Saturday, January 29, 2011
States nullification of Federal legislation
In 1802 President Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to a group in Connecticut where he mentioned the concept of “separation of church and state.” For about 130 years after that letter, God and government were interchangeable in America. Many public schools used the Bible as a reader. Many town squares at Christmas displayed a Nativity scene.
Then in the 1930’s or early 1940’s a Federal judge discovered Thomas Jefferson’s letter with “separation of church” and state, and inserted it into the Constitution. The thinking was if Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father wrote it, then it must have been the intend of the Constitution.
Never mind that in 1787 in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention among the 55 delegates was missing Thomas Jefferson. Because at the time of the Convention Mr. Jefferson was the United States minister to France.
Currently Many states (Idaho, Texas, Alabama, Kansas, Main, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, and Wyoming) are considering legislation that will nullify Congressional legislation if three-fourths (3/4) of the states agree the legislation is unconstitutional.
Many liberals and the news media are saying that nullification would be unconstitutional. Really? While Thomas Jefferson was president on at least three different occasions he stated nullification by the states of Federal law is constitutional.
So if Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter which mentioned “separation of church and state, and became law, how come he being a proponent of nullification has not been interpreted as law as was “separation of church and state?” Can you say liberal hypocrisy or news media bias? Hmmm?