What Texas just did to Obama makes me PROUD
Folks, it is time for a little lesson in civics. God knows we truly need one. This great nation, these United States of America, was established as a Constitutional Republic, thanks to what happened 229 years ago last week Saturday on September 17, 1787.
We have a rule of law, the Constitution, and before that seminal document could be ratified, there had to be the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights. Those ten amendments clearly outline, as related to the grievances listed by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, that individual rights supersede the potential tyranny of a centralized government.
And if anyone had question about those first eight amendments, the Founding Fathers made it explicitly clear that those powers not enumerated to the federal government, were to reside with the states and the people.
You see, it was the states who established and validated the federal government, not the opposite. And in doing so, we created a system called Federalism. This is a very important lesson that has been forgotten because some believe America isn’t a Constitutional Republic, but rather a Constitutional Monarchy. Which is why the question posed to Benjamin Franklin back on September 17, 1787 is so relevant to today. When a lady named Mrs. Powell asked Franklin as he exited Independence/Constitution Hall whether we had a monarchy or a republic, he replied, “a Republic, if you can keep it.”
One American state began as its own Republic, and even as a member of this union, truly understands the meaning of federalism.
As reported by Reuters, “Texas gave notice on Wednesday that it was withdrawing from participating in the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement’s program, citing security concerns after failing in federal court to halt the inflow of Syrian refugees into the state.
The Texas State Refugee Coordinator sent a letter to the agency, giving 120 days notice of its intention to withdraw, charging the program was riddled with problems that present security risks, Republican Governor Greg Abbott said.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement said in a statement its services to help integrate newcomers into U.S. society are only provided after they complete stringent U.S. security screenings. “Despite multiple requests by the State of Texas, the federal government lacks the capability or the will to distinguish the dangerous from the harmless, and Texas will not be an accomplice to such dereliction of duty to the American people,” Abbott said in a statement.
Texas, a bellwether state for conservative policies, has seen other Republican-led states follow its lead in challenging the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement plans in and out of the courts.
“The security vetting for this population – the most vulnerable of individuals – is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a joint, five-page letter to Abbott in November which outlined the process.
Since Jan. 1, 2011, there have
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