State`s Rights with Jackie

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Hundreds of bills and resolutions are passed in Congress each year in spite of the outcry of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Citizens claiming the legislation is unConstitutional. If we take a step back, read the Constitution carefully and notice the history we see a different scenario unfolding. Yes… we see blatant violations of Constitutional Law. We also see a Congress which passes Resolutions in Washington, D.C. under authority of the Constitution which do NOT apply to the 50 several tates, although somehow are enforced in our respective States.

Article 1, Sec. 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution states: “[Congress shall have power] to exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such -District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States [Washington, D.C.], and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;”

What exactly does that mean – in a nutshell? Congress functions quite like a State Legislature in the federal zone, territories and possessions of the U.S. (Puerto Rico, Guam, etc.). The Citizens in those areas are not governed under the restrictions of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. However, this should not be misinterpreted to believe that ANY governing body has a right to violate the inherent, God-given rights of ANY people. It would be hoped the Citizens in D.C. and those territories and possessions are aware of this fact.

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