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A Timely Call to Return Power to the States

We’ve made the case that given the extraordinary political polarization of left versus right in America today, one of the only ways we can all get along is to devolve as much power to the states as possible. If Californians and New Yorkers want to continue to crash their states over a progressive cliff, so be it.

This isn’t at all a radical idea, after all, the 10th Amendment is right there in 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.”

The left wants to federalize everything — from education to labor and tax policies to abortion — so that Americans can’t escape their tyranny.

Stuart Adams, the Republican President of the Utah State Senate, is a HOTLINE reader and he got an idea from these pages a few months ago. We wrote about Alberta, the province in Canada, invoking a sovereignty clause to counteract Ottawa’s anti-fossil fuel regulations.

Stuart Adams President of Utah Senate

Now the state of Utah has passed the Utah Constitutional Sovereignty Act, to allow the state legislature to vote by supermajority on whether a “federal directive violates the principles of state sovereignty”, therefore, the state will not comply.

A resolution passed under the new Utah law would not allow the state to nullify the federal directive. But it would prohibit the state government or any of its political subdivisions from participating in or enforcing the federal action named in the resolution.

We are all for ideas like this, and will continue to resist unlawful regulations that never were approved by Congress.

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