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States Rights... 2010

It's BAAaaack. History is mentioned as the motive for asserting states rights today.

[Already in 2010, sovereignty resolutions have been introduced in 17 states. One of the first to move the ball forward this year is Alabama; the legislature voted in late January to approve a state sovereignty resolution.

Roy Moore -- a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who was removed from office for refusing a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument -- commended Alabama's decision.

"I am certainly pleased that the Alabama Legislature has passed a resolution affirming the sovereignty of our state under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution," he wrote. "Alabama now joins many other states which have passed such resolutions as a principled response to unprecedented threats to our liberties by the bloated and ever-expanding federal government."

In early February, South Carolina's House voted overwhelmingly in favor of a state Senate resolution on sovereignty. It now returns to the Senate for action.

Boldin says many pushing for state sovereignty use history as their guide, remembering the run-up to the Civil War when states were seceding from the union -- or when American colonists were "throwing off the chains of the [British] tyrant" during the American Revolution.

"That tends to ring very strongly in peoples' hearts and minds when they think of this. I think it's really important to understand history ... but I wouldn't rely on it completely."]

David Upton

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