Texas to reaffirm state sovereignty??

A recent diary about Kay Bailey Hutchison dissing Sarah Palin in an advertisement brought out a number of negative comments regarding Gov. Rick Perry (R-Tx). I stayed quiet through these as most were from Texas conservatives, who I figured knew Perry better than I. I’m predisposed to liking Gov. Perry as I am a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts whose son is nearing the Eagle rank, and Gov. Perry recently published On My Honor, a book about Eagle Scouts (of which Perry is one).

Now, it appears that Gov. Perry, for whatever he may have done in the past that upset TX conservatives, is on the right side of things. From the featured story on Drudge:

Tue Apr 14 2009 08:44:54 ET

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”

Perry continued: “Millions of Texans are tired of Washington, DC trying to come down here to tell us how to run Texas.”

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.

It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.


Now, I don’t know if this will pass or not and what effect it will have in practice, but as a symbolic act it is certainly a nice start. I look forward to hearing responses from you TX folks as to how significant this story may or may not be.
And a message to The One: “The Eyes of Texas are Upon You!!”

P.S. And a message to Texas and Gov. Perry from one in Arizona: “I Second That Emotion”!