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Should We Obey All Laws?

WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB 2012/07/07 02:40:04
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Knowing now about our so called "supreme court", and how they support the usurpation of what was once good "Law", it might be time to tell them all where to go.


A MINORITY VIEW

BY WALTER E. WILLIAMS

RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012



Should We Obey All Laws?



Let’s think about whether all acts of Congress deserve our respect and obedience. Suppose Congress enacted a law -- and the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional -- requiring American families to attend church services at least three times a month. Should we obey such a law? Suppose Congress, acting under the Constitution’s commerce clause, enacted a law requiring motorists to get eight hours of sleep before driving on interstate highways. Its justification might be that drowsy motorists risk highway accidents and accidents affect interstate commerce. Suppose you were a jury member during the 1850s and a free person were on trial for assisting a runaway slave, in clear violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. Would you vote to convict and punish?

A moral person would find each one of those laws either morally repugnant or to be a clear violation of our Constitution. You say, “Williams, you’re wrong this time. In 1859, in Ableman v. Booth, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 constitutional.” That court decision, as well as some others in our past, makes my case. Moral people can’t rely solely on the courts to establish what’s right or wrong. Slavery is immoral; therefore, any laws that support slavery are also immoral. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions (is) a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

Soon, the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare, euphemistically titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. There is absolutely no constitutional authority for Congress to force any American to enter into a contract to buy any good or service. But if the court rules that Obamacare is constitutional, what should we do?

State governors and legislators ought to summon up the courage of our Founding Fathers in response to the 5th Congress' Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798. Led by Jefferson and James Madison, the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 were drafted where legislatures took the position that the Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional. They said, "Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government ... (and) whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force." The 10th Amendment to our Constitution supports that vision: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

In a word, if the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is constitutional, citizens should press their state governors and legislatures to nullify the law. You say, “Williams, the last time states got into this nullification business, it led to a war that cost 600,000 lives.” Two things are different this time. First, most Americans are against Obamacare, and secondly, I don’t believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.

Congress has already gone far beyond the powers delegated to it by the Constitution. In Federalist No. 45, Madison explained: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.” That vision has been turned on its head; it’s the federal government whose powers are numerous and indefinite, and those of the state are now few and defined.

Former slave Frederick Douglass advised: “Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. ... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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  • Bozette 2012/07/08 12:46:02
    No
    Bozette
    +2
    “Find out just what people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. ... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”


    It is long past time we stopped submitting.

    All three branches have elasticized and perverted the limits set on them by the Constitution for decades and the trend is not only continuing, but accelerating.
  • WannaBe... Bozette 2012/07/09 02:23:40
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    Well said, Bozette. Submitting to God is one thing, and desirable. Submitting to the criminal rebals who control this world is another and, imho not allowed.
  • Bozette WannaBe... 2012/07/09 05:54:35
    Bozette
    +1
    Agreed on both counts, my friend.
  • WannaBe... Bozette 2012/07/09 20:30:23
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    Am glad you are speaking to me, again, Bozette.
  • Bozette WannaBe... 2012/07/10 09:31:18
    Bozette
    +1
    ? I wasn't aware that I hadn't been, other than not being around much lately.
  • FeedFwd ~POTL 2012/07/07 18:12:08
    No
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    +4
    The founders missed one important opportunity to restrict government. It would have been helpful if every law emanating from Congress had a sunset clause. Bad laws could and would be stricken from the books without anybody losing face.
  • WannaBe... FeedFwd... 2012/07/08 10:55:46
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +3
    Excellent point, FF.
  • Bozette FeedFwd... 2012/07/08 12:47:26
    Bozette
    +2
    That idea is worthy of a Constitutional amendment.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/07/07 16:47:13
  • TheCouchF*cker 2012/07/07 16:26:10
    No
    TheCouchF*cker
    +1
    Live according to your principles and judgement, whatever they may be, not the man's. Just remember the man has way more guns than you do.
  • Tink123 2012/07/07 15:53:27 (edited)
    No
    Tink123
    +4
    Absolutely not. Jefferson defined* tyranny as that which is legal for the government, but illegal for the citizenry. And Madison was much more direct, stating resistance to tyranny was obedience to God.

    I happen to agree with them both on that. Laws that directly infringe on the inalienable rights of a people are immediately nullified and worth less than the paper they're written on. imho
  • WannaBe... Tink123 2012/07/08 11:08:22
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    Well said, Tinka. Bravo. ;-)
  • Tink123 WannaBe... 2012/07/08 12:53:37
    Tink123
    +1
    Hey there, thank you ;)
  • WannaBe... Tink123 2012/07/09 02:24:18
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/07/07 13:24:06 (edited)
    No
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +5
    If our ancestors obeyed every law of their country, what would we be? Likely slaves to a tyrant. It was an act of disobedience against the King's law that paved the way for the foundation of this nation.

    Outside a revolution, sometimes breaking the law is still a good thing. It allows the people to have an opportunity to take a law to court and judge the law. Of course, most dont look at it this way as most are unaware of jury nullification. They think only the supreme court can nullify a law, which is not true.
    - And just to note, I am not suggesting its good to commit murder or go out looking for laws to break.
  • FeedFwd... Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/07 18:10:13
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    +4
    The founding fathers, especially the signers of the Declaration of Independence valued liberty above comfort and even life itself. Not sure if we have many people with the same make-up today.
  • WannaBe... Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/08 11:09:44
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +3
    A fully informed Jury is one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal.
  • Waldorf 2012/07/07 13:17:38
    Maybe
    Waldorf
    +1
    I can't do much good from jail, and I am not going to risk having my guns taken away. The time will be right when my neighbors are also standing in their yards with guns.
  • WannaBe... Waldorf 2012/07/08 11:12:23
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +2
    Did Jesus do no good from having been handed into bondage, scourged and then nailed to a tree?

    If we wait for everyone else to move then we are cattle.
  • Waldorf WannaBe... 2012/07/08 12:52:29
    Waldorf
    +1
    You go first, then.
  • WannaBe... Waldorf 2012/07/09 02:24:55
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    Already on the move.
  • GeorgeAMartini 2012/07/07 07:20:35
    No
    GeorgeAMartini
    +2
    The only set of laws that I strive to completely obey, are the laws of physics.
  • WannaBe... GeorgeA... 2012/07/07 11:03:41
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +1
    Interestingly enough, that is a subset of God's Law that I haven't yet broken.
  • Dan ☮ R... GeorgeA... 2012/07/07 13:20:47
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +3
    Is it even possible to disobey them?
  • Tink123 Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/07 15:54:57
    Tink123
    +4
    lol That was my first thought as well.
  • GeorgeA... Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/07 22:23:43
    GeorgeAMartini
    +1
    I keep trying a few, like being in two places at the same time. Theoretically it is possible. Time travel is another one...
  • Dan ☮ R... GeorgeA... 2012/07/08 05:54:19
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +2
    Well, its already physically possible as electrons and other particles have been observed in two places at once. In theory its likely because matter is more of a "wave" and we mostly see the most likely location of the particles.

    Although, that is just a hypothesis, I think and a person being in two places... never observed.
  • AL 2012/07/07 06:34:37 (edited)
    Yes
    AL
    +4
    LMAO! Obama is picking only the laws he WANTS to enforce now anyway
  • WannaBe... AL 2012/07/07 11:04:36
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +2
    And making up "law" that is most convenient, along the way.
  • lcky9 2012/07/07 05:45:08
    No
    lcky9
    +3
    We THE PEOPLE should do what the idiots in the WHITE HOUSE PICK and CHOOSE which laws we obey.. like they PICK AND CHOOSE which ones they will enforce..
  • WannaBe... lcky9 2012/07/07 05:52:52
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +2
    What's good for the goose, is good for the gander, imho. :-)
  • Michael=Constitution & Liberty 2012/07/07 04:38:14
    No
    Michael=Constitution & Liberty
    +4
    roughly 40k new laws per year, would be hard to find anyone who could even cite them...
    "supreme court" is a "supreme joke" as well as the "judicial system". mo money mo money mo money...
    I do not conform well :)
  • WannaBe... Michael... 2012/07/07 05:33:06
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +2
    I never played well with the other children, either. :-)
  • tlee 2012/07/07 04:04:17
    No
    tlee
    +4
    good read,thanks
  • WannaBe... tlee 2012/07/07 04:15:39
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +2
    Most welcome, tlee.
  • rocat 2012/07/07 03:54:28
    No
    rocat
    +7
    guess ol' walter...
    knows about a few things ...
    besides economics-
  • WannaBe... rocat 2012/07/07 03:56:18
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +4
    Mr. Williams has intelligence, and wisdom.
  • rocat WannaBe... 2012/07/07 03:58:23
    rocat
    +6
    most modern "terrorists" do-
  • WannaBe... rocat 2012/07/07 04:16:19
    WannaBeRSC the Contrarian SOB
    +4
    Odd how comfortable we all have gotten with that moniker...
  • rocat WannaBe... 2012/07/07 04:21:40
    rocat
    +5
    beneath all words...
    lies meaning...

    that is where the human mind really dwells-
    whether knowingly or not-

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