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States Rights Resolutions

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You may not have seen this information in local papers or news media, but nevertheless it is happening. 35 states, including Ohio, have introduced resolutions to declare their sovereignty to the federal government.

You might ask "what is a states rights resolution"?  The 10th Amendment to the Constitution says "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.

Ratification of the first 10 amendments was completed December 15, 1791

The Ohio Senate bill is S.C.R. 13 and the House version is H.C.R. 11. These resolutions simply state that our founding fathers strongly believed in federalism and to remind our elected representatives that we believe in enforcing the limits of the federal governments power!

I've also heard many people say that these documents (the Constitution and Bill of Rights) are outdated. They were created by a bunch of farmers over 200 years ago and don't apply to today's society.

These documents apply today as they did 200 years ago. They addressed something that never changes, human nature! Yes human nature and it's tendency to create and abuse power. The State has the right to limit federal power. The federal government is an agent of the states, not the other way around.

Today's politicians know very little about the Constitution and why it was written. Did you know that in the early years of our republic, school children were taught all the details of these documents. School children in the early 1800's knew more about our Constitution than any Congressman or Senator or President in modern times.

In 1828 students used a book written bt Arthur J. Stansbury called "A Catechism On The U.S. Constitution".  The book contained 332 questions and answers on the Constitution. I would be willing to bet, not one elected public official today could get a passing grade on  these 332 questions. Perhaps they might only get the first question right and that is "In what country do you live"/  After that, they would be in trouble.

Perhaps we should have everyone who runs for federal office answer these 332 questions. If they can't pass with a high grade, then perhaps they have no business running for public office.

Do you think all persons who want to run for federal office should take a test like this? Hey, I'll bet this will cut down on a lot of uninformed candidates!