A year ago I would probably would have laughed at the notion of another secession, but with small undertones coming out of the Republic of Texas maybe I should refrain from laughing. Rumblings of session and asserting state’s rights can now be heard from Montana.
On April 15, 2009 Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-not a mistake), signed a bill exempting Montana-made guns from federal regulation. Schweitzer said:
“It’s a gun bill, but it’s another way of demonstrating the sovereignty of the state of Montana.”
Montana is also considering resolutions reaffirming state’s rights outlined in the Constitution and highlighted in the 10th Amendment. It seems strange that a resolution would be needed when it is already the Law of the Land.
From Helenair dot com:
“The whole goal is to awaken the people so that we can return to a properly grounded republic,” Rep. Michael More, R-Gallatin Gateway and the Montana resolution’s sponsor, said at a House committee hearing Wednesday.
As many as fifteen other Legislatures have also been mulling resolutions that buck federal control in states such as New Hampshire, South Carolina, Missouri and Oklahoma.
Montana State Legislator Michael More went on to say:
“The balance has swung far to the extreme to the empowerment of the federal government, and to the harm of the individual states,”
That’s and understatement. The Civil War and the passage of the 16th and 17th amendments have virtually emasculated the states and created one giant federal establishment with no limitations on its reach and power. The federal bureaucracy has been running rough shod over the states, and more importantly, the individual, for nearly 100 years. Maybe the threat of secession is the only thing that can restore the balance and separation of powers our founders envisioned and articulated in the Constitution.
Mahatma (‘Great Soul’) Gandhi once said,
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Perhaps it’s time to stop laughing at the notion of secession. Perhaps the fight, hopefully a non-violent one, is upon on us, victory is within reach, and God will once again shed his grace on America, truly the world’s last best hope.
God help us!