Minnesota joins states seeking to nullify federal health care act

ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 6, 2011) – On Monday, Minnesota joined 11 other states seeking to nullify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed last year.

Lawmakers introduced HF1351, a bill that declares the federal health care act unconstitutional and void in the state of Minnesota, and prohibits the state from enforcing, implementing or funding any provisions of the act.

The legislature of the state of Minnesota, on behalf of the citizens of this state and to secure the blessings of liberty, hereby asserts its legitimate authority to interpose between its citizens and the federal government, when it has exceeded its constitutional authority and declares that the state shall not participate in PPACA, which is void and of no effect.

The bill further declares that the PPACA, “Shall not be enforced by the state of Minnesota including, but not limited to, any of its departments, political subdivisions, courts, public officers, or employees thereof,” and provides that, “any aggrieved person shall have a right to injunctive relief against any person violating the provisions of this section, with an award of attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party.”

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States are Duty-Bound to Interpose

by Debra Medina

EDITOR’S NOTE: Debra Medina will be joining us as a featured speaker at Nullify Now! Austin on 04-16-11.  Click here for more information and to reserve tickets now – or call 888-71-TICKETS

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The ties between England and what would become the United States of America were severed, as Tench Coxe, delegate from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress, put it, in large part due to the perversion and mal-administration of the British government.[i] Two hundred years later, Americans are manifesting similar levels of frustration with government and inflammatory terms like secession are being used by politicians ever anxious to grab the media spotlight and secure their re-election.  But what have they done exactly to correct the “perversion and mal-administration” of the government?

Our founders, astute students of history, well understood as St. Augustine had described, Libido Dominandi, the lust to dominate. They knew that if permitted, the federal government would transgress the limits of the constitution, and, as Thomas Jefferson remarked, “[annihilate] the state governments and erect upon their ruins a general consolidated government.”[ii]

Mr. Jefferson wrote in 1799, “lest [our] silence be construed into an acquiescence…the states…being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of [the federal government’s] infraction; and “That a nullification, by those sovereignties [states] of all unauthorized acts done under color of that instrument [the Constituion] is the rightful remedy.[iii]

Mr. Jefferson understood that a stronger response than mere petitions and protests would be necessary but he sought ever to preserve the union and thus viewed secession only as a last resort.

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An Evening With the Lake Country Defenders of Liberty

I had the privilege of being invited to speak to the Lake Country Defenders of Liberty last night. I believe that last night marked their 1 year anniversary as a group. They were pleasant, aware and very engaged in today’s events. I made a presentation followed by an excellent question and answer session. I’ll recap the main parts of the discussion as they are relevant to us all.

In the first 2 years of this administration we have had 3 Constitutional crises. First would be the president disenfranchising the investors in both GM and Chrysler, forcing a bankruptcy on them under his terms and the government taking over ownership of these companies. Second, we have the health care mandate. Someone who professes to be a constitutional scholar should know that this law is unconstitutional on its base. No matter what clause they decide to use, the government cannot force you to get up off the couch and participate in commerce. Never before in our society has it been necessary that the sovereign citizens of the states that form this great republic be forced to purchase anything as a condition of their citizenship. Third, we have the commander in chief unilaterally order the delivery of hundreds of tomahawk missiles to a sovereign nation that did not order them. He did not consult congress and had no Constitutional authority to order an attack on a sovereign nation. Even being pressed for time to make a flight for his vacation to Rio is not covered by the War Powers Act.

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