“SB 1433 would create an Arizona legislative committee that would have the power to nullify any federal law they find unconstitutional. Opponents say [not surprisingly] the state would be exceeding its powers in creating such a committee.”Details
Nullification, state sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment have become all the rage over the past year, especially in Republican Party, right wing, Tea Party circles. So much so that most mainstream media reports frame the Tenther movement as an exclusively conservative/right wing phenomenon.
But in truth, many of these new-found disciples of the Tenth Amendment seem to view state sovereignty as simply an arrow in their quiver, a weapon effective in fighting legislation they disagree with. When the rubber meets the road, many of these ardent supporters of “states’ rights” hop ship when the principle begins to clash with their political ideology.Details
Democrat Montana Governor Schweitzer made an unannounced visit to the Democrat Caucus Monday to voice his concern over what he calls these un-American and unconstitutional bills. – “When we say, that we will nullify a portion of federal law that is simply saying that we don’t consider ourselves bound by the constitution of the United States of America, that’s very dangerous territory,” says Governor Schweitzer.
Republican House Rep. Derek Skees, sponsor of the Montana Nullification Reaffirmation Act, replied with – “the Governor isn’t qualified to deem bills unconstitutional. He isn’t any more of a scholar in constitutionality of law then any of us.”
Rep. Skees bill reaffirms the state of Montana’s 10th Amendment right to hold the federal government in check and within the limited powers delegated to the FED in the US Constitution. Governor Schweitzer has publicly deemed that right “unconstitutional” and even “un-American.”
In order for the Governor to be right, the Bill of Rights would have to be “unconstitutional” and even “un-American,” as Rep. Skees bill is based upon Amendments Nine and Ten of the US Constitution.Details