HJM16 10th Amendment ResolutionTo Do List:
the 10th Amendment Resolution goes to the house judiciary first. Here are the email addresses/phone numbers for all of the members of that committee, they need to hear from us.
name e-mail phone number(s)
Representative Matt Wand firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1449
Representative Andy Olson email@example.com 541-967-6576/503-986-1415
Representative Carolyn Tomei firstname.lastname@example.org 503-653-5180/503-986-1441
Representative Chris Garrett email@example.com 503-210-2474/503-986-1438
Representative Gene Whisnant firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1453
Representative Jeff Barker email@example.com 503-986-1428
Representative Mary Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org 503-221-4999/503-986-1436
Representative Mike Schaufler email@example.com 503-760-4446/503-986-1448
Representative Wally Hicks firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1403
Representative Wayne Krieger email@example.com 541-247-7990/503-986-1401
Aside from calling/writing/emailing these people frequently letting them know you support this important legislation and you want them to move it to the floor for a vote, you can also contact your Representative ( http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/ ), and insist they co-sponsor this bill with Rep. Richardson. If you are really ambitious, and want to make a large impact, you could buy a copy of Nullification, and hand deliver it to your legislator.
Remember politicians need us to provide them with the necessary fortitude to stand up to the Feds.
Remember this bill only lets the Feds know we are paying attention. It signals the state of Oregons acknowledgement of the role which is clearly created in the U.S Constitution for the states (that of enforcer). If there is no body willing to stand up to the Feds, then their authority is by definition arbitrary and therefore tyrannical. This bill truly does nothing more than signal intent, but what it signifies is something truly momentous in scale, and scope I hope everyone who reads this can see that as well as I do.
The arguments in favor of this are many, and of the three nullification’s which are currently introduced within the Oregon Legislature, this is the one which would take the least amount of courage to pass. Your arguments could range from hardcore Constitutional arguments on how the Commerce clause has been used to limit how much wheat we citizens can grow on our own farms (among other things), and the state needs to reestablish the relationship (between the Feds and Oregon) that is laid out in the Constitution, To State nationalism arguments in favor of Oregonians rights, and asking for interposition against rights violations at the Federal level.
Personally my argument is the classic Federalist argument that Tom Woods so often points out, liberty is most likely to flourish with a group of small sovereign states with many powers, arranged inside one large state with limited powers rather than the current arrangement of one overpowering authority who claims the right to do anything they want, who claims that your abstention from activity is in and of itself an activity they may punish. The latter would also be the argument Thomas Jefferson or James Madison would put forward.
Tim Reeves is the State Chapter Coordinator for the Oregon Tenth Amendment Center