Interview of Aaron Zelman by John F. McManus
Aaron Zelman is executive director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, a pro-Second Amendment group based in Milwaukee.
On March 19 the Arizona state House passed a bill (HB2677) that would prohibit the state from putting Real ID into effect without the legislature’s approval by a vote of 51 to 8. On May 6, the state Senate passed their stronger version of the bill, which would flatly prohibit participation in the Real ID program, by a vote of 21 to 7. Next, the House must approve the Senate’s version of the bill.
The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."
The federal government’s powers are delegated powers, those specifically granted by the states and the people in the Constitution. Nowhere is the federal government given any authority to involve itself in local law enforcement. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Unfortunately, the American people appear to be completely oblivious to these insidious, concerted attacks on the "thin blue line" that is an essential guarantor of their liberty. Now, more than ever, it is time to "Support Your Local Police and Keep Them Independent."
The Congress, the Republican Party, and American citizens in general have not even begun to consider seriously the many ways in which they could halt the judicial revolution in its tracks and begin restoring the Constitution and its authentic federalism. If we are serious about the alarm we increasingly feel at the arrogance of judicial usurpations, the loss of liberties, and our commitment to constitutional government, it is time we started.