The Libertarian Party of North Carolina elected a new Executive Committee Sunday on the concluding day of their 2-day convention.
Barbara Howe was re-elected chair and Bev. Wilcox was elected vice-chair. The other officers are: John Cavney, treasurer, Rick Pasotto, membership secretary, and Stephanie Watson, recording secretary.
Jason Bateman, Thomas Hill, Phil Jacobson, Derrick Hinson, Paul Elledge, Matt Drew, and Brian Logsdon were elected at-large members of the committee.
The convention also passed a resolution calling on the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor to assert the sovereignty of the State under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Read the full text of the resolution:
State Sovereignty Resolution
A RESOLUTION BY THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF NORTH CAROLINA, supporting the right of the State and People of North Carolina to assert sovereignty over certain powers under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States States: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people;” and
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and
WHEREAS, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to be an agent of the states; and
WHEREAS, today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated as agents of the federal government; and
WHEREAS, many federal mandates are directly in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, Section 4 of Article IV of the Constitution of the United States says, “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of government,” and the Ninth Amendment states that “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;” and
WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court ruled in _New York v. United States_, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that Congress may not simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the states; and
WHEREAS, a number of proposals from previous administrations and some now pending from the present administration and from Congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of North Carolina, wishing to the restore the checks and balances between the sovereign States and the Federal government, and seeking to return the government of the United States to a government of specific, enumerated and limited powers as intended by the Founding Fathers, calls upon the members of the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor of North Carolina to:
• Assert the sovereignty of the State of North Carolina under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the Federal government or reserved to the people by the Constitution of the United States.
• Demand that the government of the United States, as the agent of the States, immediately cease and desist mandates beyond the scope of any constitutionally delegated powers.
• Demand all Federal legislation which directs States to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.
• Refuse to enforce laws, collect revenues, or adjudicate disputes arising under Federal laws, rules and regulations passed in violation of the Tenth Amendment.
Done, this 19th day of April 2009 in Burlington, State of North Carolina