Brian Nieves, State Senator from Missouri, recently appeared as a guest on Tenther Radio Episode 37. Nieves, who introduced Senate Bill 819 (Prohibits state enforcement of provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012) explained the bill as being, “probably not unlike some of the stuff that’s being filed in other parts of the United States, but basically it just says that this NDAA stuff is not going to work in the state of Missouri. The State of Missouri is going to stand up and say we are a sovereign state, we’re not going to have our constitutional rights violated by this out-of-control Federal Government, and the element of that NDAA act that we found most egregious is just simply not going to be enforced in the state of Missouri.”
As for President Obama signing the NDAA and allowing the Federal Government a huge new power – but then saying that his administration doesn’t have plans to use it – Nieves believes this to be perilous ground for the people of Missouri. “… even if he intends to hold to that, and not detain American citizens – the fact still remains that there is at least the chance that it could happen. And we can’t even allow there to be the chance.”
But despite passage of the Healthcare Freedom Act by vote recently, does Missouri have the backbone to stand up and say no to Washington D.C.? Senator Nieves replied with, “I think the people of Missouri certainly have the backbone to stand up to the Federal Government. Whether or not the Missouri Legislature has the backbone to do that – I’m not as confident in the Legislature as I am in the people of Missouri. And that’s why it’s good we’re getting the word out through these types of resources, so that the people can begin to stand up and demand that our Legislature do the right thing.”
“When the people engage, and let these elected officials know that they are under the watchful eye of the people, elected officials tend to behave a little better, and are more likely to do the right thing.” Nieves explained. “I can stand before God and man, and say that during my ten years in the Legislature, I literally moved further and further into being more constitutionally conservative as time has gone by. I know that’s a rare thing, but I find that to be one of my proudest accomplishments.”
If you would like to help Missouri leadership do the right thing in regards to Senate Bill 819, please call, e-mail, and urge our leaders to stand up for the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of Missouri.
originally posted at Missouri Tenth