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Reins belong in states’ hands

The Spokesman-Review

Polls indicate most Americans don’t want Obamacare, cap and trade, amnesty or TARP 2, yet Obama and Congress are moving to pass them anyway. They’ve become the “Leviathan” of Hobbes.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We have the constitutional ability to rescind these and other laws coming from a corrupt government. First and foremost, vote them out as their terms expire, and put in people with principle. Second, push our state government to rein in federal power through “nullification,” which is a legal theory that a U.S. state has the right to nullify, or invalidate, any federal law which that state has deemed unconstitutional. It recognizes the federal government shouldn’t be the final arbitrator of its own power.

Thomas Jefferson (writer of the Declaration of Independence) and James Madison (Father of the Constitution) both espoused this concept.

Fourth District Rep. Matt Shea has introduced House Joint Memorial 4009 which will put government on notice to cease and desist the overreaching of its constitutionally limited power. Please contact your state representative and senator to support this measure. “Because the time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” (George Washington)

Steven Neill

Spokane


 

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