By J.B. Williams
February 4, 2013
According to modern leftists in academia and their Young Turk minions in the blogosphere, The US Constitution and Bill of Rights are “unconstitutional” on the basis that they fly in the face of their notion that the Founders created a dictatorship, a federal government with “supreme authority” in America, in which the states and people are mere subjects of the royal FED.
Twisting yet another constitutional clause to support their claim, leftist legal beagle’s misuse Article VI text…
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
This is the constitutional text used by modern anti-constitution leftists to claim that our federal government reigns supreme, unchecked by the balance of power throughout the rest of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
However, this is the truthful interpretation and intent of the so-called “supremacy clause.”
The U.S. Constitution is the “supreme law of the land.” To the degree that the Laws of the United States are made “in Pursuance thereof;” in other words, so long as U.S. Federal Laws are consistent with, and not at odds with the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, these laws shall also enjoy “supremacy.”
However, what about federal laws that are either not within the constitutionally delegated powers of the United States government; or, are directly at odds with the protections of state and individual rights afforded in the Constitution and/or Bill of Rights?
Our Founders answered this question is Amendment X – “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.”
Our Founders further define this in Amendment IX – “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
We don’t have “constitutional rights…” – We have “inalienable rights” as “endowed by our Creator” and the Constitution and Bill of Rights were written and ratified as “protections” of these rights. Remember that the Bill of Rights was written to provide certain protections for specific inalienable rights of the states and the people, which are “endowed by our Creator,” – in addition to the unlimited general protections provided by the Constitution itself.
- Legislators in Missouri, Kansas and elsewhere look to nullify federal laws (kansascity.com)
- Opponents of “Corporate Personhood” Eye U.S. Constitution (ipsnews.net)
- Houston Chronicle Dead Wrong on Nullification Bills (tenthamendmentcenter.com)
- Stephen Colbert Hit-piece On Nullification And State Sovereignty (libertycrier.com)
- Silly Missouri GOP vs. U.S. Constitution on guns (voices.kansascity.com)