Saturday, February 19, 2011

Montana, Oklahoma on Nullification, Interposition Band Wagon

Responsible state legislatures around the nation are increasingly taking measures to protect their populations from the potential impact of the madness coming out of Washington D.C. For example, the Oklahoma House just passed a bill authorizing the state to invest in its own gold and silver holdings. The precaution is being suggested because of fear that the federal government is going to destroy the dollar with reckless spending and over-printing. A stockpile of gold and silver would allow the state to have savings that would not evaporate if and when the dollar does. It could also form the basis of a new currency not subject to mass devaluation because it would be based on fixed units of precious metal.

Montana is going even farther, even though it is on an issue more limited in scope. The house just passed legislation nullifying the Endangered Species act as it applies to wolves in the state. Ranchers and families in the state seem to have tired of the idea that the federal government should be able to imprison them for defending themselves and their live stock from wolf predation.

The latter article cites unnamed critics who incorrectly claim that the effort is "unconstitutional since federal laws are supreme." The constitution actually says that the constitution is supreme, and that federal laws made pursuant to the constitution are supreme. Can someone find a place in the constitution where the federal government is authorized to tell citizens of the several states what animals they can and cannot hunt? If you can't, then the Endangered Species Act could not have been made "pursuant" to the constitution and therefore is not supreme over state law under that constitution.

Arkansas is quite behind the curve on this trend. Our long term strategy seems to be to try and suck up to the most indebted institution in human history in the hopes they will keep giving us money.


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