Democrat Montana Governor Schweitzer made an unannounced visit to the Democrat Caucus Monday(1) to voice his concern over what he calls these un-American and unconstitutional bills. - “When we say, that we will nullify a portion of federal law that is simply saying that we don’t consider ourselves bound by the constitution of the United States of America, that’s very dangerous territory,” says Governor Schweitzer.
Republican House Rep. Derek Skees, sponsor of the Montana Nullification Reaffirmation Act, replied with – “the Governor isn’t qualified to deem bills unconstitutional. He isn’t any more of a scholar in constitutionality of law then any of us.”
Rep. Skees bill reaffirms the state of Montana’s 10th Amendment right to hold the federal government in check and within the limited powers delegated to the FED in the US Constitution. Governor Schweitzer has publicly deemed that right “unconstitutional” and even “un-American.”
In order for the Governor to be right, the Bill of Rights would have to be “unconstitutional” and even “un-American,” as Rep. Skees bill is based upon Amendments Nine and Ten of the US Constitution.
Amendment Nine - The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment Ten - The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
Apparently, the Governor is unfamiliar with the Bill of Rights, as well as the concepts of federalism and state sovereignty. Maybe the Governor is unfamiliar with the fact that his state also has a Constitution and states’ rights as a result.
The Montana Nullification Reaffirmation Act does not grant Montana the power to nullify “constitutional” acts of the federal government, under powers delegated to the federal government within the US Constitution.
The ACT reaffirms an existing right of all states, to overrule “unconstitutional” acts of the federal government whenever the federal government acts beyond the scope and authority granted it by the states, and when such an abuse of power is deemed by the state to be at odds with the best interest of the state and/or its citizens.
Rep. Skees bill is based entirely upon the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When did the US Constitution and Bill of Rights become “unconstitutional” and “un-American” in the minds of Democrat politicians like Governor Schweitzer? – Or maybe the governor did not bother to read the ACT before commenting?
Governor Schweitzer is a farmer and rancher with no prior political, legal or legislative experience. He is not a lawyer or a constitutional scholar. Maybe he truly does not know or understand the Constitution, states’ rights or the Bill of Rights—and is simply ill-equipped to act as Governor of a state that he has sworn an oath to protect and defend, even from federal tyranny. How does a governor protect the rights of his state and his citizens when he doesn’t even know what those rights are?
Montana is not alone in the battle for states’ rights and the growing nationwide effort to stop federal tyranny.
Arizona has introduced a similar bill, under SB 1433. Tennessee has also introduced similar legislation under HB 1705 in the House and SB 1474 in the Senate. More than a dozen other states are working with the same Model Legislation to reassert state nullification rights.
Other states like Idaho, are attempting to directly nullify unconstitutional federal mandates such as ObamaCare.
The Wisconsin Governor has told the FED to stay out of state affairs as the Governor struggles to avoid state bankruptcy by liberating Wisconsin taxpayers from the collective extortion rights Democrats and their labor unions have enjoyed for far too long.
28 states filed suit against the federal government over unconstitutional ObamaCare mandates. In short, states all across the country are searching for constitutional methods in which they can stop the federal government from forcing their states into bankruptcy via unconstitutional mandate.
Yet somehow, all of this has been lost on Montana’s Governor Schweitzer.
For Governor Schweitzer, the concept of states’ rights and the Tenth Amendment take a back seat to his desire to keep Montana in good graces with the FED, for a few dollars more…
According to KFBB TV Channel 5 in Montana, Governor Schweitzer says - “jeopardizing the federal funds we receive could have detrimental affects to the Treasure State.” - “If these Legislators are willing to walk about from $ 1 billion dollars worth of economic activity every year it would destroy the economy of Montana,” according to Schweitzer.
That’s it Governor? You are prepared to sell out Montana sovereignty and rights for a lousy billion bucks from the Nanny FED?
You will have to declare the Constitution and Bill of Rights “unconstitutional” to do so Governor, and I wouldn’t want to be you if you continue to call Montanans “un-American” in that process.
This insane position of yours might explain why you are the first Democrat to be elected Governor of Montana in over twenty years. You might also be the last Democrat elected Governor of Montana for at least another twenty years.
And by the way Governor… You are counting on a billion bucks from a FED which is more bankrupt than Montana… Give that some thought before you sell your state sovereignty and rights.