ARIZONA SECESSION MARTIAL LAW
Wed Jan 14 14:13:34 2004
When this was introduced a couple of years ago the Representative was laughed at
a great deal…. Not so much this time.
ARIZONA SECESSION MARTIAL LAW
Sat Jan 10 00:31:52 2004
Arizona makes secession preparations State resolution creates 'insurance policy'
against martial law
By Julie Foster
An Arizona state legislative committee has approved a resolution calling for the
dissolution of the federal government in the event that it abolishes the U.S.
Constitution, declares martial law or confiscates firearms -- scenarios some say
are not unrealistic. Critics of the resolution, however, call the measure a
"total waste of time."
Rep. Karen Johnson, a Mesa Republican and chair of the House Committee on
Federal Mandates and States' Rights, authored the resolution which the committee
approved 3-2. Only the committee's vice-chair, Republican Rep. Gail Griffin,
abstained from voting.
Specifically, House Concurrent Resolution 2034 outlines the origin of the United
States, emphasizing the sovereignty of the states and their constitutional right
to "establish a new federal government for themselves by following the precedent
established by Article VII, Constitution of the United States, in which nine of
the existing thirteen states dissolved the existing Union under the Articles of
Confederation and automatically superceded the Articles."
It also articulates constitutional violations committed by the federal
government as justification for the measure, saying "... the fifty current
principals, or signatories, to the [Constitution] have done well in honoring and
obeying it, yet the federal agent has, for decades, violated it in both word and
spirit. The many violations of the Constitution of the United States by the
federal government include disposing of federal property without the approval of
Congress, usurping jurisdiction from the states in such matters as abortion and
firearms rights and seeking control of public lands within state borders," says
By adopting HRC 2034, Arizona states its intention to dissolve the current
federal government with the approval of 34 other states and, in essence, start
over. Participating states would re-ratify and re-establish the present
Constitution "as the charter for the formation of a new federal government, to
be followed by the election of a new Congress and President and the
reorganization of a new judiciary," in keeping with the original intent of the
"founding fathers." Individual members of the military will return to their
respective states and report to the governor until a new president is elected.
In addition, each state will assume a prorated portion of the national debt and
will own all land within its borders. After the new government is formed, the
remaining 15 states will be permitted to join the revised union upon
application, as was the case with the original union.
A three-year veteran to the Arizona Legislature, Johnson told the Sierra Times
the resolution is "insurance policy." "If the federal government declares
martial law or attempts to confiscate guns, the states shouldn't have to put up
with that," she said.
Joseph Stumph, well-known author and historian, testified in favor of the
resolution at the hearing.
"We're proposing that if things get as bad as they could get, that these states
won't allow the federal government to put us into a one-world government," said
Stumph, who is publishing a similar proposal in his home state of Utah. "I don't
expect we'll get 35 states to sign on. The American people are not educated
enough on this yet," he added.
The resolution was introduced Jan. 26, and now needs to be approved by the
Arizona House. Should HRC 2034 successfully complete the legislative process, it
will appear on the November ballot for voter approval. But one legislator does
not think the measure will be taken seriously.
Rep. Bill Brotherton, a Democrat member of Johnson's committee, called efforts
to promote the bill a "total waste of time."
"Obviously ... one of the more important issues we have is mental health in this
state," Brotherton said mockingly. "I wonder if we are going to have a bill on
the grassy knoll next to decide who shot Kennedy."
Johnson said she was asked by several Maricopa County residents to look into
preventing the federal government from asserting power not authorized by the
federal and state Constitutions. To Johnson, the resolution is a watered down,
limited version of the "Ultimatum Resolution," written and promoted by Stump.
Johnson said HRC 2034 was introduced in response to recent actions by the
Clinton administration regarding the Grand Canyon. On a recent trip to the
landmark, President Clinton declared three new national monuments, threatening
the property and livelihood of ranchers in the region.
Fears of martial law and firearm confiscation are mere "conspiracy theories" to
some, but in light of the elaborate preparations government made for potential
Y2K problems -- including a ready-to-sign executive order giving Clinton the
equivalent of dictatorial powers -- "these fears have become real
possibilities," according to Johnson.
Johnson also made it clear that the action of possible secession should only
take place if the federal government suspends or violates the Constitution
without approval from the state.
"There may be times when the nation may be at war, and such steps may need to be
taken. But the states should have a backup plan if necessary," she said.
Arizona is not alone in its fears. Johnson noted other legislators in other
states are considering taking similar steps.
Despite her current success with HRC 2034, Johnson is not relying solely on
non-binding resolutions to ensure state sovereignty. She has been joined by a
coalition of six other Arizona state representatives, private ranchers and other
states' legislators in a lawsuit filed against the federal government.
The lawsuit is an attempt to reverse creation of the Grand Canyon-Parashant
National Monument, which covers more than 1 million acres of land, roughly the
same amount as Grand Canyon National Park. The group says national monument
status will affect use and access to its private property, which will be
surrounded by the federal property.
It also asks the court to find the 1906 Antiquities Act, used to create the
Parashant monument, unconstitutional.. The coalition's lawyer claims the
president "has taken the act to the point of actually abusing the rights of
people in the West."
The act gives presidents emergency authority to protect threatened federal lands
or "objects of historic and scientific interest," but lawyer Lana Marcussen said
that in using the act for a non-emergency case, the president has gone too far.
See Henry Lamb's column:
Repeal Antiquities Act!
Julie Foster is a staff reporter for WorldNetDaily.
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