In the Summer of 1798, the Alien and Sedition Acts were signed into law by a then President, John Adams. The Acts criminalized any criticism of the current government, its politicians, its actions, and delivered the authority for the president to deport and declare an enemy, any resident of the United States. To add, these acts were signed into law by President Adams the day before his term was to end.
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison opposed the Alien and Sedition Acts, and sought to effectively nullify them within the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, respectively. Jefferson and Madison, Tenthers, reminded America of the right recently fought for, of a free people and state to nullification, the right to declare “NO”, and accomplished that within their respective State Resolutions.
Put more clearly, Nullification is the right of a state and free people to invalidate a law, in this instance, a federal law, that is deemed unconstitutional or in violation of natural rights.
Thanks in much of the Tenth Amendment Center’s efforts, the Arizona house passed the Arizona Nullification Constitutional Amendment 36-23, and the Senate passed it 16-12.
And Come November 2014, Arizonans will head to voting centers around the State to pass or deny an Unconstitutional Federal Actions Amendment to the Arizona Constitution, SCR1016, that would make it the States duty and that of its officers to in no way assist in any federal actions deemed unconstitutional, and to re-clarify it as a responsibility to Oath of office to prohibit those very Unconstitutional Federal Actions.
[Interview with man behind the effort, who gathered 320,000 signatures last year for the Arizona nullification Constitutional Amendment]
Quoted from legislative text of the Arizona Nullification Constitutional Amendment:
“The Bill of Rights contains the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution which safeguard individual and state’s rights. The tenth amendment confirms state sovereignty providing that, “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…
…However, the people have several reserved powers to allow direct participation in legislative process. These reserved rights of initiative and referendum are provided for electors by Article IV, Part 1 of the Arizona Constitution”
1. Permits the state to exercise its sovereign authority to restrict its personnel and the use of its financial resources to purposes that are consistent with the Constitution by either:
- Passing an initiative or referendum;
- Passing legislation;
- Pursuing any other legal remedy.
2. Prohibits the state’s usage of personnel or financial resources from enforcing, administering, or cooperating with a federal action or program, if the state exercises its authority pursuant to the fore mentioned methods.
3. Reaffirms that the federal and state government must abide by the U.S. Constitution
4. Requires the Secretary of State to submit the proposition to the voters at the next general election”
As Jefferson claimed within the Kentucky Resolution, States ”have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose, for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining, within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties, appertaining to them.”
The primary job in passing this Unconstitutional Federal Actions Constitutional amendment is to spread the information and the idea of Liberty. This amendment’s fate now lays with a vote in November 2014 & more-so, in the minds of men. It’s often agreed that criminals don’t follow laws just because they are laws, and the same can be said for government, so the fight in the minds of men, helping others recognize and respect the idea of Liberty, over tyranny, is where true victory is.
If Arizonans and others change their minds on the issue of sacrificing Liberty for tyranny, legislation is not needed, and enforcement of respect of Rights is done on the individual level, despite any government’s demands or dissent. If we pass this legislation, while it will represent a victory & change to Libertarian political thought in Arizona, it will not stop feds who disagree from enforcing in violation of the law.
Support the Nullification/Checks and Balances Amendment to Constitution of Arizona HERE
The current Arizona Constitution can be seen HERE.
Arizona Governor Brewer can be contacted at her offices for support:
Phoenix Office: (602) 542-4331 Tucson Office: (520) 628-6580
In pursuit of Liberty from Arizona,