Arizonans To Vote On Initiative To Overrule Federal Actions

The Arizona Daily Sun is reporting of an initiative that would allow voters to overrule statist overreach by the federal government.

“The Arizona Constitution already says the federal Constitution ‘is the supreme law of the land.’ This measure, if approved in November, it would add language saying that federal document may not be violated by any government — including the federal government.

More to the point, it would allow Arizonans to reject any federal action that they determine violates the United States Constitution.'”

This would be huge.  Arizona seems to be a flashpoint in the war between statists and small government classical liberals.  Again and again the state of Arizona has attempted to defy a federal government it argues is not upholding federal law or constitutional mandate, whether on illegal immigration or the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Small government classical liberals like Thomas Jefferson often encouraged the practice of nullification, and the issue has largely remained dormant since the 1830s.  The results of this could mean 50 different states coming to several conclusions on the constitutionality of federal law.  What if statist-run states like California and New York abide by federal overreach while more conservative states like Alaska and Arizona declare such overreach as unconstitutional?

This is a can of worms, but any discussion of the unconstitutionality of the expanse of federal power is a discussion worth having.