Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | One comment

The Hope for Liberty Lies with the States

By Michael Jolley

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After being declared the winner last night in the race for his first full term as governor, Gary Herbert said that, “The best hope for America as we go forward is the states. And led by Republican governors, this country will survive, we’ll have a bright future and Utah will be the one to help lead by example.”

Whatever political party to which the several governors belong, we strongly agree that the best hope in upholding the Constitution and downsizing D.C. lies with the state legislatures, interposing themselves between Washington and their citizens.

Across the nation yesterday, Americans largely voted for the status quo. After all was said and done, Barack Obama was re-elected as president, the Republicans maintained control of the House, and the Democrats will continue to have the majority in the Senate. What hope do we have for any change in Washington?

The answer to the unconstitutional overreaches of the federal government is nullification. If you’re not familiar with this method of upholding the Constitution, please read a couple of our other articles on the subject here and here. Nullification has been used successfully throughout American’s history to stand up to a federal government exceeding its constitutional bounds.

One silver lining from the yesterday’s election results is that six states passed measures to nullify unconstitutional federal laws. Nullification has worked and will work if we use it. The question is, will Utah, as Governor Herbert said, “be the one to help lead by example”?

About the Author

Michael Jolley is Director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Studies. He earned a B.A. in Finance/Economics from Utah State University. With experience on campaigns for federal office and previous involvement with the Utah Tenth Amendment Center, he is a committed proponent of limited government and constitutional restraint. Jolley owns a small business in Orem and resides in Lindon with his wife Jessica and their two children.