A few courageous conservatives filed a bill this week that would reaffirm the state's marriage amendment and make same-sex "marriages" illegal in North Carolina. These legislators included Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford. Predictably, the corrupt media went after them in retaliation.
These legislators were employing a tool called nullification. This technique has been used numerous times throughout history by states in order to counteract an overreaching federal government. The Tenth Amendment Center and the Facebook page "Nullification at Work" provide examples. The principle is that the individual states can assert their constitutional role and sovereignty by invalidating unconstitutional federal laws and rules affecting their respective state. Publius Huldah provides more details.
Unfortunately, the effort by these courageous legislators to reaffirm the will of North Carolina voters was quickly disavowed by Speaker Tim Moore who stated that the bill would not move; and would be stuck in the Rules Committee. Our own Jon Hardister spoke against the legislation.
The contemporary wisdom is that federal law is written at least three different ways. The first involves judges making rulings to enact their policy preferences. The second method includes regulatory agencies at the federal level writing rules and regulations. And the third way-- admittedly quaint and retro-- requires Congress to pass an actual bill.
Of course, the Constitution itself only authorizes the third method. The first two methods are essentially illegal under the Constitution, but have become common practice.
Everyone who is "respectable" in the political arena must agree that all three methods of writing laws are acceptable. You therefore see numerous Republicans acquiescing automatically with this status quo. They are essentially bowing before the toxic, corrupt philosophies enforced by the media and all those who demand an overbearing federal government.
They are also undermining self-government and the proper functioning of what is supposed to be a constitutional republic. They are undermining representative democracy.
In any case, Speaker Moore has essentially pronounced that federal judges are qualified to write the law in the state of North Carolina; and that we do not have any sovereignty on matters within our state if federal judges make a ruling. That is now the official position of the Republican Party in the state of North Carolina.
Another bill was introduced this week. Senator Andrew Brock from Davie County has sponsored a bill that reduces the state's onerous requirements to enable more third parties and unaffiliated candidates to get on the ballot.
I hope the legislative leaders in the Senate and the House allow this bill to move. The Republican Party, with its actions, has adopted the profile of a moderate or centrist party. It has increasingly made constitutional conservatives and cultural conservatives feel unwelcome; and clearly does not value us. Conservatives need another party in which to find a home. Let's hope the leadership allows us to have this.