Statehood / State Rights

First Principles

  1. “This Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the Federal Government, as resulting from the compact, to which the States are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact as no further valid than they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of a deliberate, palpable and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the States who are parties thereto, have the right, and are duty bound, to interpose, for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.” ― quote from the Virginia Resolution of 1798

Balance of Powers

The People have been told the check on unconstrained federal power is achieved spreading authority amongst the three different federal branches: the legislative, executive, and judicial.

This is an incomplete and perverted view. The Founders understood the federal government would not constrain itself, not matter how many branches it was divided into.

For that reason, the Constitution contained checks and balances beyond mere federal mechanisms. For example, the original design called for Senators to be appointed by their state legislatures, subject to immediate recall, and thus accountable solely to their States. The House of Representatives would represent the People and write the legislation. The States, sitting as Senators, would have veto power, and thereby constrain the federal government. This was fundamental to a republican form of government, and this is how Senators were chosen until 1913.

17th Amendment

It changed in 1913 with the alleged ratification of the 17th Amendment. It was one leg of a plan to overthrow our republican form of government. The other two legs were the 16th Amendment and the Federal Reserve Act. According to diligent efforts by Red Beckman and others, it has been proven none of these were lawfully passed.

Federal Land Grab

One consequence of the removal of external checks and balances has been a federal land grab that has denied the Western states of their equal standing, and is now depriving people and communities of their lawful rights to private property and mining rights. People outside the Western States may not know that the federal government claims control about 65% of our lands. By contrast, the number averages about 3% for the Central and Eastern States.

The original requirement was that the federal government would “dispose” of undesignated lands to the People. This was the process for creating debt-free, private property, i.e. the freeholds that are essential to a free people. By contrast, the abolition of private property is the centerpiece of Communism, as defined by Karl Marx.

In 1976, the federal government declared its intent to breach its trustee duties by keeping for itself control over all lands not already privatized, i.e., the “public lands.” That decision primarily affected the Western States, the true national treasury consisting of hundreds of trillions of dollars of wealth in the form of natural resources. It is no accident California was the first western state to be created, in 1850, immediately after gold was discovered in 1849. Oregon was next.

However, the recent federal land grab is also in direct conflict with its own 1962 Eisenhower Report, which concluded the States retain jurisdiction over 95% of the lands now claimed by the feds.


The Western States, resources, forests, economies, and rights have been under ceaseless assault by agenda-driven individuals inside and outside government that appear to work together to control and apply government force to accomplish their agendas.

As a logical consequence, the Western States are educating themselves on original intent, the Constitution, legislation, Supreme Court decisions, and more, and reaching the conclusion their futures―and the nation’s―will be far better served by reasserting states rights and jurisdiction.

Examples of the actions being taken, and recommended books, appear in the right-hand column of this page.

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Recommended Books




Agenda 21

Big Government

Central Banking

Conservation Easements

Executive Order 13547



Public Lands

Scientific Misconduct




Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

Frogs and Toads


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The Constitutional CountyTM



Grand Juries


Land Patents




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