Most Americans believe a treaty, once ratified, automatically becomes the undisputed law of the land. That belief is not necessarily true.
This is important to understand because Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and presidential usurper Barack Hussein Obama are relying on the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to finally destroy the Second Amendment. Obama and Clinton, along with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Attorney Gen. Eric Holder are working diligently to strip law abiding Americans of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Any treaty, to be considered legal and binding, must be made UNDER THE AUTHORITY, of the United States.
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“From where do the President & the Senate get Authority to act? From The Constitution. The objects of their lawful (as opposed to usurped) powers are enumerated in the Constitution,” according to constitutional scholar and attorney, Publius-Huldah. “Thus, the President & Senate must be authorized in the Constitution to act on a subject before any Treaty made by them on that subject qualifies as part of ‘the supreme Law of the Land.’ If the Constitution does not authorize the President & Congress to act on an object, the Treaty is not ‘Law’ – it is a mere usurpation, and deserves to be treated as such.” SOURCE
Officials of the federal government are NOT authorized to treaty-away or legislate-away our rights, including our Second Amendment rights. They are, in fact, sworn to uphold, protect and defend our rights. Attacking our Constitution, if it isn’t already, should be treason because it certainly gives aid and comfort to our enemies.
Many Americans have lost sight of the FACT that We The People created the federal government. Since it is our creation, it has no powers other than those WE granted it in the Constitution.
The Constitution wisely put chains on the powers the federal government is allowed to wield.
Thomas Jefferson stated clearly the federal government’s treaty power.
In giving to the President and Senate a power to make treaties, the Constitution meant only to authorize them to carry into effect, by way of treaty, any powers they might constitutionally exercise. –The Anas, 1793. ME 1:408
Surely the President and Senate cannot do by treaty what the whole government is interdicted from doing in any way. Parliamentary Manual, 1800. ME 2:442
It appears Obama, Clinton, Holder and Schumer are intent on destroying the Second Amendment. But the states and people have power to rescind such treason through nullification.(1)(2) ADDITIONAL READING ON NULLIFICATION
The heart of nullification is embodied in Amendments Nine and Ten and leaves to the states the power to accept or reject a treaty.
(1)The Ninth Amendment states, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” It was designed to work with the Tenth Amendment to reinforce limits on the federal government.
(2)The Tenth Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Jefferson again affirms that the legislature has the ultimate say concerning the implementation of a treaty.
We conceive the constitutional doctrine to be, that though the President and Senate have the general power of making treaties, yet wherever they include in a treaty matters confided by the Constitution to the …. Legislature, an act of legislation will be requisite to confirm these articles, and that the House of Representatives, as one branch of the Legislature, are perfectly free to pass the act or to refuse it, governing themselves by their own judgment whether it is for the good of their constituents to let the treaty go into effect or not. –Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1796. ME 9:329 [emphasis added]
In addition to international efforts to curtail and/or destroy the 2nd Amendment, yet another cadre of socialists/communists and “progressives,” are working to destroy gun rights from within.
In a May 9,2012 article on PrisonPlanet.com the Congressional Progressive Caucus announced it will introduce legislation designed to strip Americans of the right to defend themselves. Called “Stop Shoot First Laws,” the amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill under consideration in the House would deny states federal funding allocated under section 505 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 if they continue to allow citizens to defend themselves.
“Shoot first laws have already cost too many lives,” said Progressive Caucus co-chairs Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva said upon introducing their amendment. “In Florida alone, deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted. Federal money shouldn’t be spent supporting states with laws that endanger their own people. This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don’t enforce seatbelt laws,” the two socialists said.
Democrats are using “Shoot First” instead of “Stand Your Ground” in an effort to portray self defense as homicide. Apparently progressives think it is acceptable for criminals to shoot you but it’s not fair if you shoot back.
“The message here is if you have this kind of law that your federal funding is going to take a hit because they make states less safe,” Adam Sarvana, communications director for Grijalva, told Politico.
(I would love to see verification of the numbers and facts in the above allegations. Oldtimeyman)
In other words, the Democrats would force states to choose between putting their citizens at the mercy of violent criminals or taking federal handouts. This is a dictatorial criminal act called coercion, or forced compliance through intimidation or threat.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus is the largest caucus within the Democratic caucus in Congress. It is supported by the Institute for Policy Studies, MoveOn.org (a George Soros funded group), the NAACP, National Council of La Raza (Soros funded), Hip Hop Caucus (Soros funded), and other liberal and so-called “progressive” organizations.
It appears at this writing that Stand Your Ground will withstand the attack, but it is illustrative of the lengths to which the progressives will stoop to destroy our Constitution, individual rights and freedoms. When it comes to gun rights we must all stand our ground. If the progressives succeed in destroying our gun rights we will all be at the mercy of criminals and government agents (excuse me, I repeat myself.)