November 8, 2012

Okay, so we saw Obama and Romney go head to head and grab the headlines Tuesday night.  Clown puppet A beat clown puppet B.  The real winner was big federal government, and that was a foregone conclusion before a single vote had been cast or rigged.

Big gov was going to come out on top either way. We knew that.

But at the state level, six things happened that are cause for celebration.  Six states told the federal government to take a long walk on a short pier.  They passed ballot measures which directly contradict federal law and, in three cases, the US Supreme Court.

The egg is slowly cracking.

It’s called Nullification.  If the central government passes a law that exceeds its ceiling of power as described in the Constitution, the individual states have a right to refuse to obey it.

Wyoming, Montana, and Alabama did just that.  They passed ballot measures essentially stating that the federal government can’t force their citizens to purchase mandated health insurance (Obamacare).

Colorado and Washington passed measures decriminalizing marijuana, and Massachusetts passed a referendum legalizing medical marijuana.

Pot is still against federal law.

A trend is slowly building.  States are deciding to slough off federal control.

Political forces that abhor nullification make a bogus historical argument: states rights were once used to prolong slavery and then, later, segregation.  Yes, but this is now.  No state intends to bring back segregation.

The nullification movement is now about decentralization of power.

In various states, it grows along different issues and moves along different fault lines.

Further, we shouldn’t assume these ballot measures are simply weak expressions of opinion that will be crushed by the federal government.  Pressure from the feds, for example, to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles has failed to bring about the desired result.

What will the feds do in Montana, Wyoming, and Montana when they decide it’s time to enforce Obamacare on these rebels?  Will they stage a massive show of force?  That would play, in the international press, about as well as Ruby Ridge or Waco.

Will they fine a few select citizens of those states for failing to enroll in Obamacare?  If so, and the citizens refuse to pay up, what then?  How will an escalation be managed, and with what consequences?  Does Obama really want a showdown that could awaken a sleeping giant he successfully put to bed Tuesday night?

Overplaying that hand could be disastrous.

At the birth of the Republic, it was well understood that nullification by the individual states was a viable option.  It was an ace in the hole.  It was a major reason the states ceded certain powers to the new central government in the first place.

It’s still a live option.

Jefferson wrote in the 1798 Kentucky Resolution, “When powers  are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.”

Today’s scholars prefer to argue that the only limiter on federal power is the US Supreme Court.  This is about as useful as putting monkeys at typewriters and hoping to get Shakespeare.  Supreme Court justices are in love with the idea of “updating” the Constitution to suit their personal whims.

State legislatures originally ratified the Constitution.  That was how the central government was created.  The states can now dismantle, piece by piece, the undelegated powers of that government, to bring it back toward the intent of the Founders.

Of course, most people in America today don’t have a clue about any of these issues.  That’s because the education system is devoted to teaching how to step on an aluminum can before dropping it in a plastic barrel.

But it’s never too late to learn.

Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California.  Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.  Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.  You can sign up  for his free emails at


  • November 8, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

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