Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ohio's State Sovereignty Resolution -- still under construction

A commenter to yesterday's post on Ohio's State sovereignty resolution expressed some confusion about what is going on.

There are two proposals for a State sovereignty resolution afoot at the moment. The one I linked on the Internet as part of a petition campaign is essentially the same as Oklahoma's, a simple assertion that the States are sovereign under the Tenth Amendment; and serving a "Notice and Demand" to the Federal Government that its unconstitutional excesses need to come to a stop. The other proposal is one I am taking to a committee this week. At the moment, it happens to have the same text, but I shall be recommending some changes.

Any resolution for State sovereignty is better than none, but I think Oklahoma's is toothless. We can send the District of Coercion as many Notices and Demands as there are Federal Reserve Notes; but the best we can expect from the Feds is a polite thank you note from the clerks of the House and Senate and a low-level special assistant in the White House, before they are thrown in the trash. A resolution like New Hampshire's would be more effective, but as the post below indicates, is politically risky; particularly in Ohio, which has a Democratic majority in the House that is presumably happy with its counterparts in Washington. I doubt that such resolutions will have any effect on Washington until at least 35-40 state legislatures, representing three-quarters of the electorate have submitted them.

So the question that I hope to resolve this week is: how can we write an effective resolution that we can sell to the Ohio House? Your comments and suggestions are welcome. I shall report the outcome of my meeting as soon as it has been presented to a willing sponsor in the Ohio House or Senate.


Anonymous said...

so what's their strategy? wait for stimulus money and then give the finger to the .gov?

Anonymous said...

i agree, the OK ver is way too bland and lacks any real substance. Also, in reference to the NH one being too "politically risky", sounds kinda like a joke - I mean why should "we the people" have to walk on eggshells with these people - they work for us! first of all they should really begin to understand how pissed everyone is.

Anonymous said...

Please see the Glenn Beck interview with New Hampshire State Rep. Dan Itse, one of the sponsors of HCR 0006. It has been added as an addendum to the post "HCR 0006 Setback" at the Novacadia blog.