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Legislature's disregard for Constitution unsettling

Posted: March 20, 2013 - 2:18pm  |  Updated: March 21, 2013 - 9:01am

I am a U.S. citizen living in Alaska and, I am outraged by many laws proposed by the Alaska legislature. HB 69, a nullification bill passed by the House to invalidate any future federal laws regarding guns, is just one example of a state legislature run amok.

The fact that this bill is a complete fraud is, for me, a given. My real concern is the way this nullification bill is discussed. Do legislators realize the potential danger law enforcement officers could be in if someone decides this is a valid and true law and shoots an officer? Are they willing to live with that very real possibility? What about a state or local law enforcement official who tries to enforce this insane law, but ends up in federal prison for interfering with a federal official? Are legislators willing to accept that responsibility?

This is not a game; this should not be taken lightly or discussed frivolously with laughter as I heard at a local legislative get-together last weekend. There are real people involved, and real people could get hurt, killed or put in jail for listening to lawmakers who apparently have no respect for the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that nullification is unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but it seems like many legislators in Juneau believe they are above the highest court in our land.

Do these despot legislators simply believe certain federal laws, statutes and regulations do not apply to Alaska or is something else in the works? Could it be that our rogue legislators, with their insistence that state law can trump federal law, are leading us towards something that is whispered about among a very small minority of people throughout the U.S.? I speak of secession; that period of U.S. history when states in the south feared the loss of slave labor when an abolitionist, Abraham Lincoln, was elected president. Eleven southern states decided to leave the Union rather than tolerate a federal law abolishing slavery … the rest of the story does not need to be repeated.

Consider HB 83, which passed in the House on March 13, which calls for the judiciary committees of the House and Senate to nullify or invalidate any federal law, statute, regulation or order that the Alaska Attorney General believes to be unconstitutional. Seriously? There is an overwhelming majority of one party in the legislature, but that does not give them the authority to rip the U.S. Constitution to shreds. The state Attorney General, along with the Alaska legislature, cannot pick and choose which federal laws, statutes or regulations the state will or won’t follow. I am an American citizen who believes in the U.S. Constitution. For those legislators who want to ignore federal law and the U.S. Constitution, do it on your own time and suffer the consequences. Don’t drag the entire citizenry of the state of Alaska with you on this farce. You were elected to serve the people of the state of Alaska, not separate us from the rest of the United States!

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normolson
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normolson 03/21/13 - 05:02 pm
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Hard To Imagine

It's hard to imagine than any Alaskan could be so misinformed about the power of nullification.

Bob Bird has spoken often and with great clarity on the subject of nullification. Truly, nullification IS the only way to cripple the efforts of the power-hungry central government.

Alaska for Alaskans... Keep it independent and keep it free!

jimbob
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jimbob 03/21/13 - 06:19 pm
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So Mistaken, So Sad

Ms. Vasquez expresses strong beliefs in the US constitution but evidently knows little about the document or it's history. It is very clear that when the constitution was put in place, the various states made it abundantly clear that they were not creating a federal government that would possess more power than the states themselves. Why would the states create an entity and surrender their individual power to that entity? I recommend the book "Nullification" by Thomas Woods. It is a well researched and informative guide to the rights of states to resist tyranny of the federal government. We have a President who apparently doesn't believe in the constitution. He believes that he can order killing American citizens without any due process or court order. This and multitudes of other reasons dictate that states must be able to resist Federal bullying and unconstitutional intrusions.

Norseman
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Norseman 03/21/13 - 08:50 pm
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militia coming outa the

militia coming outa the woodwork as soon as you mention nullification......

Good letter miss Vasquez.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/21/13 - 09:10 pm
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central

Nearly 200 hundred years have past,and this country has been run by the federal government.One must remember the "Living Document" the Constitution has been amended more than a few times,and especially since 9/11 for reasons of our national security.Alaska is not independent.Alaska is just one of 50 states.Which make up this country.Being an AMERICAN comes before being an Alaskan in my point of view.My passport states that I am an American.The state of Alaska does not issue passports Wishing for something was one way,and reality.Are two different things.One must come to grips with this fact.The nullification is a political ploy.Which have drawn out the loud minority.

jimbob
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jimbob 03/21/13 - 10:21 pm
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Do the Research

"Whensoever the General government assumes undelegated powers...........a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy." Thomas Jefferson

I suppose that there are some that will claim that Jefferson was wrong or he didn't mean what he said. Study history and the basis of the tenth amendment and you will find that the founders did not create the federal government, grant it absolute power, and leave the states with no remedy when the federal government abuses its power with unconstitutional acts, regulations and mandates.

jlmh
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jlmh 03/21/13 - 11:35 pm
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Great Example!

"Eleven southern states decided to leave the Union rather than tolerate a federal law abolishing slavery … the rest of the story does not need to be repeated." -Vasquez

Yes, we wouldn't want to repeat the ugly details of what it took to preserve the union. Let's not talk about Sherman's march to the sea, burning down the homes and farms of everyone in his path, killing livestock, tearing up railroads, and destroying basic infrastructure so that they would be too economically crushed to participate in a revolution. In fact, he fed his own army by plundering civilian goods. Thanks to the noble abolition of slavery, all those former slaves went on to embrace economic opportunities and assimilate smoothly into American society. Oh wait... that's not quite what Abraham Lincoln delivered.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/22/13 - 06:36 am
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delivered

If Lincoln was not shot by Boothe. Then maybe more of the goods would have been delivered. Shermans march to the sea?
Like the saying goes "War is Hell".We were at war.Thus the term "Civil War".One must remember.The south fired on a Federal Fort Sumter.The north did not fire first. Yes! Plundering supplies to feed his army was absolutely necessary to accomplish his mission.He,and his army were on their own at the time.We did it every war since ie. The carpet bombing of Germany tens of thousand civilians were killed in one day.The wasting of Iraq.The drone actions in Afghanistan killing civilians.The atomic bomb dropping of Hiroshima,and Nagasaki.Our country when in a war status as we are today.There is no such thing as a civilian in a war zone.Civilians are usually employed in the defense plants such to supply the military with the capability to continue hostilities.The idea of when one goes to war is to WIN.Destroying infrastructure,and economy is a very good way to get the mission of war accomplished.The sooner the loud minority of Alaskan's realize. They are part of the UNITED STATES.Talking of an Independent Alaska is absolute nonsense,and rather naive.

Norseman
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Norseman 03/22/13 - 06:51 am
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....."I am an American

....."I am an American citizen who believes in the U.S. Constitution. For those legislators who want to ignore federal law and the U.S. Constitution, do it on your own time and suffer the consequences. Don’t drag the entire citizenry of the state of Alaska with you on this farce. You were elected to serve the people of the state of Alaska, not separate us from the rest of the United States!....."

That pretty much sums it all up. We have a legislature that's majority belongs to the "stupid party" and either are employed by big oil, or have some ties to them. We will never know since the supreme court has allowed corporations to spent millions on lobbying without having to disclose it's donors/donorees.

This republican led legislation has just furthered dumbed down our state. And I didn't think it could get much worse after having palin.......

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 03/22/13 - 10:11 am
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@ Norseman

"We have a legislature that's majority belongs to the "stupid party" and either are employed by big oil, or have some ties to them. We will never know since the supreme court has allowed corporations to spent millions on lobbying without having to disclose it's donors/donorees."

The "stupid party?" Really? So do tell ... which party is the "smart party?" It seems to me neither party gets a lot done these days on the state or federal level.

The USSC decision involving campaign contributions only applies to party (soft) contributions, not individual (hard) contributions. So if a company were to make a campaign contribution directly to a candidate, that amount would need to be reported and be subject to limits. However, if they were to give to a party, that amount would not need to be reported and not be subject to limits, but they would still be listed as a contributer. Furthermore, that decision only applies to Federal office, not state offices and addresses the issue of Political Action Committees (PACs).

There has been no such USSC decision concerning lobbying or lobbyists. Any monies applied to lobbying whether it be directly to a congressman or group of congressmen must be reported. Lobbying does not fall under campaign contributions.
If you know of some other court decision that proves my comment wrong, please include the link.

Sources:
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-205.pdf
http://ethics.house.gov/gifts/prohibited-lobbyist-gifts
http://doa.alaska.gov/apoc/pdf/manual-lobbying.pdf

Norseman
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Norseman 03/22/13 - 10:47 am
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Republican leaders call

Republican leaders call themselves the stupid party. Look up Gov Bobby Jindal.

The stupidty of what our legislatures are doing could have been averted if anyone of them would bother to read the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

We are fast becoming one of the dumbest states in the nation with some of the laws these nitwits are passing.

Having been here since the 70's, it is hard to watch us moving backwards faster than an avalanche on the seward highway........

LaFern
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LaFern 03/22/13 - 12:53 pm
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Time Wasting

It call comes down to money and time, and time is more money. The fact that the Republican legislators choose to spend hundreds of hours working on bills that are symbolic in nature only and totally unenforceable means they are going up to every Alaskan and saying "Hi. I'm taking your tax money for symbolic work. You will get a symbolic benefit."

It's stealing and it's treasonous.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 03/26/13 - 08:52 am
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Baaaaaaaa! Baaaaaaa!
Unpublished

Michele: I see you are one of the Liberal Sheep who just wants to sit on your duff and allow a bunch of Liberal Socialists destroy our Nation!

Since you are a cheeckako, let me enlighten you about fellow Alaskan's. We cherish our 2nd Amendment rights, and will not idly sit on our duff allowing a bunch of idiots (such as Feinstein, Schumer, obama or Hillary) enslave us!

What the law read Ms.Vasquez, is that if a Federal Agent tries to enforce an law made by YOUR Socialist Legislatures, and which is in violation of the Constitutiuon of the United States of America, then they will be charged with a crime! It is bound to "nullification" or the fact that we (as Americans) do not have to follow laws, made by our Government, that goes against the Constition of the United States of America. In other words "Nullification is the idea that the state will stand between the federal government and the citizens when the federal government has gone out of bounds.”

I see you failed your History class, so let me enlighten you: Take a brief moment to look up the Political Manuevers of Adolf Hitler in 1933, then ask yourself if you are one of those idiots who sat back and did nothing as Uncle Adolf stripped the citizens of their right to bear arms among all other rights...up to and including their lives?

My question remains, why would you support a political regime that violates our Constitutional Rights? That makes YOU in violation of what America stands for....NOT US!

I stand in bewilderment of your comment in which you stated "For those legislators who want to ignore federal law and the U.S. Constitution, do it on your own time and suffer the consequences. Don’t drag the entire citizenry of the state of Alaska with you on this farce. You were elected to serve the people of the state of Alaska, not separate us from the rest of the United States!"

HELLO MICHELE! These people you speak about is YOUR OBAMA ADMINISTRATION! LOL!!! If they wouldn't be in viotlation ofFederal Law (2nd Amendment of our Constition), then our honorable Alaskan Legislatures wouldn't have to argue the point!

You see, the problem is socialist supports like YOU not Patriots like US!

My suggestion to you Mz. Vasquez, "if you don't like how we run our Government in Alaska...feel free to pack your carpetbag and move back to wherever rock State you came out from under (my guess it that your roots are from the peoples republic of California correct?)

And feel free to take the other clueless liberal idiots who commented above with you!

radiokenai
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radiokenai 03/23/13 - 08:38 am
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jimbob
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Well Said...!

radiokenai
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radiokenai 03/23/13 - 08:40 am
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Noresman
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Are you really that dense? I suggest, that since you are so much against our Great Nation, that you move to another country that suits your beliefs...such as Russia or China!

bob99507
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bob99507 03/23/13 - 08:44 am
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norseman

Why don't you move to California they seem more in line with your thinking and have the party you embrace in power.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 03/23/13 - 08:55 am
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bob99507
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I bet he LIVES in Kalifornia already! Probably never been to Alaska!

Sam Von Pufendorf
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Sam Von Pufendorf 03/23/13 - 11:03 am
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Rauladuke: Constitutional Amendments

The Constitution has been amended seventeen times since the bill of rights (the original ten amendments). The last change or amendment to the constitution was in 1992.
I believe you are inferring the USA Patriot Act which in no way alters the Constitution, but instead tests the boundaries of the document, specifically the fourth amendment.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/23/13 - 12:05 pm
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boundaries

I should have been more specific.The boundaries which the non-patriot act tests in my opinion is far more than the 4th Amendment.The 1st Amendment i.e. free speech zones as put into play at the request of then vice-president Cheney .Sorry but anywhere I am standing inside the border of the USA is a free speech zone.I fought for that specific right to keep,and not relinquish.In 1986 Ronald Reagan signed a special order.Where the citizens of this country just allowed this special order to relieve us of our 5th Amendment right.The 1st amendment is stifled by the DOD,and HLS. The journalist in our combat zones have been having their press releases edited for content to make the horror of these oil field protecting wars more easy to digest.We do not have the war a 6pm as in past wars.We are not even allowed to see the flag draped coffins. We do not even do these heroes the honor of honoring their total sacrifice for this nation.The reasoning behind this I fear is it could sway public opinion to bring our troops home.I never thought it possible,but the suicide rate amongst the military now is higher than that of the Vietnam Vets. Which is an absolute American shame.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/23/13 - 12:10 pm
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stay put

Norseman ! You just stay put.There are people .Who like the last president. Who stated "If you ain't with me .Your agin me".I call them paranoid,short sighted,and narrow minded.Diversity made this country,and diversity will preserve it also.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 03/24/13 - 08:04 am
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Raoulduke?
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WOW! Impressive! I see you are slowly waking up to the fact that YOUR OBAMA president is not as wonderful as you were fooled into believing?

Sounds like you are opening your ears and eyes to the fact that our Government is out of control, especially with the idiots we have in office at this time!

My suggestion is to remember all of this next election day, and VOTE OUT any and all Liberal Socialist that you can!

And Join the NRA!

BigRedDog
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BigRedDog 03/25/13 - 07:10 am
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Easy Press, big distraction

This whole gun grab is the thing that is unconstitutional. I feel it is on the line of treason to impose gun laws that would dis-arm our citizen militia. But the entire issue has only been brought up as a distraction from the public focus on the failure of our political system to perform the financial requirements that are being ignored in this constituion you are SO concerned about. Back in 1774 the Brittish over taxed the import of assault muskets into the American Colonies. In 1775 they tried to stop the import, and in 1776 they really blew it and tried to just take them!

Norseman
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Norseman 03/25/13 - 12:46 pm
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gun grab LOLOLOL.....dang gun

gun grab LOLOLOL.....dang gun grabbers LOLOL
gunna grab yer gun......yessiree

Please do tell us dog when was the last time someone broke down your door and grabbed your gun?

lay to rest the gun grabber thingy.....ain't no one grabbing anyones guns.

alaskagunhunter
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alaskagunhunter 03/25/13 - 01:58 pm
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Grab my gun

Two works to educate you. Hurricaine Katrina

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/25/13 - 02:23 pm
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Gun Grab

Gun grab,Gun grab a term that is equivalent to beating a dead horse. Read ,Comprehend,and do not listen to hearsay.Now are the Alaska State Troopers. Going to use their new Assault Vehicles for helping to achieve just that purpose? Some paranoids would think so.But the answer is a resounding NOT.

radiokenai
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radiokenai 03/26/13 - 08:59 am
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raoulduke
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Typical Liberal...cluesless and deceived by baracky. Here let me shine some light on your dismal world:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKkUG1F2JiI

spwright
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spwright 03/30/13 - 09:25 am
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P. O. S.

3/30/13 Has anyone else noticed just how fast DON YOUNG'S FUBAR has disappeared from the HeadLines of the Alaska News. WorldWide News yesterday Fri 3/29/13 Today it's nowhere to be found. Imagine That.

I just now figured out what the letters of P.O.S. mean:
Party Of Stupid

This is MY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE. Makes Ya Proud to be a Alaskan ! NOT ! Way to Go DON YOUNG You have just Proven that You are from the Party Of Stupid !
This is a embrassment for the whole state of Alaska.

"50 or 60 Wet Backs picking tomatoes" Who could be so Stupid as to state that on public radio ?
Our Very Own ELECTED Republican House of Representative DON YOUNG.
Way to Go [filtered word] ! SPW

Norseman
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Norseman 03/30/13 - 02:05 pm
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our very own archie

our very own archie bunker......time for don to go
As governor Bobby Jindal so elegantly put it, "We need to STOP being the stupid party"....

LaFern
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LaFern 03/31/13 - 01:53 am
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Young

I agree that it is disturbing how Young's transgressions seem to be quickly wiped clean from non-Anchorage news services. Meanwhile, the rest of the nation (and quite a bit of world) is wondering why we have a million-term racist with less charm and less effectiveness than even Palin or Parnell themselves.

Raoulduke
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Raoulduke 03/31/13 - 05:00 am
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Who could be so?

SPW The answer to your question.Who could be so stupid.The VOTERS. They kept reelecting the joke.When you were raised on a farm in central California,and from your youngest years.Kept hearing the term wetback from racist land owners,and ones own family members.What do you expect?A senile RACIST.Keep up the good work Alaskan VOTERS.

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