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Arizona to secede (without OFFICIALLY doing so)

by E.J. Montini, AZCentral

Members of the state Legislature, including Arizona’s de facto
governor, Senate President Russell Pearce, have introduced a bill that
essentially would have Arizona secede from the union without having to
do so officially.

Really.

It’s called SB1433, (See it here.)
It creates a 12-member committee within the legislature that could
“vote by simple majority to nullify in its entirety a specific federal
law or regulation that is outside the scope of the powers delegated by
the people to the federal government…”

Committee members themselves would decide this, then pass along their recommendation to the full Legislature. If, in turn, a majority of state lawmakers go
along with the committee then, according to the bill, “this state and its citizens shall not recognize or be obligated to live under the statute, mandate or executive order.”

The nullification committee also would be permitted to review all existing federal laws to see if our legislative geniuses want to toss them out as well.

In every legislative session in every state throughout the land there are
proposals like this, usually made by a few fringe members who know their
proposal has no chance but file it anyway to serve some personal or
political agenda.

In this instance, legislators here — who claim to be strict constitutionalists — seem fairly willing to ignore what is commonly called the “supremacy clause” of the U.S. Constitution (as well as the Fourteenth Amendment), and which more or less say that federal law supersedes state law.

A state or a person can challenge such laws in court. But a state can’t on its own simply declare a federal law to be unconsitutional.

Legislators who propose such things often are quietly patted on the heads and laughed off by their colleagues.

In our case, however, the legislation is being proposed by, among others,
Sen. Pearce, the most powerful person in state government.

So, as wacky as the proposal is, that makes it much less of a laughing matter.

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Eliel

Makes sense… Homeland Security already ceded hundreds of square miles of Arizona to Mexico. I guess Arizona just decided to finish the job.

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GoneWithTheWind

It would seem to be obvious that this is exactly what the constitution mandates and what all 50 states should be doing. We would not be in the economic mess we are in if the states and citizens had challenged the federal government every time they stepped outside their constitutional authority.

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Liberty Watchdog

Federal law does not always supersede state law.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made IN PURSUANCE THEREOF; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land;

Therefore, if Congress proposes or passes unconstitutional legislation such as making a person president for life, splitting up a state, or any other power not delegated to Congress in Article 1, section 8, (and some would also include Amendment XIV), this legislation is not in pursuance of the Constitution.

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arleigh crisman

Is it true , that the Feds arrested the sheriff and his deputees that had been arresting illegals?

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Aaron

Hadn’t heard that one and can’t see any news stories on it.

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