Sometime back, I received an e-mail from my state representative informing me of new federal regulations concerning street signs. By federal edict all street signs across the entire country must now be of an approved size & color combination. I wrote back, suggesting that we Pennsylvanians resist such brazenly unconstitutional, unreasonable, arrogance, by passing a resolution nullifying the rule. She apparently thought I didn’t understand & wrote that this a federal issue & suggested I contact my congressman! Folks, they DON’T get it! Here is what I would have done, had I held the title of honorable member of the General Assembly. I would have immediately contacted my friend, Marty Babitz from New Jersey. I would have asked him to draft a properly worded, polite, lawyerly like document (with ample quotations from Jefferson’s Kentucky Resolves) requesting respectfully that the federal agency involved, delicately hang the offending regulations in their collective “poop chute”.
Would Mr. Obama, in the likeness of Mr. Lincoln invade a state for such insolence? I don’t know. But in the words of the patriots at Lexington green, “…If they mean to have war let it begin here!” You may say, “Edwards, you are more injured than you realize”. “Start a war over street signs? Isn’t that a little too trivial a matter?”
Yes, it is!
But, is limited government too trivial? Is self government too trivial? Is freedom too trivial? A southerner from Virginia once asked much more important & much more personal questions. He said, “Is life so dear & peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains & slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, Give me liberty or give me death”!
The Declaration of Independence declares that God grants rights which governments cannot take away. In fact, it says that “… when any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government…” Could it be that these overreaches (Abortion, gay marriage,Obama care) by a component of the oligarchy that rules us, will become the touchstone that ignites a movement that either restores our God given liberties as American citizens or establishes anew those same rights and responsibilities under some other confederation? It was tried once and put down by overwhelming force. Could it be that Appomattox Courthouse didn’t seal the fate of a lost cause after all? God will be the final determiner, as He is the ultimate : Lawgiver, Executive and Supreme Judge!!!
I know that you may be saying to yourself, “Who is this Edwards guy and what is he trying to do, start another civil war?” That question indicates that you went to school north of the Mason-Dixon line. Remember in war, the winners write the history books! There was no “civil war” in America. By definition, a civil war is when one faction within a country wishes to overthrow the government. The South had no such desire! They merely wished to be left alone to form their own government and preserve and enjoy their own liberties. It was the “War for Southern Independence”, or in a crowd where neutrality is desired as a means of self-preservation, the “War Between the States”.
If there was ever a time when the reasons for which the South fought so valiantly need to be recalled and revisited, we live in such a time. The founders ideas of limited government, state and local sovereignty, de-centralized authority, and individual liberty are under their most vociferous and blatant attack since, quite possibly, 1861! Our president and the Congress have shredded the Constitution, and the 10th amendment with its principle of delegated, enumerated powers. Limited government and God ordained personal freedoms have been consigned to the dustbin of history! Must we, as free Americans, with whom the powers (under God of course), reside in our system, tolerate such usurpations without a whimper? I say NO !!
Senator Pat Toomey (R,Pa.) said on a local radio program concerning his agreement with Senator Casey concerning federal judicial appointments, that federal judges “must follow Supreme Court precedent.” Do not federal judges take an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”? Or do they pledge to honor SCOTUS precedent? Must you perjure yourself to be a federal judge?
He also said that “Roe v. Wade is the law of the land”. This is blatantly false. At the federal level, only Congress can make law. Supreme Court opinions are exactly that, opinions. They do not overturn the laws of 50 states, nor the morality of 350 million people. The court has an opinion, so does the president, so does Congress and perhaps most importantly, so do the governors and legislatures of the several states. Thomas Jefferson believed in concurrent review of the constitutionality of the law. He said that state or local nullification is the “rightful remedy” for federal overreach. He said it is the conservative approach. James Madison suggested the following steps to respond to federal usurpation:
Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand.
The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in a large State, very serious impediments; and where the sentiments of several adjoining States happened to be in unison, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.
So lets pass a resolution stating that Roe vs. Wade is null, void, and of no effect in the Commonwealth, nor binding on its citizens. I don’t think even Obama will send federal troops to force abortion clinics open, in a swing state in an election year!