NRA says to hell with the Constitution

(Dec. 21, 2012) – A week after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, the National Rifle Association finally broke its silence.

On Friday, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre tried to out-blame the gun-blamers. He focused his attention on Hollywood. He focused his attention on violent video games. He focused his attention on the media.

But somewhere in the midst all that finger-pointing, LaPierre did manage to slip in one policy proposal.

Armed guards stationed in every American school.

OK, maybe an armed, uniformed goon roaming school hallways makes sense.

Or not.

But we find the real kicker in his preferred methodology for getting this done.

“I call on Congress today to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation.”

So Wayne, please show me the enumerated power authorizing Congress to fund police officers in schools.


It’s Like Whack-a-Mole, But With the Same Mole Each Time

Robert Parry is a left-wing writer who tries to make the Framers of the Constitution into Hillary Clinton, 200 years early. He makes the same arguments again and again. I refute them. He continues to make them. He pretends my answers do not exist. This time, he’s got the whole leftist kit and kaboodle in one…


Efforts to Nullify NDAA detention picking up steam in Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nev. – With the federal government apparently intent on maintaining the power to kidnap people in the United States, the movement to thwart any such action continues to grow at the state and local level.

Earlier this week, conference committee members hammering out a compromise version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act dropped the so-called Feinstein amendment from the bill. In essence, the weak language of the Feinstein amendment was replaced with even weaker language.

“I voted against NDAA in 2011 because it did not contain the proper constitutional protections. When my Senate colleagues voted to include those protections in the 2012 NDAA through the Feinstein-Lee Amendment last month, I supported this act,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. “But removing those protections now takes us back to square one and does as much violence to the Constitution as last year’s NDAA. When the government can arrest suspects without a warrant, hold them without trial, deny them access to counsel or admission of bail, we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity.”

Even as Congress and the president shred the Constitution, lawmakers and activists in Nevada continue the battle to protect it. Nevada State Senator Don Gustavson (R-Sparks) recently filed a bill draft request for the Nevada Liberty Preservation Act. While the final language has not been finalized, the bill will prohibit state cooperation with any attempt to indefinitely detain people in the Silver State without due process.

Nevada chapters of People Against the National Defense Authorization Act (PANDA) worked diligently to rally support of the initiative in the Nevada legislature.

“We are working hard every day to restore the rights of every Nevadan, and will work tirelessly until we have succeeded,” Clark County chapter head Daphne Lee said.

Efforts to block indefinite detention in the Sliver State aren’t limited to the state legislature. The Washoe County Commission and the Reno City Council have reportedly placed discussion of a resolution condemning detention provisions written into the NDAA on the agenda in the first quarter of 2013.

“I appreciate the community support backing up our efforts and the courage of those members of our governing bodies who are willing to actively protect the constitutional rights of their constituents. We need to restore the constitutionally protected right to due process for every American,” PANDA Nevada state coordinator Christopher Corbett said.

Rep. Lyle Larson has already prefiled HB149 in the Texas legislature. The law would block state cooperation with any attempts at federal kidnapping in Texas, and provides for criminal penalties for any state or federal agents attempting to act under sections 1021 or 1022 in the NDAA.


A Look Ahead – Time To Plan

As the year 2012 draws to a close, the New Jersey Tenth Amendment Center is looking ahead to 2013 knowing there is a lot of work to do.  A few short weeks ago, we gave thanks for the victories we achieved due to the hard work of activists in our group as well as other organizations.  We can add to that a second veto of the health care exchanges, which could fall under Mike Maharrey’s “few slices of warm, buttered bread” analogy in this week’s Tenther Radio.  We’d rather the unconditional veto on constitutional grounds, but we’ll take what we can get for the moment.

Governor Christie‘s veto of the health exchanges can be used as a turning point to take control of the ObamaCare debate in this very blue state over the next year.  We need a renewed push for the Federal Healthcare Nullification Act in the State Legislature.  Governor Christie spoke of the control the federal government gives to the states over the health care exchanges.  The focus needs to be on urging state legislators of both parties to TAKE control of health care reform in our state, making decisions within New Jersey and out of the control of DC.  Even if the debate gets vicious, let it occur in Trenton and in our local communities.

Another area that needs a great deal of effort is opposing the NDAA through the Liberty Preservation Act.  Despite the claims of Feinstein Amendment supporters in the 2013 NDAA, the final product is highly unlikely to have much if any protection against the indefinite detention clauses in the 2012 NDAA.  We will need to push for those protections in Trenton, as well as the county and municipal levels.  Those who are able must get to their Town Council and County Freeholder meetings to make sure these issues are discussed.  County Sheriffs will be useful if we can win them over.  For issues like this, there is the possibility the State Legislature and Governor won’t do anything unless they see action at the local level.  We will be looking for volunteers and other organizations to help with this outreach.  See our facebook page to join the planning .