Can States Opt out of Unconstitutional Federal Laws?

The U.S. Constitution requires that states remain a republic and gives the federal government authorization to mandate such (Art. IV, sec. 4), but does it work the other way? Can the states require that the federal government remain a republic and not turn into a socialist state? With the Affordable Care Act one seventh of the economy is turned over to the federal government.

Such is the question posed by Arizona in a new initiative for the November ballot. If passed it would give Arizonians two ways of ignoring federal law that exceeds the constitutional powers of the federal government as identified in the U.S. Constitution, either by vote of the Arizona Legislature with the signature of the Governor, or, by the people through a ballot measure. All other powers “are reserved to the States, or to the people,” as noted in Amendment 10 of the Constitution.

Arizona acknowledges the U.S. Constitution as “the Supreme law of the land” but will add to her state constitution language prohibiting the U. S. Constitution from being violated by any government, including the federal government.


Kill it now, Kill it here

After burning 2 years waiting for the Supreme Court to stab us in the back, at least we know one thing now.  We are on our own.  Why should we have thought otherwise; after all in the 60 years between the mid 1930s, and the mid 1990s the Supremes did not strike down one law from the federal government.

After Republican presidents ran 7 out of the last 11 administrations, if they haven’t been able to stack the courts to give us a “strict constructionist” court yet, why should we expect them to in the future. Worse yet, the Chief Justice most conservatives thought for sure would strike this law down turned out to be just another statist turn coat.

Now the establishment wants us to just wait till November and elect Romney (of Romneycare fame) so he can repeal Obamacare and replace it.  Replace it with what?  I say rather than wait till November, and elect somebody who will stack the court with more just like Roberts, we take a page out of Thomas Jefferson’s playbook, and stop it here at home!

When the Adams administration passed a law making it illegal to criticize public officials. Jefferson didn’t wait till November to vote them out. Jefferson did not sue the Federal government in the Federal Supreme Court.  Jefferson took action, and passed a law making enforcement of this unconstitutional act a crime in his state.

Already Florida, Louisiana and Wisconsin have refused to set up state exchanges.  Many states have passed laws making it illegal to force their citizens to buy health insurance.  We can do it here too.  Please sign this petition to show your support.


Bringing the Republicans back to their nullification roots

The following article by Mike Maharrey appeared early this week in the Daily Caller Could the recent Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care act bring conservative Republicans back to their state-sovereignty, nullification roots? It just might. Last week, two major conservative publications — National Review and The American Spectator — featured stories flirting…