How to Deal with Unconstitutional Federal Acts?
By Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center
A lot of people want you to believe that there are only 3 ways to deal with a federal government that violates the Constitution:
- Go to a federal court in the hope that federal judges will stop federal programs.
- Lobby federal politicians in the hope that they’ll limit federal power.
- Vote the bums out in the hope that the new bums will turn down all the federal power handed to them by the previous bums.
Simple logic tells me this approach isn’t going to get good results. And leading Founders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison certainly agreed. They told us that if we allowed the federal government to determine the extent of its own power, we shouldn’t be surprised if that power grows…and grows.
But they weren’t alone.
During the ratification debates, Archibald Maclaine of North Carolina not only said that we “should disregard” unconstitutional acts, but that we should “punish them for the attempt.”
That’s some pretty serious stuff, IMO. I made a short video on this little-known fact, and I think it makes for a good educational piece to share with others. Check it out at the link below, and if you agree – please share it widely!
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