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Rebirth of State Sovereignty

August 21, 2009
Frank Gillispie

An old political concept is experiencing a rebirth of sorts. That is the idea of state sovereignty. The final paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence claims sovereignty for the several states, not for the states as a single union:

“We, therefore, the representatives of the united states of America – – -solemnly publish and declare that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be fee and independent states – – -and as free and independent states they have the full power – – – to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.”

The Constitution and the bill of rights were designed to protect the rights of the states. The federal government was intended to be a tool of the states for them to use for coordinated actions, especially the common defense.

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