Ever since Alexander Hamilton and his conspiratorial "Federalists" sabatoged the Articles of Confederation, and replaced them with the Constitution, there has been a relentless, and very successful effort to consolidate power and (presumed) authority within the federal government. Like the question of chicken or the egg, this debate questions whether state power or federal power supercedes the other.
KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor who travels the country teaching the Constitution. I'm happy to advertise that she will be speaking in Indiana this week. This fact was brought to my attention when someone forwarded an eMail written by Kenneth White, Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana.
It seems that "The Officers of the Libertarian Party of Allen County, Indiana do not endorse the message and the established purpose of REFOUNDERS INDIANA..." which is "a non-partisan organization committed to electing constitutional conservatives who will uphold and protect states’ rights under the 10th Amendment".
In a nutshell, ReFounders Indiana (RI) claims that state power trumps federal overreach, whereas the Libertarian Party of Allen County (LPAC) claims that state power is always subordinate to federal authority. In addition to quoting from the Constitution, Mr. White also cites Ableman v. Booth, a Supreme Court decision which held that state courts cannot issue rulings that contradict the decisions of federal courts. While this may appear to support the LPAC argument, the Supreme Court was upholding the validity of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793 So, what are we to do when the federal government uses the Constitution in an attempt to legitimize slavery?
This is the same dilemma we face when we witness police officers using excessive force. We are taught to respect the rule of law, and the uniformed agents who enforce the law, but surely that respect is not unconditional. Do you still have a right to self-defense when a uniformed police officer is trying to kill you? Unfortunately for most Americans, that answer cannot be found in the Constitution. It can only be deduced using reason and logic.
The Constitution and subsequent federal statutes are the "supreme law of the land", but only when pursuant to the principle of protecting the life, liberty, and private property of "We the People" who created the federal government in the first place. The Declaration of Independence states "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..." When push comes to shove, it is the people who are supreme, not the federal government.
The federal government used its "supremacy" to exterminate all but a handful of native Indians, never once honoring any of the treaties they offered along the way.
The federal government committed treason and destroyed our once robust economy by creating the Federal Reserve System, which is a private monopoly authorized to print counterfeit, fiat, currency.
The federal government had the unmittigated gaul to propose the Eighteenth Amendment establishing the prohibition of alcohol. Equally complicit were the state legislatures that chose to ratify the Amendment, accepting the notion that the federal government has the legitimate authority to tell American adults that they are not allowed to decide for themselves whether or not they will drink liquor. (This affront to individual rights was so blatant that the Twenty First Amendment was eventually ratified to terminate the government's prohibition on the production and sale of alcohol. Now the federal government makes billions of dollars every year taxing what used to be illegal.)
The federal government (specifically Congress) has not declared war since World War II. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan (just to name a few) have been unconstitutional "police actions" that the American public has accepted with almost no resistance. The fact that decades of accumulating war debt helps to destabalize our already ailing economy is not much of a concern to most people.
The federal government has been pushing ObamaCare down our throats, while most of the people I know would like to shove it up the federal government's collective ass.
And finally, the federal government (specifically Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) spends nearly a billion dollars a year in an effort to eviscerate and nullify the Second Amendment's protection of my unalienable right to self-defense. I won't bother to reiterate how I feel about the 23,000+ unconstitutional gun laws in this country.
Everyone must eventually decide which side of the argument they are going to support. Do you agree with LPAC and all the constitutional rhetoric that says the federal government is the final arbiter of right and wrong in this country? Or do you think, as does RI, that the federal government is totally out of control, and that state governments were created to protect us from the Beast of D.C.?