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States Oppose Federal Laws: Has Federal Government Exceeded Its Authority?

Fef 2013/02/21 20:00:00
Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
No. States have gone too far.
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Colorado joins the growing list of states that flagrantly disobey federal laws relating to drugs. Nearly 30 states have refused to join the Obamacare health exchange. Arizona faced off against the president on immigration policy. Now, a Texas proposal threatens to arrest local police officers who enforce federal gun control laws. States have reacted to the growing centralized power in Washington, D.C.

Have the states gone too far? Or has the federal government gone too far?

HOUSTON.CBSLOCAL.COM reports:Under a measure advancing in the Texas Capitol, local police officers could be convicted of a crime for enforcing any new federal gun control laws.
capitol local police officers convicted crime enforcing federal gun laws

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  • dlsofsetx 2013/02/21 15:33:14
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    dlsofsetx
    +13
    The 10th Amendment limits Federal authority.However those limits have been ignored since at least 1861.

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  • i don't care 2013/10/13 09:29:29
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    i don't care
  • BonnieDeutsch 2013/02/28 13:40:46
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    BonnieDeutsch
    Our Federal government is in a shambles, so why would be allow them to come to our State and mandate unworkable laws ?
  • Cliff 2013/02/27 14:52:23
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Cliff
    There are a number of areas where the federal government has overstepped it's constitutional authority but I don't know that drug laws are one of them. I think it only makes sense that there be uniformity nationwide in some areas of law and regulation. Exactly what those areas are should be determined by the states and not by the federal government.
  • rcardon 2013/02/26 20:41:26
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    rcardon
    The constitution specifically states that any power not directly given to the federal government by the constitution falls to the states. Now, the federal government is picking those up, and no one is saying otherwise.
  • chas 2013/02/25 23:31:38
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    chas
    They forget this: 10th amendment
  • 1776gwash 2013/02/25 23:19:47
  • Brandon Michaels 2013/02/25 22:43:52
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Brandon Michaels
    Yes, it's time to reform most of our federal government. However, you'll never see it happen with President like Barack Obama or a lot of the people we currently have in congress. I think if we *ahem* our government doesn't change things soon, we'll have a 2nd great depression, or worse, probably as soon as 10 years from now, maybe sooner.

    I'm tired of referring to something that must be done concerning the government as a "we" issue, it's "them" who has to fix it. They want total power? Good, do something with it. It's almost like they WANT this country to destroy itself from the inside.
  • Illuminatti 37° 2013/02/25 20:16:07 (edited)
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Illuminatti 37°
    The Federal government has gone against the Constitution, not only on the 2nd Amendment, also by legalizing the murder of innocent babies. The murder of babies may not be prohibited in the Constitution, but it certainly is not condoned, and is in direct violation of the spirit and canons set forth in The Declartion of Indepence.

    "shall not be infringed" from the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, & "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" from the Declaration of Independence, should come to mind immediately.

    "to promote the general Welfare" was not intended to condone and create a welfare state.

    The Founders left more than guiding document, The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, & The Bill of Rights as guidance for a free independent and Sovereign Republic. They gave you their writings expounding on the ideas and laws set forth in those guiding documents. They instructed in plain words how to keep your Republic intact and safe, knowing human frailty may cause the people to fail in the endeavor, all the while hoping they would not.

    The only honest answer is YES. A NO answer can only be based on feelings.
  • Sgt Major B 2013/02/25 19:34:39
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Sgt Major B
    "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."
  • Prophet 2013/02/25 18:45:00
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Prophet
    All these Executive Orders coming from the president are unfounded. Will someone let him know that the Federal Government is not the authority over the states. The 50 states are the authority over the Federal Government. This is the way the founding fathers set this up! Obummer has it backwards.
  • johnnyg 2013/02/25 18:44:00
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    johnnyg
    +1
    The USGovt works for me. I don't work for them.
  • GoingForTheJugular 2013/02/25 17:33:52
    No. States have gone too far.
    GoingForTheJugular
    Fact is we live in a society thats more and more inter-connected. Keeping States in charge of anything just slows the flow of progress.
  • Striker 2013/02/25 16:26:08
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Striker
    +2
    But hey, it's what ALL governments at ALL levels do.
    Can nobody think for himself?
  • johnnyg Striker 2013/02/25 18:46:01
    johnnyg
    +1
    Can nobody think for himself? 2 or 3 of us out of 2 or 3 hundred million can!! LOL
  • Striker johnnyg 2013/02/25 19:06:55
    Striker
    Thank you. and 98% just proved last November they won't.
  • johnnyg Striker 2013/02/26 18:00:20
    johnnyg
    +1
    You are correct sir!!! Like I said in another post, the slaves love the whip!!
  • Charles R. Anderson 2013/02/25 16:21:13
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Charles R. Anderson
    +3
    The federal government is massively exceeding its very limited powers which it was the purpose of the Constitution to strongly limit. In the process, the federal government is violating the sovereign rights of the individual to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This is contrary to the role of legitimate government as set out in our Declaration of Independence. While violating our individual rights, the federal government is also massively exceeding its role in the balance of local versus national governments.

    We see this especially clearly in the case of ObamaUncaringTax. There is no provision in the Constitution for the federal government to take charge of the health affairs of the individual. There could be no such thing, since the Founders would never have thought that the collective owns the bodies and minds of every individual. They would have viewed the takeover of our life maintenance as a form of universal slavery. This is exactly what it is. Despite many states opposing this villainous act, many whose people oppose it are falling prey to the money the federal government prints and is offering to distribute to the state if the state betrays the people. Virginia, Ohio, and other states where most of the people oppose ObamaUncaringTax have betrayed the trust of their citizens.
  • Illumin... Charles... 2013/02/25 20:24:50
    Illuminatti 37°
    A hundred "thumbs up" a hundred times over and still not enough.
  • the fuze 2013/02/25 16:01:25
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    the fuze
    +1
    And it's just going to keep going, and going, and going...
  • Striker the fuze 2013/02/25 19:08:18
    Striker
    +1
    yes, until it finally grinds to a stop in the abyss.
  • Rick Armin 2013/02/25 13:38:08
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Rick Armin
    +3
    The "Constitutional" Convention was called to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, economic royalist Hamilton and his gang tried to saddle us with a totalitarian central government from the start. Only the wisdom and alertness of men like Jefferson, Melacton Smith, and Richard Henry Lee forced the inclusion of the first ten amendments to delay the tyranny a little while.

    What rights the States still had at the beginning of the last century they sold to get a little of our tax dollars back.

    http://lostliberty1.wordpress...
    http://lostliberty1.wordpress...
  • Leslie Goudy 2013/02/25 05:40:47
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Leslie Goudy
    +3
    Always
  • senvestoj 2013/02/25 02:58:44
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    senvestoj
    +1
    Interesting thought just popped into my head. Now, I'm NOT advocating this, but what if there ended up a second civil war that was the various states vs the federal government. Wouldn't that be wild?
  • Angelatxpatriot 2013/02/25 01:43:13
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Angelatxpatriot
    +2
    Yeah, for quite some time they have exceeded authority. But as long as we the people just whine about it, and keep on voting these control freaks in, it's only going to get worse. Our government is already almost too big and too powerful to control. The table has turned and they have more control over the people & the states. We can thank many admins and politicians for this, going back to Lincoln. But hey, it for our own good right? Personally I'm about ready to move to Iceland...they're more free then the U.S. is.
  • Rick Armin Angelat... 2013/02/25 14:10:49
    Rick Armin
    The bottom line is that we can thank the founding abortionist Alexander Hamilton who murder American Liberty in her infancy.

    The Two Nations, Christopher Hollis 1935
    As soon as Independence had been won from Great Britain, the decks were clear for a second fight. That fight, as is usually found after a successful revolution, was the fight to decide whether independence was to be true independence or whether, after the change of names, the financial system was to re-establish over the new government that same control which it had exercised over the old. The protagonist of plutocracy, a surprisingly frank protagonist, was Alexander Hamilton. Among his proposals was one astonishing in its impudence even for the antagonist of such a cause. The Germans in our own day have carried to a fine art the technique of first defaulting on the interest of their loans and then, when as a result the bonds have slumped, buying them up at a fraction of their par value and thus getting rid of their debts for perhaps a quarter of what they originally borrowed. Things were not very different in Alexander Hamilton's America. In order to fight the war, Congress had raised certain loans and then had subsequently defaulted on their interest. As a result, of course, they stood very low and were o...

    The bottom line is that we can thank the founding abortionist Alexander Hamilton who murder American Liberty in her infancy.

    The Two Nations, Christopher Hollis 1935
    As soon as Independence had been won from Great Britain, the decks were clear for a second fight. That fight, as is usually found after a successful revolution, was the fight to decide whether independence was to be true independence or whether, after the change of names, the financial system was to re-establish over the new government that same control which it had exercised over the old. The protagonist of plutocracy, a surprisingly frank protagonist, was Alexander Hamilton. Among his proposals was one astonishing in its impudence even for the antagonist of such a cause. The Germans in our own day have carried to a fine art the technique of first defaulting on the interest of their loans and then, when as a result the bonds have slumped, buying them up at a fraction of their par value and thus getting rid of their debts for perhaps a quarter of what they originally borrowed. Things were not very different in Alexander Hamilton's America. In order to fight the war, Congress had raised certain loans and then had subsequently defaulted on their interest. As a result, of course, they stood very low and were only sellable at a fourth or a fifth part of their par value. Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury, gave private information to his financial friends, who therefore bought up the loan at its low market figure. He then announced that the Government would redeem it by paying off the present holders at par plus accrued interest, with the price-level considerably lower than that of the time of the contraction of the debt. In order to pay them off, he raised a new loan from the New York bankers, thus saddling the new country with a permanent National Debt, which he confessed to thinking necessary in order that finance's mastery of its policies should be unshakable. "He wishes it never to be paid," explained Jefferson at the time, "but always to be a thing wherewith to corrupt and manage the legislature." He thus bound, as Calhoun afterwards put it, "more strongly to the Government that already powerful class by giving them, through its agency, increased profit and a decided control over the currency, exchanges and the business transactions of the country."

    With the exception of the 8 years of Andrew Jackson, the bankers have controlled America ever since. Freedom has been an illusion sustained by mock elections.
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  • Striker Rick Armin 2013/02/25 19:17:22 (edited)
    Striker
    Good comment until the end, but blaming it on the bankers, when it was the founders who created "govern"ment and gave it monopoly control of currency and, as it turned out, TheFed and then fiat money and now fiat debt.

    "What If" currency had been left to the free market?
  • Rick Armin Striker 2013/02/26 01:50:52
    Rick Armin
    +1
    I understand where you're coming from. I've said many times that Hamilton and his gang tried to saddle us with a centralized tyranny from the beginning. But I would point out that Art. I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to coin money and regulate the value thereof," and nothing gives it the right to delegate that power to any other agency, government or private. The Federal Reserve and all of its functions are patently unconstitutional.

    As regards your question, I have absolutely no idea. I have never lived under a free market. I'm only 70 (and eleven months).
  • DeeB 2013/02/25 00:19:05
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    DeeB
    +3
    The federal government was supposed to be for infrastructure and defense and now look what those losers think they can do. Take them down and rebuild it to a very small government for which it was originally intended.. They do not belong in ANYTHING they are doing. Not in our bedrooms or kitchens or cars. None of it. The PEOPLE rule.
  • Rick Armin DeeB 2013/02/25 14:14:21
    Rick Armin
    +3
    "The PEOPLE rule." That would be nice. Unfortunately, the PEOPLE obey.
  • DeeB Rick Armin 2013/02/26 13:17:34
    DeeB
    +1
    The stupid ones do!
  • Rick Armin DeeB 2013/02/27 03:05:29
    Rick Armin
    +1
    Would that be the 99%ers?
  • DeeB Rick Armin 2013/02/27 15:01:01
    DeeB
    Not all, the smart ones don't follow any of the crap those freaks spew.
  • Golden Panther 2013/02/24 23:30:35
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Golden Panther
    +3
    The feds greatly exceeded their authority when they enacted the first law that had nothing to do with national defense or border control. Atlas should have shrugged back in that day but now he is shaking in his boots as Big Brother now is in full and absolute control of the masses...may obumavich and his ilk rot in hell for their nefarious deeds in the final days of this once great nation.
  • Rick Armin Golden ... 2013/02/25 14:17:58
    Rick Armin
    Maybe eternity will pass more quickly for him if he gets in a chess match with Adolph Bushler.
  • KevinBasner 2013/02/24 19:29:34
  • Dwight PWCM 2013/02/24 19:09:36
    Yes. Feds have exceeded authority.
    Dwight PWCM
    +1
    States have to protect their rights, and those of their citizens.
  • johnnyg Dwight ... 2013/02/25 18:47:59
    johnnyg
    +1
    But they do not.
  • Striker johnnyg 2013/02/25 19:22:20
    Striker
    States are merely yet another level of Government. We cannot expect better from that!
  • Illumin... Striker 2013/02/25 20:28:50
    Illuminatti 37°
    Everyone should always expect better and honesty from government, in fact, they should demand it.
  • Striker Illumin... 2013/02/25 20:32:30
    Striker
    Wish in one hand and poop in the other; see which fills first.
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