Solutions should be the goal, not band-aids or feel good measures
The federal government is out of control. The recent Biden edict mandating vaccines is simply a symptom of a bigger problem. Right now, Congress is debating how much of our grandchildren's money we should be wasting on boondoggle projects in the name of progress and socialism. Without a meaningful push back by the states this nightmare will become reality.
In several states there is an effort to pass legislation that would interpose the states between the affected people and the federal mandates. While these efforts feel good, they are at best a temporary band aid. In Wyoming, for instance, the legislature is about to meet in special session to discuss interposition legislation centered around the Biden mandate. In Kansas, an effort recently failed to garner enough support to call a special session, but a legislative committee was formed and will meet next week to discuss interposition legislation centered around the Biden mandate. In Nebraska, there is an effort to call a special session supported by over half of the Unicameral.
What are interposition activities? According to constitutional scholar, Professor Robert G. Natelson, James Madison laid out the following constitutional methods in increasing order of legal force:
- state-coordinated campaigns of public and political education – that is, public relations
- state lobbying efforts directed at Congress
- state-led lawsuits
- state legal provisions designed to hinder or fail to cooperate with federal actions
- interstate coordination of all of the above
- the Article V convention process
While extra-constitutional interposition include:
- state nullification of federal acts
Madison was very clear that all constitutional interposition activities should be attempted before going outside of the Constitution to seek relief.
Many of the same people pushing interposition legislation, that includes state nullification of federal acts in the states, are opposed to the states meeting in convention under the authority in Article V of the Constitution to offer real reform to the federal government. These individuals are using the fears of constituents that are losing their jobs, seeing their pensions threatened, and witnessing the radical takeover of their country to push efforts that historically have resulted in poor results.
Governor Abbott in Texas has attempted to interpose Texas between the federal mandates and employees of businesses forced to abide by the Biden mandate. A little success has been noted with Southwest Airlines, based in Dallas, just announcing a change in their mandate policy.
Abbott understands the power the states have. He already helped Texas join the effort to call a Convention of States. Wyoming, Kansas, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska have yet to join the Convention of States effort. If they want to push interposition like Texas, they must be also ready to follow Texas' move to call a Convention of States to put meaningful limits on the money being spent in Washington, D.C., limits on time in office for Congress, as well as getting the federal government out of our personal health decisions.
It is completely disingenuous for legislators to push for interposition efforts alone. Many legislators pushing the hardest fight the Convention of States effort. Why? Fear? It is time to put fear aside. Their fears are easily dispelled, but regardless, what is there to be afraid of? Their fears are reality if only they look at what their inaction has allowed to manifest in Washington, D.C. due to inaction. No half measures!
15 states have joined the Convention of States call. Is your legislator on board with solutions, or are they offering efforts that lead back to this same situation in a couple of years? The states must use every weapon in the arsenal including thinking long game. A Convention of States is the only constitutional remedy big enough to tackle the problem long term. Get your state legislators on board today with an all out interposition stance including supporting Convention of States!
David P. Schneider is a Regional Director for Convention of States based in Kansas. He has helped build a grassroots force in several states, worked with legislators in 13 different state capitol buildings, and has helped pass the Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and North Dakota applications to join the Convention of States effort.
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