The Sovereignty Case and the Federal Failure
One of the most tired liberal arguments against Tennessee's recent sovereignty resolution
sponsored by Rep. Susan Lynn
is to dare the Republicans to send back federal highway money
. In today's Examiner
column, I remind readers of the federal government's responsibilities to the States under the Constitution, and how the feds are failing to fulfill those obligations
The building of post roads or the delegation of money to States for the same is the duty of the federal government under the Constitution. By the same token, federal attempts to bully the States into submission to the absolute will of Washington by threatening to remove federal highway funds from them may be seen as unconstitutional since the federal apparatus has a responsibility under its compact with the States to build and care for those roads on which the mail is carried.
The federal government also has a duty under Article IV, Section 4 to protect the several States against invasion, which is the constitutional provision under which any funds to combat the excessive infusion of illegal aliens would be authorized. Failure by the federal government to fulfill its limited responsibilities to the States under the Constitution means that the States can and must begin to do these jobs themselves, and violation of the compact by the government in Washington means that the States most certainly have the right to take care of themselves.
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