Our skewed balance of power

To the editor:

“We” still “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

When the central government materially suppresses these rights, it is not just the right but the duty of states to intercede.

The states created and charged the federal government with responsibility to protect our rights and handle foreign affairs. By interposing, nullifying and amending the Constitution to restore our republic, the states can alter the presently skewed balance of power to check federal abuse.

“The history of the present” government “is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over” the people and “these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid” public.

“For imposing” excessive “taxes and debt on us without our consent:”

For ignoring Congress, declaring the executive invested with legislative power;

For mass spying on the people without due process, thus inhibiting free expression;

For using the IRS to harass and suppress political opponents;

For regulating the economy into a state of disintegration and confounding free exchange;

For suppressing religious liberty by forcing people of faith to violate their conscience;

For compelling citizens under the pain of penalty to purchase unwanted products.

“In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A” government “whose character is thus marked by every act which” can be defined as tyrannical, is “unfit” to rule “a free people.”

To right wrongs, and restore the republic that protects our God-given rights and freedom, our representatives in Indianapolis must act more vigorously reining in an out-of-control central government. Our governor and Legislature must actively collaborate to govern constitutionally by nullifying unconstitutional laws and also leading an amending convention to undo amendments and legal interpretations that enable Washington to act outside its ordained constitutional duties.

—Michael Lewinski

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