Larry Greenley has written a long, but interesting and thought-provoking article on changing vs enforcing the constitution on a state level. Here’s an excerpt: The movement to restore the Constitution, however, has encountered a fork in the road. One path builds on the Tenth Amendment movement by introducing and passing measures in state legislatures to…Details
Massachusetts has a long, proud history of farming. Drive into the small towns West of Metro Boston and it’s hard not to notice an orchard, dairy, or signs for one of our many local farmer’s markets. A few minute’s drive from my home will bring you to Bolton – a right to farm community. A few minute’s drive in the other direction, and you’re in Lancaster, where a pick-your-own orchard gave me my first job in Massachusetts, when I moved here in 2001. One more town over from Lancaster and you’re in Sterling, where the Davis family, farming for over 100 years, turned a disaster on their family-owned dairy into Davis Farmland – a local attraction dedicated to educating children and conservation of endangered livestock. All of this, and more, is threatened by the provisions in S 510, The FDA Food Modernization Act.
The Food Modernization Act was primarily written to force American food producers and exporters into compliance with international treaties that the United States has entered regarding the import and export of agricultural products. To the extent that the bill will regulate the exportation and importation of food in international commerce, it is constitutional. However, there are serious constitutional and economic issues with the bill in how it deals with small, local farms.
One of the act’s main initiatives is to make all food produced in the United States traceable. The motives behind this initiative seem honorable on their face. Essentially, the act says food must be traceable in order to protect public health.Details
The politicians in DC have proven that they are no longer capable of governing in the best interests of the several states and have long used the courts to usurp powers granted to the states via the 10th Amendment by invoking the General Welfare clause, theCommerce clause and/or the Necessary and Proper clause.
The states have always had the power to rein in the federal government through an Article V Convention, otherwise known as an Amendments Convention, when “on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, [Congress] shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof,”. While it is a very little used tactic, just the threat of one can be enough to nudge Congress into action, as was the case with the 17th Amendment and possibly the 21st, 22nd and 25th Amendments as well*.
Today we have the perfect storm forming with the strength of the Tea Party along with the overall awareness of the American people that the federal government has grown too large and does not operate in the best interest of them or the states.Details
New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty is drafting legislation to “rein in TSA Abuses” – the following is from the official press release (h/t Tom Woods): Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation he is drafting to curb the abuses of civil liberties by…Details
I have been watching the news and cringe at the interviews where a reporter is standing in a terminal interviewing a traveler regarding security procedures. These words have become all too common and frankly scare me, “whatever it takes” to keep us safe. OK, let’s explore that sentiment.
The government creates a new security force that is assigned to do “whatever it takes” to keep us safe. A knock comes on your door and it is one of these agents that want to search your home just to make sure you are not a terrorist. You have nothing to hide so you let them in because they are doing “whatever it takes” to keep you safe.Details
America 2000 was the name for the great leap forward in education under the first President Bush. Over time it has evolved into Goals 2000 by Clinton, No Child Left Behind under the second Bush and now we have Race to the Top under Obama. Not one president or seated congress in session has dared to dismantle the general government’s Department of Education and the hundreds of billions flushed down its endless slop chute.
Reestablishing our original federalism will take many different steps over time. One important step will be the return of education to the states without any general government interference. That inteference usually comes in the form of money which in turn requires the relinqueshing of sovereignty.Details
I thought this was a surprisingly interesting interview…
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Nullification is the legal concept that States have the right to Nullify – i.e. refuse to enforce – unconstitutional Federal laws. In light of the recent passage of Obamacare (which forces citizens to purchase health insurance) and TSA naked scanning of airline passengers (which violates citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights), Nullification as a remedy to federal tyranny is now more important than ever.Details
Incoming DA of San Mateo County Steve Wagstaffe said his office will prosecute TSA employees if they engage in lewd and lascivious behavior while frisking passengers at the San Francisco International Airport.Details
Bow down or be punished. That is the holiday message of the TSA. If a plebian enters the gulag zone at the airport, and then refuses to submit to either the Chertoff radiation-scanner and its naked photo, or the full-body feel-up, and decides to opt out of flying, he will be detained for interrogation, and…Details