SPOTLIGHT: STATES RIGHTS ON THE MOVE
By JB Williams
After four and a half years in fraudulent federal dictatorship, Barack Obama has managed to stimulate only a few things in America – race and class warfare battles, gun and ammo sales, a $17 trillion public debt, a mass exodus of business investors and jobs heading overseas to “free markets” and a growing fight to enforce States Rights.
As the democrats’ Global Agenda has driven the United States deeper and deeper into Democratic Socialism via federal tyranny, literally unchallenged by DC Republicans who have almost entirely abdicated all congressional authority to both the executive and judicial branches, state legislators are rushing to reclaim their constitutional powers through a plethora of states’ rights legislative measures.
Since the people have no influence in the government of, by and for the people in Washington DC, they are turning to state governments to protect their God-given and constitutionally protected rights. An increasing number of state legislatures are answering that call for action.
In my last piece regarding the new Tennessee Balance of Powers Committee, I announced that the Tennessee State Legislature will soon begin reviewing and dealing with federal abuses of power from the newly formed Balance of Powers Committee. The new committee will meet on May 1st to set the structure and agenda of the committee which will be open to accept issues of concern to the people of Tennessee, and it will begin hearing those matters on August 1, 2013.
But Tennessee is not alone… Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Alaska and other states are answering the same calls for action. North Carolina, Louisiana and other states are following these leads and expect to establish Balance of Powers Committees as well, sometimes referred to as States’ Rights Committees.
These measures were launched in all fifty states back in 2011 by members of The United States Patriots Union, the model legislation drafted by the Constitutional Law Division under the direction of Barbara Ketay. The Patriots Union division has since become The North American Law Center.
It took these groups three years of sustained effort to gain a foothold for states’ rights in numerous states, now sweeping across the country state-by-state. The people must support these brave representatives of the people, as they take a firm constitutional stand for the people.
These measures have met with significant resistance from both likely and seemingly unlikely sources.
To no surprise, leftist politicos who believe in and desire unbridled central power in Washington DC, the power to dictate policy to the states even on matters far beyond the constitutional authority of the federal government, or support a One World Global Government concept, oppose these measures with all vigor.
A Democrat Tennessee House member from Memphis made a fool of himself during the committee hearing for the Balance of Powers Act by saying – Well, I guess what we are saying here is that we don’t need a federal government, the states can just run themselves…. (Paraphrased) In matters not within the constitutional authority of the federal government, that’s exactly right Representative dingbat…
When the Oklahoma states' rights committee recently passed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from adopting any environmental recommendations in the United Nations' Agenda 21 plan, many of those in attendance burst into applause. Some Democrats were not impressed, however…
“Where is Jay Leno when you need him?” said Rep. Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City, one of 29 Democrats in the 101-member state House. “If I didn't know this was reality, I would think this committee was something out of a movie.”
The legal beagles weighed in – “Under Supreme Court precedent, a state doesn't have the power to block the enforcement of federal law inside its borders,” said Joseph Thai, a constitutional law professor at the University of Oklahoma who served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Byron White. “Most such measures do not merit serious comment — at least, not after the Civil War,” Thai said.
According to “experts” at so-called conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and Wall Builders, the states lost their sovereignty and their constitutional rights in the Civil War. Although the Civil War ended without a single successful secession from the union, holding in place the US Constitution and Bill of Rights for all states, some somehow misinterpret these events as having destroyed the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
According to these “experts,” the Bill of Rights no longer apply, either due to the Civil War which held these principles and values intact, or due to some almighty Supreme Court precedence, which itself does not carry a constitutional force of law.
In short, these folks believe that the federal government is totally unbridled in its power, that the Supreme Court is the supreme law of the land, that the Constitution and Bill of Rights are dead and that there is nothing the states can do about it… Are they right?
Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger has set himself on a track for defeat in upcoming elections for coming out against the constitutional rights of Michigan. The people of Michigan are furious with the turncoat behavior of their House Speaker and they should be.
State legislators in a growing number of states beg to disagree, and so do the vast majority of American citizens who are fed up with Washington DC running their country into the ground while pretending that the government of, by and for the people -- does not have to listen to the people, nor the states.
Even a self-proclaimed “constitutional scholar” popular with a few fringe liberty groups, foolishly came out against a state balance of powers hours before its hearings. Many self-styled “constitutionalists” have an agenda driven view of our founding principles and values too, usually aimed at little more than self-promotion, of course.
The effort to derail was so childish and misguided that it didn’t even warrant a response, or even public acknowledgement. Needless to say, the author of that attack watched her bills die on arrival as the Balance of Powers moves across the nation with increasing speed.
At the end of the day, no matter the opposition, there are state officials in at least the legislatures (and a few governors’ offices) who hear the cry from the people for a constitutional conscience and the preservation of our inalienable individual rights as well as those of our sovereign states.
Like it or not, states’ rights are now in the spotlight and there will be no pushing these issues to the back burner again. State after state, legislators rush to establish states’ rights committees to check unconstitutional federal overreaches and it isn’t happening a moment too soon.
Now, it will be up to the people in each state to utilize these committees to address federal and even state overreaches of powers that infringe upon the God-given and constitutionally protected rights of the people and their states.
No more letter writing, faxing, emailing, petitioning, protesting or whining. These states have opened the door for average Americans to bring issues before their states’ rights committees for instant redress in a peaceful and lawful manner.
Saving America is not up to the handful of DC politicians who never fail to serve themselves. It is up to the American people, via these state legislative committees and their state governments. That’s how it was intended to be from the beginning, and that’s how it shall be today, or we no longer have a Constitutional Republic.
Thank you to every state legislator who is taking a real stand for the American people at the state level. May God bless their honorable efforts and may the people of each state stand firm with these brave state representatives as they set a course to restore our Constitutional Republic.
“We're a country of citizens and not subjects,” said Oklahoma Republican Rep. Lewis Moore, chairman of the committee. “It is our fault for not acting as citizens all the time.”
To which I say, Amen Rep. Moore, Amen!
For additional information on a Constitutional Balance of Powers in your state, contact The North American Law Center.
JB Williams is a writer on matters of history and American politics with more than 3000 pieces published over a twenty-year span. He has a decidedly conservative reverence for the Charters of Freedom, the men and women who have paid the price of freedom and liberty for all, and action oriented real-time solutions for modern challenges. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, a researcher, writer and a business owner. He is co-founder of action organizations The United States Patriots Union, a civilian parent organization for The Veteran Defenders of America. He is also co-founder of The North American Law Center, a citizen run investigative legal research and activism organization preparing to take on American's greatest legal battles. Williams receives mail at: email@example.com