Contrary to the notion that Supreme Court Justices are appointed for Life, the truth is that the Constitution indicates that they shall hold office during times of good behavior. The question that needs to be asked is what constitutes bad behavior and who determines if the Justices on the Supreme Court are doing their job…Details
Quite a few people have asked me how President Obama, as a “former constitutional law professor,” could prove so ignorant about the Constitution. This former con law professor suggests two reasons: * Obama was not a “professor” in the sense that most people use the term—that is someone who becomes an expert in the subject…Details
Sometimes it seems as if Democrats and Republicans disagree just for the sake of disagreement. When a Republican yells “Black,” a Democrat somewhere reflexively declares, “White!”
So when the two parties begin to coalesce in agreement around an issue, you should probably sit up and take notice. And we see that dynamic continuing to evolve in opposition to indefinite detention without due process provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Currently, bills or resolutions against NDAA detention are under consideration in 11 state legislatures with bipartisan support. Utah and Maine’s general assemblies passed resolutions condemning NDAA kidnapping by wide margins, and the Virginia legislature passed a non-compliance act, which awaits the governor’s signature. In Rhode Island, a Republican representative introduced a resolution with 43 cosponsors in a House chamber made up of just 10 Republicans and 63 Democrats.
On a local level, 15 county or city governments from across the country have passed resolutions against NDAA detention, in diverse bodies dominated by both political parties.
Now, a new path of resistance – county level political party committees, both Democrat and Republican.Details
The head of the General Services Administration, which is the federal government’s procurement and property manager, has resigned in the wake of a report from the agency’s inspector general that uncovered extravagant spending at a GSA “training conference” in Las Vegas. Here’s the Washington Post’s summary of festivities: Among the “excessive, wasteful and in some cases impermissible” spending the…Details
My speech from Nullify Now, Philadelphia, this past Saturday. Listen at least through my Norway joke. Then, if you’re so inclined, check out Nullification and Rollback, referred to in the video. (Erratum: for some reason I said “Siberian Khatru” came out in 1971, when of course I know it’s on the 1972 Close to the Edge album.)Details
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Michael Boldin and John Michaels host this 41st episode of Tenther Radio! Boldin broadcasts live from Los Angeles and Michaels joins us from an undisclosed location somewhere near Weirdowood in the Deep South.
Nullify Now! Philadelphia was on Saturday, March 31 and if you missed it, don’t worry! The guys bring you some of the highlights, including speaker Blake Filippi, the founder of the Rhode Island Liberty Coalition. Blake gives an overview of the event from the eyes of a first-time Nullify Now! speaker AND attendee.
“There was an overwhelming feeling of hope.”Details
April 3, 2012: It’s official. The people of Kansas are serious about protecting their natural rights, and won’t be led into the shackles of tyranny without a fight. Because, as reported at “Occupy 316”, members of Occupy Wichita recently recognized the 2012 NDAA passage for what it was, and staged a demonstration outside Senator Pat Roberts’ office – complete with detainees, a prison cell and private security personnel. (Senator Roberts was one of the Kansas Senators who voted Yes on NDAA, along with fellow Senator Jerry Moran, and Representatives Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder and Mike Pompeo).
And as reported by Michael Boldin in the Tenth Amendment Center article “Cherokee County Rejects NDAA”, the people of this county didn’t wait around until their citizens began disappearing off the streets, but took preemptive action, unanimously passing a resolution in opposition to the NDAA.
But now, with the help of leaders like Kansas Rep. Charlotte O’Hara (Dist. 27), Kansas government may have an opportunity through HR 6021 to interpose (via nullification) on behalf of the people. For example, HR6021 makes clear that, “The NDAA contains provisions repugnant to, and destructive of, the constitutions and Bill of Rights of the United States of America, and this state, directly violating the U.S. Constitution’s Article I, Section 9 [Habeas Suspension Clause], Article III, Section 2, Clause 2 [Trial by jury of all crimes except impeachment], Article III, Section 3 [Treason Clause], Article IV, Section 4 [guarantee of a Republican Form of government] the 4th Amendment [Protection against unreasonable search and seizure] 5th Amendment [Right to grand jury indictment and due process], 6th Amendment [Right to speedy and public trial], 8th Amendment [Protection against cruel and unusual punishments], and 14th Amendment [Equal protection], as well as infringes on the entirety of the Bill of Rights and basic structure of the Constitution, making We the People insecure in the exercise of any of our Rights and Powers…”
Because of the above injuries and usurpations of the Constitution, HR6021 states that the NDAA provisions are not only establishing an absolute tyranny over the states, but “are nearly identical to many of the long train of abuses and usurpations that compelled our forefathers to take up arms and to separate from Great Britain, as enumerated in The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, of July 4, 1776: Now, therefore, Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas: That for the above and forgoing reasons, this Legislature expresses its belief that the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 (NDAA) is unconstitutional in authorizing the President to use war powers, the “law of war,” and/or martial law in the United States and its territories over any person…”
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As Matthew Silber previously reported, there is mounting resistance to the National Defense Authorization Act in Missouri. Show-Me-State Sen. Brian Nieves (R) tells the Tenth Amendment Center that SB819, The Missouri Liberty Preservation Act, is awaiting a full debate on the Senate floor.
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The bill requires state non-compliance with the federal government:
“The state of Missouri shall not provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012″
“The Missouri Liberty Preservation Act has cleared committee and now it’s just a matter of waiting for it to be scheduled on the debate calendar. The issue of the NDAA is likely to be debated openly, here in the senate,” reported the State Senator.
Nieves, who said he has not gained majority support in the Senate for his anti-NDAA bill, expressed optimism due to the unlikely relationships beginning to form over the civil liberties implications of sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA.
“One of the Democrats known for filibustering in the Missouri Senate has indicated that they would not move to impede SB 819,” Nieves said, adding he feels that an alliance with some portion of the Democrat Senators is still a very real possibility.
Just across the Capital grounds, another bill is under consideration to reject the notion that the Federal government has the power to kidnap. On Wednesday, State Representative Paul Curtman (R) introduced his version of the Missouri Liberty Preservation Act in the Missouri House.
“My fellow veterans in particular are very aware of the dangers posed by the NDAA, but this issue is obviously crossing boundaries. Every one of the dozen or so Democrats I’ve showed this to say they’ll vote for it. That is a huge change from what I’m used to,” Curtman said.Details
The mainstream media, the pollsters, and the two major political parties are all quick to declare the Tea Party Movement dead. Establishment forces on both sides of the issues facing our Republic find comfort in minimizing the Tea Party faction.
At the inception of the Republican primaries, the Washington Times and the Zogby organization partnered to follow the Republican candidates. An early finding was that those who were sympathetic to the Tea Party were found to be far more pragmatic than expected. The poll found that 58 percent of the Tea Parties were ready to back anyone who could defeat Obama. According to the Zogby poll, those not sympathetic to the Tea Party were more likely to be ideologically driven, with only about 40 percent saying “beating the president was more important than picking someone who shared all their views.”
We do not challenge the Zogby finding, but we feel that pollsters have failed to discern major structural issues within the Tea Party Movement. Those who see the Tea Party as simply anti-Obama people lacking constitutional principles should consider what follows.
We all know that the “grass-roots” Tea Party movement had its start with the tax rallies in 2009 and the rallies up to and through the 2010 elections. The Tea Party had a great influence on electing Republicans. The Tea Parties have the ability to attract large numbers of people to their events, where the GOP does not. Seeing the value of the Tea Parties’ usefulness, we believe that local Republican Executive Committees (RECs) started infiltrating the newly forming Tea Party leadership teams all over the country.Details