For decades our national government (with Newtonian predictability) has with increasing velocity been in motion on a trajectory toward tyranny. The legislative, executive, and judicial branches have colluded to obliterate the barricades around state sovereignty that were erected by our Founding Fathers according to the plain language of the Constitution.
Fortunately for the future of our Republic, an external force aimed at checking that motion is gaining momentum, as well, and if successful will restore balance to the federalist structure of our constitutional Republic.
One of the organizations accelerating this force for good is the Tenth Amendment Center. The Tenth Amendment Center’s goal (as published on its website) is: “to preserve and protect the principles of strictly limited government through information, education, and activism. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of state and individual sovereignty issues, focusing primarily on the decentralization of federal government power as required by the Constitution.”
The team at the Tenth Amendment Center understands the peril facing our nation and the republican form of government that has protected our freedom. They are dedicated to forcing the national government to retreat back within the borders of power drawn by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution.
To that end, the Tenth Amendment Center is sponsoring the nationwide Nullify Now! Tour. These events (co-sponsored by the John Birch Society and supported nationally by The New American) will focus on “education and activism on a state level to say NO to unconstitutional federal ‘laws’ — which, in reality, are not laws at all.”
As readers of The New American may remember, this magazine has published several fine articles on the subject of nullification and its application to natural and constitutional law.
Basically, nullification is the principle that each state retains the right to nullify, or invalidate, any statute passed by the national government that exceeds the enumerated powers granted to the national government. This powerful weapon against tyranny is in the arsenal of every state. The several states, as sovereign entities, formed the union and as creators of that compact, they hold the ultimate authority as to the limits of the power of the central government to enact laws that are to bind the states and the people. It is irrational to believe that the creature can be master over the creator.
The next stop on the Nullify Now! tour is the Scenic City — Chattanooga, Tennessee — on Saturday, October 23. Previous venues have included Ft. Worth, Texas, and Orlando, Florida. Our own Alex Newman was one of the featured speakers at the Orlando event. Newman, an American citizen who hails from Sweden, warned attendees of the dangers of socialized medicine (à la ObamaCare) based on his firsthand experience while living in Sweden.
Similar themes will be presented at the Chattanooga tour stop. On the roster of distinguished speakers is Jack Hunter. Hunter, also known as the Southern Avenger, is a conservative radio host and political commentator living in Charleston, South Carolina. He appears every Tuesday and Friday morning on WTMA News-Talk 1250 AM. He is also a weekly contributor to the Charleston City Paper, and a contributing editor to The American Conservative.
Those attending the Nullify Now! conference will be fortunate to hear from Susan Lynn, a member of the Tennessee General Assembly; Dr. William Greene, the original author of Georgia’s “Constitutional Tender Act,” a bill template that can be introduced in every state legislature in the nation, returning each of them to adherence to the U.S. Constitution’s actual legal tender provisions; and this correspondent, speaking on behalf of The New American and The John Birch Society.
Although diverse in talent and experience, all those delivering messages at the Nullify Now! event will focus on presenting a logical, moral, and constitutionally sound case for nullification, revealing:
• How we can roll back ObamaCare, cap and trade, and other unconstitutional expansions of federal power through nullification.
• Why the Founding Fathers believed that nullification was the “moderate middle ground,” not the road to secession.
• Why the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution gives the states the power to nullify unconstitutional laws.
• Why states — not the Supreme Court — should arbitrate disputes between the states and the federal government over the constitutionality of the federal government’s actions.
As the foregoing reveals, it will benefit every committed constitutionalist to attend the Nullify Now! tour when it comes near your hometown. If we are to forge anew the fetters of constitutional power and place them firmly and fastly on the every strengthening arm of federal government, then we must avail ourselves of every opportunity to learn the proper metes and bounds of our national government. As a primary focus, Nullify Now! will educate attendees on the sovereign status of the states as understood and protected by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution, particularly the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
Showtime is at noon, with doors opening at 11 a.m. Organizers recommend arriving early as space is limited.
The location of the Saturday, October 23, event is the Chattanooga Convention Center, located at 1150 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. As with any other city, parking downtown is limited, so plan accordingly.
Tickets for the event are still available and may be purchase online at the Nullify Now! website: http://www.nullifynow.com/chattanooga/.