In order to “deform” a more perfect union: NC Senator proposes bill to push nullification amendment to US Constitution


Senator Ralph Hise

Just when you thought things might be calming down over on the right-wing fringe, lookie what turned up amongst the flood of bills introduced last week in the North Carolina Senate: a fun little proposal to basically eviscerate the United States government.

The proposal by Senator Ralph Hise of western North Carolina would call for a federal constitutional convention for the purpose of enacting a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment would purport to restore “State sovereignty in our Constitutional Republic by providing State Legislatures Countermand authority.”

In case that’s not ringing a bell, what Hise means by “countermand authority” is the following:

“State Legislatures in the several States shall have the authority to Countermand and rescind any Congressional Statute, Judicial decision, Executive Order, Treaty, government agency’s regulatory ruling, or any other government or non-government mandate (including excessive spending and credit) imposed on them when in the opinion of 60 percent of State Legislatures the law or ruling adversely affects their States’ interest. When the Countermand threshold has been reached, the law or ruling shall be immediately and automatically nullified and repealed. This Countermand authority shall also apply to existing laws and rulings.”

Coming up next: proposals to invalidate the results of the Civil War. Stay tuned!


  1. Mayor McCheese

    March 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    What’s ironic is that NC’s “mountain people” actually supported national union and opposed the Confederacy. Now we’ve got Hise channeling the South Carolina “fire eaters.” I suppose it shows how regional identity politics can reshape ideologies.

  2. Chine Lester

    March 30, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    He is an ass, but not every “backwards” opinion or proposed law has anything to do with the Civil War….give it a rest.

  3. Paul Moloney

    March 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Isn’t this a violation of the Constitution which clearly spells out what is & what isn’t within the Federal government’s domain?

  4. Melanie

    March 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    who has thought things might be calming down by the republicans? Since ALEC legislation is given to them without having to do anything it keeps them free to try to out extreme each other and they’re happy doing it. Their voters are happy too

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    March 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Certainly sounds like a good idea. If the states had more power then the oppression of the federal government could finally be limited again.

  6. Gov McCheese

    March 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I would like to know what fountain these idiots drink from

  7. Jimmy Gay

    March 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    People like him claim they are “Constitutionalists’, when in fact, they want to go back to the Articles of Confederation, or worse, the pre-civil War NC constitution. They hate not being able to enforce segregation, slavery, discrimination, mandating schools read THEIR version of the Bible and forcing everyone to worship THEIR version of faith, etc.

  8. Alan

    March 30, 2015 at 6:37 pm


  9. Z Edwardson

    March 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    This nullification is no different then states legalizing weed even if federal law says it is not legal.

  10. Glen

    March 30, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Think we tried that once, under the Articles of Confederation ratified in 1777. The various state governments immediately went to war with each other, writing their own foreign treaties, etc. I was a disaster, and the only thing that saved us from a failed democracy was the establishment of centralized government via the hasty adoption of the US Constitution in 1789. Don’t need to go there again.

  11. voiceoftruth

    March 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Well Ralph, you certainly have went out on a limb with this proposal and I agree with the ideology behind it. The federal government is as we all know too big and over regulation by government agencies kills our economy. But, ol’ buddy I’m afraid you have bitten off more than you chew on this one. You’ll certainly get your fifteen minutes of fame for this proposal. I would be much happier if you would tackle problems closer to home an bring a few jobs to Spruce Pine. This Home of the perfect Christmas Tree just ain’t quite paying the bills.

  12. Lex

    March 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Memo to the good senator: We had this conversation already. In 1860-65. Your side lost. Bitch.

  13. Steve Taylor

    March 31, 2015 at 7:57 am

    They apparently want to amend the constitution to force the politicians to quit spending more money than we have. How could that be a bad thing?

  14. Lynn Thomas

    March 31, 2015 at 10:33 am

    NC continues to go backwards, and it’s no wonder with this kind of thinking as representation. He also has proposed a bill to force vaccines into our children, regardless that the human body, created by God is not made for chemicals. I think it’s so disrespectful to all those who fought for freedoms and the right to vote to have our government treat Americans like they do today. Our citizens need to take back our country and put an end to this. I think the best way to do this would be to not vote at all. Take a stand! Show all politicians they can’t get elected or re-elected if no one votes. Neither party reflects what’s good for America anymore. They kill us with chemicals from seeds made in labs to be grown in toxic soil, then sprayed with chemicals while growing and more chemicals after its harvested. We have chemicals forced on us with products we use on our bodies and in our homes. Legal prescriptions kill 300 people a day. Alcohol is the number one most dangerous legal drug. I’m tired of all this. If you vote, vote these people out! Just because there are few to vote for doesn’t mean you have to put a mark beside their name if they don’t have the best interest for the citizens they were elected to represent. Boycott these suckers!

  15. Lynn Thomas

    March 31, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Read this link….

  16. Anne-Marie Mazur

    March 31, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Good luck with that, ’cause it ain’t gonna happen.

  17. Lynn Thomas

    March 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  18. Lynn Thomas

    March 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  19. Alan

    March 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I think I’ll take my medical advice from qualified professionals thank you very much. I didn’t know Jesus was a MD?

  20. Lynn

    March 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I prefer medicine from God over chemicals made in a lab. I brought it to your attention showing medical evidence of the harms. Only trying to help the innocent.

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