Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, April 19, 2013

States: Our Final Refuge

Two states are currently involved with nullification bills to offset unconstitutional federal laws.

Indiana introduced a bill that "voids" all federal acts, orders, laws rules, and regulations made by the federal government that goes against the Constitution, and will make it so that any person or law enforcement that attempts to enforce these "void" federal laws will be charged with a Class D felony.

Meanwhile, the Michigan House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill nullifying the indefinite detention provision within the National Defense Authorization Act, thus prohibiting state law enforcement from enforcing it.

Many have argued that these nullification bills are themselves unconstitutional because they violate Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, otherwise known as the Supremacy Clause.

They don't! But even if they did, it would be the lesser of two evils. It would be far more preferable for the states to violate the Constitution in order to prevent the federal government from violating it.

There is no doubt that the federal government is currently out of control, as it now wields more power over both the individual citizen and the states than ever before.

The federal government can crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries, even in states where the drug is legal, despite the man in charge having promised never to do so.

The federal government can force American to buy health insurance, and if they don't, force them to pay a fine--excuse me, I mean "tax"!

The federal government can target American citizens for indefinite detention, lethal force, and even assassination without so much as a charge against them.

And right now, the federal government is considering a bill that will allow it to request information from internet service providers and other on-line businesses without need of a warrant.

It's clear that the federal government has no intention of abiding by the constitutional limitations placed upon it. Our last refuge is now the states, where we must fight back with nullification. If the federal government has no intention of upholding the constitution, than that responsibility now lies with the states. State rights may not be perfect, but right now, it's all we have left.