Letter: Assert state sovereigntyOur Founding fathers feared one thing above all others ... a government with too much power!
By: Leon Moe, Cottage Grove, South Washington County Bulletin
Our Founding fathers feared one thing above all others ... a government with too much power! Many of them, including Patrick Henry, addressed this fear by demanding that the First Ten Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights be added to the Constitution to gain their support in forming the new government.
The Federal Government, particularly the House of Representatives, needs to abide by its own rules. In particular, House File XIII 3, specifically states that:
“Each report of a committee on a public bill or public joint resolution shall contain the following: A statement citing the specific enumerated powers granted to Congress in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to enact the law proposed by the bill or resolution.”
Interesting that we do not hear much of this on the 6 p.m. evening news!
Any federal legislation that does not contain the statement citing the specific enumerated power granted to Congress would be considered unconstitutional and with the proper leadership at the State level it should be null and void by the state.
There are currently 38 states, including Minnesota (http://www.mnsovereignty.org/calltoaction.html) that are currently processing Tenth Amendment/Sovereignty legislation. Why is this such a hot topic across this country? It is not likely to solve all our problems, but it will establish a precedent for other issues like the above-mentioned nullification process and with solid state leadership, this could save the taxpayers of Minnesota some money by allowing us the option to nullify unauthorized, unfunded and unconstitutional federal mandates! What is wrong with that?