A new Lincoln...
This is how Barack Obama has wanted to define himself from the start, for instance swearing on Abraham Lincoln’s Bible when he took the oath of office on Inauguration day...
However, in coming days, he may discover that Lincoln is after all not such a good model.
Remember what happened just after Lincoln was elected, between December 1860 and February 1861 ?
About a dozen states in the Deep South decided to leave the Union : they "seceded", and declared themselves to be a new nation, the Confederate States of America.
Will History repeat itself, as it is becoming more obvious every day that the new president and Congress are totally unfit to run the country ?
You may not have heard much about it, but there's a quiet movement afoot to reassert state sovereignty in America and stop the uncontrolled expansion of federal government power. In fact, more and more states are finding that their constitutional rights are being challenged by the Obama administration and are taking steps to counteract it.
Almost half of the state legislatures are considering or have representatives preparing to introduce resolutions which reassert the principles of the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution and the idea that federal power is strictly limited to specific areas detailed in the Constitution and that all other governmental authority rests with the states.
What do the ninth and ten Amendments say exactly ?
Number 9 : “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
Number 10 : “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.”
Already, 9 states: Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan,
Missouri, Oklahoma, California, and Georgia have all introduced bills and resolutions declaring sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment. 12 others: Colorado, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Nevada, Maine, and Illinois are considering such measures. Of course, the citizens of each state would have to ratify the bill...
So far, none of the states has actually enacted a sovereignty law yet. Some have come close. Oklahoma's bill passed their lower house overwhelmingly but stalled in the Senate last fall and is being held over for consideration in the new year.
The emergence of this movement is a hopeful sign of the people asserting their rights and the rights of the states and finally crying "enough" to runaway government. With the threat of increasingly out of control federal spending, some of these sovereignty bills may stand a fair chance of passage in the coming year.
Tonight we have just learnt that the Senate has finally passed Obama’s stimulus bill, which means that America will plunge more deeply into debt in coming months. Federal spending has now become uncontrolled.
Is it not the duty of sovereign states to say stop and to withdraw from the union before it is too late ?