On May 3rd, Wisconsin GOP delegates will vote at the Republican state convention on a resolution which will allow Wisconsin the option of secession from the United Sates if their citizens so chose. Local representatives and even Governor Scott Walker are not commenting on the controversial resolution.
Randy Molini, Mayor candidate for Black River Falls, a member of the party’s platform committee, who attended the local caucus where the resolution passed, was asked by WISN (video above) if this resolution is extreme and an embarrassment to the Republican Party?
Molini told WISN :
“You have a lot of grassroots delegates who are not happy with the overreach of the federal government on things like Obamacare and Common Core”
“There are groups of us who think $100 trillion dollars worth of current debt and non funded liabilities is extreme, NSA spying is extreme, and the police state is extreme and I support the idea of law-abiding, hard-working people being able to opt out.”
Local conservative talk show host Charlie Sykes criticized the resolution suggesting there was not a quality debate.
“As I read about the Resolution Committee vote I tried to imagine the debate, if any. Did anyone raise their hand to strip our fellow citizens of their United States citizenship; sever our ties with the Bill of RIghts, the US military, the American flag?”
When asked about Sykes’ quote and if their was discussion by WISN, Molini replied,
“The discussion started from the standpoint of the 10th amendment discussion, which says that what is not in article one-section eight is left up to the states and or individual.”
“Only 3 people where against the resolution and it passed rather smoothly”
“There is a growing sentiment for decades that there is a lot of overreach and a lot of people just want to be left alone to do their job and to work and be productive. All these years of decades and decades of failed government policies promising everything under the sun. Is it any easier to put gas in your tank, food on your table, or a roof over your head?”
“For a lot of people its not.”
“Somebody equated an example to me about nuclear weapons. Nobody wants to use them, but they are there. Nobody really wants to secede from the union. If the federal government would respect the Ninth & Tenth amendments this argument would not even be taking place.”
The Tenth amendment allows the state to nullify federal law and make it void if the citizens so chose. The issue can be as Molini suggests, that Wisconsin is refusing to use its Tenth Amendment rights to nullify destructive legislature. Wisconsin is known for using the 10th amendment during the Fugitive Slave Act. In 1854, the Wisconsin Supreme Court became the only state high court to declare the Fugitive Slave Act unconstitutional, nullifying it, as a result of a case involving fugitive slave Joshua Glover, and Sherman Booth, who led efforts that thwarted Glover’s recapture.
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