This podcast deals with the Supreme Court. A look at what the Constitution says, the importance of juries and a general idea where the Supreme Court fits in our republic. All in under 10 Minutes 🙂
This is podcast 5 from Constitutional Cappuccino. Take a look at past mistakes, add some common sense reform, mix n some SCOTUS wisdom and you have the essence of this podcast. It starts off a bit slow but when it hits its stride some great information and thoughts are given. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZQF2RwZPHw
Nullification is a term that was coined by Thomas Jefferson in his famous Kentucky Resolution against the Alien and Sedition Acts. It refers to the idea that a state has the power to say that a “law” is unconstitutional and has no force within their state boundaries. Madison also penned the Virginia Resolution which said much of the same. I strongly urge you to read these documents. They are very short and very eloquently expresses the convictions of the author of the Declaration of Independence and the architect of the Constitution. Very powerful words.
Nullification has nothing to do with repealing the federal law. This has everything to do with saying that the sovereignty of the state is being exerted because the “law” (in parenthesis because it is not a true law) is an unauthorized act and is supported by no force of law. The states are the sovereign entity in our constitutional republic. They created the Constitution which in turn created the federal government. They are the final arbiters of what is constitutional because they are the creators of that Constitution.
Nullification is a tried and tested remedy to federal government overreach. One myth to clear up while teaching a lesson in the history of nullification is the idea of state’s rights being used to justify secession in starting the Civil War. States rights was involved in inflaming the passions which led to the Civil war but not like you were probably taught. The northern states exerted their state’s rights with a series of “Personal Liberty” laws which said that the Fugitive Slave act was nullified in these states. A trial by jury was guaranteed by these laws in contradiction to federal law among other provisions struck down. The secession movement was sped up by northern states not complying with the unconstitutional federal law.
Another myth to clear up- any law that the federal government passes is truly law. Only those laws passed in pursuance of the Constitution are truly law. If they violate the Constitution they are by definition unconstitutional. The states created the federal government to perform specific enumerated tasks. When the government does something outside of those bounds then it is up to the states to protect their citizens from any effects of these unconstitutional edicts.
Nullification is known to most, though it is not identified as such. What has happened recently in Colorado and Washington state concerning marijuana is nullification. Both those states told the federal government that the unconstitutional federal laws concerning marijuana are not going to be enforced in these states and that cooperation by any state or local official is forbidden.
And that is the beauty of nullification. It has to do with the state doing NOTHING. They do have to pass a law but the law states that NO help will be forthcoming to support this unconstitutional decree from the federal government. Whether it be ALPR’s , Stingrays or other unconstitutional edicts, nullification is the rightful remedy.
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Here is my 3rd podcast of Constitutional Cappuccino. It deals with the Constitution and specifically its origins meaning and purpose. I hope you enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7TAQVpqlog
This is the 2nd podcast for Constitutional Cappuccino. The topic is the 2nd Amendment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSchQoV6FzE
This is my first podcast introducing Constitutional Cappuccino.
I was drafting an article asking Ted Cruz to consider dropping out, but he beat me to the punch. Kudos to you sir. You have made a wise and great long-term decision. It was the right and upstanding thing to do.
I was going to point out that even if there was a contested convention and Cruz had the numbers to take the nomination in the 4th or 5th round, the resulting tumult would be horrendous. No matter how a contested or a brokered convention played out, Cruz would have been the scapegoat for any ills experienced by Trump later on if he lost or would have too much bad will to win the general election himself. Cruz’ decision to drop out after a loss in Indiana is huge for his long term success.
I was going to point out that dropping out early enough so Trump could get the 1237 number would absolve Cruz of any culpability concerning establishment tricks during the convention. This, in my opinion, was crucial to the long term viability of Cruz as a presidential candidate. The establishment has been coming to the Cruz camp as of late and it is nice to see that he would rather abandon his run then get cozy with them.
I was going to further point out that Ted Cruz has a job in Texas for as long as he wants. His support has only grown since he made this run. Cruz has run a fine race against the odds and did very well. 2020 will be a great year for conservatism and the Constitution. Four more years of people actually seeing Cruz in action on the Senate floor will consolidate many who were doubters. Getting out now also avoids any ambiguity as to his involvement in a Trump loss.
And this brings me to the Dark Side of the equation. The inevitable Trump loss. A Hillary presidency is virtually guaranteed at this point. If she can dodge indictment and actually close the deal against Sanders (which mathematically seems inevitable) there will be another Clinton in the White House. Trumpsters were warned. Hillary has a base of supporters who do not care that she is a liar and political hack. They do not care about her long list of scandals and lack of accomplishments. She is a democrat, she is a woman, she is their pick. End of story.
Unfortunately for Trump the republican side does have some principled people. They do care about their candidate’s character. Many will not vote for Trump. They are done with the lesser of two evils. At best Trump is another big government progressive. At worst he is there to give Hillary the nomination. Either way he will get only lukewarm support from the conservative base which will mean a huge loss for him. HUGE!
The hit pieces against Trump will start slowly but ramp up in intensity and frequency as we get closer to election time. People will be brought forward who have personal stories of how Trump and his actions harmed them. The democratic support Trump has been enjoying will evaporate as he is attacked. Not that some of them were true Trump supporters anyway. Many were just there to support the weakest of the republican candidates to get their candidate Hillary into office. They did some fine work.
Bottom line: it is past time that Americans understood the Constitution and how it has been perverted. I supported Ted Cruz because he supported my ideals- a limited constitutional government. We could have done it the easier way with a Cruz presidency. We have chosen to do it the hard way. It is time that people realize that government are formed among men to protect their rights, and that government gets their power from the consent of the governed. It is time people realize how outside of the constitutional box Washington DC has forayed and demand changes. Their is ONE reason that this country has been as prosperous and free as it has- it is called the Constitution and Bill of Rights.As we move away from those ideals we see the results.
Washington is not going to voluntarily give up its power. President’s do NOT make law. The Supreme Court issues OPINIONS, not law. The ONLY body allowed to make law is Congress. And they have severe restrictions as to what they can deal with. The administrative bureaucracy we have created where legislative, executive and judicial power is vested in individual organizations needs to be dismantled. A separation of powers must be adhered to. States rights and a proper relationship between the federal and state governments needs to be re-established. This is on the People of the United States of America. It is time we hold our officials feet to the fire and demand constitutional accountability. Washington is not going to fix itself. It will take local and state officials, working in their official capacities to protect the rights of the citizens of their states from Washington, DC, to make the changes needed to continue this country’s unparalleled ascent into freedom and prosperity. God bless America.
I wasn’t planning on writing on this subject but I am going to GeorgeFest tomorrow in Eustis with a good friend and mentor and decided to write this as a reference for those I meet there to consolidate my ideas.
My first passion is the Constitution. The most important aspect of the Constitution is the Bill of Rights. If you have ever talked to me then you already know: I believe that the ONLY reason we have had THE most prosperous and free country ever to grace the face of the Earth is because of the Constitution. Our country originated in a unique time in history where a people threw off the chains of despotism and formed a government of the people, by the people and for the people. There have been many revolutions throughout history. Our was truly a miracle.
Now to Ted Cruz.
I first ran across Ted Cruz when he was running for the Senate in Texas. I really liked what I read and heard. He had led the fight in District of Columbia vs. Heller to stipulate that the 2nd Amendment was indeed an individual right. He formed a coalition of many states (over 30 I believe) that fought for our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. This decision led to a reassertion of 2nd Amendment rights around the country. Cruz was also involved in a case Mendellin vs. Texas where he asserted the idea that the US Constitution is superior to UN law. The United Nations wanted to reopen adjudicated murder cases here in the United States as ordered by the UN International Court. Ted Cruz fought the International Court and won. A win for US sovereignty.
While not being a religious person myself, I do understand the importance of Christianity in the formation and success of our country. Ted Cruz has defended locating the 10 Commandments monument on Texas state grounds successfully. When the rest of the nation was separating themselves from the Bible and its teachings, he stood firm in Texas and allowed Texans their freedom of religious expression. The 1st Amendment won with Ted Cruz.
I was very involved in politics when the Schumer Gang of Eight Bill was introduced. It was clear then as it should be today that the bill led to a path of citizenship for illegals here in the country. Ted Cruz led the fight against this bill finally winning over support when he introduced a few amendment one of which stated that this bill cannot be used as a tool for citizenship. When his common sense amendments were not added it became apparent to enough Senators the true reason for the bill. It was squashed.
Digging deeper into Ted Cruz what was what fully won me over. His recognition of state’s rights and the proper role of the federal government. In multiple videos I have heard him castigate the Supreme Court for its overreach into state’s issues. This occurrence is nothing new but his responses were refreshing to listen to. It was as if I was listening to Madison reading a modern day Federalist Paper.
On many occasions Ted Cruz has been “ambushed” by the left who think to embarrass him. LOL, so far it has all backfired. Look for Ted’s video where he calls a code pink protester up to the podium to have an actual conversation about the topic of nukes in Iran. Instead of having someone remove the person, he chooses dialogue and reason. Another memorable video is after Sandy Hook where a reporter tries to paint him in a corner as supporting gun violence for not supporting “common sense” gun restrictions. In 2 1/2 minutes he validated the founder’s views perfectly.
While many have said they want to reduce the size of government Ted Cruz is the only one that has committed on paper to do something about it. When he becomes President, Ted wants to shut down the Departments of Education, Commerce, Energy, HUD, and dearest to my heart the IRS! In my opinion the 16th and 17th Amendments are the 2 worst that were ever passed. The creation of an income tax and the removal of a key check and balance between the states and the federal government has altered the lives of Americans in very detrimental ways. Anybody who wants to take on these issues definitely has my blessings as a candidate. The idea that a candidate would run this as part of their platform cemented the idea that Ted Cruz IS the constitutional conservative that we need in the White House.
I am not saying that Ted Cruz is perfect. But if you are looking for a principled constitutional conservative that will start the move to make states a more relevant component of our republic then Ted Cruz is your guy. If you want a constitutional lawyer that will fight FOR the Constitution instead of looking for ways to circumvent it then Ted Cruz is your man. Finally, if you want someone who will say what he will do, and actually do it then Ted Cruz is your guy. You may not agree with everything he believes in but you can be assured he will indeed do what he says.