Santa Cruz, California opposes NDAA detention

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (April 18, 2012) – Add the Santa Cruz City Council to the growing number of local governments directly opposing detention provisions without due process written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Mayor Don Lane sponsored theResolution to Restore Due Process and Right to Trial, along with two councilmember cosponsors, Ryan
Coonerty and Katherine Beiers. The resolution passed unanimously on April 10.

The resolution begins with the precept that the Constitution serves as the foundation for rights and freedoms in the United States.

These provisions of the NDAA corrode the ideals of presumed innocence and right to a fair trial on which our nation was founded, and which generations of activists and military servicemen and women have fought to preserve; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Santa Cruz that it hereby supports repeal of the NDAA’s detention provisions described above to restore fundamental rights and liberties embodied in the Constitution of the United States.


Talking the Tenth with Governor Christie

April 12, I had the opportunity to meet New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at a town hall meeting right in my hometown of South Plainfield. I also got to confront my dread fear of public speaking for the first time since Nullify Now Philly, when I got to ask NJ Assemblywoman McHose a question, and join members of the NJ and PA TAC chapters for some Q&A. My wife Judy, being off this week, was able to watch the little ones while I went. It was a great opportunity, not only to discuss nullification with the Governor, but to share the idea with a capacity crowd at the South Plainfield PAL, the majority of whom had probably never heard nullification discussed.

Based on 5-10 second news station clips of altercations at other town halls, I expected a Governor who would be belligerent in his response, and was prepared to respond, “Save some of that for DC!” if it came to that. It turned out I didn’t have to. He was very considerate about listening to questions and tried to be as thorough in his responses as time allowed. To paraphrase the Governor, he definitely let the people know where he stood, and they could decide from there if they agreed or disagreed with him. I humbly admit, I prejudged based on a few incidents the media emphasized, where interestingly enough, the comments made to Governor Christie never seemed to make it on television. Only the responses were televised.


Sound Money Bills Advancing in Missouri and South Carolina

Action Alert for Constitutional Tender!


Missouri House Bill 1637 (HB1637), the Missouri Sound Money Act, has been released from the Rules Committee and is scheduled for debate on the House floor this week. The bill states, in part:

Gold and silver issued by the federal government is legal tender in this state. A person shall not compel any other person to tender or accept gold and silver coins that are issued by the federal government, except for contractual obligations.

For those residing in Missouri, please send emails thanking the rules chair, John Deihl, and the floor leader, Tim Jones for putting it on the calendar. Then, contact your representative and ask them to support the bill with a “yes” vote.


Welfare and Private Charity

new policy paper from my colleague Michael Tanner analyzes the growth in the American welfare state and concludes that “throwing money at the problem has neither reduced poverty nor made the poor self-sufficient.” Michael makes an important point that—in my experience—most journalists don’t seem to appreciate:

In addition, whatever the intention behind government programs, they are soon captured by special interests. The nature of government is such that programs are almost always implemented in a way to benefit those with a vested interest in them rather than to actually achieve the programs’ stated goals… Among the nonpoor with a vital interest in antipoverty programs are social workers and government employees who administer the programs and business people, such as landlords and physicians, who are paid to provide services to the poor. Thus, anti-poverty programs are usually more concerned with protecting the prerogatives of the bureaucracy than with actually fighting poverty.

That’s one reason why you have federal officials actually celebrating the fact that more and more Americans are signing up for food stamps. Sure, adding millions of people to the food stamps roll is good for the Department of Agriculture’s budget, but is it good for the country? Perhaps if one thinks that government bureaucracies are ideally suited to provide for the less fortunate. However, that’s a tough claim to make given the fraud, abuse, and wasteful bureaucratic overhead costs associated with the government model. And let’s not forget that the government is not a charity; rather, it must resort to compulsion and force in order to carry out its politically-inspired objectives.

Instead of celebrating government dependency, we ought to be celebrating those private charities that are effectively meeting the needs of the less fortunate through voluntary donations. For example, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) recently went to the House floor to laud a private charity called Convoy of Hope. From Paul’s speech:


NDAA Nullification up for a Vote in the Arizona House

Arizona Senate Bill 1182 (SB1182) is one step away from being sent to Governor Jan Brewer for a signature. The bill states in part that:  “this state and any agency of this state shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012”

After passing the Senate by a vote of 21-9, the bill quickly went to a House committee vote and was rejected 5-4. But, a strong grassroots campaign pressed 2 “swing votes” on the committee to reconsider, and a motion was made within days to do just that.  It wasn’t on the calendar but was voted on promptly. It passed the House Rules committee by a vote of 6-3 last month.

Although the bill was expected to move quickly through the “committee of the whole” in the House and then on to the full house for a floor vote, it didn’t budge. Opponents used parliamentary procedures to try to hold the bill over to next year too – effectively killing it. But again, the grassroots rose up and put pressure on both the Speaker of the House and other key members. SB1182 was placed on the calendar for the House Committee of the Whole today – and passed by a voice vote.

Next step? A vote by the full House – expected soon. (ACTION STEPS AND FULL BILL TEXT BELOW)


Missouri Nullification bills on House and Senate floor

I am sending this note of good news to patriot leaders across the state to prepare them to respond to what I think are the two most important pieces of legislation to be considered in Jefferson City this year.

Both are expressions of Missouri sovereignty (State’s Rights) and leverage the public disdain for the biggest government power grab in over half a century – Obamacare.


HB 1534 “declares that the federal law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, exceeds the power granted to Congress under the United States Constitution and therefore is not law, but is altogether void and of no force.”

That’s right, Missouri is going to tell the federal government that they have no jurisdiction beyond the powers enumerated in the U.S. Constitution and that we intend to “support and defend” the Constitution by telling them we will not allow our people to be subjected to liberty-stealing unconstitutional federal edicts!  It’s about time.

It would be reaonable for one to ask why go forward with a nullification bill when it looks like the US Supreme Court might rule Obamacare unconstitutional anyway.  There are several good reasons:


URGENT ACTION ALERT: Arizona NDAA bill on its deathbed


PHOENIX (April 15, 2012) – A proposed Arizona bill that would block state agencies from cooperating with the feds on National Defense Authorization Act detention without due process needs your HELP right now.

Initially, the Arizona House Rules committee voted 5-4 to kill SB1182. After a grassroots push and adept political maneuvering by bill sponsor Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake), two committee members saw the light and reversed course, and the committee passed the bill on to the full House. The bill was placed on the calender to go to the Committee of the Whole for debate on April 4, the final step before a full House vote. But the bill was delayed and pulled from the calender, and hasn’t seen the light of day since.

Sources close to the Tenth Amendment Center say they think Speaker of the House Andy Tobin (R – Dewey) may feel political pressure to keep the bill off the calender. Keep in mind, Sen. John McCain hails from the Grand Canyon State and wields significant power in the Arizona Republican Party.  He remains a strong proponent of the detention provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA. Pressure might also emanate from the governor’s office. Despite her “states’ rights” rhetoric, Gov. Brewer doesn’t always govern according to her “principles.” She vividly demonstrated this fact Thursday with her veto of a sheriffs first bill. And finally, Tobin may just not like the legislation. Perhaps he favors federal kidnapping of Arizona citizens.


New buzz words: “States rights and sound money”

Anyone working around Washington, D.C. 30 years back will recall the phrase “leadership and excellence.” Buzz words and a rising anthem for a new generation of men in yellow power ties. Until Bill and Ted started greeting people, “Be excellent to one another!” The phrase became so tiresome that James A. Baker, who worked at the White House, rigged the computers so that they would balk when anyone used the word “excellent.” Then overnight it flipped. Women’s garments with shoulder pads replaced the yellow ties and power lunches and when Bill Clinton entered the White House the “leadership and excellence” generation was replaced by the “diversity and globalization” generation. Good bye to all that and to Al Gore too and Lady Gaga. The storied Fourth Generation has arrived with The Hunger Games. We are going to need some new buzz words. How about “States rights and sound money”?

Tom Brokow, Al Gore and many others have written about a book titled “The Fourth Turning” which explains the cycles of history through generations. Economist Harry Dent does this as well and makes accurate projections on economy using demographics, but the Strauss & Howe people use archetypes. Tricky stuff, archetypes, “which used to be called gods,” said C.G. Jung, who brought the idea to practice. In a word, generations alternate: If one generation adores Dwight Eisenhower, the next will turn to The Beatles. And at the end of 65 years it will all fall apart (between 2013 and 2015 says Dent). Then a hero, like Katniss, and a heroic generation will arise like a Phoenix out of destruction and awaken the world again.

The Fourth Generation has its Gray Champion. An elder who stands in the middle of the road and says, “No more.” Felt I heard that voice when I was waiting to get my car repaired about five years ago and heard on Fox in the waiting room: “Upton Sinclair said that when America became a fascist country it would be calling itself Christian and wrapped in an American flag.” Ron Paul speaking.


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In the copilot seat this week next to Michael Boldin is Nick Hankoff, live from the “fabulous downtown LA studios!”  Among the news they’ll cover are NDAA Nullification in Virginia, Health Care Nullification in Missouri and Sheriffs First in Arizona.

The Tenth Amendment Center and the LA County Republican Liberty Caucus are hosting Nullify the NDAA at the Standard in downtown LA.  Angela Keaton from will be speaking.

Catch the TAC’s communications director and new rising star at a couple events this month!  On April 14 he will be in Cape Girardeau, Missouri speaking at the American Revolution Part 2 and then on April 28 at the Republican Liberty Caucus of the South Carolina Convention.

Then Michael and Nick are joined by guests Mike Finger of the Free State Project and the Society of Libertarian Entrepreneurs; then talk to lifetime TAC member Mike Rogers a long time supporter and lead sponsor and logistics captain for Nullify Now New Hampshire last year.