On November 10th, 1798, the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 were adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly. They were written by Thomas Jefferson… in secret… while he was Vice President.
He wrote them in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts, which he considered to be acts of usurpation by the federal government. The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 provide validity, by one of our founding fathers, to the notion that the several states can and must enforce their 10th Amendment rights (through Nullification). And today... it is through the act of Nullification and exercising our Constitutional rights… that we have a real chance to regain control of our government and our country.
Here are a few of Jefferson’s inspiring words of wisdom...
The several states composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government
The Government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the constitution, the measure of its powers
Whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force
Jefferson argued that if the federal government were allowed to hold a monopoly on determining what its own powers were, we would have no right to be surprised when it kept discovering new ones – as it does so today.
I encourage you to click the links below to read more about this important document.
The history of the Kentucky Resolutions: http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/11/09/thomas-jefferson-and-defi...
The text of the Kentucky Resolutions is here: http://www.constitution.org/cons/kent1798.htm
A wonderful resource to learn more about State's Rights as protected by the 10th Amendment: http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2011/11/09/thomas-jefferson-and-defi...