reply to post by Wotan
Please excuse my ignorance, I am from the UK and know absolutely sweet fanny adams about the US constitution ...... but what does Oklahoma
declaring soveriegnty mean as such?
I'll give it a try. It might help to clarify exactly what Oklahoma is doing for some Americans as well.
The USA is not one country. It is 50 countries, called states, that act as one, similar to the EU. but in order for the various states to act as a
single unit (required for defense, inter-state commerce, and international trade), a central government was established through the US
This Constitution states exactly how the Federal Government is to be operated, who will perform what roles, how they will be elected, what the limits
of their power are, etc., etc., etc. It also, in order to protect the citizens from a strong central government, includes several powers that may not
be used. The most known of these are the Bill of Rights, our first ten amendments which were made immediately.
It also states that anything not specified as a power of the central government would be decided by the individual states. This is where the problem
starts, as recently the USA government has been playing fast and loose with the restrictions placed on them. Oklahoma, by this resolution, is
declaring officially that they will not allow the Federal Government to exercise powers and policies that are not contained in the Constitution.
In essence, it is an official declaration by a state government that the Federal Government will not be allowed to violate the US Constitution any
more. As grady and I have both stated, this is probably in response to the recent NAU talk and NAFTA/CAFTA trade agreements, which have serious
While it is not a secession and not the start of another War Between the States, it is reminiscent of the first rumblings of that infamous episode in
our history. Sadly, while I do not think anyone wants another Civil War, it may well be the only way to regain our freedom, our sovereignty, and our
position in the world as a respected country.
Hope this clears it up.