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Washington's appetite

Oklahoman Modified: April 1, 2013 at 1:28 am •  Published: April 1, 2013
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If “Nullification bills are a waste of time” (Our Views, March 21) is true, our republic is dead. The states are mere administrative agencies of a central government and the nine politically well-connected lawyers on the Supreme Court are the only real sovereigns in our union. Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution enumerates the 18 powers ceded to the federal government by the states. Regardless of the many hidden clauses the Supreme Court has been able to switch from its parchment over time, health care and the prohibition of marijuana are not among those listed, as well as authority for about 80 percent of the powers our current government exercises.

Does any thinking person believe that national elections and Supreme Court appointments will shrink or even curb the expansion of Washington and its ever-growing appetite for our liberty and treasure? This course of action has a long history of repeated failures. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison knew it would be the duty of a state to protect its citizens from unconstitutional laws. They believed nullification to be the "rightful remedy" in such cases. I'm certain these men were more than familiar with the particulars of our governing document.

Our only realistic hope of a decent and prosperous future for our children lies with Oklahoma and other states forcing our hired agent back onto the constitutional reservation.

Mark Irwin, Lahoma