24 April 2009

Follow Up On The 10th Amendment Post

I posted some comments a few days ago regarding the left's hypocricsy over States' rights, secession talk, and federalism. Now comes a piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for a constitutional amendment "reaffirming" the principle of federalism written by Randy Barnett who is a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University and the author of Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2005).

Barnett writes:

In response to an unprecedented expansion of federal power, citizens have held hundreds of "tea party" rallies around the country, and various states are considering "sovereignty resolutions" invoking the Constitution's Ninth and Tenth Amendments. For example, Michigan's proposal urges "the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States."

Read the rest of the piece here.

This idea just might head off some nasty business down the road.


Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

G'luck with that, America.

Charlie Fugate said...

Michigan hits it right on the nose. The usurpation of state authority coupled with unreasonable AND unfunded mandates are a direct violation of the 10th Amendment,

The only problem I have with this is there will be a proposed Constitutional Convention. Since, by nature, it cannot be limited to a specific issue in advance, I'd prefer that such an Amendment be proposed by the Congress.