James or Hugh,
Regarding Odds & Sods, Monday, 6 July 2015 in reference to New American Article; “Pound Sand, Your Honor. More Americans Want States To Ignore Federal Courts”, apparently there is some ignorance afoot about the federal courts, and the federal government.
- The citizens need to learn that the federal government was created by the original states and allotted certain specific duties for each branch to carry out, and given ONLY those duties.
- Thomas Jefferson, in 1798, and James Madison, in 1799, together established the legal action of NULLIFICATION; as a legal means for the citizens and states to counter ANY un-Constitutional laws or decisions by any part of the federal government, such as the recent SCOTUS legislating, un-Constitutionally, from the bench. That does include the Supreme Court of the U.S., which is NOT the final word on any Constitutional question but rather by the citizens and the states. This concept has been lost in recent times, and the public needs to be re-educated on their rights and duties. The Article Title is itself almost right but needs to be carried out through the legal action of NULLIFICATION.
“For, whenever a question arises between the society at large and any magistrate vested with powers originally delegated by that society, it must be decided by the voice of the society itself: there is not upon earth any other tribunal to resort to.”– Sir William Blackstone, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, Book I, Chapter 3, pp. 205-206(my underline, noting the origin of said “vested powers”; ie, the Original States)