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Take back the power

To The Editor:

Our 50 states can save us from federal tyranny.

It does not take a rocket scientist to see that our country is rapidly becoming a federal police state. Fortunately, our individual states can save us from this tyranny if enough of them, and their citizens, are willing to act.

We need to remember that it was the original 13 states that set up the federal government and granted it the limited powers stated in the US Constitution. All federally-elected and appointed officials take an oath to obey our Constitution. Sadly, they have disregarded it in about 80 percent of their activities.

The Tenth Amendment can help us reclaim our lost liberties if enough of the states act to regain their lost powers. This Amendment states: “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.” The states can get their lost powers back by claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment.

The state of Oklahoma started the ball rolling with its House Joint Resolution 1089, which it passed 92 to 3 on March 13. However, opponents in the Oklahoma Senate kept it from being voted on before this year’s legislative session ended. But, it is certain to be voted on again in 2009. See www.thenewamerican.com for details.

All we have to do now to lose the shackles of the federal government is to get enough citizens to demand that their states use similar resolutions.

Larry William Bradbury

Reseda, CA

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