Constitutional turmoil as tenthamendmentcenter.com crashesMay 27th, 2009 - 2:21 am ICT by John Le Fevre
The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “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.”
From Alaska to Oklahoma, states are declaring themselves fed up with the bossing around they get from Washington. Sick of being told do this, don’t do that.
The states say the 10th Amendment to the Constitution gives them near total latitude to act in areas not reserved to the federal government and at least 35 states have introduced legislation this year asserting their power under it.
The recent revival of the 10th Amendment on both popular and political landscapes has underscored the ever-present demarcation between liberty and statism. It has also brought to light an interesting demarcation within the group of liberty-minded anti-statists.
Likewise though, it has also seen extreme legislation introduced, such as in Georgia, where the Senate passed 43- to-1 a motion that said Georgia can declare any federal criminal law null and void unless the U.S. Constitution specifically allows Congress to outlaw that conduct.
The only acts the Constitution allows Congress to prosecute are treason, counterfeiting, piracy, felonies on the high seas, international offenses and slavery. Fortunately in this case the motion didn’t pass the House.
To support states and US citizens desirous of exercising their right under the 10th Amendment, tenthamendmentcenter.com was established in 2007 by Michael Boldin as an information resource for those desirous of loosening the grips of Washington.
Unfortunately for those desirous of loosing that power the website was offline today, meaning states such as Georgia who sought the power to free felons will have to wait another day.
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