To get my vote, I expect two things from any political candidate* at every level of office in the upcoming election:
2. Nullification of everything else from politics.
Our constitutions have already been effectively nullified by the endless stream of political prohibitions and mandates, subsidies and taxes, regulations and corruption. I want our constitutions, state and federal, reinstated, by nullifying everything that violates them.
“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.
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. Courts nullify legislation all the time…it actually is part of their job.
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; or when Obama essentially nullified the 2006 Secure Fence Act (I’m not saying it was wrong to do so in either case). Or when the FCC started regulating the internet in violation of a federal court order (that was wrong). …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.
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.
All the time.
Up to now, there’s been a direction to that nullification.
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), constitutions at both state and federal levels, had to be nullified.
Not all nullification has been bad. 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 in the meantime has been used to heap entirely different evils upon us, such that now, our trans-generational debt/theft machines and their incessant wars are about to cause us horrible grief.
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...