Let Tennessee Lead the Fight for SovereigntyWhile it may seem like empty words to some, Tennessee House Joint Resolution 108 may be one of the most important pieces of legislation to come before the House, and it slated to be heard before the Civil Practice and Procedure Subcommittee of Judiciary today (it doesn't appear that it will be, owing in part to next week's Judicial Selection hearings).
The federal government has used the several States as whipping boys, foisting their mandates upon our people, often unfunded and always at great cost to us, for years. This infringement upon the sovereignty of our States has come at the hands of presidents and Congresses controlled by both parties, who have been equal opportunity violators of the Constitution.
Now, however, we are faced with a President who would impose upon us a European-style welfare state based upon the belief that he can completely run around the States and ignore the federal system put in place by our forefathers. Barack Obama is different than previous occupants of the White House. Other presidents understood that they must at least pretend that State sovereignty mattered, but Obama believes himself so far above the law that he makes no pretence of respecting it, nor any public show about the love of liberty. Other nations in similar economic straits who have adopted plans similar to Mr. Obama's are having the International Monetary Fund called in on them because their economies have since become so devalued that their own leaders can do nothing to help-Britain is the latest to be threatened with the possibility of near-total ruination. Further, in addition to his deciding that the government should just take over entire industries and decide their fate of its own accord, rather than allowing the free market to do so, Obama is being lectured by the French and the Red Chinese on how to run an economy. The shocking part of all of that is that the French and the Chinese are the ones who are right. The federal government faces a crisis of confidence never before seen in the history of this nation.
There has never been a time in the modern era of American politics that would be better for the several States to let the federal government know that they have had enough of their rights being infringed upon while the federal government uses them to pay for its irresponsible and wasteful incompetence. Let Tennessee, the State that signaled resistence from the very day of the election of this gang of thieves, take the lead