"Government Has Become Oppressive in Size"



AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”

Perry continued: "Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas."


I might move to Texas. This RINO Governor in Utah isn't doing it for me. Governor Huntsman has been more than happy to take stimulus money, and since day one has been preaching "green."

Governor Perry is absolutely right. The 10th amendment 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.” In other words, the federal government’s powers are limited to a specific set of activities – the rest is to be handled by the state government, or locally, by the people themselves.

In addition, the Constitution’s proponents publicly told the American people what subjects would be within the states’ exclusive jurisdiction, and outside the federal government’s control. They did this in a variety of speeches, newspaper articles, letters, and pamphlets.

Here are some of the powers they solemnly promised would be outside the federal sphere:

governance of religion
training the militia and appointing militia officers
control over local government
most crimes
state justice systems
family affairs
real property titles and conveyances
wills and inheritance
the promotion of useful arts in ways other than granting patents and copyrights
control of personal property outside of commerce
governance of the law of torts and contracts, except in suits between citizens of different states
services for the poor and unfortunate
licensing of taverns
roads other than post roads
ferries and bridges
regulation of fisheries, farms, and other business enterprises.

Have you seen the Federal Government exercising any control over any of the aforementioned? I have, and it is getting worse by the day. The Government is simply to large, and I applaud Governor Perry for his firm stance.

(for more, visit http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/)


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