Gov. Jerry Brown is acting in violation to the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 10 which states in part: No state shall, without the consent of Congress, enter into any agreement or compact with another state or with a foreign power.
We are the United States of America, and I firmly believe in state’s rights under our Constitution, however, this is not it. The actions of the governor, if allowed to stand, will set a precedent that will undermine our great Constitution, and lead to a breakdown of our union.
Imagine if individual states were to begin signing agreements and treaties with other nations which could and would challenge the state’s devotion and duty to the United States of America.
By the citizens of California allowing our governor to enter into agreements with China, we would be setting the stage for a showdown between the federal government and one, some or all of the states which could lead to another Civil War. We have enjoyed great security thus far under this “Great Experiment,” but I fear we have been lulled into a sense of forgetfulness of the wars that we have suffered in the past, and why they happened.
Robert G. Harlan, Clovis