Executive Branch or Petulant Child
Rick Larsen, a member of the Bannock County Republican Party Executive Committee, is aggressively pushing for a convention of the states. The purpose is to add amendments to the Constitution in hope of making the Federal Government toe the line. He is being backed by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo.
These two are like foolish parents. You know the type. A child misbehaves and the foolish parent says, if you do that one more time, this will be the consequence. The child acts out again and the fool states, I have already warned you once, if you do it again, this will be the consequence. And on it goes… I have talked to you about this ten times and still you continue to disobey. Mess up one more time and this will be the consequence!
Can anyone give this child even one good reason to not do exactly what he wants?
In fact, we are all parents and it is past time that we start acting like it. The people gave birth to the states and, as such, we are the parent and we hold all the power. The states gave birth to the federal government and, as such, they are the parent and hold power over the Federal Government, provided that we the people allow it. With me so far?
Obama threatened to sign an executive order granting amnesty to illegal aliens. Congress rose up and said that if he did, they would use all their power to kill the order. The petulant child (Obama) signed the order anyway. The foolish parent (Congress) reacted by fully funding Obama’s nonsense while committing to “get him next time”.
Butch Otter initially committed to stand strong against Obama Care and Common Core because the people of Idaho demanded it and because they are both constitutional violations. The petulant child (Obama) threw a fit and threatened to stop the flow of federal money to the state. The foolish parent (Otter) failed to stand his ground and the child won. In this case, Otter was also the petulant child who disregarded the wishes of his parent (the people of Idaho). In response, we failed to stand our ground and the petulant child (Otter) won by being supported by the foolish parents named above and a host of others, equally foolish.
Can anyone give these children even one good reason to honor their parents?
So, if Larsen and Crapo do manage to add an amendment to the Constitution, can anyone give me even one good reason why these disobedient children, Otter and Obama, will suddenly fall in line? We already have a Constitution which binds them. Yet, like spoiled children, they ignore any constitutional principle that disrupts their stubborn selfish agenda. Since they have routinely ignored the Constitution without consequence, how will increasing its length by a few words reform these brats?
When states begin to do their duty by refusing compliance with unconstitutional law, we can begin to save our nation. When Sheriffs and County commissioners begin to do their duty at the county level by refusing to enforce unconstitutional law, we can begin to save the state.
In the Kentucky Resolution, Thomas Jefferson said that states have a duty to control the Federal Government by nullifying unconstitutional law. Thereby, insuring that the law is never enforced inside of the respective state.
In the Virginia Resolution, James Madison said that states have a duty to interpose themselves between an unconstitutional federal law and the people of the state. Thereby, protecting the people from the negative affects of a bad law.
Marbury V. Madison is clear: “Thus, the particular phraseology of the Constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written constitutions, that a law repugnant to the Constitution is void…”
The convention of the states is constitutionally authorized, but only to add principles of liberty that were not contemplated by the founders. It was never meant to force a government who hates the Constitution to suddenly love it, because such in not possible.
The answer rests with the people because all power is inherent in the people. The answer rests in reestablishing government as the founders first formed it. We have allowed the federal government to assume the role of parent and we to be subjugated to the role of child. This is the problem.
So where do we begin?
The federal government has formed agencies to govern every aspect of our lives. From the Board of Education to the Bureau of Land Management to the Farm Service Agency and beyond. Each of these agencies assume powers forbidden by the constitution. Each of these agencies write rules and each and every rule shackles us in violation to the Constitution.
Your County Commissioner, your Sheriff and others have sworn oaths to the Constitution. You, whether you know it or not, have also sworn the same oath. May I suggest the following steps:
- Meet with a body of like-minded people to identify one law that is repugnant to the Constitution. In this example, I will use the practice of issuing concealed weapons permits which are violations against second amendment.
- Schedule a meeting with your local Sheriff where you will educate him regarding his duty to nullify, interpose on behalf of the people, and void any unconstitutional law. Show him examples of other Sheriffs who have found the courage to do the same.
- Unite the people in a demand for the Sheriff to honor his oath to the Constitution.
- If the Sheriff declines, launch an immediate campaign to secure his removal from office.
Saving the nation really comes down to one thing… your parenting skills. May I suggest that you consider my parenting class, otherwise known as the Constitution Workshop.
by Lance Earl