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?


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


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Federal Government to cease and desist certain mandates; providing that certain Federal legislation be prohibited or repealed and directing distribution.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


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


Oregon HJM16 10th Amendment Resolution To Do List

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    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,


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”


Interview: A Different Path: States, not D.C.

Brian Wilson (1370AM WSPD, Toledo) interviews Michael Boldin on health care nullification, the FL health care ruling, Nullify Now! Cincinnati, and more. “We’re going to exercise our rights whether the politicians, or congress, or the people in black dresses want us to or not.” “The way to get rid of national health care is to…


Interposing Idaho

Recently, the Idaho legislature convened its session for 2011. While there are plenty of problems facing Potatonia, one that is particularly pressing is how to further protect its patients. In 2010, Idaho became a co-plaintiff with twenty-five of her sister states in a lawsuit lodged against the Federal government regarding the Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act (PPAA). With that legal battle expected to take exorbitant time to determine, the Idaho legislature took a bold step by becoming the first state to nullify the PPAA’s individual insurance mandate by enacting the Health Care Freedom Act. Similar legislation has since been introduced across the Union, and thus far has been adopted in six additional states (Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia). This year, Idaho might go one step further with the Health Care Nullification Act.