Four states have passed sovereignty bills in recent months, and another 22 have similar legislation under consideration, reports the Christian Science Moniter. One bill, in New Hampshire, went so far as to call “for outright dissolution of the Union if Washington doesn’t rein itself in,” but was one of the two which have been voted down to date.
“If you set up the principle where the federal government can do everything, then, yes, eventually they will do everything. If not, where’s the line they can’t cross?” says Michael Boldin, president of the Tenth Amendment Center in Los Angeles. “That’s the Constitution, I believe.”
The courts mainly stood by as federal power expanded by great leaps in the 1930s and the 1960s. There’s been another burst of federal expansion in the 2000s, including Mr. Bush’s USA Patriot Act and Obama’s proposed overhaul of banking regulations.
The fact is, “there’s no longer any effective limitations on federal power,” says Randy Barnett, a Georgetown law professor who argued for California’s medical marijuana law in front of the Supreme Court.
“[T]his is a wake-up call,” said a state legislator from South Carolina, where a sovergiegnty bill was successfully passed, “And if Washington doesn’t heed that wake-up call, revolution is on the horizon.”Published in