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2019-04-22 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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I'll Go To War Over This
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From Axios, which is clearly playing for clicks:

"As of February 20, 2017 legislators in 18 states (Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia) have introduced bills" to require "future presidential candidates to disclose income tax returns in order to be placed on the general election ballot."

That's flatly unconstitutional.

Article II of the Constitution:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

No State may obstruct a person who meets these qualifications from being President through any mechanism whatsoever, and any such attempt is facially unconstitutional and void.

An attempt to do so is a direct assault on the Constitution of the nation.

There is no lawful means to force someone to disclose tax returns to run for President other than to amend the Constitution.

Such an act, should it actually influence who is on the ballot and thus who wins, would be a facial declaration of war against the nation itself, and of secession of the state so involved.

The easy way for Congress to deal with such an action and prevent an immediate dissolution of the nation would be to refuse to count said electoral votes from that State at all due to the state attempting to unconstitutionally amend the requirements to be President.  By the way Congress has that power and can use it.  My money is on them doing exactly that.

If that was not the Congressional response then it would, quite-arguably, be game on for secession.  And it would be the blues that would try to shoot too -- all the reds have to do is refuse to deliver anything to or through a state that did this -- like electricity, oil, natural gas or refined products.

Do you think Congress doesn't know all of this?

The hell they don't.

Pass such a law and your State gets ZERO say in who's elected President.

Have at it.

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