These days, there are some very strange goings on up in the Beltway. From one of the greatest attempts at government expansion this country has seen, to DC being "open" to an international reserve currency, to a strangely worded and authoritarian bill calling for compulsory national service, it shouldn't make a person wonder why states are attempting to push back.
From the Christian Science Monitor,
CSM-There's an old joke in South Carolina: Confederate President Jefferson Davis may have surrendered at the Burt-Stark mansion in Abbeville, S.C., in 1865, but the people of state Rep. Michael Pitts's district never did.
With revolutionary die-hards behind him, Mr. Pitts has fired a warning shot across the bow of the Washington establishment. As the writer of one of 28 state "sovereignty bills" – one even calls for outright dissolution of the Union if Washington doesn't rein itself in – Pitts is at the forefront of a states' rights revival, reasserting their say on everything from stem cell research to the Second Amendment.
"Washington can be a bully, but there's evidence right now that there are people willing to resist our bully," said Pitts, by phone from the state capitol of Columbia. read more...
Earlier this month we reported that a total of twenty states had proposed some sort of legislation reaffirming their rights under the 9th or 10th amendments with regards to federal intrusions. According to the CSM there are now twenty-eight such resolutions, with four states passing the legislation and two failing. Surprisingly, New Hampshire was one of the states which was not successful in its attempt.
Even on local levels, civilians are stirring and have been taking part in sizable protests recognizing these disturbing trends taking place within the federal government. Recently, Tea Parties, referencing the Boston Tea Party, have been popping up in major cities and population centers with angry constituents protesting wanton deficit spending and gross expansion of federal powers. Most of these protests started out with only a few hundred participants, subsequently, in early March that started to change.
State legislators, as well as average people, are becoming quite angry about the intentions of the federal government and the direction it is attempting to take the country. No one seems quite sure as to whether Proglodyte leadership is trying to fix the host of problems maligning our country or are taking advantage of a crisis to promote a more nefarious agenda. The one thing that is sure is only time will tell.