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September 30, 2009
San Francisco Examiner Editorial: States reassert sovereignty with legislation - 9

On Sept. 21, the San Francisco Examiner editors filed an editorial that implies there may be much more support for Montana's 10th Amendment agitation than some may think -- and from many different sources other than gun owners.

"There’s a growing movement on the part of states to override federal laws and regulations under the 10th Amendment, which reserves powers to the states not delegated to the federal government. So far, the battle lines have been drawn at Real ID, medical marijuana and firearms, but federally mandated health insurance may not be far behind.

"State sovereignty resolutions were introduced in 37 states this year; seven passed. Although the resolutions are not legally binding, Tenth Amendment Center founder Michael Boldin said they 'serve notice' that states will no longer automatically enforce federal mandates in areas they believe the central government has no constitutional authority.

"Montana’s first-in-the-nation law reasserting state authority with the regulation of firearms manufactured and sold within state boundaries was soon followed by a similar law in Tennessee. Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have already sent letters to gun dealers and federal permit holders in both states telling them to ignore the state law. A court battle is next.

"Nearly 20 other states have similar legislation in the works, including directives to their governors to order National Guard troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Next year, Arizona will have a state constitutional amendment on the ballot that allows residents to opt out of any national health care program."

For more, go to: http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/Examiner-Editorial-States-reassert-sovereignty-with-legislation-59954857.html

Also:

-- Pennsylvania to Consider Nullifying Some Federal Gun Laws; http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/09/17/pennsylvania-to-consider-nullifying-some-federal-gun-laws/

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from Ruckweiler wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Regardless of the nonsense coming out of DC, the states established and prescribed the duties of the Federal government and not the other way around. As Newt Gingrich has said, our rights come from God to the people and then to the government in America and not from God to government and then to the people. Mr. Jefferson had it exactly correct in the Declaration of Independence.

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from NewOrleansPuma wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Everyone of you boys needs to go to www.tenthamendmentcenter.com and read even more of what is going on re states rights!

We the People...need to continue to stand up and take back our rights and our Country!

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from Markmbaron wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Sheep led to the slaughter.wake up boys, your rights are being taken away from you. The more you contiune to refuse toact on you ablity to demand change in your goverement your goverement will contiune to trash your god given rights!. What do I mean? When the constutition was being written by your forefathers (in god we trust) it was inspired by god, so the people that are infringing on your rights are people that don't believe in ?

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Great Story and Statements. All States need to stand up for themselves and drive on with States Rights. That's why we have State Gov't, State Laws, State law enforcemnt, Militia (Gaurd) and states should not be lookin to the federal gov't to think for and provide for them.

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from patrick88 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

well said guys.we the people need to speak louder and carry an even biger stick!

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from Bo wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Everything before my post makes sense. That being said i always thought that the second Amendment was pretty straight forward and made sense. But to 4 out of nine justices on SCOTUS did not perceive the the right of the people to keep and bear arms to mean the people had a right to keep and bear arms. To a liberal, the Constitution means whatever he wants it to mean for the moment and never what a conservative thinks even if he uses the very words in the Constitution.

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from brucebarron wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

It would seem to me that the resolutions are legally binding.The 10th Amendment is a law.The resolutions are inherent within the 10th Amendment in the same way conclusions are within and drawn from principles.In other words, the resolutions are merely stating what the 10th Amendment says or contains and are the conclusions of a law,the 10th Amendment.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

You got it Seadog.
It is long over due for the states to assert thier rights in so many areas. Sure hope this is the beginning of good things to come.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

The Tenth Amendment is clear:
"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 federal government has taken powers reserved to the states by misreading the Commerce Clause, which says only:
"Congress shall have Power ... To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;"
There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the federal government to regulate commerce within any state.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

The Tenth Amendment is clear:
"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 federal government has taken powers reserved to the states by misreading the Commerce Clause, which says only:
"Congress shall have Power ... To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;"
There is nothing in the Constitution that allows the federal government to regulate commerce within any state.

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

You got it Seadog.
It is long over due for the states to assert thier rights in so many areas. Sure hope this is the beginning of good things to come.

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from brucebarron wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

It would seem to me that the resolutions are legally binding.The 10th Amendment is a law.The resolutions are inherent within the 10th Amendment in the same way conclusions are within and drawn from principles.In other words, the resolutions are merely stating what the 10th Amendment says or contains and are the conclusions of a law,the 10th Amendment.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Everything before my post makes sense. That being said i always thought that the second Amendment was pretty straight forward and made sense. But to 4 out of nine justices on SCOTUS did not perceive the the right of the people to keep and bear arms to mean the people had a right to keep and bear arms. To a liberal, the Constitution means whatever he wants it to mean for the moment and never what a conservative thinks even if he uses the very words in the Constitution.

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from patrick88 wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

well said guys.we the people need to speak louder and carry an even biger stick!

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Great Story and Statements. All States need to stand up for themselves and drive on with States Rights. That's why we have State Gov't, State Laws, State law enforcemnt, Militia (Gaurd) and states should not be lookin to the federal gov't to think for and provide for them.

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from Markmbaron wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Sheep led to the slaughter.wake up boys, your rights are being taken away from you. The more you contiune to refuse toact on you ablity to demand change in your goverement your goverement will contiune to trash your god given rights!. What do I mean? When the constutition was being written by your forefathers (in god we trust) it was inspired by god, so the people that are infringing on your rights are people that don't believe in ?

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from NewOrleansPuma wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Everyone of you boys needs to go to www.tenthamendmentcenter.com and read even more of what is going on re states rights!

We the People...need to continue to stand up and take back our rights and our Country!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ruckweiler wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

Regardless of the nonsense coming out of DC, the states established and prescribed the duties of the Federal government and not the other way around. As Newt Gingrich has said, our rights come from God to the people and then to the government in America and not from God to government and then to the people. Mr. Jefferson had it exactly correct in the Declaration of Independence.

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