“Take, for instance, the police power. Since the beginning of our republic, police and law enforcement was considered a function of each state in the union. Now we have federal law enforcement agencies who are taking away police powers from states. Why does an agency -- the ATF -- created to oversee issues related to alcohol, tobacco and firearms need to have SWAT teams?” asks the conservative political strategist.
Not only does the US Constitution provide for the sovereignty, the US Supreme Court also 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.
In Washington State, House and Senate bill HJM-4009 declares:
“The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States specifically provides that, [T]he 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 the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being those powers specifically granted to it by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and… [F]ederalism is the constitutional division of powers between the national and state governments and is widely regarded as one of America’s most valuable contributions to political science….”
In the Northeast, long considered a bastion of liberal politics, New Hampshire has joined the fray. HCR-6 is a resolution “affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.”
The bill states: “[T]he Constitution of the State of New Hampshire… declares that the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled; and… the Constitution of the State… declares that the people inhabiting the territory formerly called the province of New Hampshire, do hereby solemnly and mutually agree with each other, to form themselves into a free, sovereign and independent body-politic, or State, by the name of The State of New Hampshire….”
The government health care threat posed by the Democrat Party's deceptive and destructive legislation and tactics may well be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. Hopefully, it will lead to a return to Reagan conservative principles that have all but been abandoned by the Grand Old Party.