Constitution Limits Law-Making By Feds

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Editor:

Once again the Arizona State Senate Rules Committee kills a constitutional bill because “it would probably violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives federal laws priority over conflicting state laws” (“Local lawmakers would make sheriffs ultimate authority,” Payson Roundup, March 7.)

Invite anyone interested to read Article VI of the United States Constitution, which contains the so-called “supremacy clause” — “This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; … shall be the supreme law of the land …”

Wannabe tyrants who cite it almost invariably leave out the qualifiers “which shall be made in Pursuance thereof.”

Laws of the United States not made in pursuance to the United States Constitution are not the supreme law of the land. The 10th Amendment says so:

“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.”

If the Constitution does not delegate the power to the federal government, the federal government doesn’t have it and cannot lawfully enforce it. Thus federal officers invading a state to enforce gun laws, drug laws, environmental protection laws and millions of other laws and regulations the federal government has no authority to enforce should be stopped by the county sheriff, who is elected to serve the people of the county and protect their constitutional rights from illegal activity by other citizens or by government officers acting illegally under color of law.

Donald L. Cline

Comments

Ted Paulk 9 months ago

Sounds just like Mr. Sunshine, John McCain...except you want the sheriffs of Arizona to declare war on the federal government...what color is the sky in your world Donald?

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Donald Cline 9 months ago

Ted, are you capable of posting a rational, thoughtful, or factual message on this board? Are you on drugs of some kind? I never liked the phrase when my father used it, but your messages are proof of his observation "some people sound like they are on a dope." See if you can pay attention for a few seconds here, Ted: I don't like John McCain because the only time he ever sounds or acts like a Republican is when he is campaigning. The rest of the time he sounds like a RINO and quite often he sounds like a Marxist-Democrat under cover, and sometimes he just sounds like an idiot -- and most of the time it is difficult to distinguish between the last two, just as it is when I read your messages. Now if you have anything else to add to this subject, why don't you start with an explanation of your totally irrational claim about the Sheriffs of Arizona declaring war on the federal government? I didn't say anything like that. I just want the federal government to stop its insurrection against the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental liberties under the rule of law this nation was founded to preserve and protect for the first time in more than 25 centuries. You really ought to wise up and find out where your bogus political ideology, if you can call it that, is leading you.

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