There has been a growing movement on the right against Federal Oppression of the many states of the Union which I will call the State Sovereignty Movement, and draws it's moral authority from the US Constitution and the Federalist Papers which were written to champion the (then) new document.
James Madison, the Father of our Constitution, clarified the authority of the Federal government in the Federalist Papers #45:
"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."
I bring all this as preface to a resolution that will be introduced to the Buncombe County GOP Convention on March 7, 2009 by Gary Shoemaker, a portion of which is below:
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 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, today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and
Whereas, many federal laws are directly in violation of 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, Article IV, Section 4 says, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government", and the Ninth Amendment states that "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people"; and...
The entire thing may be read in his blog on Conservative Thunder.
As a Southerner, it overjoys me to see people finally wake up and start pushing back against the Federals. It is too bad that I cannot attend the Buncombe County GOP Convention because I have a previous commitment at the Macon County GOP Convention, which is occurring on the same day. I hope that someone records the moment on video, because I would dearly love to have that moment preserved for posterity!
This is, in my view, the best role of the Ron Paul r3VOLution [now morphed into the C4L], to help the Republican Party reform the government of the United States of America, and strip away the Dictatorial Powers it has assumed over the past 140 plus years since the Civil War.