"That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."
The previous is from the Declaration of Independence (for all you Socialists out there). Simply stated it informs us of our "RIGHT" to remove any Government that is destructive to our country. Our Constitution was written to guarantee that the Federal Government would not interfere with the rights of the people. That has been under severe attack for the last 100 years. The people have looked the other way and just allowed this to happen as our rights are stripped from us and the Nation is plummeting, uncontrollably, into an abyss. Federal spending is way out of control. Both the Democrats and Republicans are at fault.
Our Constitution does not give the Federal Government the authority to spend "our" money in such a reckless manner. It never has. We have allowed it to happen and have said nothing. However, there is a new revolution brewing in this country. Not a violent one, as the one started in 1775, but one starting where it should. In the states. The states have started a revolt against the Federal Government. They are demanding their 9th and 10th Amendment Rights be restored.
Amendment IX states: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." This means that even though a right of the people is not specifically listed in the Constitution the Federal Government has no authority to take those rights away. Those rights are determined by the States and the people.
Amendment X 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." This was added to give all powers, not specifically given to the Federal government nor prohibited to the States, to the States alone and not to the Federal Government. The violation of both Amendment IX and X have made the States subservient to the Federal Government, whereas the Federal Government is supposed to be subservient to the "people".
There are now eight States that have brought forth resolutions to reaffirm their rights under the Constitution of the United States. those states are: Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan,Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington. There are more states expected to follow suit this year. They include: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania. A new revolution has started in this nation to curb our runaway and oppressive Federal Government. All the new administration is going to do is try and grow the Government larger and more powerful, to strip even more rights away from the people.
If you live in one of the afore mentioned States, contact your State Legislatures to show your support for this action and also support for an Article V Convention. If you don't live in one of these States contact your State Legislatures and let them know that you want them to declare their sovereignty over the Federal Government.
As an addendum to the above piece written by Loki, this post was published today also: Stimulus Plan: States Fire Warning Shot to Obama
As the NY Slimes alludes, are they Patriotic? That all depends on what your definition of Patriotism is.
In another post: State Sovereignty Movement Quietly Growing, we read that several States are quietly rebelling and we can only hope that the Movement grows. As Loki points out, we have a duty and obligation to expell the current Federal Government.
In a post written by myself, Live Free Or Die, the sentiments expressed by Loki can also be found there.
Also read Western Standard's piece here.
To answer Loki's question, I say yes and the first shot was fired by the unconstitutional Congress.
World Net Daily: Lawmakers in 20 states move to reclaim sovereignty; Obama's $1 trillion deficit-spending 'stimulus plan' seen as last straw
NEW YORK – As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level.
So far, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, including Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.
Analysts expect that in addition, another 20 states may see similar measures introduced this year, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.
"What we are trying to do is to get the U.S. Congress out of the state's business," Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon told WND. [...]
We can only wish...