Ohio State Sovereignty

Harold Thomas, publisher of The Ohio Republic, and the folks at Ohio Liberty and Sovereignty are to be congratulated for being the latest iniative out of the gate to enshrine State sovereignty. As Harold points out in one of his posts:

“Legislators in at least nine States have had it with Federal meddling! They have therefore introduced resolutions asserting the sovereignty of their States in the current session, which began last month. Those States are Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, and Georgia. Twelve additional States reportedly are considering the introduction of such resolutions: Colorado, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Nevada, Maine, and Illinois.

These States are claiming their rights under the Tenth Amendment, which reserves all powers to the States or to the people, that are not specifically delegated to the Federal Government under Article I, Sections 8-10 of the Constitution.”

There blows a slight breeze through the leaves. There is something in the air. It is thick with anticipation, anxious with its latency, and certainly not hesitant with probing for direction.

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Beverly Eckert, R.I.P.

Here’s another one for the coincidence theorists. Beverly Eckert, whose husband was killed on 9/11, was on board Flight 3407 which crashed in Buffalo on February 12. She was the founder of Voices of September 11th, a victims advocacy group.

Relatives of 9/11 victims who accepted settlements forfeited their right to sue the airlines, airports, security companies, or other US organizations that could have been faulted for negligence and inadequate security measures. This ensured that very little detail of the attacks emerged outside of the government appointed 9/11 Commission. Ms. Eckert bravely forfeited the average $1.8 million payout with a statement that will now very likely gain greater notoriety: “My silence cannot be bought.”

From the printed statement from which her quote is taken, she has written:

“I am suing because unlike other investigative avenues… my lawsuit requires all testimony be given under oath and fully uses powers to compel evidence…The victims’ fund was not created in a spirit of compassion.… Lawmakers capped the liability of the airlines at the behest of lobbyists who descended on Washington while the September 11 fires still smoldered.”

It just so happened that Ms. Eckert had met with President Obama days before the crash.

To all those who knew and were touched by this brave woman, condolences are offered. Having the gift of having known her, you can only be strengthened.