Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Shot Heard Round New Hampshire

Could this be the beginning of the second American Revolution? It seems that these folks may certainly be giving it some thought. Other states should take note and keep the ball rolling.
This may be the only way to preserve our Constitution and our freedoms.

From The American Thinker by Larrey Anderson.

Four New Hampshire state legislators have introduced a resolution affirming Thomas Jefferson’s defense of state’s rights. House Concurrent Resolution 6 was recently introduced into the New Hampshire’s State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee by Rep. Itse, Rep. Ingbretson, Rep. Comerford, and Sen. Denley.

Interestingly, the authors of the New Hampshire Resolution took most of the language from the document commonly known as “Jefferson and Madison’s Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.”*

Following in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers the New Hampshire Resolution declares:

That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a General Government for special purposes, -- delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force; that to this compact each State acceded as a State, and is an integral party, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party: that the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress….

The New Hampshire Resolution boldly defends the state’s (and it citizen’s) rights preserved under the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Constitution:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

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.

Representative Daniel Itse, one of the resolutions co-authors, appeared yesterday on the Mike Church Show radio program. A transcript of the interview can be found here.

Representative Itse explained the reasoning behind the introduction of his resolution:

As a statement of the founders’ principle that it is the states who are in charge, and not the federal government; that it’s they [the states] who have the power to interpret the Constitution; and that the federal government has only definite delegated powers; and that any law enacted outside those delegated powers is null and void.

A concurrent resolution lacks legal authority. It is a non-binding expression of the intentions of the legislature. Nevertheless, these four New Hampshire state legislators have shown much courage by introducing (or reintroducing) these precious principles that have been the bedrock of our republic.

Maybe HCR 6, the shot heard round little old New Hampshire, will inspire more Americans to realize the desperate need to free ourselves from an overreaching federal government. In which case, the shot heard round New Hampshire might become the next shot heard round the world.


*Thomas Jefferson was the chief author of the Kentucky Resolutions and Madison was primarily responsible for the similar Virginia Resolutions. Both men may have worked on each set of resolutions.

Article from The American Thinker: written by Larrey Anderson


Jeff Dreibus said...


"Third American Revolution", technically.

Do the New Hampshirites have the nerve to go through with it? Time will tell.

If so, get ready for an executive order to occupy New Hampshire . . .

Jeff Dreibus

Ticker said...

True, but to stay with the possibilities put forth by the article I used second.
I would hope that they have the nerve to push this. Given the fact that the Democrats control the legislature in the state and have since the 06 elections I see little hope for it to advance unless the people of the state get behind the resolution and cause it to be brought forth for the citizens to vote on.
Yes you would be correct in Obama seizing the opportunity to occupy the state and take over.
Now the situation might be a bit different if say 40 or more states would do such. Talk about having his hands full. I don't think the Army would back him on forceful occupation of the states. IMHO it would be danged interesting now wouldn't it.

Following the 2006 U.S. general elections, the General Court convened its 160th session and certified the results from the state general election.
(The election gave Democrats majority control of both chambers for the first time since 1874, 14-10 in the Senate and 239-161 in the House.)

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting article, Ticker. I think it is true that states are the key to our adherence to the US Constitution. Sadly, it is my view that states have become whores for federal dollars, the product of which is that the state legislatures themselves have tossed the Tenth Amendment right out the window.

I don't think we need states to secede from the union in order to regain constitutional independence from a burgeoning federal bureaucracy, but we definitely need the states to tell the feds to "piss off." One needs to ask, “What business does the federal government have meddling in education or national health care?” The answer is “none.”

Our Constitution poses restriction upon federal power. Since FDR, however, the US government has been quite clever and innovative about ignoring the US Constitution . . . and we the people and the several states have allowed federal legislators to get away with it. If we continue to do this, we in effect destroy our Constitution.

Ticker said...

"I don't think we need states to secede from the union in order to regain constitutional independence from a burgeoning federal bureaucracy, but we definitely need the states to tell the feds to "piss off."

And that Mustang was the purpose of this resolution as presented. When more states will actually take this to heart and stand up to the government and say, do your job and let us do ours, then we might have a chance to actually get somewhere with control and back to the Constitution.

Unfortunately, too many lack the nerve. I was reading a newspaper from the state of Tennessee where the Governor, a Democrat, was crying and claiming, "the stimulus will stop state job layoffs." . As you said, whore's for Federal Dollars. The truth is there would be no state layoffs in Tennessee according to several of those who contradicted the governor and further said it's just more smoke to press for the passage of the so called Stimulus Bill which is nothing more than a spending bill.
The Democrats are scared that the people are beginning to wake up and see this mess for what it is. I believe the numbers are now 58% who are against this bill as it stands.