The United States Constitution is a much trampled upon document these days. The trend started long ago with Woodrow Wilson and FDR being among the most anti-Constitutional presidents in the history of the Republic. Of course , this trend has only worsened in recent years as both President Bush and Obama have further ignored the document, thus expanding their own powers and taking powers from the states, the REAL ID being one prominent issue that — at least so far — the states have succeeded in defeating.
Fortunately, although it has proven to be less than perfect, the Founding Fathers believed that powers should be split not only among the various federal branches, but also with the various states as a check on federal power. To that end, freshman New Mexico Representative Dennis Roch has introduced HJR 27 which re-asserts New Mexico’s rights under the 10th amendment to the US Constitution. If you are not familiar with that particular amendment, it states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Obviously, the federal government and its agents have been ignoring the 10th amendment for a very long time, thus infringing on the rights of both the states and most especially the people as a whole, so it is our hope that Rep. Roch’s efforts will succeed or at least receive significant attention.