States Push to Take Back National Guard
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The people of the States re-asserting sovereignty? Now we’re talking about change we can believe in:
Going on its seventh year, the Iraq war has taken its toll on not only the US military, but also on the states’s National Guard units, which were called up when Congress passed the 2002 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. Now a growing state-level movement is working to keep the Guard at home. …
"There is not Congressional authorization for the use of the Guard today," Vermont State Rep. Mike Fisher told Truthout. "One Guard member improperly called into federal service to fight a war – that’s a real problem. Choosing to go to war is one of the most serious decisions that we make. The very least we can do is follow the Constitution."
What could be more revolutionary than restoring the right of self-government? What could be more American?
Now that Obama plans to expand the senseless occupation of Afghanistan, the effort to put teeth in the 10th amendment is the most urgent and most direct means of stopping an out-of-control central government.