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article imageCitizens seek secession; states work to nullify federal laws

By Victoria N. Alexander     Nov 14, 2012 in Politics
Although many suppose the secession movement is backed only by angry Romney fans, petitions in some states target both parties’ agendas, and many nonpartisan state legislators--in a parallel movement--seek to nullify the TSA, NDAA and other federal laws
Citizens in all 50 states have started petitions seeking secession from the United States. So far over half a million people have signed, according to the Daily Caller. The Texas petition, which has almost 100,000 signatures so far, requests peaceful secession from the United States listing the following grievances:
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc.
The Romney campaign, far from wanting to decrease foreign spending, recommended committing additional funds to assist Israel and to strengthen U.S. naval presence in the Middle East. Republicans embraced TSA invasive pat-downs, and even invited them to handle security at their own convention. Mitt Romney gave his support for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed by President Obama at the end of 2011, which gives the President unlimited authority to indefinitely detain any citizen and deny him/her due process. Therefore it appears the Texas petition more closely echoes the grievances of Libertarian, Green and Justice party supporters, who hold Romney and Obama in equal contempt, than it does Republican supporters.
While Texas Governor Rick Perry is not supporting the petition, according to the Houston Chronicle, signed by many citizens of his state, in 2013 the Texas legislature will consider two bills that parallel the grievances listed in the petition.
Rep. David Simpson (R-Longwood) prefiled The Texas Travel Freedom Act (House Bill 80) which seeks make it a criminal act for the TSA to touch
the anus, breast, buttocks, or sexual organ of the other person, including touching through clothing.
The Act would also prevent TSA agents from removing a child younger than 18 years of age from the physical custody or control of a parent or guardian.
The Texas legislature will also consider a bill that will nullify the NDAA on Texas soil. Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) prefiled House Bill 149, which states
It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for or to participate in any way with the implementation within this state of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-81). Any act to enforce or attempt to enforce those laws is in violation of this subchapter.
Texas follows the example of a number of states that have nullified the NDAA or have proposed other such “State Sovereignty” bills, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Twenty-two states are either considering or have passed legislation overriding federal marijuana laws. Other efforts of states to nullify federal laws focus on such issues as allowing states to create their own health care systems, decide on intrastate commerce and print their own currencies.
States’ assertion of sovereignty is a growing trend which finds its justification in the 10th Amendment.
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.
According to the Tenth Amendment Center, a non-profit group assisting states in nullification procedures, nullification is “the rightful remedy”— to quote Thomas Jefferson—“when the federal government oversteps its delegated powers.”
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