Friday, May 8, 2009

House bypasses governor’s veto to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty

House bypasses governor’s veto to claim Oklahoma’s sovereignty

Although Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahoma’s sovereignty.

Gov. Brad Henry speaks to members of the Oklahoma Press Association at their convention held at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown in Tulsa. SHERRY BROWN/Tulsa World Friday, Feb. 6, 2009


Unlike House Joint Resolution 1003, House Concurrent Resolution 1028 does not need the governor’s approval.

The House passed the measure 73-22. It now goes to the Senate.

"We’re going to get it done one way or the other,” said the resolutions’ author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City.

"I think our governor is out of step.”

House Democrats objected, saying the issue already had been taken up and had been vetoed, but House Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, ruled the veto is not final action.

Key said he expects HCR 1028 will pass in the Senate. HJR 1003 earlier passed the House 83-18 and won approval in the Senate 29-18.

Henry vetoed HJR 1003 because he said it suggested, among other things, that Oklahoma should return federal tax dollars.

Key said HCR 1028, which, if passed, would be sent to Democratic President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress, would not jeopardize federal funds but would tell Congress to "get back into their proper constitutional role.” The resolution states the federal government should "cease and desist” mandates that are beyond the scope of its powers.

Key said many federal laws violate the 10th Amendment, which says powers not delegated to the U.S. government "are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” The Constitution lists about 20 duties required of the U.S. government, he said.

Congress should not be providing bailouts to financial institutions and automakers, he said.

"We give all this money to all these different entities, including automakers, and now they’re talking about, ‘Well maybe it’s better to let them go bankrupt,’” Key said. "Well, maybe we should have let them go bankrupt before we gave them the money.”

My response is NOT just to Oklahoma it is to all of the people that think you can secede from the United States, that issue was settled once and for all in 1865, in one of the worst wars this nation has ever seen, my grandfather and all of my great Uncles fought in that war, they all survived and one was seriously wounded and lost an arm. Our family was lucky. What these people advocating for seccession is callled treason, and for the life of me I can't see any good Americans committing treason knowingly, so my guess is that most of you don't know what you are asking for. Get new candidates and replace the ones who are not legislating the way you want, that is the Amrican way, not starting and advocating a new civil war.

My family like many of yours have served this nation in uniform my family has been here since 1635 when the ship Angel Gabriel brought the first "Bailey" to America from England. There has been a Bailey in every war this nation has fought, and I imagine they will continue to serve the United States of America, not a soverign state but a soveriegn "nation" of all 50 states and territories.

My guess is most people speaking of seccession have never worn the military uniform of the US, if they had they would not be talking about "quitting it". Mike Bailey

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