TOMORROW, Tuesday, September, 22
According to trusted sources of The Liberty Voice, the Resolution for Ohio’s State Sovereignty, SCR-13 has opened the door for public testimony at the South Hearing Room of the Statehouse at 10 a.m. Proponents of both sides are encouraged to attend the hearing and speak up for what they believe.
For those in defense of the US Constitution, the Tenth Amendment sums up the position of those for the resolution:
“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.”
Ohio Representative Kris Jordan (2nd House District) Sponsor Testimony for House Concurrent Resolution 11
Editor’s note: I am proud to not only be from the 2nd Ohio District where Rep. Jordan resides, but to have known him since he worked tirelessly to become Delaware’s (youngest?) County Commissioner. As a freshman Ohio congressman, Rep. Jordan was voted by his peers to serve as the Assistant Minority Whip of the Ohio House of Representatives. This is Rep. Jordan’s first bill, and I pray that he continues his courageous fight on behalf of the citizens of Delaware, Ohio. PLEASE, encourage him in support of what he has done on behalf of the citizens of Ohio.
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Chairman Gerberry, ranking member Daniels, and members of State Government Committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you today about House Concurrent Resolution 11. I would also like to thank Rep. Martin for jointly sponsoring this resolution with me, as well as the Ohio Freedom Alliance, who provided excellent assistance with grassroots efforts to help garner support.
Currently, more than 35 states have introduced resolutions to declare their sovereignty to the federal government. These resolutions all share a single purpose: to start a critical discussion on the issue of federal encroachment into the rights of states, and to remind the folks in Washington DC that our founding fathers strongly believed in federalism and enforcing the limits of the federal governments’ power. We need to stop government gone wild!
Thomas Jefferson once said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” I don’t trust the government; neither did our Founding Fathers. That is why they gave us federalism, checks and balances, the Declaration of Independence, the peaceful passing of power, our Constitution, as well as the freedoms of religion, speech, a fair trial, and the right to bear arms, among others…
They would be shocked with what they see today, at how government has grown, how it has chipped away our rights, how it believes government is the only answer to our problems…. Not like our Founding Fathers believed, that government solutions to problems are usually worse than the problems themselves. I believe the resolution Rep. Martin and I have introduced will lead to a meaningful discussion about where we are now and where we ought to be.
We should not be spending our children’s futures on a one-time bailout from the federal government. We should not leverage a large portion of our state budget on funds from DC that will not be there in the future. This will lead us towards higher taxes and bigger government, and I strongly believe this means less freedom. We should instead exercise our constitutional right to determine our own goals, taxes, spending levels, and values.
This is the text of House Concurrent Resolution No. 11 text as introduced by Sponsors Jerrod Martin (R-70) and Assistant Minority Whip, Kris Jordan (R-2) along with 19 more co-sponsors into the 128th General Assembly, on March 18, 2009, “[t]o claim sovereignty over certain powers pursuant to the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, to serve notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates, and to insist that certain federal legislation be prohibited or repealed.
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “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”; and
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and
WHEREAS, The scope of power defined by the Tenth Amend-ment signifies that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and
WHEREAS, Today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and
WHEREAS, Many federal laws directly violate the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal government may not usurp; and