The Redistribution of Federal Tax Dollars Trumped Marriage Bill in Tennessee
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. – Daniel Webster
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. – John Quincy Adams
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. – Thomas Jefferson
The Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act (HB 1412) (NDMA) failed to make it out of committee, so there will be no vote on the floor of the State House. The death of the bill in a committee will be viewed by progressives as a victory, and a sign that even in a fairly conservative state like Tennessee people are slouching towards Gomorrah, but nothing could be further from the truth. The reason the bill did not make it out of committee and will probably never make it to a vote is because Tennessee is drunk on federal tax dollars.
The State of Tennessee possesses the power to nullify the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, but it seems unlikely that it will challenge the unconstitutional law-making authority of the SCOTUS because it would be punished by D.C. politicians and their army of bureaucrats.
The doctrine of nullification should be viewed by states as the remedy for repelling unconstitutional laws foisted upon them by Congress, the Executive, and federal courts. The Tenth Amendment and the doctrine of nullification explained by Thomas Jefferson in the Kentucky Resolutions give states the power to nullify any federal laws they deem to be unconstitutional. Jefferson wrote:
According to the plain intent and meaning in which it (U.S. Constitution) was understood and acceded by the several parties (States), it is sincerely anxious for its preservation: that it does also believe, that to take from the States all the powers of self-government and transfer them to a general and consolidated government, without regard to the special delegations and reservations solemnly agreed to in that compact, is not for the peace, happiness and prosperity of these States; and that therefore this commonwealth is determined, as it doubts not its co-States are, to submit to undelegated, and consequently unlimited powers in no man, or body of men on earth: that in cases of an abuse of the delegated powers, the members of the general government, being chosen by the people, a change by the people would be the constitutional remedy; but, where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others…
Members of the Tennessee legislature will have to exhibit courage in the face of a federal government intent on forcing every state and individual to submit to its authority. Unfortunately, the greater majority of politicians in America lack the necessary courage to stand face-to-face with the leviathan and fight it. The excuses you always hear from politicians when they are trying to explain why they didn’t fight is “Now is not the time. There is a process we have to follow.” You’ve heard these types of excuses ad nauseam. Rep. Mike Carter (R – Ooltewah) provided a similar excuse when he voted against the NDMA in committee.
Rep. Carter said he did not support the NDMA because it is not the proper approach to correct overreaching by the court. Rep. Carter stated, “You’re asking us to step out where no one has stepped before.” He stressed that nullification should be the last resort. How should states challenge federal tyranny? The courts? The courts that are stacked with judicial activists focused on pushing their personal and political agendas are going to defend the Tenth Amendment?
The SCOTUS declared through its decision on Obergefell and previous cases that it is the Supreme Being therefore, has the authority to define and bestow rights upon the people and render state constitutions null and void, but this usurpation of power must be challenged in defense of individual liberty and states’ rights. The federal government as a whole has reduced individuals and states to subjects that must obey its unconstitutional edicts or be punished. It is the threat of punishment that leads to submission. What is the punishment for states that do not obey their master?
The punishment for states who are unwilling to accept tyranny is the cutting off of federal tax dollars. In other words, submit to blackmail, or you will no longer be allowed to drink from the public trough. The State of Tennessee has an unquenchable thirst for federal tax dollars, which is why Rep. Carter prefers another approach besides nullification for repelling tyranny.
Rep. Sherry Jones (D – Nashville) doesn’t think HB 1412 will advance in the legislature because of the cost. What cost? Rep. Jones is talking about the $8.5 billion in funding Tennessee receives for various programs that would be cut off, if Tennessee decided not to accept same-sex marriage. “When the Supreme Court sends down a ruling, that’s what we do,” Jones said. “Trying to go through our committee system to change that is not going to work.” Did you notice Rep. Jones used the words “sends down” for a Supreme Court ruling? The subjects must wait for the Supreme Being to send down its commandment like Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments. It sounds like Jones is fit for the yoke.
The $8.5 billion is the reason the bill did not make it out of committee. Most politicians do not possess the courage or conviction to vote against cutting off federal tax dollars. Progressive politicians have done a masterful job of getting states hooked on federal tax dollars as a means of getting them to approve and implement their Marxist policies. The federal government blackmails states to further an ideology that is hostile to God and liberty, but this glaring fact is lost on most people, or maybe the money is too good to pass up. “I’ll take tyranny for $8.5 billion, Alex.”