Sooner State Gov Tells Fed Gov to Shove Off

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Well, not exactly. But the story’s encouraging, all the same.

The title of the news article—which Tom brought to my attention—captures some of the drama: House Bypasses Governor’s Veto to Claim Oklahoma’s Sovereignty. Here’s the bare bones of the story:

Although Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahoma’s sovereignty. ....

“We’re going to get it done one way or the other,” said the resolutions’ author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City.

“I think our governor is out of step.” ....

Henry vetoed HJR 1003 because he said it suggested, among other things, that Oklahoma should return federal tax dollars.

Key said HCR 1028, which, if passed, would be sent to Democratic President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress, would not jeopardize federal funds but would tell Congress to “get back into their proper constitutional role.” The resolution states the federal government should “cease and desist” mandates that are beyond the scope of its powers.

I wrote “Not exactly” above because the Oklahoma gov appears to want to continue suckling at the fedgov teat. Still, it’s a good first step, one I hope other state legislatures emulate. After all, the fedgov clearly isn’t listening to the people any more; perhaps if enough states do something like this the congresscretins will start to take notice.

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Sunni,
I wholeheartedly agree and hope that other states follow suit.
Although, having lived in Oklahoma for 5 years I have to say that this one veto is slow in coming and only disguises the fact that the very republican Oklahoma government simply wants to excersise its policies without any influence from the outside.
There is a certain tidbit of information which I think you will however welcome: Oklahoma has the most liberal (i.e. non-invasive to the citizen) laws about home-schooling and midwife-assisted births (including home births).

I’d forgotten

that you lived there for several years, Polka. It appears that other states are pursuing similar paths, even down to the willingness to accept fedgov FRNs with one hand as they try to push them away with the other. Interesting times ahead ...

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Sunni and Polka, I too see some hypocrisy here. It is all too easy to rail against the Federal Government while accepting its Reserve Notes, just as it is all to easy to rail against taxes while refusing to cut spending or reduce the size of government (a typical Republican position).

Even though these state sovereignty resolutions are a tepid response by career politicians to the anger and frustration of ordinary citizens over the bailouts and such, I think they just might be a harbinger of things to come. However, before anything truly "interesting" happens, more people would need to understand the meaning of the Tenth Amendment:

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.

I think that we are very far from a widespread appreciation for this aspect of the Founders' thought. Besides, it is well-nigh impossible to roll back the powers of the Federal Government at this point (certainly not based merely on a more correct interpretation of the Constitution), so I suppose that all of these musings are moot. Time for me to get back to practical preparations for liberty... :)