The men and women at all levels of government are not perfect ,they have shown repeatedly that they can and will violate our rights and freedoms. Not all of those violations are intentional, many are through ignorance and when I say ignorance, I only mean to imply they just do not understand our Constitution or its foundations.
Whether their unconstitutional actions are intentional or unintentional, are we bound to follow them? Must we obey or submit to “laws” that clearly violate our rights because some representative, bureaucrat or Supreme Court judge says so? These people are not infallible; history has shown us they can be wrong and have been proven to be on numerous occasions.
So, if you follow these “laws” and tell others that they must also obey, rules and regulations that clearly violate people’s rights and freedoms, that violate the rule of law and the Constitution what does that say about you.
A question that must be answered and soon by those that have been elected to our State Legislature, do they not only accept ever-expanding federal tyranny flowing out of Washington, DC but do they also help implement it?
From numerous interviews and statements it is obvious that Rep. Paul ‘Skip’ Stam Speaker Pro Tempore thinks that we should obey and submit to whatever the federal government says. He has repeatedly said that the Supremacy Clause makes federal actions unchallengeable and the law of the land.
Is he right? The answer is clearly No! The Supremacy Clause reads: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; …shall be the supreme Law of the Land. Only laws made in pursuance of the Constitution – that is, in keeping with the powers enumerated to the federal government – stand as legitimate laws. All other acts are usurpation, and by definition null, void and of no force. An illegal act cannot stand supreme. In fact, it is criminal and should be punished like any other crime.
Further, he states that the “Civil War” settled the issue of states standing up to the federal government. This is like saying that a woman beaten by her husband or boyfriend must submit and accept whatever he demands from now until the end of time. Is that what Rep. Stam really wants us to believe? Since Skip Stam is a lawyer, he would have been or should have been taught in law school that you are not legally bound by anything you are forced to do through violence or threats of violence.
Whether he believes we cannot oppose federal actions out of ignorance or because he is a statist and believes in a strong, authoritative central government using political power to force policy on a passive or resisting society; does it really matter? Hopefully his actions and statements are based on ignorance that is something that can be corrected easily, statism is another matter.
Mitigating his beliefs as a lone legislator in the General Assembly can be easy but with his position as Speaker Pro Tempore, he wields a lot of power. Unfortunately, we have reports that say he is trying to intimidate legislators into not introducing bills to block the implementation of numerous unconstitutional federal actions in our state. We will see over the next few weeks if his actions will result in the people of North Carolina being forced into a position of submission with the resulting loss of our rights; let’s hope there are men and women in the legislature who will stand up to him.
Known for being “First in Freedom” those at the North Carolina convention ratifying the US Constitution insisted that there must be a Bill of Rights to protect State Sovereignty and the rights of the people the state. Even our official state motto of “To be, rather than to seem” makes it obvious that our states’ founders expected more from our state leaders than mere rhetoric, they expected them to oppose tyranny no matter from what quarter it comes from.
Therefore, it is imperative that you contact Rep. Stam and ask him to stop blocking bills to nullify unconstitutional federal actions rendering them “null and void” in our state and contact your North Carolina House and Senate representatives and demand they Honor their Oath by following the Constitution and oppose those who would help implement those violations to our Constitution.
William Kennedy [send him email] is the State Director for the North Carolina Tenth Amendment Center. A strong supporter of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights with special emphasis on State Sovereignty protected by the Tenth Amendment.
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