Alaska’s Heroic Defense of The Constitution

Here at Liberty Works we often point out that the Constitution does not authorize any of President Obama’s initiatives, nor most of the current “programs” the government runs.  It does not authorize any bailouts of any banks or companies.  The Obama stimulus, federal health care takeover, and energy initiative,  are all Unconstitutional.

Unfortunately, we’ve come to a sad moment in American history when anyone who refers to, or advocates obeying the Constitution is shouted down as an “extremist” or even a nut case.  The entire political-media establishment is united in defiantly disregarding the Constitution.

But resistance is slowly growing at the state level.  Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has signed Resolution 27, passed by the Alaska House of Representatives, claiming “sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.” The final vote was 37-0, with 3 not voting.

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The full text of the Alaska resolution:

WHEREAS the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads,

“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 by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and

WHEREAS the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the
federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and

WHEREAS some federal actions weaken states’ rights protected by the Tenth
Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS the Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of the United States of
America and each sovereign state in the Union of States, now have, and have always had,
rights the federal government may not usurp; and

WHEREAS art. IV, sec. 4, Constitution of the United States, reads, “The United
States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,” and
the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads, “The enumeration in the
Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by
the people”; and

WHEREAS the United States Supreme Court has ruled in New York v. United States,
112 S.Ct. 2408 (1992), that the United States Congress may not simply commandeer the
legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and

WHEREAS all states, including Alaska, find themselves regularly facing proposals
from the United States Congress that weaken states’ rights protected by the Tenth
Amendment;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature hereby claims sovereignty for
the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers
not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the
United States; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution serves as Notice and Demand to the
federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are
beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to
comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass
legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.

COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of
the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and
President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of
Representatives; the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Mark Begich, U.S.
Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska
delegation in Congress; and all other members of the 111th United States Congress.

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  2. Karen Garbers on July 26th, 2009

    Question: If the President & all Congressmen take an oath to defend the constitution, which states that all citizens of the US are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, . . . are those who pass legislation or attempt to pass legislation ie:Health Care Bill that would pass into law a Federal Medical Review Board that would decide who gets life maintaining, life extending, life saving medical care, and mandate citizens pay for the killing of the unborn, not in glaring violation of their oath and the constitutional rights of those they have been elected to serve? If so, are they not subject to removal from office by impeachment? If so, how would the citizens proceed to initiate and bring about these impeachments?