Monday, March 23, 2009

Take Action: Tell Your Legislators to Support HCR4 and SCR4!

Limited government. I talk about it all the time. But where did it come from? Why is it important? The answers to those questions go all the way back to our nation's founders, their writings, and the founding documents they authored; you know, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution.

We are seeing an expansion of government like we have never seen before. It tends to make you feel a little hopeless. What can we, as citizens and taxpayers do?

When our Constitution was written, there was a strong difference of opinion among the founders. Some favored a strong central government (the Federalists) and some (anti-Federalists) felt that if government became too strong, we could end up like England, with a virtual monarchy. It put the whole process of writing the Constitution in turmoil.

Part of the deal that finally got the two parties to agree was that after the Constitution was ratified, it would be followed by a Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. These rights were all about reducing, as much as possible, the potential of the Federal Government becoming too strong.

The Tenth Amendment was written for the very purpose of protecting states rights. It was written to reassure the states that they would remain largely in charge within their own borders.

Anyone who is paying the slightest attention to the goings-on in Washington will easily recognize that the power of central government is growing exponentially. What can we do about this?

In several states, including Michigan, resolutions have been introduced to reclaim the sovereignty of the states as assured by the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.

Today is your opportunity to be heard. There is a statewide effort to contact members of the State Legislature and ask them to bring these resolutions to the House and Senate floors for a vote.

Senate Concurrent Resolution 4,(SCR4) and House Concurrent Resolution 4,(HCR4) are awaiting action in their respective chambers. They are very straightforward. They simply affirm Michigan's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not enumerated and granted to the federal government.

Please call and e-mail your State Senator and State Representative today. You can find them here.

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