Sorry for the absence. Vacations, work and such. I was kicked back into political mode today by the governor of my state who endorsed a Texas House resolution that basically issued a smack-down challenge to the federal government. Texas Governor, Rick Perry, endorsed a measure by state representative Brandon Creighton to affirm Texas sovereignty in light of increasing strings, demands and intrusions from the federal government. I especially loved the “Resolved” portion of HCR 50:
|RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas|
|hereby claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the|
|Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise|
|enumerated and granted to the federal government by the|
|Constitution of the United States; and, be it further
|RESOLVED, That this serve as notice and demand to the federal|
|government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective|
|immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these|
|constitutionally delegated powers; and, be it further
|RESOLVED, That all compulsory federal legislation that|
|directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal|
|penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation|
|or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed; and, be it|
|RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official|
|copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to|
|the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the|
|senate of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the|
|Texas delegation to the congress with the request that this|
|resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a|
|memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.|
Reclaiming the 10th amendment. What a concept. And this will pass the Texas House. In fact, one of the sponsors is a Democrat. This really is a non-partisan issue at its core. Several other states have pending legislation claiming their sovereignty from Washington, DC. This one just happened at the right time.
See Governor Perry’s press conference below.
I think this is a great message in advance of the coming Tea Parties. And I hope many other states will follow suit.. It looks like the new conservative revolution won’t be coming from the GOP in Washington. It will be coming from the grassroots and the states. I haven’t been a big Rick Perry fan, but this definitely rated as a big plus for me.
God Bless Texas!