cross-posted from the New Hampshire Tenth Amendment Center Based on the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions; reworded and translated by Honorable Dan Itse for modern times. HCR19, this years sovereignty bill passes through the House from the State and Federal Committee 228 – 108. Now it is off to the Committee for Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification. We, the…Details
Another year, another trip to the Senate Death Star for the Intrastate Commerce Act (HB1438). Without even recording a vote, the elected “representatives” on the Senate Commerce and Labor Sub-Committee #1 left Virginia residents and businesses exposed to the economic and regulatory ravages of every federal agency from the EPA to the FDA to the BATF. When will…Details
Whenever the subject of state nullification of unconstitutional acts comes up, opponents invariably insist that states don’t have the power to determine the constitutionality of an act, arguing that the Supreme Court serves as the final arbiter.
Thomas Jefferson disagreed, pointing out that “as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress.”
Pres. Obama stands but a step away from agreeing with Jefferson’s thinking.Details
How can a government that supposedly is one of enumerated powers spend trillions of dollars on everything from semi-porn art exhibits to bridges that lead to nowhere? How could a government of enumerated powers have gotten us into such a sinkhole of debt?
This posting will explain how the Constitution authorized Congress to spend money. Next week’s posting will explain how the Constitution limited spending. It also will explain how politicians and judges have burst those limits, resulting in the present chaotic situation.Details
As the battle for states’ rights heat up across the country, Montana, Arizona and Tennessee have leaped out into the lead by introducing the first broad-based State Nullification Reaffirmation Act designed to return the power to the people and their states and rein in federal government abuses of misinterpreted power.
This model legislation aims to reaffirm and reassert broad-based sovereign state’s rights under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution by providing both the constitutional grounds and legislative methods by which states can swiftly nullify any past, present or future unconstitutional acts of the federal government.
The primary parts of the model include the following;
a) Establish the constitutional grounds for state nullification
b) Establish a swift method for nullification of any unconstitutional federal act, past, present or future
c) Establish that only the US Supreme Court has “original jurisdiction” under Article III of the US Constitution
d) Establish that the people (not the courts) have the final wordDetails
Yesterday, the North Dakota house voted to approve HCR3015, a resolution “reaffirming North Dakota’s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and to demand the federal government halt its practice of assuming powers and imposing mandates on the states for purposes not enumerated in the Constitution of the United States.”
Since 2009, 14 states have passed similar resolutions in support of original constitutional principles. These non-binding resolutions do not carry the force of law. Instead, they are intended to be a statement of the legislature of the state. They play an important role, however.Details
Missoulian writes, “Defying federal authority over gray wolves, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Wednesday encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on their livestock — even in areas where that is not currently allowed — and said the state will start shooting packs that hurt elk herds. “Schweitzer said he no longer would wait for…Details
Less than a year ago, I invited an outspoken critic of state nullification, State Senator Jim Whelan of New Jersey, to debate New York Times best selling author, Thomas E.Woods Jr. on my Blog Talk Radio show. Tom Woods was ready and willing, but not surprisingly, even after attempting to reach Sen. Whelan by phone…Details
Thanks to the brilliant mind of Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, the next Nullify Now event takes place March 5 in the Harriet Tubman Theater at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Centerin Cincinnati, and centers around the heroic story of accused fugitive slave Joshua Glover. The Left pretends this story does not exist, since…Details