Sunday, 20 July 2008

Oklahoma House Affirms Sovereignty Over State Powers

Written by  The New American

Randy BrogdonOn March 13 the Oklahoma House passed House Joint Resolution 1089, sponsored by Rep. Charles Key and Sen. Randy Brogdon, “claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers,” by an overwhelming vote of 92 to 3. Opponents of the measure in the Senate managed to keep it from being debated and voted on before this year’s legislative session ended.

The rest of the nation took little notice of the Oklahoma House’s affirmation of the Tenth Amendment at the time. However, suddenly in mid-June news of the vote on HJR1089 went viral. Google this topic and see how article after article and forum post after forum post copied and pasted the text of the bill without mentioning when the vote occurred. Nonetheless, it is clear that the widespread interest in the news about HJR1089 is based on a resurgence in interest in the Constitution in reaction to the widespread usurpation of state powers by the federal government.

It would be a major victory for our freedom if the other 49 states would pass resolutions like Oklahoma’s, in which it “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.”

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