DHS Extends REAL ID Deadline Once Again

The battle between the States and the Federal Government over REAL ID will continue on another two years, as the Federal Government prolongs implementation once more. The controversial law, passed in 2005, took unconstitutional steps to compel the States to conform to their standards in regards to driver’s licenses and identification cards. Introduced by U.S. Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), it failed to go through and only met success when attached as a rider to the bill, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005. Rep. Sensenbrenner is also the sponsor of the controversial and unconstitutional USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, which was introduced in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Maine Legislature under Democratic control, led the way for America in a resistance that would include over half of the country, by calling for the repeal of the bill. A bill that would not allow Maine to participate in a national identification card system was introduced by former State Representative Scott Lansley (R-Sabattus) and would become law. Both the Resolution and the Bill had overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans, who came together in a bipartisan effort to stand up for rights of Mainers.

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State Nullification: A Venerable History

by Kevin Gutzman

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kevin Gutzman will be a featured speaker at Nullify Now! Austin. Get tickets here or by calling 888-71-TICKETS

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State nullification of federal policies has a venerable history. Not only is it currently being used by states across the country in opposition to federal policies regarding medical marijuana, Real ID, and Obamacare, and other matters, but its first formulation came from Thomas Jefferson, America’s foremost advocate of liberty, and James Madison, chief author of both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

On June 14, 1798, President John Adams signed into law the Alien and Sedition Acts. One of those laws, the Alien Enemies Act, has been uncontroversial, but the others were highly problematic.

The reason was that they purported to empower Adams to expel aliens whom he adjudged dangerous and to ban American citizens from saying anything that tended to bring the government into ill repute. Under that provision, numerous prominent people, including leading Jeffersonian newspaper editors and even a Vermont congressman, were imprisoned for daring to write or speak against the Adams administration.

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Is Hidden Funding in Obamacare Constitutional?

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi March 8, 2010, before the passage of the National Health Care legislation. It turns out that buried deep within the 2,700 page bill there exists funding to the tune of $105 billion dollars built into it to the year 2019, including five billion for this year alone. Is funding beyond the length of time a member is elected to serve constitutional? Definitely not!!

Why would they do this? The planners knew that given the length of the bill (more especially the several hundred pages injected the night before the final vote) that it would not be read. They also knew, given the massive Tea Party rejection of ever more government in our lives, that it was not popular and that they might lose control of the House in the November 2010 elections making possible the defunding of Obamacare. Whether Americans are in support of the Bill or not this has to go down as the most deceitful piece of legislation in American History. Every lawmaker who did not read it fully should be fired in the next election and everyone who did, and let this kind of hidden funding pass, rejected as well.

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