Of course, Democrats would have you believe that the terms “states rights” is secret conservative code for racism, but Virginia is leading the way in explaining what it really means.
It may be symbolized by new “Don’t Tread On Me” license plates, but the states rights fight goes much further.
The Washington Examiner explains the growing protest in its own back yard:
From Virginia’s lawsuit over health-care reforms to a bill that would create “Don’t Tread on Me” license plates, a growing movement is percolating among the Old Dominion’s top GOP officials and the conservative rank-and-file to push back against federal authority over an array of issues.
The state’s top three elected officials, for example, have voiced support for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow a decision by two-thirds of state legislatures to override federal law.
The movement for the so-called “Repeal Amendment” could gather momentum next year, as state legislatures that shifted from blue to red after the November elections begin their deliberations. Republicans have added more than 675 seats in state legislatures during this election cycle and have flipped chambers from Democratic to Republican control in at least 13 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
That movement is only one expression of anti-federal sentiment in Virginia.
Del. John O’Bannon, R-Henrico, filed a bill at the request of his constituents that would create a “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate.
And Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, filed a bill that would allow goods produced or manufactured in the state and which remain in Virginia to be exempt from federal regulation or Congress’ constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce.
“The federal government, I think, has just gone way beyond what it was intended,” Cole said. “It’s time for the states to start pushing back.”
California, the basket case state, will introduce a new license plate featuring an image of a donkey and the line, “Please save my ass.”
Source: Washington Examiner