Center for Individual Freedom Launches Enhanced State Sovereignty Project
This has been a long-time coming — and mirrors what a lot of pw readers have been advocating for quite a while now: states showing the federal government that in a constitutional republic whose founding documents were meant to protect individual, state sovereignty, and constrain the power of a federal authority, all it really takes to break the hold of the federal Leviathan is to simply tell it no.
Then the hold mirage of federal dominance crumbles:
The Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) today announced the launch of an enhanced State Sovereignty Project devoted to persuading all 50 states to aggressively exercise their authority to serve as a check on the ever-growing and often extra-constitutional power of the federal government.
CFIF’s State Sovereignty Project employs a grassroots-driven approach to encourage governmental authorities closest to the people – governors, state and local legislatures, state attorneys general and other state constitutional officers – to reclaim and exercise the structural powers granted to them by the U.S. Constitution as a bulwark against federal encroachments on state sovereignty and erosion of the individual liberties of the people they serve. Specifically, CFIF will employ and enhance its numerous forms of paid advertising, earned media, social media and editorial materials, among other methods, as part of an ongoing broad education effort to promote localized grassroots activism.
“With increasing frequency, the federal government seeks to expand its constitutionally limited powers and authority well beyond what the Founders envisioned,” said CFIF President Jeffrey Mazzella. “Yet all too often state and local elected officials who are closest to the people are acting more as cheerleaders for centralized federal policies advocated by the leaders of their respective national political parties than as a necessary check on expanded federal power. The result has been an erosion in the defense of state sovereignty and loss of individual liberty.”
In addition to federally mandated education policy, obstruction of common sense state efforts to stem and deter voter fraud and even federal efforts to influence what food we eat and automobiles we drive, to name a few, CFIF pointed to ObamaCare and various actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) that extend beyond its authority as prime examples of federal overreach that need to be countered.
“The U.S. Constitution not only provides for a system of checks and balances within the federal government, but also a check by the various states on the federal government and its thirst to expand beyond its limited enumerated powers,” Mazzella said.
“While we are delighted to see some states start to fight back against some of those federal power grabs, those efforts are too few and far between,” Mazzella said, referring to the involvement of various states in challenging ObamaCare and similar efforts against some, but not all, suspect EPA actions.
“To fully protect their sovereignty, their economies and the individual liberties of the people they serve, all 50 states and their respective leaders have a duty to act with more frequency and consistency against increasing federal power and control, regardless of the ideological form or partisan shape it takes,” Mazzella continued. “That will only happen with sustained and informed public pressure, which CFIF seeks to encourage and inspire with this initiative.”
As I said after yet another surreal “conservative” SCOTUS ruling, Jan Brewer should tell the people of her state that, because the federal government won’t enforce our borders — and in fact is acting extra-Constitutionally to claim “prosecutorial discretion” with respect to which illegals it will keep and which it might prosecute or deport — she is calling on the state’s law enforcement apparatus to tell both the federal government and several members of the Supreme Court to get stuffed. Governors of states being sued for trying to shore up their voter rolls should do as Florida did and tell the Justice Department to kindly kiss its ass. States being denied access to natural gas and oil should defy the EPA. And no human should ever, ever, let any government official claim he has the right to regulate his or her exhalation.
Long ago (and rather infamously now) I suggested that we were heading for a demographic civil war in this country, one that would involve disobedience by states and a movement of voters to states that will protect their rights against federal encroachment.
Let’s hope this project from CFIF is the (organized) start of just such a thing.