March 22, 2011 AD
Local Texas Politician
fails to rise to the challenge
of a Tyranical Fed
This week, Governor Rick Perry announced his support for HCR 50, a resolution I have co-authored that asserts states' rights under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally designated powers and impede the states’ right to govern themselves. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.
by Ken Paxton
for his constituants
Texas Legislative Measure
This resolution is an effort to re-emphasize that we in the State of Texas want the federal government to refrain from imposing unjustified conditions and federal requirements that should be decided by the Texas Legislature, rather than the United States Congress. Furthermore, the resolution is a call for an end to federal mandates on the states that are beyond the scope of the powers delegated to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution. This is not an attempt to secede from the union, declare independence or break away from the federal government.
The resolution also called on the U.S. Congress to prohibit or repeal any legislation that directs states to comply with federal edicts under threat of criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation to avoid losing federal funding.
As Governor Perry points out in his press release, the U.S. Constitution was specifically designed to limit the powers of the federal government, and leave all other powers to the states and to the people. A number of recent federal proposals are outside of the scope of the federal government's constitutionally designated powers and impede the states' right to govern themselves. Examples of these proposals include Obamacare, the EPA's takeover of Texas' successful air permitting program, and a misguided amendment to Congress' education jobs bill to require our governor to make assurances in violation of the Texas Constitution.
-- Ken Paxton, Texas State House Representative
This meaningless restatement of the Tenth Amendment is written on paper better suited for toilet paper. It is written to make Tea Party activists warm and fuzzy all over!
The fact is though, it has no backbone! - It has no enforcement mechanisms -- Indeed it doesn't even specify what the Federal government is supposed to stop doing.
This is the equivalent to a mother who tells her son to stop tormenting his younger sister, and then instead of stopping the bad behavior, tells the misbehaving child that she is going to start counting to three -- ONE -- TWO ----I MEAN IT!!!!---THREE-------Nothing happens.
It would be like a husband walking into his home to witness his wife being gang-raped and the only thing the husband did was to say, "You are not allowed to do that! Stop! I want you to stop! I demand you to stop!"
The rapists already know what they are doing is against the law.
They already know it is immoral.
The appropriate response of a manly Texas man would be to pull out a gun and blow them all away, thus saving his wife from the criminal abuse of these thugs.
America is being gang-raped by the gang from Congress and all Ken Paxton does is to nag at Congress like a woman.
Not as bad as Nero playing a fiddle while Rome burned, but not any better either.
Representative Ken Paxton,
Why have you disappointed us so?
In a direct corollary to the Mel Gibson movie Braveheart, you know you are our "Bruce" against the federal government "Longshanks". You are our Earthly savior. Why do you not support your people?
Why did all the other Republicans support the neo-conservative Joe Strauss over you and why did you not put up a better fight?
Why in your email to us below, do you only defend the rights of the State of Texas against the Federal government and do not defend the rights of the individual citizens of the State of Texas?
Why have you not yet presented a bill to fully fund the campaign of a state-appointed U.S. Senator for 2012?
Why have you not yet presented a bill to handle a federally-declared "emergency" BEFORE the federal government declares an "emergency", and thus BEFORE America is put under a tyranny from which we will never recover?
We are all praying for you that you will represent our interests.
We are all looking forward to your response.
The Christian Solution
Text of Texas House Bill 50 (Word document form)
Text of Texas House Bill 50 (PDF form)
Agenda of Texas House Bill 50
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