Jefferson County Commission Makes Resolution Supporting State Sovereignty Legislation, Other Counties Urged to Follow

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By David Seal [Special to The Tennessee Conservative] –

The Jefferson County Commission has set a standard for other county legislative bodies to follow in their making of a resolution to support state sovereignty.

Specifically, Resolution 2023-48 suggests that House Bill 726 / Senate Bill 1092, proposed by Representative Bud Hulsey and Senator Janice Bowling respectively, should serve as a model for state legislators to follow in enacting a state sovereignty bill that will establish 5 pathways for Tennessee to nullify federal overreach and federal actions that violate the U.S. Constitution.

Constitutional conservative Commissioner Janet Norton (R-Dandridge) advanced the resolution along with 13 co-sponsors to send a strong message to state lawmakers that federal overreach is “running rampant in the United States, impacting all aspects of life and government.”

The resolution features the text of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution and other statements making it clear that our federal government has far exceeded its authority of the 18 enumerated powers set forth in Article 1, Section 8, justifying the need for a nullification process.

Citizens addressed county commissioners at their recent meetings in support of the resolution.

“Enough is enough, the federal government was created by the states to have limited powers and not exceed its constitutional authority. Our founding fathers feared centralized power; as a result, they made our sacred constitution. We need to respect their design and create a means of nullification for our state” – said Historian and U.S. Army Veteran Paul Hammer.

Commissioner Norton encourages other county governments, municipalities, county political parties, and organizations to copy, adapt, or otherwise make their own resolutions in support of state sovereignty and nullification of federal action.

To obtain a WORD template of the resolution, send a request to the following email address:

A signed copy of the resolution is pictured below. Exhibit A, mentioned in the resolution, can be found at HB0726.pdf (

About the Author: David Seal is a retired Jefferson County educator, recognized artist, local businessman, 917 Society Volunteer, and current Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. He has also served Jefferson County as a County Commissioner and is a citizen lobbyist for the people on issues such as eminent domain, property rights, education, and broadband accessibility on the state level.

5 thoughts on “Jefferson County Commission Makes Resolution Supporting State Sovereignty Legislation, Other Counties Urged to Follow

  • October 23, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas warned Americans that “they’re going to lose their liberties” in a new book, according to Business Insider.

    Thomas was interviewed by co-editor Michael Pack for more than 30 hours between Nov. 2017 and March 2018 for the book “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words.”

    Thomas reportedly said Americans are not interested in the Constitution.

    “I think we as citizens have lost interest and that’s been my disappointment. That certainly was something that bothered Justice Scalia, that people tend to be more interested in their iPhones than their Constitution,” Thomas said, according to Business Insider. “They’re interested in what they want rather than what is right as a country.”

    Thomas said while Americans’ disinterest in the Constitution isn’t an issue for the Supreme Court, it is an issue for Americans themselves.

    “It’s a burden on them, the citizens,” Thomas reportedly said. “They’re going to lose their liberties.”

    Thomas added while the court does its best to protect liberties, it is just “one part of the effort.”

    “You protect your liberty. It’s your country. We are one part of the effort, and it is the obligation of the citizens to at least know what their liberties are and to be informed.”

    “I think we are allowing ourselves to be ruled when we turn all that over to someone else and we’re saying, ‘Rule me.’ Does it mean we get to make all the decisions?” Thomas reportedly said. “No. We have a system for doing that, but a part of that is our role in it, and our informed role in it, not what is said on TV, not what is said by some half-informed person.”

    My Comment:

    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers No. 29
    “Since the fear of the people was that the federal army would usurp the people’s liberty, it makes sense that the intent is for the people to be allowed to keep and bear arms at all times”.

    James Madison, Federalist paper 46
    “Extravagant as the supposition is, let it however be made. Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger.

    Alexander Hamilton, Federalist paper No. 29
    “if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little, if at all, inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.”

    “In my view, there simply is no untouchable constitutional right guaranteed by the Second Amendment… to keep loaded handguns in the house in crime-ridden urban areas.” – Stephen Bryer US Supreme Court Justice, 26 June 2009

    It’s not just “Citizens” who are ignorant of what the Constitution says and how to “Properly Interpret it”.

    • October 24, 2023 at 11:21 pm

      Our American Republic can function only with participation ‘By The People.’

      Public business must always be done by somebody. It will be done by somebody or other. If wise man decline, others will not; if honest man refuse it, others will not.
      -John Adams-

      • October 27, 2023 at 10:44 pm

        I’m sick and tired of my county commission passing resolutions that I am not for!
        I feel this is the result of the Tennessee State Legislature forming a a Committee to refuse federal education funds.
        Do you all realize what these funds provide for!?
        1. Federal funds provide FREE LUNCHES for those who CANNOT afford their lunches.
        2. Federal funds equal education for disabled children or intectually challenged children.
        3. Other things are provided using these funds.
        Our Tennessee educational status is near the BOTTOM of the WHOLE United States. WHY Cripple it MORE! I am so sick of this state being in the LOWER rating of the whole U.S. and this Commission should be too?

  • October 23, 2023 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks. Great article. David Seals is also the TN Citizens for State Sovereignty County Leader for Jefferson County. We not only need Commissioners to step up and support our effort to restore state sovereignty we need Tennesseans to join our group. It is free. All we need is your email so we can keep folks informed about how HB0726 (which will get a new bill number next session) is progressing. We need thousands of Tennesseans to sign up so we can let our legislators know we want this legislation passed. We also want to get gold and silver as legal tender passed along with a gold depository. All of which you can keep up to date by joining TNCSS. and our website is: We need more County Leaders (we have 16 so far). We have 5 constitutional experts on our team and 11 state legislators have endorsed our organization. All the names can be found on the website. If your legislator is not listed give them a call and ask them to contact me ( and get their name on the list. The solutions are not in DC folks they are right here in the state of Tennessee. And we are working on getting other states to join us. The federal government (including the Supreme Court) is NOT the final arbiter of the Constitution. The state and the people of the state are the final arbiters of the Constitution and it is time we started taking back our rightful place at the top of the governmental pyramid. We have handed over our power to the federal government for far too long. We have allowed federal money to control our state. Our current slate of legislators will work with us to turn things around or we will have to find new legislators. JOIN US today…… THANK YOU


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