"The People are the masters of both congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it!" -- Abraham Lincoln
The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the laws of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any stature, to be valid, must be in agreement.
It is impossible for a law which violates the Constitution to be valid. This is succinctly stated as follows:
"Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them."
Miranda vs. Arizona
"An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed."
Norton vs. Shelby County
"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void." Marbury vs. Madison
The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it.
"No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it."
16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177
late 2d, Sec 256
The people are the source of all political power, and all of government is limited by our state and federal constitutions. However, the constitutions do not defend themselves; they just sit there. Citizens must defend constitutions against unconstitutional acts by those wielding governmental power.
Join with fellow citizens in restoring Constitutional Order to our nation -- the hour is late and our Constitution and nation must be defended...