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Defending the Constitution – Rep. Christy Zito

Article IV Section 10, Idaho Constitution

Defending the Constitution - Rep. Christy Zito

Defending the Constitution

“Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”  Patrick Henry

Rep. Christy Zito District 23 A

Is the constitution the law of the land?  Do the principles contained within that document pertain to us to day?  Will we defend the ideals set forth by wise men who bravely stood up to tyranny, securing freedom for us today?  Will we stand to leave that same legacy for future generations?Is the veto of the Grocery Tax Repeal an important issue?  Step by step we see our freedom erode. Allowing such violations to stand we give up the liberty of those who follow us.  The law of the land will have no meaning, we become a democracy rather than a republic.

Against wise counsel we choose security over liberty.  Our Second Amendment right has been infringed, the power of the County Sheriff is being questioned, property can be taken without due process. These are similar issues to those faced by the founders.

The Constitution is our North Star, the standard we live  by and a very concise guide for how the government should serve the people.

It is our duty to defend the constitution.  It is our responsibility to the future to preserve the republic and to leave to our youth the opportunity to live in freedom.  It is an honor to stand with 29 other citizen minded legislators to defend the constitution.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you in the Idaho House of Representatives.  I love our state, I love the people of our district.  We are  blessed.


Article IV Section 10, Idaho Constitution

SECTION 10. VETO POWER. Every bill passed by the legislature shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the governor. If he approve, he shall sign it, and thereupon it shall become a law; but if he do not approve, he shall return it with his objections to the house in which it originated, which house shall enter the objections at large upon its journals and proceed to reconsider the bill.

If then two-thirds (2/3) of the members present agree to pass the same, it shall be sent, together with the objections, to the other house, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered: and if approved by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present in that house, it shall become a law, notwithstanding the objections of the governor.

In all such cases the vote of each house shall be determined by yeas and nays, to be entered on the journal. Any bill which shall not be returned by the governor to the legislature within five (5) days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, shall become a law in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the legislature shall, by adjournment, prevent its return, in which case it shall be filed, with his objections, in the office of the secretary of state within ten (10) days after such adjournment (Sundays excepted) or become a law.



1 Comment on Defending the Constitution – Rep. Christy Zito

  1. “Is the constitution the law of the land?”

    Yes, it is, though the real problem with that question is that what should have been asked is, “since the US Constitution is the Law of our land, who does it designate to enforce it and the state Constitutions, etc”.

    One finds within the US Constitution that each branch has constitutional means to stop the other branches from encroachment. But it is not up to them to enforce the US Constitution and each states Constitution.

    If one goes reads the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 one finds the answer to that question and others not asked. Clause 15: “To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel invasions.“

    Basically each state’s constitutionally required Militia is made up of “We the People” protecting our own interests, homes, states, nation, and enforcing our governments. The Militia has as its constitutionally assigned duties to:
    — Enforce the US Constitution (supreme Law) and each state’s Constitution (highest Law of the state except in the rare instance of conflict with US Constitution),
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which are constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

    Richard Henry Lee: “Whereas, to preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them; nor does it follow from this, that all promiscuously must go into actual service on every occasion. The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti -republican principle; and when we see many men disposed to practice upon it, whenever they can prevail, no wonder true republicans are for carefully guarding against it.” (1788, Initiator of the Declaration of Independence, plus was a member of the first Senate which passed the Bill of Rights)

    George Washington: “It may be laid down, as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every citizen who enjoys the protection of a free government…, but even of his personal services to the defence of it, and consequently that the Citizens of America (with a few legal and official exceptions) from 18 to 50 Years of Age should be borne on the Militia Rolls, provided with uniform Arms, and so far accustomed to the use of them, that the Total strength of the Country might be called forth at Short Notice on any very interesting Emergency.” (“Sentiments on a Peace Establishment”, letter to Alexander Hamilton; “The Writings of George Washington”)

    “Do the principles contained within that document pertain to us to day?”

    Since we have not thrown out the US Constitution, and it is referred to in every Executive Order, etc written as the source of the authority being used, etc, we are still under it. That does not mean that we do not have the domestic enemies that our forefathers warned us about and required Oaths from all who serve within our governments – state and federal – at all levels to take PERSONAL responsibility to support and defend it. (“I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”) Since it we are still a Constitutional Republic, the principles contained within it do apply today exactly as it did when written.

    “Will we defend the ideals set forth by wise men who bravely stood up to tyranny, securing freedom for us today?”

    That is up to each of us, but all should (if not ‘must’) at the very least read the US Constitution, their own state’s Constitution and at least part of the writings and debates of that time. It has taken DECADES for Americans to be sufficiently dumbed down to the stage where they are now.

    Bertrand Russell,1953: “… Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible…” (“The Impact of Science on Society”, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1953)

    Understand why people are having such a difficult time to “wake up”? Along with those plans attacks have been ongoing against the American people before Mr. Russell and the implementation of his suggestions; but it was at that time and since, with implementation, that the whole of the people were then inundated and subjugated. It was not recognized as a war against the people, because the people did not understand the weapons being used. Many times those implementing those actions did not understand that what they were doing were treasonous and harming the populace of the country.

    Will we stand to leave that same legacy for future generations?”

    There will always be those that sit on the fence and watch, or just cover their heads. Just as there are many who will not bow down and accept this treason. Unfortunately many still believe that they must follow and obey “color of law”.

    During the ratification debates, Archibald Maclaine of North Carolina not only said that we “should disregard” unconstitutional acts, but that we should “punish them for the attempt: “If Congress should make a law beyond the powers and the spirit of the Constitution, should we not say to Congress, ‘You have no authority to make this law. There are limits beyond which you cannot go. You cannot exceed the power prescribed by the Constitution. You are amenable to us for your conduct. This act is unconstitutional. We will disregard it, and punish you for the attempt.’”

    I am one that agrees with that sentiment; charges bought, arrests to be made, prosecutions to observe.

    [It is important to understand that only those that serve within the House of Representatives and the Senate are given the authority to create Laws that are binding on the American people. That is in writing]

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