The Tenth Amendment Resolution

The Tenth Amendment Resolution states the intent and purpose of the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and calls on the federal government to follow the U.S. Constitution and stop infringing on states’ rights.

You can also read World Net Daily’s article concerning this issue here

Article from World Net Daily reprinted below for reference:

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YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK

 

Oklahoma to feds: Don’t tread on me

 

State House defends its sovereignty from D.C. intrusion

 

Posted: June 16, 2008
10:00 pm Eastern

© 2011 WorldNetDaily

Steamed over a perceived increase in federal usurping of states’ rights, Oklahoma’s House of Representatives told Washington, D.C., to back off.

Joint House Resolution 1089, passed by an overwhelming 92-3 margin, reasserts Oklahoma’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and, according to the resolution’s own language, is “serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates.”

The Tenth Amendment 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.”

Traditionally, this language has meant that the federal government is limited in its scope and cannot usurp the sovereign powers of states. In recent decades, however, as the size and reach of the federal government has expanded, many have come to question whether Washington has stepped on states’ rights and gotten too big for its breeches.

Charles Key, the Republican state representative who authored the resolution, told WND that he introduced it because he believes the federal government’s overstepping of its bounds has put our constitutional form of government in danger.


Oklahoma State Rep. Charles Key

“The more we stand by and watch the federal government get involved in areas where it has no legal authority, we kill the Constitution a little at a time,” he said. “The last few decades, the Constitution has been hanging by a thread.”

Specifically, Resolution 1089 says the following:

“The State of Oklahoma hereby claims 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.”

The resolution resolves that Oklahoma will “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.”

It also instructs that “a copy of this resolution be distributed to the president of the United States, the president of the United States Senate, the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of the Oklahoma congressional delegation.”

The resolution does not, as some have speculated, amount to secession, but it does send a warning signal to Washington: Oklahoma does not intend to be bullied by big brother government.

 

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for OKGrassroots

About Charles Key
Charles Key has lived in Oklahoma City for over 50 years. He and his wife Janice (a public school teacher for ten years) have four children and one granddaughter at the time of this bio... He is known by most as a Conservative Republican and speaks frequently on preserving our liberties. He was protecting states rights and a champion of the Tenth Amendment before it was cool. He was awarded "Friend of the Taxpayer" by Oklahoma Taxpayer's Union. He is our Oklahoma Champion of the Constitution and a friend to all who know him. LEGISLATIVE: Charles served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1986 to 1998 and again from 2006 to 2012. FINANCIAL: Charles is the principal of Key Financial, an independent financial services firm specializing in Retirement, Financial Planning and Insurance Services. Featured posts on R3publicans