by Sam Sewell
To round out our discussion on the State Sovereignty Movement from last night:
As things stand right now it looks like Oklahoma, Washington, Hawaii, Missouri, Arizona, New Hampshire, Georgia, California, Michigan and Montana will all definitely consider sovereignty bills this year. They may be joined by Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania where legislators have pledged to introduce similar bills. Twenty states standing up to the federal government and demanding a return to constitutional principles is a great start, but it remains to be seen whether legislatures and governors are brave enough or angry enough to follow through. As the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress push for more expansion of federal power and spending that may help provide the motivation needed for the sovereignty movement to take off.
And here is the letter I forwarded to my Florida State Senator and Representative with the subject line “DITTO FROM ME!!”:
A message from Harry Riley to all members of Patriots For America - Florida on Constitutional Emergency!Visit Patriots For America - Florida at:
To: The Honorable Brad Drake
State of Florida
Re: Declaration of Sovereignty
Dear Representative Drake,
My name is COL Harry Riley and I am a very concerned constituent of yours.
As you should be well aware, our Federal style of government has gotten completely out of control on everything from the "Stimulus Package(s)" to Mr. Obama's signing of the SCHIP Bill on Feb. 4, 2009. We are continuing to slide down this ever slippery slope of democracy to the extent that it has finally landed us in the deep valley of socialism. If we do not stop this downward spiral now, we will end up like other great nations in the past, with the inevitable outcome of ... communism. I for one will not let that happen, and I hope that you won't either.
Therefore, I am demanding that you, as my State Legislator, immediately - with or without help from other Legislators - fashion and present a Bill that Declares Florida Sovereignty from the Federal Government since they continue to ignore and dismantle the Constitution of the United States of America. This would enable an immediate return to the Jeffersonian principles of Government as well as that of the Tenth Amendment, that states, "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."
I would like to encourage you that you would be in very good company when you submit, or yield, to the will of the people of Florida. Listed are some of the other states that have adopted, or have in committee, such a Bill: New Hampshire, Missouri, Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Montana, & Michigan. I would hope that you will not only see the legal, logical, moral, and the ethical reasoning behind such a Bill, but that you would also recall, and hide deep within your heart, the Founders dream and establishment of our great Republic. We must not, now or ever, relinquish their endeavors.