I’m a simple guy. I’m looking for two things from any political candidate* at every level of office in the upcoming election:
2. Nullification of everything else from politics.
Requiring a candidate to be restrained by the constitutions is obviously important. But it’s hardly enough now that our constitutions have been nullified. The constitutions have to be reinstated by nullifying in the opposite direction.
“Nullification” as a legal doctrine, is very simply, invalidating a law by ignoring it, ruling against it, or refusing to enforce or obey it. When states nullify a federal law, it’s often called “interposition,” but that’s just fancy talk.
Among the few who understand their meaning, the words “nullification” and “interposition” have somehow acquired a simultaneously religious, conspiratorial and rebellious meaning. That is weird, because nullification and interposition happen every day, everywhere in the USA.
If you look up the terms on a legal site or Wikipedia, you will likely read that the practice has never been upheld in court. But that’s bunk-in-action. Courts sure do it all the time…it actually is part of their job.
Practically all legislation, Executive Orders, bureaucratic rules; practically every high court case and government action at every level nullifies some part of our constitutions, our laws and culture.
Sometimes the nullification is subtle and by parts; such as laws restricting the right to weapons, or nationalizing our state militias, which increasingly nullify the Second Amendment and our whole constitutional and social design for peace, sane foreign policy, and self-defense.
Sometimes it’s overt; such as when President Obama and the DOJ nullified the Defense Of Marriage Act in 2011 (I’m not saying it was wrong to do so). …Or when Kim Davis attempted to nullify both a Judge’s and Governor’s nullification of an Amendent of the Kentucky Constitution which nullified the federal constitution (that was a lot of nullification, and I am saying that Davis was wrong to do it).
Sometimes the nullification is from ignorance. Who’s read the state constitution, for instance…so how would anybody know when politicians violate it?
Sometimes it is by brute force when a cop nullifies rights literally to death.
Rarely, some smart-Alec citizen invokes a jury’s right to nullify (bad laws or bad application of law. Juries have tremendous power; though judges never tell jurors that anymore).
However you look at it, and from every level of government, from the citizen on up, nullification happens every single day.
Every Single Day.
Let that sink in a minute.
Wait for it.
All the time.
Up to now, there’s been a direction to that nullification.
Constitutions at both state and federal levels, are effectively gone now. They’ve been nullified to transgress the limitations of politics to make governments, bureaucracies, corporations and programs bigger, costlier, more heavily armed and aggressive, more intrusive, more secretive and even more corrupt (though that last part is getting very hard to do).
Yes, courts have nullified what used to be the “settled law” of past generations in some good ways. Slavery exists now mostly in other countries, and the Jim Crow laws are gone, thank God. But the power the federal government gobbled up to rid us of those evils has been used to heap entirely new ones upon us, such that now, our trans-generational debt/theft machines and their incessant wars are about to cause us horrible grief.
My vote is mine. I won’t waste it anymore on the status quo mess. I mean to use my power of peaceful revolution as intended.
So here’s all that I will vote for:
1. A federal 10th Amendment / Indiana Article I Section 25 view of our constitutions.
2. Nullification of everything else from politics!
In other words, I want government to do exactly and only what it’s supposed to do, and otherwise leave us and everybody else alone. I want politicians out of our lives and wallets and rights as much as humanly possible. I want a lot LESS from politicians, in summary.
And I won’t vote for any less than that.
*Well…OK, the candidate can’t be a Democrat/Republican, but that’s a different story...