By a vote of 223 to 108, the New Hampshire House passed HCR 19 today. This is the latest version of our now infamous HCR 6 whose failure under the democrat majority promoted outbursts from the gallery by armed open carry supporters.
The democrats spun that as an excuse to ban all firearms from the New Hampshire State House through the facilities committee, a problem remedied earlier in this session by a an act of the House that now permits representatives to carry on the floor of the House chamber.
The bloodshed promised by the progressives should we allow concealed and or open carry throughout the chamber has yet to materialize.
But back to HCR 19.
This House Concurrent Resolution..
...affirms States’ powers based on the Constitution for the United States and the Constitution of New Hampshire.
It is a bit longer than the average New Hampshire bill but not by too much. For those not inclined to read it, here are a few highlights.
I. Therefore, words meant by the instrument to be subsidiary only to the execution of limited powers, ought not to be so construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part to be so taken as to destroy the whole residue of that instrument; and
II. Therefore, whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force;
Therefore, all acts of Congress, the orders of the Executive or orders of the Judiciary of the United States of America which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force; and that the power to create, define, and punish such other crimes is reserved, and, of right, appertains solely and exclusively to the respective States, each within its own territory; and
Therefore, all compulsory federal legislation that directs States to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires States to pass legislation or lose federal funding are prohibited; and
but, where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non foederis), to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them;
I'm not certain if our Democrat Governor, John Lynch, despite being faced with super majorites in both Houses and five republican Executive Councilors with whom he must share power, will back such a resolution. He has been know to misplace his spine from time to time. So it is not entirely impossible a thought for him to simply go along for the ride. But my money is on him sticking with his own party if for no other reason than that this is where his campaign money comes from.
That aside, this is an excellent turn of events for a state whose motto is Live Free or Die, but who for a span of four years, experimented with liberal progressives leadership in all its State governing bodies. And it is but one of many acts which should (hopefully) turn back the legislative abuse of that brief flirtation with democrat rule.