaking, in our republican forms of government, the
absolute sovereignty of the nation is in the people of the nation; (q.v.)
and the residuary sovereignty of each state, not granted to any of its
public functionaries, is in the people of the state. (q.v.) 2 Dall. 471; and
vide, generally, 2 Dall. 433, 455; 3 Dall. 93; 1 Story, Const. Sec. 208; 1
Toull. n. 20 Merl. Repert. h.t.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United
States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.

The over-stepping, unconstitutional actions of the federal government have finally gotten the attention of state legislators in 21 states
declaring sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The federal government over-stepping their constitutional boundaries is nothing new in fact, it can be traced back to the Federal Reserve Act
of 1913. Couple that with the 16th Amendment, instituting the Marxist progressive income tax, and we have the start, or should I say the
beginning of the end of the United States of America.

The last 8 years gave us incredible federal meddling in what should be state issues and now with the approaching $10 trillion of stolen
taxpayer money by the world central banks in the form of the banker bailout bill, the new so-called stimulus bill, and down right extortion from
the federal government, the states have had enough.

According the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: "
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.
" Furthermore, the only three responsibilities
the federal government has are to protect the sovereignty of the United States of America (protect our borders and run the military), to coin,
distribute, and value our currency and to regulate commerence between the states. As far as I can see, the federal government is 1 out-of 3.

One of the biggest problems with the federal government imposing unconstitutional controls over the states is their offering federal taxpayer
funds only if the respective states adopt certain federal mandates. For example, the state of Missouri was supposed to receive $17 million in
federal taxpayer funds for road construction, however said funds are being withheld until Missouri passes a mandatory seal belt law. Whether
you agree with a mandatory seat belt law or not, it is not the federal government's role to tell a state what laws it should pass. The 10th
Amendment is very clear is this matter.

Now remember ladies and gentlemen declaring sovereignty is not succeeding. The 21 states are simply telling the federal government to keep
their noses out of state business. Will the states who make such a declaration be shooting themselves in the foot? The problem with a lot of
these federal mandates and programs forced upon the states by the federal government is the states only receive a portion of the funds
necessary to fund said programs or mandates. When the economy was rolling along everyone turned a blind eye, but now this type of extortion
is financially killing state budgets.

The current economic spending bill, which by the way was not read by any member of Congress, does the same thing. As the days pass since
President Obama signed this joke of a bill, people are now starting to read the bill and are discovering this so-called stimulus bill will do little
more than increase the debt load of the American taxpayer.

The only way we are going to stop the over-reaching and continued expansion of the federal government is to support our state legislators in
standing up to the federal government. Another opinion on state sovereignty has been that these declarations will serve little purpose unless
the 16th Amendment (the progressive income tax) and the 17th Amendment (the Federal Reserve Act of 1913) are repealed. I would love
nothing more than for that to occur, but I also believe the federal government must be made to understand that we are serious about regaining
state's rights under the U.S. Constitution. "To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the
people, is a chimerical idea." James Madison

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations,
perverted it into tyranny." Thomas Jefferson


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