“[Black Africans imported as slaves] had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect…”
This was the supposed indisputable historical opinion as summarized by Chief Justice Roger Taney in 1857 to justify the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision that African Americans were not American citizens and thus could not sue in federal court. Was the Supreme Court right? Obviously not, and in fact, scholars universally condemn the Dred Scott decision as the worst decision in the history of the Supreme Court.
Why is this important to a discussion on state sovereignty? Because it emphasizes that the Supreme Court of the United States is not God, and it is not infallible nor the final arbiter of truth.
The Supreme Court and the federal government in general have positioned themselves as the central authorities over all the states and its citizens. With the way “The People” are governed today it would be more apt to call the country “The United State of America” rather than how it was referred to before the Civil War as “these United States of America.”
Our Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they knew how large the federal leviathan has grown and how much tyranny it asserts over the Union. The anti-federalists feared this day so much that they fought to include the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (commonly known as “The Bill of Rights”). The Ninth and Tenth Amendments specifically were set into law to guarantee that the rights of the States are secured. However, all three federal branches of government have usurped the inherent power of the states and largely rule by fiat. As Thomas Jefferson feared would happen, the federal government has taken “possession of a boundless field of power.”
Things to Consider
- In what ways have politicians in Oklahoma helped the federal government gain more control over our state?
- Which gubernatorial candidates promise to re-assert Oklahoma’s state sovereignty?
- What do you think about state sovereignty?
- Has this discussion changed how you think about states’ rights to self-govern?
Actions to Take
- Pray that God might establish justice for all Oklahomans in their natural rights to self-govern as established in the US Constitution.
- Familiarize yourself with Oklahoma Statute 21 § 691 to understand the utter hypocrisy of the statute, which both defines unborn children as human beings and makes exceptions for mothers who kill their children by abortion.
- Take this message of state sovereignty to social media. Re-asserting state sovereignty in Oklahoma begins with you!
- Support the FreeTheStates.org by engaging your circle of influence with this message.