Because the the cause of state sovereignty unfortunately suffers from its historical association with slavery from 150 years ago, accusaions of racism are often the initial knee-jerk reaction of detractors like Mario. The modern State Sovereignty Movement has zero association with racial inequality, nor any tolerance for it. See my own essay "I Am The Dream" at http://statesovereignty.org/wp/?p=79 for a discussion of how racism has been erased from southern culture in a single generation.
An excellent article with several great points. I posted a link to it at www.statesovereignty.org. As much as we revere Abe Lincoln, he was the original pioneer for supressing popular sovereignty and the 9th and 10th Amendments. He sent the nation's armies against the poeple of breakaway states to compel their submission to oppresive nationalization, and allowed the slaugter of civilians. In that way in consider him an early prototype of the Soviet premiers who were to follow in the next century. His social & ecnomic views were decidedly Marxist. In fact, Karl Marx was a fan of Lincoln.
Secession is far from the point of the state sovereignty movement. Rather, it is this sort of common knee-jerk first-impression association with secession and the old Deep South that prevents many people from understanding with and identifying with what the 9th and 10th Amendments are really about. "State Sovereignty" was a buzzword used in the 1960s by states like Alabama and Mississippi in their attempts to defy racial integration of schools mandated by Brown v. Education, and "secession" was the cry of the Confederacy seeking to retain slavery in the 1850's. This is not associated with either of those causes, though both states' rights and sovereignty are the issues.
The Federal Government has grown to become a separate entity with its own vested self-interests, quite apart from the interests of the people. The 9th Amendment requres Popular Sovereignty to be the law of the land. It says that, though the Federal Government derives its power from the Constitution, the Constitution derives *its* power form the people, who do not abdicate that power by consenting to lend it to the government. The 10th Amendment denies the Federal Government any powers that are not specifically outlines in the Constitution, which are very few and do not include any power to rule domestically over the people. The New Hampshire resolution, defeated in the NH House, references the fact that the original 13 states, of which SC is one would never have ratified the Constituion without the inclusion of these two amendments.
See http:www.statesovereignty.org for more news, information and discussion on this topic. This is becoming a massive movement that I believe will gain momentum all across this great country.
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