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Constitutional Gut Check

constitutionThis Wednesday the New Hampshire House may get the opportunity to vote on HB 1343, AN ACT establishing a joint committee on the constitutionality of acts, orders, laws, statutes, regulations, and rules of the government of the United States of America in order to protect state sovereignty.

This is presumably something of a follow up to HCR 6 which failed last year to the consternation of many, the expression of which can be directly connected to fueling the democrat majorities long-standing desire to limit the possession of firearms on the State House campus.  Several gallery members broke decorum to express justified outrage, and with many openly carrying, wellyou know how those liberals think.

This brings me back to HB 1343.   This committee would be comprised of three state senators and eight house reps in a proportion equal to that of the party affiliations in office at the time and would be tasked as follows.

(on the Jump)

II. The joint committee on the constitutionality of acts, orders, laws, statutes, regulations, and rules of the government of the United States shall:

(a) Take recommendations from individual legislators of acts, orders, laws, statutes, regulations, and rules of the government of the United States to be considered.
(b) Meet regularly to hold public hearings on the constitutionality of acts, orders, laws, statutes, regulations, and rules of the government of the United States.
(c) When necessary propose legislation to prohibit, and if necessary, punish the enforcement of unconstitutional acts, orders, laws, statutes, regulations, and rules of the government of the United States

The bulk of the bill makes for excellent reading, and Dan Itse shows his knowledge and respect for the founding, but the beauty of this bill is not its grasp of constitutional protections.  It is the expectation that it would be (and was) ITL’d by a Democrat majority committee and that the herd of donkeys in the NH House would fall in line and vote “Yea” to kill it without grasping just how innocuous it actually is.  (Yet here I am giving away the secret).  When they kill it they will reveal themselves again as traitors to the state; treasonous hacks who continue to leave the door ajar to allow the federal government to trample on our liberties.

In reality, the constitutional committee would probably have no more authority than the transportation committee, or any other committee for that matter.  It would evaluate and recommend.  And without a majority of support in both houses, no bill emerging from it (or through it) would ever find it’s way into law. A likely possibility given the current make up—but a real threat to liberalisms obsession with top-down control if the Republicans manage to shift power away from the liberty-deniers this November.

And regardless of likely electoral outcomes this November, the liberty-deniers will still feel compelled to kill HB 1343 in the House.  They can’t help themselves.   So this is a Constitutional gut check, calling on the New Hampshire House to announce whose side they are on.  Are they for state sovereignty or federal control?  After Wednesday, we should have our answer.

Cross-posted from NH Insider (link no longer works)