NEWS: Taking Back the Commerce Clause in Virginia

Today, the Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1438 (HB1438), the Intrastate Commerce Act. The bill, “Provides that all goods produced or manufactured within the Commonwealth, when such goods are held, retained, or maintained in the Commonwealth, shall not be subject to federal law, federal regulation, or the constitutional power of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.”

The vote was 65-33.

For decades, using a tortured definition of “interstate commerce,” Congress has claimed the authority to regulate, control, ban, or mandate virtually everything – from wheat grown on one’s own land for personal consumption, to weed grown in an individual’s own home for the same purpose, to guns manufactured, sold and kept in state boundaries, and everything in between. And, unfortunately, the Supreme Court has largely condoned and even encouraged such reprehensible legislative behavior.

But today, Virginia is once again leading the way in saying “Back Off” to the feds – by standing up for the Constitution as the founders gave it to us.


Act Now: SD Health Care Freedom Act Introduced

The following email alert went out from the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance yesterda morning:

(Pierre) – The Health Care Freedom Act was introduced yesterday afternoon to nullify the worst parts of ObamaCare in South Dakota.

Officially numbered HB 1088, this important bill recognizes the state’s right to protect its citizens from unconstitutional health care requirements imposed by the federal government.  If passed, HB 1088 would nullify the mandate forcing you to purchase certain insurance.  The bill would also nullify any federal laws restricting your right choose your doctor or health care plan.

The Health Care Freedom Act has already been scheduled for its first vote in the House State Affairs committee.  The fact that it is up for a vote so quickly is not a good sign, and may indicate that Majority Leader David Lust and House Speaker Val Rausch intend to kill the bill.  Please take action right away!


NEWS: 9 States and Counting to Consider Nullification of Obamacare

While Congress wrangles over repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, lawmakers in nine states have taken steps to bypass Washington D.C. completely and take matters into their own hands.

The latest? North Dakota. Introduced by State Senators Sitte, Berry, and Dever is Senate Bill 2309 (SB2309), the National Health Care Nullification Act. (h/t Chris Stevens)

It states, in part:

The legislative assembly declares that the federal laws known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Pub . L. 111 – 148] and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 [Pub . L. 111 – 152] are not authorized by the United States Constitution and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers and are declared to be invalid in this state, may not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and are considered to be null in this state.

The bill also establishes penalties, including fines and jail time, for any agent seeking to enforce the federal health care bill within the state’s borders:

Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this Act is guilty of a class C felony.

State legislators in Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Wyoming have already introduced similar bills. Another is expected for introduction in Idaho any day now as well.


Jerry Doyle, Tom Woods, Nullification

Jerry Doyle interviews Tom Woods on nullification, mandates, delegated constitutional powers, and more… “Having exhausted all possible remedies I’m willing to go back and look at all the recommendations that Thomas Jefferson gave us. And if the solution is something that angers both Hillary Clinton and Mitch McConnell then so be it!” “One great thing…


The Constitution Forbids It

The Constitution is clear where legislation must be proposed; the House of congress. Article I section VII and VIII make clear that the responsibility for legislation at the federal level is the responsibility of the House. The idea that federal bureaucracies can make “rules” that become laws that include punishment for breaking such laws, is unconstitutional. The EPA, FCC, FAA, and every one of the other thousand agencies have no authority to set laws for the states.

Let’s take for instance the EPA that has bankrupted farmers in California to “save” a small fish that finds its way into the irrigation system or the recent FCC ruling to start regulating the internet. Federal agencies have taken the legitimate role of oversight to the unconstitutional role of creating rules and laws that have squashed businesses creativity and ability to expand operations.

Some may argue that the congress has already legislated the rules and the bureaucracies are just enforcing the laws they have created but this is simply not true. The federal bureaucracies have been expanding their roles and creating what is ultimately legislation by implementing processes that end run the congress and the legitimate creation of law…


Health care freedom legislation filed in Kentucky

With the filing of House Bill 105, Kentucky joined 10 other states seeking to establish some level of health care freedom for its citizens in 2011.

HB 105 declares, “No federal or state law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, a person, employer, or health care provider in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to participate in a health care system.”

The bill also allows for Kentuckians to pay directly for any health care service and exempts them from fines or penalties if they, or their employers, make a direct payment to any health care provider.


Want To Get Involved? Here’s How!

Want to get involved and not know how? The question was asked of me this morning on the Aroostook Watchmen Radio Program with Steve Martin and Jack McCarthy and I immediately thought of putting this out. There are many passionate activists around America today who have been concerned and follow the events with a close eye. There are others who wish to be involved, but they don’t know how.

We all attend rallies, local meetings, and swap perspectives through our political discourse, expressing discontent and debating the truth. But does action ever occur? Many of us fall into the trap of, as I like to put it, showing up to the Pep Rally and not showing up to the big game. This isn’t because we’re not willing, but because we don’t know how. I’m confronted with the question often and help get people up to speed. But there may be more people out there, like you and I, who wish to help in bettering the world around us.

Nullification is the rising solution to the unconstitutional actions of the Federal Government, as people are becoming aware. It is not the final solution, but it’s the major first step in returning the powers back to where they belong, in the States. Advancing nullification will result in restoring the balance of government and ensuring that our processes become more accessible to everyday citizens, as opposed to being available to only career politicians and lawyers.