"[In the case of] dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states, who are parties thereto, have the right, and are duty bound, to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil."
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Virginia Resolves
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Evils in progress such as when New Hampshire arrested federal agents for detaining individuals after coming from Canada with newly purchased pharmaceutics; or, arresting Massachusetts' executive agents for stocking people buying alcohol in New Hampshire.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The most glaring obligation facing the individual states today is whether or not a foreigner can hold the office of President. The next would be witholding taxation that is funding unConstitutional activities and illegal wars.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Most states are afraid to do this for fear of losing all that wonderful government money. Excuse me, I meant that taxpayer money that the feds steal.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Yes, well, the last time some States tried to pull away from Washington DC it was civil war -- and the States did not win. I am afraid that Madison's ideal has yet to be realized. Jim is right that the States are ever more dependent upon the federal government for funding, BUT it isn't taxpayer money they use, it is unpayable debt ever weighing us down. Sooner or later States will start saying no to funding AND to any share of federal debt -- they have to or else go bankrupt. It is only a matter of time.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Anonymous, san leandro      
    this is the proclamation that we,Gods people ,must destroy evil at any cost or method.....just must be sure it is truly evil first,that is,against Gods Kingdom on earth and His people..........
     -- sam adams--patriot, san leandro,ca     
     -- Anonymous, Canada      
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