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Nullification Must Precede Amendment

by Tom Fiedler

The time is ripe for nullification.

Just so we're on the same page nullification is another word for state sovereignty, especially as it pertains 
to the D.C. Beltway's usurpation of that sovereignty. Nullification is the application of Tenth Amendment.
"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."
The key to restoring the Republic is the Arizona Legislature. Arizona can do more to enforce Constitutional
government by her Legislature aggressively applying the 10th Amendment through her own law making than
by amending the Federal Constitution. In establishing a federal republic the founders designed government
to protect by (constitutional) law (not majority will as in a democracy) the authority of the individual through
the State to the Federal government. Through 231+ years of extra-Constitutional governing and neglect at
State and Federal levels this order has now been reversed. So we now suffer Federal authority imposing its
will on the State, which imposes its own and Federal will on the individual.
Amending the Constitution under fiat currency, without restoring gold and silver coin within each of the
several States, will only empower that fiat currency, and through fiat currency, encourage the federal Congress
to indenture generations not yet born.
Why amend a Constitution that is increasingly violated in fact (de facto) and law (de jure)? Why amend the
Constitution for
example to balance the budget while Article I section 8 already states: "The Congress shall
have Power To ...coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights
and Measures;" and while Article I section 10 restricts Arizona as follows: "No State shall ... coin Money;
emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts[?]"
The design of the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention was that the Federal government derived
both its authority and its revenue from the several states - not the other way around. With gold and
silver the media of exchange, the Federal government was dependent on the States to function. The Federal
Reserve act of 1913 and the 16th Amendment of the same year severed that dependence allowing the Federal
government to reach right through the State government and confiscate the fruit of every man's labor directly.
The 17th Amendment confiscated the voice of the state legislatures by making federal Senators electable by
popular suffrage.
We would do better to have Congress repeal Amendments 14, 16 and 17 (all of which usurp the authority
of the several States) than add any new amendments. However, repealing Federal Constitutional amendments
is not the Arizona Legislature's concern. Nor should it be our immediate concern. Rather our immediate and
long term concern should be the eventual restoration of gold and silver coin as the primary tender in payment
of debts within the State of Arizona.
Since it took almost 100 years of gradual transformation from gold and silver coin to fiat currency as the
primary tender in payment of debt, the return to hard money cannot be accomplished suddenly. That's why
we need to start with a recognition of gold and silver coin as alternate legal tender.
In the first half of the 51st session the ARIZONA CONSTITUTIONAL ADVOCATES Committee did much
to pass SB 1439 only to have the Governor veto the bill as punishment for the legislative Republicans opposing
her Medicaid expansion capitulation. We're on the right track with SB 1439. We need to either change the
Governor's mind about her veto or garner enough votes to override her veto in 2014.
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commented 2015-08-22 09:31:01 -0600 · Flag
Guarantee Clause
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.