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The Rightful Remedy

April 23, 2014   ·   By   ·   0 Comments

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, N.Y.C. A romanticized depiction of the Sons of Liberty destroying the statue after the Declaration was read by George Washington to citizens and his troops in New York City on July 9, 1776.

Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, N.Y.C. A romanticized depiction of the Sons of Liberty destroying the statue after the Declaration was read by George Washington to citizens and his troops in New York City on July 9, 1776.

By Richard Arena

Two hundred thirty years after the Founders won American independence from a tyrannical monarch, the inheritors of their estate are facing a hard reality: liberty is jealously defended or it is lost.  As all three branches of the federal government exercise powers beyond those granted, our God-given rights are under sustained assault. It is now obvious to liberal and conservative alike that as long as the federal government maintains exclusive authority to define the limits of its own powers, the inevitable outcome is tyranny.

The question is: what is the remedy?

Some maintain that the answer lies in new Constitutional amendments that would impose greater restraints on federal powers. While that idea is appealing in the abstract, reversing federal overreach with amendments at this stage would be like trying to stop an avalanche with a traffic light.  That is because the fundamental problem is that the federal government has forcefully assumed the position that it is the ultimate judge of constitutionality.  As long as that presumption prevails, and federal officials twist and ignore the plain language of the Constitution at will, how can it be assumed that new amendments won’t be similarly discarded?

Given this context, the first step toward the restoration of the rule of law must be the reestablishment of the founding principle that the People and the States have the final say on the scope and extent of the powers they delegate to their creation and agent, the federal government. That can only be accomplished by measures that are enforceable, durable and not completely dependent upon the good will and interpretation of the federal government.

The remedy, or as Jefferson put it, “the rightful remedy”, is nullification. Nullification is any (non-violent) morally justifiable measure that renders unconstitutional acts of government null, void or unenforceable.

The Constitution does not empower the federal government to be the final judge of constitutionality, and the 10th Amendment stipulates that all powers not specifically and exclusively delegated to the federal government, or otherwise prohibited to the States and the People, are reserved to the States and the People.  Nullification is not prohibited to the States and the People; therefore, it is a rightful remedy.

All across America, cities and states – both red and blue – are refusing to comply with manifestly unconstitutional federal acts, acts that have turned the United States of America from being the world’s freest and richest nation to one with perpetual debt to, and dependence upon, its adversaries. These acts turn honest citizens into subjects, suspects, and lawbreakers by virtue of their very existence.

Restoration of the rule of law is not a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian issue.  It is a matter of vital concern to all who cherish freedom.  Therefore, whatever your party affiliation or non-affiliation, it is time to pay attention to civic affairs and elect individuals at all levels of government who will aggressively stand by their oath of office to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

Richard Arena
Roswell, GA

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