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Rep. Pitts Discusses Resolution Reaffirming States’ Rights

February 27th, 2009 · Jonathan Williams · 7 Comments

Yesterday, I conducted a video interview with Representative Michael Pitts about H. 3509, a concurrent resolution that reaffirms South Carolina’s belief in states’ rights. In the interview, I asked the following five questions:

  1. Could you please explain what H. 3509 declares? (0:13)
  2. What prompted you to create this resolution? (0:40)
  3. Do you see the federal government infringing on states’ rights and if so, could you give us some examples? (1:41)
  4.  This bill is basically a declaration that doesn’t prompt any changes in the law. Therefore, are you or any other members of the General Assembly going to propose any laws in the same spirit of this resolution? (2:38)
  5. Are there any concluding remarks you would like to make? (5:09)

This interview was recorded on 2/26/09 with a Flip video camera:

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michael Rodgers // Mar 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the enlightening video.

  • 2 Tammy // Mar 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    It’s 2009 everywhere else, but obviously not in South Carolina. :(

  • 3 DeaconKharma // Mar 17, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Perhaps instead of the usual drive by potshot and invectives Tammy, you could read the Constitution and understand that States’ rights have been trashed in recent history. Then again I wouldn’t expect you, a child of the 24 hour news cycle to dig much deeper than the last episode of “meet the press” or Countdown with Keith Olbermann. You, I am sure would prefer your understanding of the nation and it’s constitutional foundations be spoon fed to you by media personalities with restless leg syndrome like Chris Matthews rather than do any of your own research and thinking. I am also sure you’re well educated right?

  • 4 Michael Rodgers // Mar 20, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    The bill H.3509, as written, is a nullification bill that’s pretending to be a bill of affirmation. If our state legislature is insistent about passing an unneccessary resolution of affirmation because they want to send a political message to the federal government, then I hope that the legislators pass something that’s actually straightforward and simple and does only what it says. Perhaps the following is appropriate:


    Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

    That the General Assembly of South Carolina affirms the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution, where the enumeration of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people, and the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, where 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.

    Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.


  • 5 Kenny King // Mar 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Wooooo Hooooo.

    Guns in SC, Marijuana in Cal !

    How can you get any better.

    Those folks at the nursing home in Wilmington NC shoulda had guns today. Sunday 3/29/09.

    Stupid old folks with no guns

  • 6 Chris // Apr 14, 2009 at 10:12 am

    There’s a wave of clarity sweeping through the people and the states, a sober understanding that the Federal government has usurped power not allotted to it by the Constitution, power that belongs (Constitutionally speaking) in the hands of the States and of the People.

    North Dakota and Texas are also on this page, and little by little - as the People themselves begin to understand the situation soberly - the number of States joining South Carolina, North Dakota, and Texas will increase.

    It’s time the Federal government understood that it’s powers are limited by law, and that simply taking them doesn’t effectively nullify the law.

    Fly your State flag on your home.

  • 7 South Carolina Considering Gold and Silver Currency Bill » New York Liberty Report // May 2, 2012 at 10:31 pm

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