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Issue Position: State Sovereignty

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As we read the Constitution, we realize that there are only a few very limited powers granted to our federal government and Congress, most of which can be found in Article 1, Section 8. When the Constitution was presented to the people, they felt that even more restraints should be put on the federal government, and the 10 amendments known as the Bill or Rights were adopted to "bind men down with the chains of the Constitution" as Jefferson so eloquently phrased it.

Amendments 9 and 10 of the Bill of Rights, plainly state that the federal government only has a few listed powers, with all others belonging to the states and the people. Ask yourself if you truly believe that career politicians and bureaucrats in D.C. can do a better job of running your life than you can. Does anyone really think this is so? Unfortunately most in D.C. believe it to be true. I believe that the people of Oklahoma know what is best for Oklahoma, and they should decide, not Congress.

The Oklahoma legislature recently passed a 10th amendment concurrent resolution under the guidance of Rep. Charles Key in the house, and Sen. Randy Brogdon in the Senate. It is time we stand up for our rights and reclaim them from Washington D.C. And it is time for new representatives in Congress to stand against un-Constitutional federal power grabs and say: "in Oklahoma, we the people decide; not you the feds!"

Amendment 9 of the Bill of Rights: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage other retained by the people.

Amendment 10 of the Bill of Rights: 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.


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