Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R) is joining the parade of conservative state legislators
who are proposing a direct challenge to the federal government's authority over the monetary system -- and is getting ready to introduce a proposal that the state mint its own gold and silver coins!
The Manassas News & Messenger
"We can't mint money, but we can mint gold and silver coins," Marshall said Wednesday night. "It sounds like a small difference, but it is a difference legally. If you look closely on a [dollar] bill, it doesn't say that it's money. It says it is legal tender 'for all debts, public and private.'"
He also believes that this could only be the beginning of a change to the current economic system.
"Once Virginia leads the way, other [states] will see this," Marshall said. "We need to get out of a lethargic mode of acceptance. A gold and silver system puts the power back with the people and not with a private group of bankers."
Marshall is famous for the hard-line conservative positions that he has championed for years. Just recently, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell rejected a suggestion by Marshall, in the wake of the federal repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," that the state institute its own ban on gays in the National Guard.
Marshall said at the time: "It's a distraction when I'm on the battlefield and have to concentrate on the enemy 600 yards away and I'm worried about this guy whose got eyes on me."
A year ago, he also expressed regret for a statement he made about abortion and birth defects: "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children."