ROBERT HURT GETS IT WRONG…Along with so many otherson October 30th, 2011 at 10:23 am
Robert Hurt wants to protect farmers from dust regulations being imposed by the EPA. So what is his solution? He is trying and get a law passed to stop the EPA. Read the Blue Ridge Caucus story here.
On the face of it, this would seem like a reasonable means to a noble goal. He would join the ranks of Ken Cuccinelli who has excited and inspired Republicans, “conservatives” and even many tea partiers across the state and the country by using Virginia’s Healthcare Freedom Act to sue the Federal Government in an attempt to overturn what has been dubbed “Obamacare.” Where ever I travel in my work as a leader of the Roanoke Tea Party, I find Ken has been given almost “rock-star” status by his supporters in Virginia.
While I commend him and Robert Hurt for their apparent desire to protect us from an abusive Federal Government in these matters, their actions are dangerous. Yes, you read that correctly. I said dangerous.
How is that possible you ask? Simple. The method that each of them has chosen continues to further the notion that we must either ask permission from a Federal Court, or get it from Congress, if we are to follow the letter and the law of the U.S. Constitution. In Ken’s case, Virginia recognizes that the Federal Government has no authority to force us to live by the rules of “Obamacare”. It passed a law to that affect. This action is similar to what is called Nullification. What should follow is Virginia’s government protecting its citizens by preventing it from being enforced in our state. A practice that is called “interposition.”
Our responsibility is to follow the Constitution. Not only do we not have to ask permission from a Federal Court to do so, but since the Federal Government itself is an agent of the states created by the contract between the states which is the Constitution, asking the agent what power it has is both wrong and DANGEROUS. Don’t take my word for it. Read the Virginia Resolution authored by James Madison and adopted as the official position of Virginia on this matter.
Mr. Hurt, you were a member of the same governing body that adopted that resolution. Have you ever read it? If so, do you believe you understand it? If you did, I believe you would be supporting your state in an effort to prevent this unconstitutional activity by the EPA rather than trying to get the U.S. Congress to tell the EPA they can’t do it.
If you think Virginia’s position on this matter in the resolution above is a singular one, think again. Thomas Jefferson authored the Kentucky Resolutions which contain this passage, “but, where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non fœderis) to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them” And that is why it is dangerous. Too many people already believe that our Constitution allows the Federal Government to exercise “dominion, absolute and unlimited” over us. To believe so shows a total lack of understanding if not abuse of the “supremacy clause” in the U.S. Constitution.
The Roanoke Tea Party urges you to contact your state representatives and candidates during this election season and tell them it is their job to protect your rights and the Sovereignty of Virginia under the U.S. Constitution. They can begin to demonstrate their intent to do so by sponsoring the Freedom For Virginians Act which Adam Light, candidate for state senate, has agreed to introduce if elected. The FFVA would create an organized procedure for nullification in Virginia and direct all levels of state and local government including law enforcement and the courts to prevent the enforcement of unconstitutional actions nullified in Virginia. The path to regaining our freedom does not begin in Washington DC. It begins in Richmond Va.
Please click the button on the “Nullify Now Tour” banner on this website and make a donation so that we can bring Thomas Woods, author of the book “Nullification”, to Virginia to help us spread the word to lawmakers that they have a job to do and a tool to do it with. Pass the FFVA in 2012!