Cajuns Uncaged

Louisiana Declares Itself a Sovereign State

While many modern historians, liberal politicians, and media elites would like to think that the very concept of "state sovereignty" died when Robert E. Lee offered his sword to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, the people of one state recently gave state sovereignty a ringing endorsement at the ballot box. On October 3, 1998, 56 percent of Louisianians approved Amendment 11, which declares:

The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free and sovereign state; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States in Congress assembled.

The statement is now part of the Louisiana constitution's "Declaration of Rights."

While much disparaged by those who look upon the United States as one, indivisible nation, state sovereignty is a concept that dates back to the very foundation of the American confederation. That each state was "independent" and "sovereign" was claimed in many of the founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Treaty of Paris, and, a little later, the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions. Many, if not most, of the Founding Fathers looked upon state sovereignty as an indisputable...

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