by Doug Tjaden, SilverSaver.com

NOTE: Doug Tjaden will be a featured speaker at Nullify Now! Kansas City. Get tickets here – http://www.nullifynow.com/kansascity/ – or by calling 888-71-TICKETS

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The two documents that forged this great nation go hand in hand.  They are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for the United States of America.  The Constitution codified the basic principles outlined in the preamble to the Declaration, which include the protection of our “unalienable Rights” to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  The Constitution also defines how men receive their “just powers,” which are derived from the “consent of the governed” and it provides several “checks and balances” to prevent abuse of those powers.

The breadth of these checks and balances is not fully understood by most Americans. They believe that all necessary checks and balances are contained within the “separation of powers” between the three branches of the Federal Government.  This belief has allowed the 10th Amendment to be neutered by the Supreme Court, which has in nearly all matters unconstitutionally positioned the Federal Government as sovereign over the states.

Many citizens of the several states have dared to read non-politically correct history books, and have thus uncovered remedies to this overreach, such as state nullification, which is outlined in Thomas Jefferson’s “Principles of 98’.” 

Many of these citizens are now rightly focused on passing state sovereignty resolutions and litigating unconstitutional laws in a court system that is, unfortunately, hostile to their cause.  However, seemingly lost in the nullification effort is a constitutional remedy that, if enacted, would by itself effectively nullify many Federal Government programs which are used as a vehicle to expand Federal power. That provision is constitutional tender.

Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution says, “No State shall… coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”  This straight forward provision allows states to require that only gold and silver coin may be used as legal tender.  How could this provision have been used by the states to check Federal power?

First of all, each time the Federal Government passed legislation allowing fiat money, states could have nullified those laws (including several coinage acts and the Federal Reserve Act of 1913) by referring to Article 1, Section 10 and refused to accept “bills of credit” (paper money) for payment of debts. This would have immediately blocked the bankers’ efforts to gain control of our law making machine through the spoils of direct taxation (16th Amendment) and to confiscate the nation’s wealth through debasement of the currency (which the Coinage Act of 1792 made punishable by death).

Sadly, previous generations failed to use this method of nullification.  Should their failure stop us from implementing this constitutional remedy today? No. Article 1 Section 10 is still in the Constitution. Thus, today we can, and should, use monetary nullification to begin the process of rolling back thousands of Federal mandates by demanding that our state legislators implement sound money and require the Federal Government to use it as a tender in payment of debts.

This would ultimately reduce the size of, or eliminate, agencies such as the NSA, TSA, EPA, FDA, NEA, DEA and others.  How? Today, these agencies receive, on average, 43% of their funding through deficit spending. This is only possible because a privately owned central bank (the Federal Reserve) can print money and lend it to the Federal Government to finance this excess spending.

When states demand sound money as payment, the Fed’s monopoly on monetary policy and economic (mis)management is nullified.  A strong competitive currency will bring about the end of the Fed, not through statute, but through the free market rejection of its debt-backed fiat money. Without printed money, alphabet soup agencies would see their budgets slashed. How many would survive to continue to implement their unconstitutional mandates?  Few if any.

Constitutional tender is, therefore, the necessary companion for every nullification effort underway in this nation. Without it, the tens of thousands of labor hours and tens of millions of dollars invested in pursuing nullification through the courts will be wasted. Why? M.A. Rothschild was correct when he said, “Give me control over a nation’s currency and I care not who makes its laws.” The bankers cannot be allowed to simply use another paper money system to buy back the victory we achieve at the cost of our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

Thankfully, states are awakening. Utah is leading the way, having passed the Utah Sound Money Act in March of this year. Several other states are quickly moving toward adoption of sound money.  But time is short. Our monetary system is unstable and ripe for replacement with another fiat system.  Should this happen prior to adoption of sound money by the states, our ability to restore constitutional, limited government will be severely jeopardized.

Join the effort today to nullify the Fed through implementation of sound money. Attend one of several important conferences to be held in 2011. The first is Nullify Now! in Kansas City, which will be held August 20th.  The next is the Utah Monetary Summit in Deer Valley, Utah on September 26th.  The purpose of which is to discuss sound money principles and craft model legislation for the 2012 state legislative sessions. Information on these and future conferences will be posted at the Sound Money Center, which is dedicated to the restoration of constitutional tender to the states, and ultimately, the nation.

Nullify Now! I hope to see you at an event soon.

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can track the progress of state-based Constitutional Tender legislation at THIS LINK

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Doug Tjaden is the Director of Business Development for MassMetal, LLC, a company dedicated to helping put physical precious metals into the hands of “the masses.” (www.silversaver.com) Doug is also an author, pastor and father of five and is a speaker on economics, politics and religion. He is passionate about helping people understand history, and how it can help us identify trends in place which will affect our lives. Doug is currently overseeing the Honest Money Center, a project dedicated to educating people on the merits of constitutional, honest/sound money. The site also provides a place for state honest money committees to collaborate and share ideas and garner grass roots support for their initiatives.

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