The following was posted on the Independent American & Constitutional Review by Joshua Fauver on July 1st, 2013:
The following letter was sent to 900 county sheriffs and 1,300 state legislatures by the Independent American Party and was published on their website on July 1st, 2013.
The following was sent to 900 County Sheriffs & 1,300 State Legislators (modified slightly for each group). Forward it on to your representatives!
Taken from an article in The New American
“Simply stated, nullification is a concept of constitutional law that recognizes the right of each state [county, or local jurisdiction] to nullify, or invalidate, any federal measure that exceeds the few and defined powers allowed to the federal government as enumerated in the Constitution.
“Nullification is founded on the assertion that the sovereign states formed the union [likewise county entities formed the state], and as creators of the compact, they hold ultimate authority as to the limits of the power of the central government to enact laws that are applicable to the states and the citizens thereof.
“If a number of political societies enter into a larger political society, the laws which the latter may enact, pursuant to the powers entrusted to it by its constitution, must necessarily be supreme over those societies and the individuals of whom they are composed…. But it will not follow from this doctrine that acts of the larger society which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers, but which are invasions of the residuary authorities of the smaller societies, will become the supreme law of the land. These will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such.
“Hamilton is not alone. The undeniable truth is that not a single one of our Founding Fathers, not even the most ardent advocate of a powerful central government, would have remained even one day at the Philadelphia Convention if he had believed that the government they were creating would become the instrument of tyranny that it has become.
“The way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to every one exactly the functions he is competent to. Let the national government be entrusted with the defense of the nation, and its foreign and federal relations; the State governments with the civil rights, law, police, and administration of what concerns the State generally; the counties with the local concerns of the counties, and each ward direct the interests within itself. It is by dividing and subdividing these republics from the great national one down through all its subordinations, until it ends in the administration of every man’s farm by himself; by placing under every one what his own eye may superintend, that all will be done for the best. What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body.” (Works 6:543; P.P.N.S., p. 125) –