A friend points me to a recent article on Foreign Policy’s website written by a career State Department employee who spent a year in Iraq trying to “win the hearts and minds” of the Iraqi people. I’ve pretty much become numb to stories about government failure, but this one left me with my forehead planted on my desk.…Details
When I was traveling to Jacksonville, Fla. for the Nullify Now! event, I posted the following on my Facebook page.
I think my loathing of TSA stems from the fact that it is probably the most “in your face” encounter I have with overreaching federal power. I know other unconstitutional acts engaged in by the fed probably have more of a detrimental impact on my day-to-day life. But when I am queued up in my stocking feet wondering if I should choose a grope or a scan, it brings unconstitutional federal power right out in the open.
It also probably has something to do with my love of aviation. Flight has always fascinated me. I worked six years in the airline industry, and I thoroughly enjoy air travel. I’m like a kid at the playground when I get to the airport. I just love it – except for the “security.”
On my way home, I was just cranky and annoyed enough to voice my displeasure. I was putting my shoes back on when a TSA agent walked past. I beckoned him over.
“Do you guys swear an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution?” I asked.
He seemed a little taken aback by the question, and asked me what I meant. Then he asked, “What are you getting at?”Details
The Declaration of Independence received the unanimous support of all of the delegates of the Second Continental Congress, they proclaimed that it was a self evident truth that men were endowed by his Creator with unalienable rights.
They believed that governments were instituted among men deriving their just power from the consent of the governed. The wanted live in a land where their life, liberty and property would be both respected and protected. They wanted a government that had limited power. They did not want a government that was big enough and strong enough to abuse their rights.Details
You may recognize some familiar themes here, but I didn’t plan out my speech to the Libertarians of Northeast Kansas. I think it came out all right.
by Jim Babka, DownsizeDC
If you had a chance to stop Obamacare, AND advance the Tenth Amendment right of the various states, to interpose and even to nullify actions that restrict the liberties of individual citizens, would you want to take it?
There has been a flurry of activity in the Supreme Court as the U.S. Department of Justice and other litigants have filed petitions seeking review by the nation’s highest court of the constitutionality of Obamacare. There is no doubt that the Court will agree to hear most of these cases. But one case might not make the cut.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has challenged the Obamacare provision that mandates individual Virginians must purchase a health insurance policy approved by the federal government.
The Virginia suit was decided on the merits, in favor of Virginia, in the district court, but was then reversed on appeal by the 4th Circuit Appeals Court. The appeals ruling was NOT on the merits (or Obamacare probably would’ve lost), but on the ground that Virginia had no legal “standing” to sue. This panel, all of whom were appointed by a Democratic President, ruled that . . .
- Virginia wasn’t harmed because the individual mandate doesn’t require the Commonwealth to do anything.
- Virginia had no right to defend its citizens against unconstitutional federal laws.
Had these appeals court judges NEVER heard of the Tenth Amendment?
Can the various states move to protect, that is interpose or even nullify, those laws which . . .Details
What is the difference between a government and organized crime? The government gets permission from Congress before they commit their crimes In 1887 Lord Acton announced that “Power tends to corrupt and that absolute power corrupts absolutely”. With this is mind it is easy to understand why the government in Washngton has become a den…Details
President Barack Obama, has just initiated another war even before the blood dried from his last one in Libya. His recent deployment of 100 U.S. military advisers (soldiers) to aid in central Africa, notably Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic, is amazing. Never mind that we are not yet out of Iraq, are still dodging bullets in Afghanistan, and are unleashing drones to kill designated individuals in Pakistan. Libya and the four central African countries have one thing in common; our involvement in both settings was started by the single decision of one man which is totally and completely unconstitutional.
Referred to as Operation Lightning Thunder, the Special Forces are to train, advise and not engage in combat, unless forced to defend themselves. Congress was informed of the engagement by letter October 14, but reportedly troops were already in Uganda two days prior. The mission is to root-out and destroy a ruthless leader, Joseph Kony, who has led a notorious 24-year campaign of rape and murder as head of Lord’s Resistance Army, who allegedly kidnaped boys to fight in his army and girls to sell as sex slaves.
This is so reminiscent of a similar deployment by President John F. Kennedy beginning the Vietnam War. Inevitably the advisors were forced to defend themselves when fired upon and we took casualties. We then were asked to support our troops with more troops. Some 13 years later, on January 27,1973, after 56,227 lives were lost, we signed the humiliating Vietnam Treaty ending the war. Have we forgotten how this “no win” war began—with just a few advisors?Details
Texas governor Rick Perry’s “Cut, Balance, and Grow” plan is out. Dan Mitchell discussed Perry’s proposed tax reforms so I’ll offer my take on the proposed spending reforms: Perry says he wants to “preserve Social Security for all generations of Americans” but state and local government employees would be allowed to opt-out of the program.…Details
Tenther Radio has a new broadcast partner! Today we welcome LRN.FM, the liberty radio network – now carrying Tenther Radio in their daily podcast loop. Hear more about what they do and some other programs and information they offer, as well as get some background on the company itself. Jacksonville Florida was the site for our latest Nullify Now event this past Saturday, 10-22-11. Co-host Lesley Swann was there along with Florida Tenthers Andrew Nappi and Francisco Rodriguez. TAC Communications director Mike Maharrey who will be joins the show to give his report on Nullify Now! Jacksonville.