A friend wrote an email to me today saying:
“time to go to jail — resistance is mandatory”
How did we wind up here? Romney was a crappy candidate who won his nomination through devious means. Worst of all, he could have won with grace without this poor behavior. Folks everywhere knew about it, so the GOP lost. Lesson learned? I hope so!
The Campaign for Liberty sent out an email talking about this and in one version I saw, they pointed out that lots of people would have voted for a “ham sandwich,” as long as it wasn’t named Obama. That wasn’t quite enough to pull it off, though.
Don’t give up, yet, lovers of liberty and the Constitution! There are two silver linings here:
1. I think we may be headed for a collapse. That may not be a silver lining in itself, but consider the rebuilding that comes after such a collapse. The philosophies of whomever is at the helm when the collapse occurs will take the blame. If it had been Romney, capitalism would be blamed (though I’d call his “capitalism” into question). If it had been Paul, liberty and Austrian economics would be blamed. If Obama is still at the helm when it happens, socialism & Keynesian economics will take the blame they deserve.
2. What conservative or constitutionalist still buys that the federal government represents them, anymore? I think that this election puts a nice bow on the preponderance of evidence that it simply DOES NOT. Anybody in a red state will look at the red/blue maps and realize that the blue states (and the larger cities) get their way while the rest of us have to suck it up and pay for their welfare and bankruptcies.
My friend was right about resistance. Getting arrested might not be necessary, yet, though. The best process for resistance right now is found at states’ legislatures. Every unconstitutional law, mandate, and tax handed down by the federal government should be met with resistance at the state level. The states need to read the 10th Amendment and act on it. Here it is, in its entirety:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Amazing how brief and plain-spoken the founding fathers were!
So, if a power claimed by the feds isn’t spelled out specifically in the Constitution, the states and the people need to assert their authority via nullification. What does that mean? Here’s a great article by the Tenth Amendment Center about yesterday’s victories in this sense:
Even if some of the victories were for marijuana, rather than against Obamacare, movements on both issues were correct to nullify the feds. The federal government has no written power to regulate your health, drugs, or anything you ingest! Obamacare, Medicare, and even the FDA are all unconstitutional.
Simply stated, the term nullification simply means that your state tells the government that it won’t play their unconstitutional game. You won’t even listen to the US Supreme Court’s rulings, because it’s silly to expect a part of the federal government to limit its own power!
Things that should be nullified include (just to name a few):
- Roe v. Wade (actually, a simple “personhood” amendment at the state level would do this)
- Indefinite detention under the NDAA
- the Drug War (over half of those in jail today are there for non-violent, victimless crimes)
- spying on US citizens under the PATRIOT Act
The Tenth Amendment Center was involved in putting together a movie called Nullification, the Rightful Remedy. I’ve just found that somebody posted it on YouTube. I haven’t watched it yet, but I follow the TAC’s podcasts, and they’ve usually hit the nail on the head.
Enough rambling for me. Don’t give up. Even if the country goes to hell in a handbasket, the concept of liberty for all hasn’t been lost!
–Keep on fighting!