Nullification. There's a word we don't hear very often. Yet it's all around us and becoming more common every year. Nullification is ignoring a law in an attempt to render it meaningless and unenforceable.
Who would do something like that? Elected officials, of course. Why? Because some elected officials don't believe they should enforce laws they don't agree with.
Yes, you see where this is going. But, trust me, it's not winding up where everyone else winds up. Today's road to nullification leads to Kentucky, of course.
By now everyone on the planet knows about born-again-Democrat Kim Davis, county clerk, who refuses to marry gays.
- It goes against her (recent) religious values.
- The people of Kentucky voted 75-25 to keep marriage between a man and a woman.
- The 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution leaves decisions such as marriage contracts to the states, not the feds.
My answer to Kim Davis. Get over yourself. In order:
- You swore an oath to your public office.
- The Supreme Court decided that the voters of Kentucky don't matter.
- The Constitution is whatever five justices say it is, no more no less. Elect a few more Democrats and our Constitution will be a lot more Karl Marx than James Madison. All in favor of Kim Davis resigning raise your hands. Keep them there. I'll be back in a few minutes.
Sanctuary cities and counties: The largest case of nullification in America today. There are literally hundreds of of cities and counties in America today that willfully refuse to follow federal Immigration law, just like Kim Davis.
When any illegal commits a crime and the feds come to arrest him, or her, there are county sheriffs and city police chiefs who simply won't hand him over. Nullification.
How about the next time a (Democratic) sheriff refuses to honor a federal arrest warrant we arrest the sheriff? All those of you with your hands up for Kim Davis' resignation keep them up for arresting the sheriff.
If you like the sheriff’s nullification put your hand down. Apparently many people have a conflicted view of nullification.
Which brings us to the nullifier-in-chief, President Barack Obama. Here's a public official who picks and chooses the laws he will — and won't — defend and gets rave reviews for doing it.
The Defense of Marriage Act? No go. Amnesty? It's a go, no Congress necessary.
Obamacare? “I wrote it, I'll modify it,” is clearly the attitude. You get the point. Are any hands still up?
By now you get my drift. Nullification seems to be in the eye of the hypocrite. It's the agenda that counts. Kim Davis? Skewer her. Sanctuary law officer? Turn a blind eye. President Obama? Put his face on a mountain. The real answer? Fire them all.
You won't marry gays? Find another job. You won't honor federal arrest warrants? Find another job. You won't let Congress legislate? Find another job. Right. Getting from today's nullification to yesterday's Constitution? A bridge too far.
Sid Dinerstein is a former chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. He founded JBS Associates, a 600-person financial service company, and currently combines politics and business with Niger Innis in Inclusive Elections LLC, a firm that brings urban electorate voters to the GOP. He is the author of "Adults Only: For Those Who Love Their Country More Than Their Party." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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