There's been so much talk about Sarah Palin not being knowledgeable enough, or ready enough, or whatever ... the thing is ... each reason assumes the status quo is what "we the people" need.
The funny part about it all (for me anyways), is the most appealing thing about Palin, more or less, is everything she doesn't know!
She's neither a policy-wonk or typical executive-type. Personally, I'd like to see the "executives" and "intellectuals" kicked out of Washington! For good.
I'd like to learn more about her politics and ideas, but that's been a little difficult (in no small thanks to the State Organ's turning her into a soap opera). She's not perfect. There's no such thing. But she certainly has a genuine streak of traditional All-American in her ...
Palin just declared Alaska's sovereignty!
Constitutional rights reasserted in growing resistance to Washington
Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a joint resolution declaring Alaska's sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution – and now 36 other states have introduced similar resolutions as part of a growing resistance to the federal government.
Just weeks before she plans to step down from her position as Alaska governor, Palin signed House Joint Resolution 27, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Kelly on July 10, according to a Tenth Amendment Center report. The resolution "claims sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States."
Alaska's House passed HJR 27 by a vote of 37-0, and the Senate passed it by a vote of 40-0.
HJR 27 Relating to sovereign powers of the state reads in part:
Be it resolved that the Alaska State Legislature hereby claims sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.
Be it further resolved that this resolution serves as Notice and Demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.
Of course, like everything, it's easy to nit-pick these 10th Amendment Resolutions, afterall, they don't carry legal force. But from my point of view, everything good starts small. And something like this has the possibility of really lighting a fire in the grassroots!
Today, we have members of Congress signing bills into law that they never bothered to read. In fact, they think it's a big joke! It's not. By contrast, our Founder's built the entire country and its government using very few words, yet concise and easy to understand by all.
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.
See? Simple. Concise. Easy to understand. Today however, our Washington Overlords write thousands of pages of legalese ... you see, this way, they can do whatever they please! Here's what one of those Dead Old White Guys had to say about Congress' limited-power:
The several states composing the US. of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government… - Thomas Jefferson in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798
[A] source of confusion about federalism is the doctrine of states’ rights, as it is commonly called. In the first place, states have powers (as do all governments), not rights. In the second place, what is being disputed within the federal system of government when so-called states’ rights are asserted is the jurisdiction of the national government to act in some field. It is important that states act to restrain the national government to the exercise of its powers within its allotted jurisdiction. They are most apt to do so in defense of their jurisdiction. But what is ultimately important in this is the rights of persons and the liberties of the people. It is easy to lose sight of this when the dispute is conducted in the name of “states’ rights.”
Rights belong to individuals in the American constitutional system. Any government (whether state or national) may misuse its powers so as to violate the rights of persons. It is exceedingly important, then, that the rights of persons not become identified with the powers of government, either national or state. That can easily become the means for the enlargement of the powers of government (one or the other, or both) at the expense of the rights of persons. That can result from confusing either states’ powers with rights or treating jurisdictions as if any power that can be conceived falls in one or the other. These are confusions of the federal system that have become implicit in the states’ rights doctrine.
A federal system of government is one in which two governments have jurisdiction over the inhabitants. In this country, the two governments are those of the states and of the United States. Both governments have sanctions, that is, may use force upon the inhabitants. Both have enforcement officers and courts.
It is the genius of American federalism that government is limited, not supreme. Sovereignty is a mischievous notion, an improper analytical tool for describing government in this country. It sends people in quest for an authority which can only exist in defiance of the constitutions of the states and of the Constitution of the United States.
Federalism is best understood, not as a political concept, but as a legal concept, which is what it is. Sovereignty is a political concept (an absolutist authoritarian one, at that); jurisdiction is a legal concept. Thus, the conclusion that in the United States the states have a jurisdiction, and the United States has a jurisdiction.
It's going to take bold moves to get our country back to normal. More "me-too" policy proposals, just won't cut it. "We the people" need to stop worrying about political parties,electability, consensus, and all that ... Forget political expediency! At least for now.
Instead, spend more time looking in the mirror and asking, "What do I really want?"
America will change for the better when enough of us let go of all the anxiety that expediency creates. By looking in, you focus on your convictions and beliefs (principles), thus growing more comfortable with them. The result of growing more comfortable with your beliefs, is that you naturally make better decisions - including politicians you'll vote for/support.
Map of State Sovereignty Resolutions.