The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 20, 2009

ZACHARY HUBBARD | Confessions of a right-wing extremist


So if I understand Secretary Napolitano correctly, at least half of the nation falls into one of her rightwing extremist categories, including members of the armed forces, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, National Rifle Association, National Right to Life, Gay Liberation Front, Libertarian Party, Constitution Party, Green Party and probably half of the nation’s registered independent voters.

If Napolitano is right about the nascent threat from such groups, then the largest and most dangerous group of all must be the great state of Texas, where a bipartisan bill HCR 50, reaffirming the sovereignty of the Lone Star State, is currently being circulated.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s office released a press statement and video on April 9, supporting the legislation. It can be found on the governor’s Web site at:

Perry claims he represents millions of Texans who are tired of Washington, D.C., trying to tell them “how to run Texas.”

The bill reaffirms the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states simply, “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.”

James Madison wrote in The Federalist Papers, “The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined.

“Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce.

“The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.”

Many American citizens happen to agree with Madison.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, a group advocating states rights, Texans aren’t alone in their contempt toward federal power gone wild. Oklahoma, Washington, Hawaii, Missouri, Arizona, New Hampshire, Georgia, California, Michigan and Montana will all consider sovereignty bills this year.

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