In a World Net Daily article, Bob Unruh gave Sarah Palin a lot of credit that is undeserved where any defense of the 10th Amendment is concerned. Sarah's sound bite that HJR 27 is so much hot air.
Alaska HJR 27:
“Be it resolved that the Alaska State Legislature hereby claims sovereignty for the state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.
Be it further resolved that this resolution serves as Notice and Demand to the federal government to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”
Last year, and after her selection as the Republican Vice President candidate, Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin signed HJR 27. HJR 27 is a good start, but drops the round short of actually giving the federal government notice by law. A resolution does not carry the weight of law. It is merely a showing of intent. Nice PR ploy, but specious, except as a Palin sound bite.
Alaska has law on the books that give the federal government notice of who does what and who manages what on Alaska lands. Alaska’s Statehood Compact is our law, and we also have that law expressed under statute long before Sarah Palin came upon the State political radar.
“The people of the State of Alaska determine that:
(1) the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States was to guarantee to each of the states sovereignty over all matters within its boundaries except for those powers specifically granted to the United States as agent of the states;
(2) the attempted imposition upon the State of Alaska by the Congress of the United States of a requirement in the Statehood Act that the State of Alaska and its people "disclaim all right and title to any land or other property not granted or confirmed to the state or its political subdivisions by or under the authority of this Act, the right or title to which is held by the United States or is subject to disposition by the United States," as a condition precedent to acceptance of Alaska into the Union, was an act beyond the power of the Congress of the United States and is thus void;
(3) the purported right of ownership and control of the public land in the State of Alaska by the United States is without foundation and violates the clear intent of the Constitution of the United States; and
(4) the exercise of that dominion and control of the public land in the State of Alaska by the United States works a severe, continuous and debilitating hardship upon the people of the State of Alaska.”
With AS 38.05.500-505 on the books as statutes, not resolutions, why has no governor since Wally Hickel bothered to enforce the State’s rights and act to limit federal imposition and the breech of our Statehood Compact that is ANILCA and the federal management of fish and game on federal lands?
“(a) The state has exclusive jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of AS 38.05.500 - 38.05.505.
(b) An individual may institute a civil action to recover damages for injury or loss sustained as the result of a violation of the provisions of AS 38.05.500 - 38.05.505 or for the failure of the state to enforce its trust responsibilities to the people of the state.”
With ANICLA, the federal government under Pres. Carter effectively demonstrated contempt for Alaska’s Statehood Compact.
The reality is, that Alaska has not challenged the federal management in court since the last term of Governor Hickel, something Sara Palin was supposed to do and did not. She left a lot hanging that she promised.
Sarah campaigned as the governor to challenge the feds and to pursue restoration of Alaska’s rights under the Statehood Compact. Her record as governor is one of mediocrity.
Sarah has a nice sound bite for her money machine in HJR 27.
Sarah Palin promised to challenge the feds over Alaska’s rights to manage Alaska lands granted by Congress under the Statehood Compact, including ANILCA provisions barring the State from executing rights of way across ANILCA lands.
Where is the substance in our former Governor’s performance as governor of Alaska? What did she do that OUTSIDERS, who have no real idea of her performance, rant and howl in rage over any legitimate criticism of this woman?
What is it? That Sarah is a pretty face? That she has a nice ass? Looks good in red? Speaks the right words? What?
Sarah is a sound bite, not a leader, and she is raking in the bucks off your backs, when the money needs to go to real Republican candidates in congressional races all over the U.S. Not to RINOs like Sarah.
Yes, I still like to listen to Sarah speak out. She says all the right things to push our buttons. That and her resignation from the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission is what sold me on her and gave me reason to hope for Alaska. Unfortunately, the reality of Sarah Palin is something else.
Look at her record. Look at who she appointed as her commissioners. Look at what she said versus what was done. The record speaks for itself. Sarah abandoned the ship, and Parnell is the guy who will be tried at the polls in 2010 for running the State’s economy aground.