Health Freedom for Ohio?

Obamacare has awakened Ohioans to the possibilities of nullification as nothing before has. The Ohio Project, a coalition of liberty-minded organizations, began circulating a petition to amend the Ohio Constitution. The amendment states that no federal, state, or local law or rule shall:

  • Compel any person, employer, or provider to participate in any health care system
  • Prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance
  • Impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.

The Ohio Project has collected 287,000 signatures to date, with less than 100,000 additional signatures needed to appear on the November 2011 ballot.

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Words Have Meaning

JBS CEO Art Thompson spoke at the recentNullify Now! event in Phoenix and brought up an interesting point about how vocabulary and the choice of words can be used to frame a point of view. He correctly pointed out that supporters and opponents alike generally use the term states’ rights as opposed to states’ sovereignty.

On the face it may not seem like much of a difference but when you look at the meaning of the two words, you see that there is actually a big difference in terms of interpretation.

At the time of the writing of the Constitution, rights were considered natural rights; something that we have and are inalienable. In other words, rights were not endowed by a law or government, rather they were self-evident. Today, on the other hand, what is looked upon as a right is something that is given to us through the government or by law. So, by today’s definition, states’ rights are derived from the federal government. This flies in the face of what the writers and ratifiers of the Constitution had in mind, otherwise, what is the point of the Tenth Amendment?

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Tenth Amendment Happenings in the PA Senate

There are some Tenth Amendment related goings-on in the Pennsylvania state Senate.  Here is some legislation which has been introduced

Senate Resolution 9 -

A RESOLUTION

Claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers, serving notice to the Federal Government to cease and desist certain mandates; providing that certain Federal legislation be prohibited or repealed and directing distribution.

Senate Bill 10 -

A JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for health care services.

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Oregon HJM16 10th Amendment Resolution To Do List

HJM16 10th Amendment ResolutionTo Do List:

http://www.leg.state.or.us/11reg/measures/hjm1.dir/hjm0016.intro.html

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    rep.mattwand@state.or.us                                              503-986-1449

Representative Andy Olson   rep.andyolson@state.or.us                                  541-967-6576/503-986-1415

Representative Carolyn Tomei     rep.carolyntomei@state.or.us                   503-653-5180/503-986-1441

Representative Chris Garrett          rep.chrisgarrett@state.or.us                     503-210-2474/503-986-1438

Representative Gene Whisnant      rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us                                    503-986-1453

Representative Jeff Barker               rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us                                            503-986-1428

Representative Mary Nolan             rep.marynolan@state.or.us                       503-221-4999/503-986-1436

Representative Mike Schaufler       rep.mikeschaufler@state.or.us                 503-760-4446/503-986-1448

Representative Wally Hicks              rep.wallyhicks@state.or.us                                           503-986-1403

Representative Wayne Krieger        rep.waynekrieger@state.or.us                  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,

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Reaffirming the 10th in New Hampshire

House Concurrent Resolution 19 introduced in New Hampshire; where the words of John Adams himself speak through Part 1, Article 7 of the State Constitution; words older than the United States it’s self, and clearly understood at the signing of the Constitution for the United States.

 “Whereas, the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, Part 1, Article 7 declares that the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled”

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