NJ Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

On the heels of our state’s medical marijuana program, essentially nullifying the federal Controlled Substances Act, legislation has now been introduced in New Jersey that will decriminalize possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana.   A4252 establishes various degrees of fines for possession, while removing the criminal penalties under the current NJ law. “An honest reading of the Constitution…

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CEI: Is the Constitution a Threat to Liberty?

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

Matt Peterson at the blog of the Competetive Enterprise Institutewrites,

Article 1, Sec. 8, the infamous “Commerce Clause” grants the federal government the power to “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” And ever since it was written, this seemingly open-ended phrase has been used to justify the federal government’s ever-expanding scope and power.

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What is a Statesman?

According to Karl Marx a government should do what is best for the greater good of the greater number. Unfortunately, there are many elected officials in our Country that have embraced his philosophy In a totalitarian state the government controls the people whlle in a Republic the people control the government. Dictators can not enslave…

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Maine Nullification 2012

cross-posted from the Maine Tenth Amendment Center

Maine has a strong tradition of nullification in recent years. Despite the Controlled Substances Act being on the books, the people of Maine nullified this unconstitutional law by allowing for the use of medical marijuana in 1999. Medical marijuana was again voted on a couple of years ago and passed, in clear violation of the Federal legislation. Although it has become a popular movement over the last decade, in the beginning, it started small with California leading the push.

Just several years later, Maine would again lead the nation against unjust Federal legislation, when Congress passed the REAL ID Act of 2005. The legislation, which created a national identification card, was opposed by many groups on both sides of the fence as unconstitutional and an invasion of privacy. Maine passed a Resolution opposing the law, which led to over half of the States in the Union passing legislation directly resisting the bill or defunding compliance measures, which were left to the States. In the most recent session of the legislature, State Representative Ben Chipman (U-Portland), again led Maine in standing up for the rights of the Maine people, with LD 1068 (See “Bill Challenging REAL ID Gains Bipartisan Support“).

State Representative Richard Cebra (R-Naples), who is now running for the State Senate, has also been a strong supporter of the Tenth Amendment, introducing Tenth Amendment resolutions and regularly supporting measures in defense of limited government. State Representative Aaron Libby (R-Waterboro) introduced the Defend The Guard Act, which would return control of the National Guard to the Governor, as required by the U.S. Constitution. He also introduced legislation to nullify the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare” by opponents, and infamous for it’s insurance mandate imposed upon American citizens. State Representative Mel Newendyke (R-Litchfield) introduced the Intrastate Commerce Act, which would nullify all unconstitutional Federal laws affecting in-state commerce. Various measures, especially the opposition to REAL ID, gained bipartisan support. The Constitution is not a political issue, nor is it a divisive one. We are all united behind the idea of a prosperous and free State for all Mainers to live in.

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Shock: Guilds Enriched Powerful, Harmed Society

I have interacted with quite a few opponents of the free market, both socialists and “traditionalists,” who have looked to the medieval guilds as a great example of how society can be organized without the alleged dog-eat-dog competition of the market. Under the guilds, competition was held in check. This means everyone was allowed to…

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Obama Demonstrates Why ‘Government Efficiency’ Is a Joke

By the time I stopped working for Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), I had concluded that the pursuance of so-called “government efficiency” was largely a misguided waste of time for a politician who was interested in achieving smaller government. (I’ve been pleased to see my old boss spend more time trying to cut and eliminate programs since my…

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