Revolt: 22 Sitting GOP Governors Rebel Against President Obama Over Syrian Refugees
When the States are convinced the Federal Government is over-reaching its authority, it is their Right, and indeed their Duty, to step on and Nullify the Federal action. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, wrote the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798. The resolutions argued that the federal government had no authority to exercise power not specifically delegated to it in the Constitution.
The Kentucky Resolutions, authored by Jefferson, went further than Madison’s Virginia Resolution and asserted that states had the power to nullify unconstitutional federal laws. The Kentucky Resolution declared in part, “[T]he several states who formed that instrument [the Constitution], being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infraction; and that a nullification, by those [states], of all unauthorized acts….is the rightful remedy.”
Nullification is the means held by the States, to insure the Federal Government stays within the bounds of its Constitutional authority. The Constitution does not grant the Federal Government unlimited power. It is the States, in Compact, that created the Federal Government, and as the creators of it, they have both the Right and the Duty to stand up and demand the Federal Government not exceed its authority.
Shorty Dawkins – Associate Editor
by Michelle Fields
Governors across the country are publicly rejecting President Obama’s plan to relocate Syrian refugees.
The growing number of governors rejecting Syrian refugees comes after reports that one of the suspects in Friday’s Paris terrorist attacks, which killed more than 120 people, had entered Paris by masquerading as a Syrian refugee.
The number of Republican governors who have called for the rejection of the relocation of Syrian refugees in their states continues to climb. Currently, the GOP Governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey, Kansas and Wisconsin have all rejected Obama’s resettlement plan. That means 22 sitting GOP governors have rejected Obama’s plans–and only nine sitting GOP governors haven’t come out against the plan.
In addition, Kentucky’s governor-elect Matt Bevin is publicly opposed to the plan as well, which means when he is sworn in as the next governor of Kentucky there will be at least 23 states with GOP governors opposed to Obama’s Syrian refugee resettlement plan. That’s also all in addition to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan–a Democrat–coming out against President Obama’s plans.
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin released a statement saying: “I am calling upon the President to immediately suspend the program pending a full review of its security and acceptance procedures. The State of Wisconsin will not accept new Syrian refugees.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal went so far as to sign an executive order allowing Louisiana officials and law enforcement agencies to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling in the state.