Q1: Resolutions are non-binding so why will Congress or the General Assembly care?

Few politicians will ever care about anything unless “we the people” make them care. We can continue to do nothing, and Congress will continue to do nothing and the General Assembly will have no incentive to “push them” to do anything! Worse yet, the Supreme Court will continue doing what it is doing—robbing us of our liberty by “amending” our Constitution by judicial decisions. As with what it did with the grassroots push for the Seventeenth Amendment, Congress will begin to care if several states begin passing resolutions, along with multiple local governmental bodies, state and local political party organizations, and civic organizations. But resolutions aren’t the total answer; they are part of the answer. We must start asking our state legislative candidates and our congressional candidates where they stand on issues of federalism and the powers of the Supreme Court.

Q2: Resolutions will just give cover to state legislators and congressmen to say they are for federalism when they don’t really vote that way.

If a state legislator supports a resolution, then as far as the member of Congress knows, that legislator in his or her district wants Congress to do something. And the rest of the members of Congress will only know that an increasing number of state legislators are demanding change.

And the same is true for a state legislator. When your local government passes a resolution demanding that our state legislator take action, then as far as that legislator knows, the local government wants him or her to do something.

But if a member of Congress or a state legislator votes on other legislation in ways that are inconsistent with principles of federalism, state’s rights, and increased judicial power or decreased judicial accountability, then bring out the inconsistency in the next election!

Q3: What if my local government doesn’t pass the resolution? Doesn’t that hurt the cause?

No. This is not a one-year process, even as was the case with the Seventeenth Amendment. Elected officials often proceed on the assumption that we will try and if we fail, go away. There is no time limit on when a majority of local government officials, state legislators, or members of Congress must support the resolution. Keep after them year after year. Make it an election issue for them. Let your elected officials know that you are not going away until they—or their successor—see things your way!

Q4: What can I do if there is no resolution pending before my local government?

Start where you can. If no one in your local government takes the initiative, then you take the initiative. Here are ways to do that.

  1. Consider getting together a group of friends and approaching an official with your local municipal or county government to urge their passage of a resolution locally. If they don’t respond favorably, then go to Step 2.
  2. Download the “Citizens’ Petition” instead of the Resolution and take it to your church, small group fellowship, or to a 912, Act for America, civic organization, or local political party organization in which you are active and ask them to sign on (or pass the Resolution, if the organization will). Then take those “petitions” to your local government officials.
  3. Send the signed petition to reclaimliberty@factn.org for us to link to on our Reclaiming Our Liberty webpage in order for others to be encouraged.
  4. Share this FAQ webpage and the Reclaiming Our Liberty webpage with your friends (even in other communities across the state) and urge them to follow your lead.

Remember, most movements start with one person with passion. You can be that person. Be the patriot your children and grandchildren will look back on with gratitude.

Q5: What do I do if my County Commissioner sponsors a resolution?

  1. Call and thank the Commissioner.
  2. Let your friends know and encourage them to contact their County Commissioner to encourage their support for the resolution.
  3. Call or email all the other County Commissioners to ask for their support for the resolution.
  4. Let us know that  resolution is coming up, so we can encourage people through emails and Facebook to contact the Commissioners.

Q6: What if my County Commissioner doesn’t sponsor a resolution?

  1. Remember his or her refusal at the next election.
  2. Download the Citizens’ Petition and get your friends at church, work, social club, Bible study, etc. to sign it.
  3. Make a copy for yourself and send the original to your Commissioner and again ask, in view of the names on the petition, if he or she will sponsor the resolution.
  4. Let us know you are gathering signatures so we can let our Facebook friends know there is action being taken in their county. We won’t disclose your name, but other people will be encouraged when they find out that other people are working on this!

Q7: What do I do if a local official files a resolution for consideration by my local government?

Let all your friends know about the upcoming vote and urge them to call their local officials or send emails. Urge them to attend the meeting at which the resolution will be voted on. And let us know by email to reclaimliberty@factn.org and we can help get the word out.

Q8: What do I do if my local government passes a resolution?

First, thank God. Second thank your local officials by phone, note, or email. They need to know you appreciate them taking a stand. Third, send a copy of the resolution to us (reclaimliberty@factn.org) and we will post on our Reclaiming Our Liberty webpage to serve as an encouragement to other citizens and local governments across the state.

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