I. The United States are 50 individual, unique, independent, and SOVEREIGN state republics joined together in a union by the Constitution of the United States.
II. The states delegated certain limited powers to the federal government created by the Constitution to perform a few well defined functions for the mutual good of all the states. The federal government was to act as the agent of the states, not as their master.
III. The federal government has exceeded the grants of power given to it in the Constitution, and now treats the states as its agents.
IV. This consolidation of the several states into one single entity ruled exclusively by the federal government from Washington, D. C., has been ongoing for decades and poses a grave threat to the independence of the states and the liberties of the citizens of the states.
V. The states have the right and the duty to protect themselves and their citizens from such consolidation, by nullifying unconstitutional federal actions within their respective borders if necessary as the practice was for the first several decades under the Constitution.
VI. The states have the right to interpret the Constitution for themselves and to correct federal abuses by virtue of being the parties to the Constitution, and by virtue of the 9th and 10th Amendments of that compact.
VII. That the federal courts or some other branch of the federal government may be relied upon to protect and promote the rights and interests of the states has been proven demonstrably false throughout the history of the United States.
VIII. The states should prudently return functions and authority to cities, parishes/counties, private associations, churches, families, and individuals just as the federal government should return them.
IX. This devolution of power is consistent with the principle of subsidiarity as expressed in Quadragesimo Anno (In the Fortieth Year), Paragraphs 78-80, and thus leads to a better ordered, more just and free society.
1. To protect the independence, self-determination, and sovereignty of Louisiana from improper, unconstitutional acts of the federal government.
2. To guard the rights and authority of cities, parishes, private associations, and individuals against improper, unconstitutional acts of Louisiana’s state government.
1. Require all of Louisiana’s state and federal elected officials (legislative, executive, or judicial) and those campaigning for those same offices to sign a pledge to uphold Louisiana’s state sovereignty (http://pledge.tenthamendmentcenter.com/). Lists will be made public.
2. Encourage state and federal elected officials to remain faithful to their pledge through e-mails, letters, telephone calls, personal visits, rallies, etc. Contact those who did not make the pledge to uphold the Louisiana State Sovereignty Resolution to support Louisiana’s sovereignty.
3. Encourage state elected officials to respect the rights and authority of cities, parishes, private associations, and individuals using similar methods.
4. Should a state elected official repeatedly refuse his duty to restrict the government, state or federal, to its proper roles, it may become necessary to recall that official. The required form and procedures to follow to initiate a recall are found at the LA Sec. of State’s web site: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/179/Default.aspx. There is no recall process for U. S. representatives and senators.
5. In the event immediate action is needed by the LA Legislature when not in session to counteract a federal decision, the governor and state legislators should be encouraged to convene an Extraordinary Session of the Legislature according to the procedure in Article III, Section 2 (B) of Louisiana’s Constitution.
Organization and Operation
1. Parish Chapters: The LSSC shall consist of 64 chapters, one in each parish. Each parish shall be responsible for contacting the appropriate state and federal officials who represent their parish or a part of their parish. Each parish shall be responsible for choosing its leaders and raising any necessary revenue. Consultation and coordination among chapters and their members is essential. Should any chapter or chapters be in need of resources – human, financial, etc. – the other chapters are encouraged to prudently supply what those chapters lack.
2. Communication with the Public: Use any source available – newspaper ads and columns, radio interviews, speeches, Internet, etc.
3. LSSC Political Party Affiliation: No affiliation.
Duties of Members
We encourage all Louisiana residents to join or support the Louisiana State Sovereignty Committee. Members will be placed in one of three activity levels of their choosing.
Communicating to friends and family about the Committee, recruiting members, visiting the LSSC web site to keep abreast of new developments, keeping our goals and mission in mind when reading information, and posting them when necessary.
Monitor attitudes, positions, and voting records of the member’s state and federal elected officials, contacting them to support or oppose state or federal actions – plus Level 1 responsibilities.
Decision-making at the parish or state organizational level of the LSSC, giving speeches, writing or calling media – plus Level 1 & 2 responsibilities.
*Special thanks to the Missouri Sovereignty Project for help with the structure and content of the LSSC Charter.