The Constitution was established to provide limited centralized government. It was established as an “agent” or servant of the States. It was to serve the common interests of the States so that they can act like a “Union” of states and not 13 independent states. But the servant became the master — not by force, but by stealth. It happened over many years as elected officials lost sight of the goals of the Constitution an un-engaged citizenry forgot that it was THEIR document. They forgot the pivotal role that the Constitution plays in securing their fundamental rights.
George Washington warned: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” He was trying to warn us of the danger of allowing the government to extend beyond its constitutional boundaries.
In fact, our Founding Fathers and those who ratified the Constitution in their state conventions, gave us plenty of warning as to the dangers of a centralized government.
In his opening speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788, Patrick Henry warned: “A wrong step now will plunge us into misery and our republic will be lost.” He pleaded: “Liberty is the greatest of all earthly blessings. Give us that precious jewel and you may take everything else. There was a time when every pulse of my heart beat for American liberty and which, I believe, had a counterpart in the breast of every true American.” He went on to urge his fellow delegates to regard the Constitution with suspicion and caution. He feared it might lead to too much government power, at the expense of the States, thereby negating the reason for the American Revolution.
Leadership in the NC General Assembly believes that blind obedience to the federal government is their responsibility. They think that as long as we are part of the Union, we have no business second-guessing what the federal government does. They think that the Supremacy Clause protects every piece of legislation that comes out of Washington.
A mindset like this is the surest way for individuals to end up in chains, in detention camps, or even in concentration camps. Imagine we have a president like Adolf Hitler. Would we, the People of your state, want your state officials to stand up to him or would we want them to lay down quietly as the SS comes into our state and destroys everything that defines your state and makes us unique creatures endowed with inalienable rights.
Please get involved in the Nullification Movement in your state and get educated on this “Rightful Remedy” to limit the size and scope of the federal government and get us back to the days when we can truly enjoy our rights to Life, Liberty, and Property.
Diane Rufino is a molecular biologist-turned constitutional attorney. She heads the Eastern NC Tea Party (Pitt County area), is the legislative chair for the Republican Women of Pitt County, and volunteers with the Beaufort County chapter of the National Center for Constitutional Studies. She writes about constitutional issues and her articles appear on her website, as well as in many online journals around the state and nationwide. Diane was born in New Jersey and lived there most of her life. She attended Seton Hall University School of Law where Judge Andrew Napolitano was her constitutional law professor. She and her family moved to Greenville, NC in 2001. She is married and has 4 children.
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