Thursday, January 14, 2010

Opposition forming against the Council of Governors

On Tuesday, I reproduced the White House announcement of the formation of the Council of Governors, to advise the President on homeland security and synchronization of activities related to the National Guard. At least one gubernatorial candidate in Oklahoma will hear none of it.

As reported by Red Dirt Report, an Oklahoma news blog:

"This power grab eliminates the lines between federal and state authority," [Republican State Senator Randy] Brogdon said. "This move by the administration undoubtedly violates our Tenth Amendment rights as a state..."

"As governor I would never sit idly by and allow the federal government to usurp power clearly delegated to the State of Oklahoma," Brogdon said.

Brogdon, a longtime defender of states' Tenth Amendment rights, called on Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry to boycott the Council if called upon, and immediately denounce any further intrusive action on the citizens of this state.

"This is an opportunity for us as a free people to stand up and stand strong for the protection of our freedoms," Brogdon concluded.

As I wrote Tuesday, we need to make sure that Gov. Strickland and John Kasich know that we'll have none of it, either.

Michael Bolden, of the Tenth Amendment Center has another good idea. Writing to BeaReady at the Ohio Freedom Alliance, he suggests:

[This is] another reason why people need to start demanding that their states pass laws nullifying the use of their National Guard troops in all situations except the three very limited ones in the Constitution.

According to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, the National Guard (which is what the Founding Fathers called "the Militia") may only be used to "execute the Laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel Invasions." "Repel invasions" means fighting on our soil, not theirs.

Virtual buckeye to BeaReady at the Ohio Freedom Alliance.

1 comment:

Old Rebel said...

I think this is just the latest sign of how nervous our overlords are these days. Simmering anger over the corporate bailouts, illegal surveillance, and the health care fiasco will only grow.

Restoring control over the State Militias will indeed be a giant step.