Journal Entries – Representative Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt)

This needs to happen in EVERY state house. Opsommer has a clear understanding of what the constitution is designed to protect with regard to the tenth amendment. Sadly, as a majority of the office holders in Washington do not including our own US Senators Levin and Stabenow.  I wonder if it would help if during the election debates if the moderators could randomly ask the candidates a random constitutional identifier?

Recently, Michigan State Rep. Opsommer offered the following concurrent resolution:

House Concurrent Resolution No. 4.
A concurrent resolution to affirm Michigan’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and to urge the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States.

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 mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and

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

Whereas, A number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States; now,

Therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That we hereby affirm Michigan’s sovereignty 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. We also urge the federal government to halt its practice of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States; and be it further Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the Office of the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the members of the Michigan congressional delegation.

The concurrent resolution was referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

In any event, the current events cycle indicates that the tenth amendment is becoming likely one of the most relevent articles as the government makes repeated power grabs extending its control over states and individuals.  The question is do we still have the reslove to fight it?

7 comments for “Journal Entries – Representative Paul Opsommer (R-DeWitt)

  1. Pete
    January 29, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Too many legislators in Michigan, especially those termed out and looking to move up the food chain, seem all to eager to let the feds run all over them if it buys them some favoritism down the road. Term limits in the States with no term limits on the federal level mean there are few states rights champions left.

  2. January 30, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Right on. Down with term limits?

    What’s that sound? Wait, are all of my conservative friends LEAVING ME all of a sudden? C’mon… ok fine, term limits are cool (fingers crossed). Can we still be friends?

    –Nick
    http://www.RightMichigan.com

  3. Paul
    January 30, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Hooray for OPSOMMER!! Finally, a legislature who understands what their job is, protecting our Constitutional rights insteadof fabricating freedom destroying unconstitutional legislation!

    It’s high time Lansing and Washinton produce more OPSOMMER’S for office or liquidate their positions! We have gone downhill VERY fast!

  4. quigonjames
    January 30, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Unfortunately Lansing and Washington’s creations have gotten us into this situation(insert situation here). We need to have other areas produce more good people for office.

  5. a averso
    January 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    GOD bless you paul. please protect us from our federal goverment. i wish that the house and senate would go home for a couple of years, and let the nation right it self.

  6. February 3, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Unfortunately most of these federal incentives that drive our state laws are not actual mandates but rather performance based funds that the states chose to receive for profits.
    IE gun checks and laws
    Child support and family court drama
    ETC

    http://www.myspace.com/familyrights

    http://www.daddyblogger.com

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