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Monday, February 9, 2009

Fed Out of Control - States Declare Sovereignty

(WorldNetDaily) - As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level.

So far, eight states have introduced resolutions declaring state sovereignty under the Ninth and Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, including Arizona, Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Washington.

Analysts expect that in addition, another 20 states may see similar measures introduced this year, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Maine and Pennsylvania.

"What we are trying to do is to get the U.S. Congress out of the state's business," Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon told WND....

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The defining political argument of the next ten years will not be Republican vs. Democrat, or Liberal vs. Conservative. Rather, the defining political argument of the next ten years will be State vs. Federal.

What we are witnessing are the early stages of a political rebellion against the United States federal government. It's not a rebellion in the military sense, but in the political sense. The States are invoking their 9th and 10th amendment rights, and asserting their right to reclaim all government powers not specifically delegated by the Constitution. The resolutions simply assert their rights. They designate no specific action at this point in time. That will be determined over the next ten years. Perhaps in a decade, people will no longer ask if you're Democrat or Republican, but rather they will say: "Are you with the State or the Fed?"

So what should be the Catholic take on this? I refer my readers to Catechism 1883...
Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state [i.e. government] can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co- ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."
According to the Catechism, it would appear that Catholics would be morally obligated to side with the States based on the principle of subsidiarity. In other words, it is immoral for the federal government to interfere in the internal life of the state governments, depriving them of their functions.