WISCONSIN – Among state Republicans who say they are unhappy with the federal government, a few say the state needs to do something about it.
Their idea includes the possibility of Wisconsin leaving the United States.
Not all Republicans are on board, but it is expected to be talked about during the party’s state convention this weekend.
“No one really wants to secede,” said Randy Molini, a resident of Black River Falls and a member of the state GOP’s platform committee.
Molini thinks Wisconsin should be able to decide if it wants to leave the country. He believes the federal government is overstepping boundaries in regulating areas like healthcare and education.
“The federal government’s overreach is extensive, and there has to be something that can be done about it,” said Molini.
Some state Republicans are taking action in the form of a resolution which will be voted on this weekend. The resolution is titled ‘Ensuring state sovereignty.’
Part of the resolution states, “We strongly insist state representatives work to uphold Wisconsin’s 10th Amendment rights, and the right to, under extreme circumstances, secede, passing legislation affirming this to the US Federal Government.”
Molini explained his view on the resolution.
“The idea of secession, the concept of being able to say no or opt out, I support,” he said. “Actual secession is obviously difficult.”
The 10th Amendment reads, “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.”
“I don’t think it’s hard to see that the federal government doesn’t honor the 10th Amendment,” said Molini.
Gov. Scott Walker is distancing himself from the resolution.
“I think in the end, there will be debate about that, as there are other issues out there, but I think in the end, the vast majority of officeholders like myself, that’s not an issue that we’re into,” said Walker.
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay political science professor David Helpap says discussion about secession isn’t anything new in the U.S.
“This has happened before in other states before with some frequency,” said Helpap. “Last year, I think in Texas there was talk of this.”
Wisconsin Republicans will vote on their resolution this weekend, but it may have no impact.
“If it passes this weekend, it means that it’s going to be adopted in the party platform. Does it mean anything down the road for the state? I would doubt it,” said Helpap.
The convention is in Milwaukee this Friday through Sunday. Twenty-two other resolutions are also up for a vote. Those deal with issues like the state’s new education standards and federal healthcare laws.
State Democrats will gather in Wisconsin Dells in early June.