Lately, I have been reading up on the Whigs in England circa 1776-1789. Charles Fox. Georgiana Spencer’s groundbreaking involvement in the Whig Party. Edmund Burke. Their alliance with some figures in the newly minted United States of America remains of great interest to me.
In 1776, America was born – after 170+ years since Sir Walter Raleigh landed and much bloodshed. The Declaration of Independence was our first gasp, our first intake of clean oxygen. Thirteen years later the US Constitution was ratified – and our dance with destiny has been a beauty, a beast, and above all – complicated.
In 1789, our Constitution became the law of the land. My favorite Amendment was, is, and will always be the 10th Amendment:
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.
As a friendly reminder, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued the following statement:
“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said.
“That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”
Governor Perry appeared alongside several Texas lawmakers, led by state Rep. Brandon Creighton, in support of HCR (House Concurrent Resolution) 50 which reaffirms state’s rights. (<—click there for full text of resolution)
From Governor Perry’s office:
A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally designated powers and impede the states’ right to govern themselves. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.
It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.
Now if only other Governors would provide the 111th Congress and POTUS of the other nine Amendments in the Bill of Rights, as well as the rest of the Constitution.