April 15, 2009
Texas Moves to Affirm Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment ~ God Bless TEXAS
Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
4/9/2009 - AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The resolution reaffirms states' rights according to the 10th amendment
HCR 50 is authored by Reps. Creighton, Berman, Hughes, Gattis and Guillen
Gov. Perry Backs Resolution Affirming Texas’ Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment
Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”
Perry continued: "Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas."
A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally designated powers and impede the states’ right to govern themselves. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.
It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.
HCR 50 is authored by Representatives Brandon Creighton, Leo Berman, Bryan Hughes, Dan Gattis and Ryan Guillen.
Text of the Resolution:
H.C.R. No. 50
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “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”; and
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and
WHEREAS, The scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and
WHEREAS, Today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and
WHEREAS, Many federal laws are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp; and
WHEREAS, Section 4, Article IV, of the Constitution says, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,” and the Ninth Amendment states that “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people”; and
WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and
WHEREAS, A number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States; now, therefore, be it
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 further
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.
Wild Thing's comment.......
God bless these people, Gov. Perry is standing up to Hussein Soutpiel puppet Obama and telling him, “Don’t Mess with Texas!”
Texas is the first and only State that was a Republic, legally, prior to joining the United States Union. As a sovereign state, and a Republic, if something bad comes down , Texas is their own country again, if they so choose, regardless of what the Feds say. Every other State has to have permission from the Reps in Washington D.C. before it can happen, however, the State of Texas does not, as their Constitution was in place prior to accepting and adopting themselves as candidates for State-status in USA.
....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.
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Posted by Wild Thing at April 15, 2009 07:55 AM
All states need to do this! The 10th grants them sovreignty. But our illustrious puppet master wants to do away with those rights. What will we do if we wait too long and we can't declare our independence? It makes me shudder to think about it.
Posted by: Lynn at April 15, 2009 08:15 AM
I love Texans and yes, I also hope other states follow suit. Its also my understanding that Oklahoma did it last year. We need to cecede from the Union.
Posted by: cuchieddie (VN66/68) at April 15, 2009 01:55 PM
Oklahoma has a similar bill pending. Some other states have talked about reaffirming their Tenth Amendment rights.
I don't really know Texas' right is to become a Republic again. Our participation in the Civil War may have negated that right. However,Gov Perry's resolution to reaffirm our Tenth Amendment sovereignty is almost a declaration of independence from Wash DC. Today's tea party gatherings are the same.
Obama's expressway to socialism is also a rapid dividing of America. The divide is between the doers and the takers.
To any of WT's readers who are not already here in Texas. Come on down. We have a good economy, lots of reasonable housing, a low unemployment rate. We love our freedom, our bibles and our guns.
Posted by: TomR at April 15, 2009 01:57 PM
Now all they got to do is get this bill out of Committee.
Now from what I've read, this means that thousands of laws passed by the Feds will have to be repealed.
Does it have a good chance of passing and it looks like Perry will sign it if it comes to him.
So where do we go from here. If this becomes law in Texas, this will really screw up obama. I have said before it is going to take some drastic measures to get past this idiot in the White House and this could be the measure that does it.
This is a very smart move. The 10th amendment clearly states all powers not given to the Federal Government are given to the state.
I heard Governor Perry this morning saying he is spending 55 Million on Border safety, he is doing the job the Federal Government refuses to do.
Posted by: Mark at April 15, 2009 02:57 PM
all i have to say is "GO COWBOYS" The state of Texas is declaring that it is the State of Texas again.
Posted by: The Griper at April 15, 2009 07:35 PM
Lynn, I agree, every single State should
do this. We have to hang in there and hope
our voices will be heard, like the tea
parties to grow to something bigger with
the politicians we will see what happens.
I agree too it is scary how things are
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 16, 2009 01:18 AM
cuchieddie (VN66/68), thanks for the
information. I didn't know about
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 16, 2009 01:20 AM
Tom, thank you so much. Thanks for your
input on this,I could be wrong about
Texas right is to become a Republic again.
That sure is what is happening with Obama
too. And it being between the doers and the
Thank you for the invitation. Nick and I have
been talking about Texas ever since Nov.4th.
Right now we have to stay where we are since
the houses have gone down so much in value. We
wouldn't get enough for our home to move.
Nick said a week ago, maybe we can win the
lotto. I told him yesss get a ticket. Big
smile. He knows I have always loved Dallas
and he was there once long ago and loved
it too. It is nice to dream about moving
back there that's for sure.
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 16, 2009 01:28 AM
Mark, this gave me goosebumps for a second.
" If this becomes law in Texas, this will really screw up obama" that would be so
I want so much for Obama to learn that we
all hold dear our Constitution and love our
country more then words can really say. It
goes beyond just being born here, it is a
love that runs deep. And we don't want it
to become a socialist, marxist etc. country
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 16, 2009 01:34 AM
The Griper DITTO that!!! Hi good to see
Posted by: Wild Thing at April 16, 2009 01:36 AM
I'm a New Englander, but my heart is with Texas.
Posted by: Christina B at April 16, 2009 05:35 PM