By Bryan Fischer
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Most observant Americans have
given up on Washington. Liberals in Washington are clearly driven by an
anti-American and anti-constitutional governing philosophy, and conservatives
in Washington, with rare exceptions, don’t have the masculine strength or nerve
to do anything about it.
Today, a whole boatload of King
Georges sit in the Oval Office, the Supreme Court, and virtually every
bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. Their dictatorial and totalitarian control over
every aspect of American life is squeezing the life right out of us.
The Founders in their wisdom
have left us with one last constitutional antidote: conservative governors and
state legislatures who will defy unconstitutional edicts from the White House,
the Supreme Court, Congress and federal bureaucrats.
Article I, Section 8 outlines
the only powers of action “we the people” have delegated to the central
government. Simply put, if it’s not on the list of powers found there, the
federal government has no moral, ethical, legal or constitutional authority to
do it. According to the 9th and 10th amendments, every power of action not
listed in Article I, Section 8, is a power reserved to the states or to the
To give five simple examples. In
Article I, Section 8, there is no mention whatsoever of abortion, marriage,
health care, education or the environment. In other words, none of the three
branches of the federal government has any authority whatsoever to dictate
policy on these issues to the states. None.
The great need of the hour is
for governors who will fulfill their own oath of office by defying
unconstitutional edicts from any branch of the central government, including
In so doing, they would not be
violating the Constitution; they would in fact be upholding the Constitution,
and making us in the process once again a nation of laws and not men.
Currently, 26 states are under
the control of the more conservative of the two parties. Republicans control
both the governor’s office and the state house in more than half the states in
If some, most, or better yet all
were actually to follow the Constitution as given to us by the Founders (not as
mangled by the Courts), they could break the life-strangling chokehold of a tyrannical
central government, just as the Founders did in 1776. And all without the
shedding of a single drop of blood.
This new American revolution
would be orderly and peaceful, unless President Obama were to send out Bull
Conner with his fire hoses and his dogs to grind Americans under his heel. And
it would be a revolution, as it was in 1776 and should be today, led by the
elected representatives of the American people.
The alternative, frankly, is
bloodshed and anarchy. Our economy has been shredded by taxation and
regulation, our culture is plunging into a moral abyss, federal welfare is
destroying the American family, and our education system is pathetically inept.
The patience of the American people with government tyranny is nearly
exhausted, and we are closer than most people think to something nobody wants,
a thermal runaway of violence, civil unrest and vigilante justice. Our
governors represent our last hope of avoiding what in effect would be another
State leaders who think for themselves
are already taking baby steps in this direction. Some states intend to defy any
federal directives that infringe on the Second Amendment. Others intend to
secede from ObamaCare by making it null and void in their states. Still others
are telling the federal government to take a hike by pulling out of the
brain-numbing boondoggle that is Common Core.
On marriage, we need a governor
(Rick Perry? Bobby Jindal? Phil Bryant of Mississippi?) who will refuse an
order from even a federal judge to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
if his state has a constitutional amendment or a state law defining it as a
man-woman institution. We need a governor, with a legislature that will back
him to the hilt, who will prohibit county clerks from issuing any marriage
licenses that are not in accordance with their state constitution.
We need governors who will enforce
their own state’s laws on abortion, regardless of what the federal courts have
said, and padlock any abortion clinics that are in violation of the public
policy established by their own state legislatures.
Surely Big Gay and Big Abortion
would react with a frenzy of outrage and legal action, but what could they do
if a governor backed by his legislature refused to bow to unconstitutional
diktats issued even by the Supreme Court? If the president were to threaten the
use of force in an effort to compel submission, it would simply prove the point
that we are no longer a self-governing people and no longer have even the
semblance of a constitutional republic.
Republican governors, a nation
turns its lonely eyes to you. What will you do?
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do
not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or
American Family Radio.)