Skip to comments.States: Once Proud, Now Poor Supplicants
Posted on 08/04/2013 11:03:24 AM PDT by Jacquerie
The annual meeting of the National Governors Conference is underway in Milwaukee, WI. Scheduled meeting topics include employment for people with disabilities, health care changes, the National Guard, water infrastructure needs, comprehensive federal tax reform, education, homeland security, prison reform, cyber-security. Governors will also meet in private, off-the-record settings, where I presume the substantive, real discussions will take place.
As a sort of sister organization, the National Conference of State Legislatures will meet next week. Navigating the Affordable Care Act, helping military veterans find jobs, improving the election process and regulating drones are among the wide variety of topics state lawmakers will tackle during the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) 39th annual Legislative Summit Aug. 12-15 in Atlanta.
At neither of the websites did I detect disgust with what the national government has recently done to the states. They are, without doubt, the political equivalent of abused wives and dogs, grateful for the morsels of liberty their masters allow them.
They have been told that they may not defend their borders. They may not, via their constitutions, define what history has known for millennia, that marriage = man + woman. They must accept the daily changing whims of Obama as expressed through his cabinet secretaries. They must accept wholesale shutdown of coal fired, electricity generating plants. They must accept close surveillance of their citizens and presumably of themselves. They must silently accept radical black-robed judges and commissars hostile to the 10th Amendment. The list goes on.
In short, they dont publicly care that they have been reduced to poor supplicant status.
Mark Levins new book goes public next week. If we are to kick start reform from the bottom up, from the people and the states, we will have an incredible amount of work to do.
Both the Governor and State Legislature organizations take pride in their outreach and contacts within the national government.
The Framers gave them real means to influence events and protect our rights: the Senate of the United States.
First step, repeal the 17th Amendment. 2nd step, recall all the Senate bastards and replace them via the state legislatures. 3rd step, Impeach and remove Zero. This can be done in a matter of months.
the states need to tell the feds to go to hell where the feds belong
all of those topics.... how to get $$$ from the feds?
Those topics are strangely not on the agenda.
Since the states were complicit in their demise by ratifying the 17th Amendment, getting them to rise to the occasion for this effort is likely questionable.
Oh well, keep plugging!
Yeah, pretty much.
Well then, democracy being swell and all, let’s cut back the terms of all of them to two years with a limit of four terms.
T-Bird45 - what does GMTA mean?
GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike
Good Internet resource for such things:
I know a method that would strike the FedGov in a matter of Days; link here.
(The only problem is it requires a governor with some balls; although I believe that Art 4 Sec 4 can be invoked via state legislatures as well.)
WHAT AMERICANS USE TO KNOW ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
The first several generations of Americans understood that the Declaration of Independence was the ultimate states rights document. The citizens of the states would delegate certain powers to a central government in their Constitution, and these powers (mostly for national defense and foreign policy purposes) would hopefully be exercised for the benefit of the citizens of the "free and independent" states, as they are called in the Declaration.
The understanding was that if American citizens were in fact to be the masters rather than the servants of government, they themselves would have to police the national government that was created by them for their mutual benefit. If the day ever came that the national government became the sole arbiter of the limits of its own powers, then Americans would live under a tyranny as bad or worse than the one the colonists fought a revolution against.
As the above quotation denotes, the ultimate natural law principle behind this thinking was Jeffersons famous dictum in the Declaration of Independence that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and that whenever that consent is withdrawn the people of the free and independent states, as sovereigns, have a duty to abolish that government and replace it with a new one if they wish.
This was the fundamental understanding of the meaning of the Declaration of Independence that it was a Declaration of Secession from the British empire of the first several generations of Americans. As the 1, 107-page book, Northern Editorials on Secession shows, this view was held just as widely in the Northern states as in the Southern states in 1860- 1861. Among the lone dissenters was Abe Lincoln, a corporate lawyer/lobbyist/politician with less than a year of formal education who probably never even read The Federalist Papers.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE PREAMBLE We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...
What came after the Declaration of Independence was the "bill of particulars" against the colonial ruler--King George III ---that justified the declaration and subsequent colonial rebellion.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance, reads one of Jeffersons indictments against the king.
(Amply describes the Obama juggernaut against Americans.)
I just preordered Levin’s new book. You must have the juice to get this G2 in advance.
Got it. Thanks for the tip.
Roger that, I’ve done the same.
My state rep and senator will each get a softcopy when available.