A Tenther’s Letter to West Virginia Legislators

Dear Legislator,

I can’t understand why the states–specifically your state–are allowing the EPA, which is an unconstitutional federal department, to make First Energy Corp., which operates coal plants in your state, cease operations with certain plants. Why is it that states and corporations (I’ve called First Energy to state my concern) roll over when the almighty fed, which was created by the people acting through their states, intimidates them?

Do you see any mention of the EPA, FDA, Education, Energy, etcetera departments in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution? Were any amendments added that included such departments? So why have the states cowered under the federal bully? Why have they allowed it to get to this point?

Well, a big part of the reason could be that those who occupy boardrooms and state governmental bodies are either progressives themselves, are totally clueless about our Constitution, or they are weak and cowardly. Since I don’t believe any of you fit those descriptions, I’m wondering why you haven’t acted to nullify the various actions perpetrated by the feds. Thomas Jefferson and others from the nation’s founding would say you should.

If you’re not familiar with the term “nullification,” I’ve linked to an article on the Tenth Amendment Center’s Web site. (While you’re in there, please also click on the site’s Model Legislation tab.)

Setting Things Straight on Nullification

Remember that if only the federal government can be the final arbiter of what’s constitutional, then the states, which created the federal government to perform those limited duties that the states deemed more efficiently handled by the fed, become no longer parties to the contract, but rather de-facto royal subjects who are limited to mere complaining. Does anyone seriously think the Founding Fathers had that sort of arrangement in mind, after kicking a king out of their country?

David Welsh

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