“Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers … a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.”
~Thomas Jefferson: The Kentucky Resolution, 1798
By Alden L. Benton
In Part 1 of this post, I explained the unconstitutional attack on our liberties posed by the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as well as the history and principle of nullification.
In Part 2 I explain the choice California has to exercise “the rightful remedy” to protect its citizens from the unconstitutional attack on their liberties contained within the 2012 NDAA.
The Kentucky Resolution of 1798 was clear and succinct about the role and relationship of the states to one another and their relationship to the Federal government:
Resolved, that the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principles 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: That the Government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself, since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that as in all other cases of compact among parties having no common Judge, each party has an equal right to judge of itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.
California must exercise “the rightful remedy” to protect its citizens from the constitutionally offensive portions of the 2012 NDAA. It is now California’s turn to put the Federal government back in its Constitutional cage.
AB 351 has been introduced in the California Assembly and is set for hearings in the Committee on Public Safety. AB 351 is a first step in taking back America as it prohibits enforcement of the unconstitutional parts of the 2012 NDAA in California. Follow this link to read a copy of AB 351.
I ask all my readers who care about America and its principles to call the Public Safety Committee members and politely ask that they vote YES on AB 351 to move this important bill out of their committee and to the full Assembly for consideration. Here is a list of committee members and their telephone numbers.
Tom Ammiano, Chair (916) 319-2017
Melissa Melendez, Vice-chair (916) 319-2067
Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (916) 319-2059
Holly J. Mitchell (916) 319-2054
Bill Quirk (916) 319-2020
Nancy Skinner (916) 319-2015
Marie Waldron (916) 319-2075
A phone call is best, but if you rather send an email you can find the committee members’ contact information by following this link: http://apsf.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff.
This is just the beginning of a long fight. AB 351 must clear the Public Safety Committee and then be voted on by the full Assembly. After the bill clears the Assembly, it goes to the State Senate and, if passed, on to the governor for his signature.
We must keep pressure on all of the members of the Assembly and State Senate to secure passage of this important legislation. Finally, upon its passage, we must pressure the governor to sign this bill into law.
Do not listen to the Democrats and other leftists. Nullification is NOT racist or a dire precursor to any other imagined catastrophe. Nullification only threatens the overreach of uncontrolled centralized government power.
Nullification is a Jeffersonian brake on the power of the Federal government. As Jefferson once said, it is “the rightful remedy” for at the time of his statement, the choices were few: arms or submission. In other words, fight another revolution or submit to ever-expanding federal power.
California is the largest, and perhaps most liberal state of the Union. The passage of AB 351 here will send a clear message to the other 49 states as well as a clear message to Congress concerning the rights of the States and of the people.
“Potentially, a government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.” ~Ayn Rand
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