We must understand states’ don’t have rights but an obligation to use their governing power to defend their citizens’ rights whenever federal power oversteps its enumerated obligations. We are not secessionist, nor are we abolitionists but rather restorationists devoted to our original meaning and the foundational strength of the 9th and 10th Amendments combined with an acceptance of personal responsibility.
We honor the federal laws as supreme laws of the land when they are pursuant to, and in keeping with, the U.S. Constitution while we oppose all efforts for federal laws and mandates beyond their granted powers no matter what moral clothing they are dressed in. Unconstitutional law, even if clothed in good intention, is still bad law and the states are obligated to check it, and declare it as such. If an unconstitutional law is so universally good as to benefit the general welfare of all citizens in all states let the processes of Article V be invoked. Until such time we stand by the duty of states’ powers to protect us for many unconstitutional laws and mandates that began with good intentions have crippled our economy and usurped authority far beyond original meaning.
Let every member of every organization supporting state sovereignty and federalism cleanse the language so our opponents cannot easily attack the wrong target. Should they target federalism and the original meaning we can defeat them with truth. Freedom is not outdated, federal government is an agreement among the people of different sovereign states, the 10th Amendment has never been repealed, and virtue is still necessary for securing our posterity’s future rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The common usage of the term "rights" is engaged when people discuss an abuse of power. If someone had the power to do some wrong to me, and they did so, we say that they violated my "rights". Likewise, when the federal government has the power to do something it doesn't have the authority to do, we say that the federal government violated someone's "rights". But these terms are so misunderstood now that too many people find it acceptable for the federal government to overstep its authority as long as it is accomplishing something they consider good. The problem is that a limited federal government is good, and allowing it to become unlimited in order to feed the poor, or provide health care to children, or criminalize/decriminalize abortion still allows it to violate its authority, of which it has none in those areas.
The original Constitutional Senate was the protector of federalism because it provided a constant pressure to keep federal power limited. That's why those who favored unlimited, centralized power needed to have it removed. And that's why the only way to return to a Constitutionally-limited government is to repeal it.