May 12, 2009
Sen. Crowe hails passage of Tennessee Sovereignty
(NASHVILLE, TN), May 12, 2009 — The full Senate has approved a resolution claiming Tennessee’s “sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.” The proposal, SJR 311 sponsored by Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), is designed to send Congress a message that the federal government has overstepped its Constitutional bounds by mandating a massive amount of federal policies upon the states in violation of the Amendment.
“Throughout the years, sovereignty has taken a back seat to federal intrusion; and mandates from the federal government have become not only commonplace but also way beyond the scope of our constitutionally delegated powers,” said Senator Crowe. “I have received numerous calls and letters from the people of my Senate district asking that we assert our ‘state’s rights’ through passing this sovereignty resolution. Their voices have been heard and SJR 311 has passed our State Senate.”
“The language of the Tenth Amendment is clear and concise that the federal government’s powers are limited to a specific set of activities,” said Senator McNally. “The federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states, not vice-versa. It was such an important point with the founders that they specifically provided for this sovereignty in our Constitution.”
The resolution also points out that Article IV, Section 4 says, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government.” In 1992, the United States Supreme Court ruled in New York v. United States, that Congress may not commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states.
“States are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government,” added McNally. “This means that many federal laws are directly in violation of the Constitution of the United States.”
“The resolution concludes by giving “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,” added Crowe. “Upon passage, the resolution will be sent to The President of the United States, Congressional leaders and the Tennessee Congressional delegation.”
Twenty-eight states have approved similar resolutions.