How is compliance with the Constitution enforced? That is tasked to the People. The opening words of the Constitution are, “We the People in order to form a more perfect union.” The real question is not who, but how do We the People enforce compliance? One of the ways to ensure compliance is to establish Constitutional Compliant Counties and Municipalities. While the Oaths that each official takes when elected (or appointed) to office commands that the official supports and defends the Constitution of the United States these officials often neglect this responsibility. How would Constitutional Compliant Counties change this?
What is a Constitutional Compliant County?
A Constitutional Compliant County adopts measures where unconstitutional laws cannot be enforced in their jurisdiction. These officials have passed legislation that includes measures that penalize any attempt to enforce any law that violates the text and intent of the Constitution. This includes the Constitutional Sheriff stating that any attempts to enforce unconstitutional laws will result in the person being charged with Federal Felony charges under Title 18 USC 242. The County Administrators (Legislators) can go a little further with enacting County Legislation that results in criminal charges. This legislation would be subject to the State Constitution and the Charter of the municipality enacting such laws.
The Constitutional Sheriff can refuse to aid State and Federal Authorities in the enforcement of unconstitutional laws. Sheriffs can refuse to allow for the detainment, in county jail, of people charged under an unconstitutional law. They can stand against the enforcement of unconstitutional laws using Federal, State, and Local laws that protect the rights of constituents. The Sheriff is elected by the people and it is the people he is charged with serving.
Constitutional Compliant County Legislatures
The members of County Legislatures have all taken an Oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. However, many County Legislative bodies do not understand how to properly support and defend the Constitution of the United States. They wrongly interpret the Supremacy Clause in both their State Constitution and the United States Constitution. They interpret that clause as meaning that State and Federal Laws are supreme to County Legislation. The part they fail to recognize is that the Supremacy Clause grants supreme authority to the Constitution of the United States. Any laws that fail to adhere to the Constitution of the United States are in violation of the Supremacy Clause.
Article VI Clause 2 (The Supremacy Clause)
Article VI Clause 2 (the Supremacy Clause) reads, “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; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any state to the Contrary notwithstanding.” This means that only laws that are made in accordance with the United States Constitution are to be considered the Law of the Land. As the Constitution is a permissive authority document it limits the Federal Government to the authority that is enumerated within it and it does not allow for the Federal Government to exercise authority that was not granted to it. Any law made outside of the authority enumerated in the Constitution is not supreme.
Once a law established by the Federal Government exceeds the authority of the Federal Government the County Legislative body has a duty to oppose that legislation. This is where Constitutionally Compliant County Legislatures can enact measures to oppose unconstitutional laws.
We the People
Not all of us can go to Congress and speak in the Senate or House of Representatives opposing unconstitutional laws. Writing to our representatives and Senators is often responded to with a form letter. Participating at the municipal level our voice is far more likely to be heard and acknowledged. Instead of competing with millions of other voters, we are competing with far fewer at the local level. It is here that we can have an impact by speaking at Municiapla legislative meetings. We can urge our Local representatives to adopt Constitutionally compliant measures.
As citizens, we have to get involved in our local governments at the municipal level. We can work to establish a system that not only protects our rights but the rights of everyone. When we work locally we can establish the means to overcome unconstitutional laws. Start demanding that your local representatives start adhering to their Oaths. When they fail to do so replace them with someone that will. Even if that means you run for that seat.
Our voices aren’t being heard. We aren’t using them right. Speak directly to those you have to most influence over. Unconstitutional laws can only remain if we allow them to remain. Acting locally gives us the best chance of success in defeating unconstitutional laws and ensuring that the freedom that the founders work so diligently to establish when they framed the Constitution of the United States. It is up to us to create Constitutional Compliant Counties.
Start educating yourself about the Constitution. You can read it at the United States Senate Website at https://www.senate.gov/civics/constitution_item/constitution.htm
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