“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Can a US State Secede from the United States?

South Carolina Senate Affirms 10th Amendment
19. JAN, 2010

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Senate became the 2nd legislative body in the country to approve a resolution affirming State Sovereignty. The resolution, S424, was originally introduced in the 2009 session, but was brought back for additional debate once the new session began last week.

The following states have bills introduced reaffirming the principle of delegated powers:

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR298 HJR403 HJR10 – introduced 08-10-09

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR27 (Passed 37-0 on 04-06-09) (Senate Passed 19-0, on 04-19-09 – Awaiting Transmittal to Governor) Signed by Governor on 07-10-09

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR2024 (Committee voted Do-Pass on 04/14/09) Passed House, 34-24 on 06-10-09

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR1011 (failed in committee on 03-04-09 passed committee 04-01-09 failed House vote, 54-34)

Sovereignty Resolutions: SJM09-011 (postponed by committee)

Sovereignty Resolutions: HM19

Sovereignty Resolutions: HR280 HR470 HR773 SR632 (Passed Senate 43-1 on 04/01/09)

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJM004 (Passed House 51-17 on 03-23-09 Passed Senate on 04-07-09)

Sovereignty Resolutions: SR0181

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR37 SR42 (SR0042 Passed Committe 8-0 on 04-01-09) (SR0042 Passed Senate 44-3 on 04-09-09)

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR-1

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR1609

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR168 HCR172 HCR10 (pre-filed for 2010 session)

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR-2 (Passed Senate, 32-0 on 05-11-09, transmitted to House) (Passed House 59-12 on 06-24-09)

Sovereignty Resolutions: Introduced 05-26-09

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR4 SCR4 September 17, 2009 – Senate unanimously passed 2 sovereignty resolutions – click here for details

Sovereignty Resolutions: HF997

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR69 House – passed committee 05-06-09, scheduled for vote (HCR-69, Amended, Passed 80-39 on 05-07-09 – new text to follow)SC630 (SC-630 Passed 05-07-09) (HCR69 – Motion to R…

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR13 (passed house on 03-23-09) (senate public hearing 04-07-09)

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJ26 (Failed 51-49 on 02-24-09) Resolution reintroduced as HR3 (HR3 Passed House Committee on 04-21-09) (HR3 failed to pass in house, 50-50)

Sovereignty Resolutions: AJR15 (Committee 04-11-09: “No Further Action Allowed”)

New Hampshire
Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR-6 (resolution failed in house on 03-04-09: 216-150)

New Jersey
Sovereignty Resolutions:ACR238 – introduced 06-22-09

New Mexico
Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR27 (tabled in committee)

North Carolina
Sovereignty Resolutions: H849 Introduced and referred to committee

North Dakota
Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR3063 (passed house 52-40 on 04-07-09) (passed senate 25-20 on 04-20-09 – returned to house, amended) (passed House by voice vote on 04-27-09)

Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR11SCR13 Passed Senate, 19-12 on 09-29-09

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR1003 (passed house on 02/18/09) (senate version passed 25-17 on 03-04-09) (Joint version passed Senate, 29-18 on 04-15-09 – awaiting signuture of governor) (Vetoed by Gover…

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJM0017

Sovereignty Resolutions: HR95 SR51

South Carolina
Sovereignty Resolutions: H3509 (passed house on 02-26-09) (senate – referred to subcommittee)S-424

South Dakota
Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR1013 (passed house on 03-03-09 by a vote of 51-18) (passed senate on 03-05-09 by a vote of 20-14)

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJR108 (Senate version passed 31-0 on 05-04-09) (Passed House 85-2 on 05-26-09) (Senate Passed HJR108 31-0 on 06-12-09) Signed by Gov. on 06-23-09

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR-35SCR-39HCR-50 (05-19-09, HCR50 returned to committee) (HCR50 Passed committee on 05-20-09) (HCR50 passed 98-36 House on 05-30-09)

Sovereignty Resolutions: SCR2 pre-filed for 2010

Sovereignty Resolutions: HR61

Sovereignty Resolutions: HJM4009

West Virginia
Sovereignty Resolutions: HCR49

Sovereignty Resolutions: SR-6

2010 HJ1, HJ2

The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution is simple:

"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."

Is there growing support in the US for the states and the people to reestablish their original rights taken by the federal government?


  1. No comments at the bar for 3-1/2 hours? Has blogger been down?

  2. I don't think so. Threads just die. Long live the thread.

  3. The Democrats want to add $1.9 trillion to the US debt and Obama is hell bent on continuing his reconstruction of the the US.

    In light of what has just happened in Mass, is there a window of opportunity for the majority, the real majority of freedom loving Americans to reinstate responsible government?

    I think so, or is my inner Pangloss taking over my mind? Help me out here.

  4. Good question. I'm optimistic. There's momentum building. Brown's win in Mass. is huge, but just the latest. There'll be more to come. Some democrats are probably untouchable, Pelosi comes to mind. But Boxer is not invulnerable.

    The more intractable Obama and the hard Left are right now and into the future, the better for the Right.

  5. From Whit's link:

    ...He believes that when times get tough, rich states like California and New York will withhold funds from the federal government, which would lead to collapse and civil war. The U.S. would thus dissolve into six distinct parts...


  6. Governator Ahhnold's in D.C. right now, presumably begging for federal funds, and leaving the golden state in the hands of Jerry Brown who just declared a state of disaster.

    Global warming strikes again.

  7. Like Viktor told me.

    Ya can't make this shit up.


  8. California has no funds to withhold.

  9. This Week in Liberalism
    [John J. Miller]

    1. The Democrats lost Ted Kennedy's seat, sending their health-care takeover efforts into a tailspin.

    2. The Supreme Court wiped out the central feature of McCain-Feingold, in a victory for free speech.

    3. Air America declared bankruptcy.

  10. While the California State government is broke, the taxpayers of California send more to DC than they collect back.

    Same as NY and NJ.

    Unlike AZ and ID, both of which survive with positive net Federal funding.

    That even with the huge debts incurred, that some States are still net losers, just another tid bit of Federal Socialist lore.

    If the election of Obama leads to, as Deuce says:

    ... growing support in the US for the states and the people to reestablish their original rights taken by the federal government

    Then his election will have been more than worthwhile, it will have been a gift from the Creator.

    Maverick would have been a real disaster, we'd be in the same situations, but without a rally point.

  11. I resent the Ideea That Idehoe is not deserving of Federal Largesse.

    How else to subdivide farmland in this economic environment?

  12. Since we are at war with ourselves,
    it is good that we no longer fight to win.

  13. The Predator has become Obama's version of Clinton's Cruise Missile:

    Dead Terrorists provide no Intel.

    In Predatorville, the only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.

  14. ...or, when captured,
    one who has been Mirandized.

  15. But without the Taliban providing target intel, through their Jordanian triple agent, we can no longer participate in the internal power struggles of the Taliban, in Afpakistan.

  16. Terror Interrogations & the MA Senate Race

    Next to health care, the issue that has dominated the debate in the Massachusetts Senate race is terrorism.

    Scott Brown, the Republican running ahead in the race for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat today, has campaigned as an unabashed supporter of enhanced interrogation.

    Brown - who serves as a JAG lawyer in the Army National Guard - has argued that the Christmas Day bomber should be interrogated as an enemy combatant, not given the right to remain silent.

    And he has said of waterboarding,
    "I do not believe it is torture. America does not torture ... we used aggressive, enhanced interrogation techniques."

  17. Linear said

    No comments at the bar for 3-1/2 hours? Has blogger been down?

    No Linear, even people at the bar get tired of talking about the same thing over and over and over again. I stopped commenting at the bar because I thought the mundane conversations were getting in the way of what this place really represents and why people are here. I was right. This isn't the first time the bar had a three hour lull. Maybe an intervention every once in awhile would do the bar-dy good.

    And no, I didn't elope with Bob.

  18. "The fact is President Obama has placed our country in grave danger by dismantling the CIA's program to interrogate senior terrorist leaders like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. By limiting all terrorist interrogations to the techniques in the Army Field Manual, Obama is actually requiring that captured terrorists receive better treatment in the interrogation room than common criminals being questioned at your local police precinct. Not only has he eliminated lawful interrogation techniques, under his administration the United States is no longer trying to capture the leaders of al Qaeda alive, and bring them in for interrogation so they can tell us their plans for future attacks.

    Despite these facts, some in the GOP have been hesitant to speak out about President Obama's elimination of the CIA program, for fear of being branded as supporters of torture. They have nothing to fear. The label is false and it will not stick. As I make clear in my book, Courting Disaster, Scott Brown has it right: The CIA's interrogation of senior al Qaeda terrorists was not torture. Moreover, these interrogations were responsible for helping the CIA breaking up a number of terrorist attacks - including plots to blow up the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, the U.S. Marine camp in Djibouti, and to fly hijacked airplanes into buildings in London and Los Angeles. This is a strong record to run on - and dismantling the CIA program that foiled these plots is a major vulnerability for Obama and the Democrats.

    Polls show that the more the public learns about the CIA's interrogation program, the more Americans support it."

  19. I have been absent, MLD, what were the concerns of the mundane converstations?

    ...sorry you had no romantic fling in SB.

  20. About waterboarding, Mr Brown is incorrect, it is torture.

    Those that have been tortured by the enemies of the United States, they will so testify, and already have.

    It is an area that John "Maverick" McCain is an acknowledged expert.
    And he includes waterboarding amongst the techniques of torture.

    Maverick knows torture.

  21. More Union Members voted for Brown than Coakley!

  22. Maverick knows Shit. you have noted, he is mad.

    KSM told us we should waterboard all his brothers to relieve them of their burden of evil.

  23. Maverick's positions are determined by the demands of PC in DC,
    not lessons learned in the 'Nam.

  24. There weren't any concerns. Nothing was said to make me feel unwanted, Well, except when Lil said, "I don't want to have anything to do with Bob and MLD." But I don't take that shit literally. Stuff like that doesn't bother me. I am what I am and if you don't care for me, oh well. I just thought I would take a break and let the bar get back to where it should be. And it is boring and repetitious.

  25. And I don't need a romantic fling in SB, what ever that stands for, trust me this isn't the only place I go.

  26. There weren't any concerns. Nothing was said to make me feel unwanted, Well, except when Lil said, "I don't want to have anything to do with Bob and MLD."

    Bob is a great guy. He calls me Lily.

  27. Well shit, I call you lil, always have.

  28. Santa Barbara,
    Home to a multitude of Bright Lights, to include Jonathan Winters.

    Check out my link above to enjoy the beauty of my erstwhile home.

  29. No details on the mundane provided.
    I remain ignorant.

  30. The attitude approaches haughty.
    The Bar prefers Hottie.

  31. I guess I would have known what Sb stood for if I followed the link.

    Everyone has their preference, Doug. I prefer hottie, too. But it's not my house.

  32. State Budget Writers Face Tough Decisions Georgia:

    "...our total state revenues can only sustain a $15.7 billion state budget, roughly the same amount as our 2005 budget..."

    "...the Senate Budget Office projects the state may not recover to its previous levels until after 2015...."

    Georgia may not run a deficit.

  33. You think the bar prefers hottie.

  34. Link says Brown earned 1.3 million in a day.
    Turned out, more than 1 million poured in EVERYDAY in the last week.
    Leaving Brown with ~4 Mil in the Til.

  35. Doug: The Predator has become Obama's version of Clinton's Cruise Missile...Dead Terrorists provide no Intel.

    Neither do Mirandized Terrorists.

  36. I spent that 3 1/2 hours of EB down time reading a book.

  37. Doug: Leaving Brown with ~4 Mil in the Til.

    Now all he has to do is vote "Present" for 143 days and he will be qualified for President!

  38. Well Lily, you get a gold star for that. I spent my three hours reading tarot cards.

  39. Doug: KSM told us we should waterboard all his brothers to relieve them of their burden of evil.

    And because none of them have had a shower since 9-11.

  40. "I think so, or is my inner Pangloss taking over my mind? Help me out here."

    I think it's your inner Pangloss (although I'm not sure what a Pangloss is).

    I too am long-term optimistic. However, I think it's going to take quite a few more elections cycles before anything really changes (regardless of what happens this year).

    The grey-beards in both parties have to die or go away.


  41. "Polls show that the more the public learns about the CIA's interrogation program, the more Americans support it."

    Another sad commentary on America.


  42. "Santa Barbara,
    Home to a multitude of Bright Lights, to include Jonathan Winters."

    Jeez Doug, he must be almost as old as you.


  43. "Another sad commentary on America."
    What the Hell does that mean?

  44. Flagstaff was snowed in!
    'Rat busy building Snowmen, a welcome change from Strawmen.

  45. "What the Hell does that mean?"

    It means their full of shit. In my opinion of course.


  46. Sorry. They're full of shit.