Our nation’s chief law enforcement officer can’t nullify state law

The SE Texas Record Aug. 27, 2013, 10:37am

Our U.S. Constitution is not an exhaustive list of the rights of the people, but it is an exhaustive list of the powers of the federal government. That’s the clear meaning conveyed by the last two amendments in our Bill of Rights. 

Just because We the People specified some of our rights in our Constitution does not mean that we have no others. That’s what the Ninth Amendment says.

Any powers that We the People do not expressly grant to our federal government in our Constitution belong to us, not it. That’s what the Tenth Amendment says.

Our nation’s top law enforcement official, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, does not get this. Or he does get it and is deliberately doing what he can to invert the relationship between a free people and their government.

If Holder thinks he can turn the Land of the Free into the Land of the Submissive, and the Home of the Brave into the Home of the Craven, he’s badly misjudged us.

There are some states whose citizens may be willing to trade liberty for security or comfort,  but Texas isn’t one of them.

When the abominable Voting Rights Act (which applied only to some states), was recently overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, Eric Holder had a hissy fit.

Texas and a handful of other (mostly Southern) states had been required, for nearly 50 years, to get federal government approval for changes to its voting laws – in what many believe was a blatant violation of the clear meaning and intent of the Tenth Amendment.

Now Holder has filed suit to overturn the new state voter identification laws enacted to curb electoral fraud.

But he doesn’t have the authority – the federal government doesn’t have the authority – to tell us how to hold an election, and that’s simply all there is to say.

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