States Should Revive the Practice of “Nullification”
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
What we saw occur in Arizona this week, with a federal district judge gutting a law passed by the Arizona state legislature and signed into law by the governor of that state is nothing less than spitting in the face of “states rights!”
We Americans have already fought one civil war over this very thing -- and the federal government is dragging us ever closer to another American holocaust.
Think about it: The US federal government refuses to enforce the laws of the land and then has the audacity to slap down the people of the states when they attempt to enforce those same laws.
All this time I have been laboring under a misconception. See, I was taught, and I was reared to believe, that the US was a nation of laws and that no person or entity was above the law. Well, it turns out I was WRONG! But I had to wait until the socialist Obama and his henchman hi-jacked the US government to learn that I had been wrong all this time.
I have learned something from all of this. It is that the law does not matter – unless -- it can be used (by those in power) to get something they want. If applying the law will constrain them from something they dearly want, then -- to hell with the law.
At the moment, Obama wants the Hispanic vote in 2012. He will move heaven and earth, tread on anyone who gets in his way, use the mailed fist of the federal government to crush whoever and whatever gets in his way -- the same as any other tin pot dictator in the western hemisphere. America is looking more and more, everyday, like one of the “banana republics” we used to make jokes about. Now that we are one – it ain’t funny!
In the years before the American civil war, when Washington was tyrannizing the southern states on a regular basis (much as they are doing to the entire country today) the southern states began nullifying those federal laws. Why did they think they could do that? Well one of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, said in the Kentucky Resolution the following:
“Resolved, that the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that by compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes, delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force: That to this compact each State acceded as a State, and is an integral party, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party….each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.” Alien and Sedition Acts and States’ rights (Texas Fred has an excellent article from which this was drawn at: http://texasfred.net/archives/7233)
They say history repeats itself – and today we have the evidence right before our eyes.
Remember Arizona in November. Let nothing deter you. RUN to the polls in November -- and reclaim America. Do not allow the history books to record that Americans lost their country to a great orator much as the Germans of the 20th century did. As they learned, too late, it was the road to utter destruction.