Most Read Articles: December 1-11, 2012

Most-read articles so far this month. 1. Michigan house votes 107-0 on NDAA Nullification, Matt Renquist 2. Press Release on Michigan House vote, Mike Maharrey 3. The Feinstein Fumble, Indefinite Detention Remains, Blake A. Filippi 4. Four and Counting, SC considers Obamacare Nullification, Kelli Sladick 5. Republican Florida Senate President Calls for Hangings of Opponents?…


Florida Senate President Gaetz Claims He Didn’t Advocate Shooting Nullifiers

Don Gaetz, president of the Florida state senate, recently responded to an attorney’s defense of Thomas Jefferson’s principle of state nullification of unconstitutional laws as follows:

Thank you for your email and for your passionate views.

Like you, I believe Obamacare is unconstitutional and wrong-headed policy. I have consistently voted in the Florida Legislature for legislation that affirms our state’s options, obligations and sovereignty under the United States Constitution. I am working every day to ensure the election of national candidates who will repeal and replace this extraordinarily bad policy.

As to nullification, I tend to favor the approach used by Florida’s first Governor, Andrew Jackson:

It is said that one evening, while he was president, General Jackson was interrupted in his reading in his bedroom by an alarmed military aide who breathlessly reported, “Mr. President, the “nullifiers” are in front of the Executive Mansion with torches and guns. They are screaming that each state has the right to decide for itself which federal laws to follow. They threaten to burn us down if you will not agree with them.”

Without lifting his head from his reading, Andrew Jackson said, “Shoot the first nullifier who touches the Flag. And hang the rest.”

Chaplain, I have sworn an oath on my father’s Bible before Almighty God to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and government of the United States. And that’s exactly what I intend to do. Count me with Andrew Jackson.

Senator Don Gaetz

A number of Floridians were up in arms about Senator Gaetz’s casual endorsement of firing on his own people. (Note that “firing on his own people” is a phrase we are permitted to use only in reference to foreign despots; anyone recommending such a course here is merely defending law and order.) The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is supposed to stay on the alert for cases of political extremism, uttered not a peep at this particular act of extremism. Probably just an oversight.


Washington D.C. is not Santa Claus

Christmastime myths are traditionally shared by millions of families across America and usually do no harm. There is one popular lore, however, that must be confronted once and for all: many still believe that Washington, D.C. is supposed to be Santa Claus, while the states are its worker elves.

The American system may be one of wonder and magic, but this common construction is just absurd. Or, at least, it would be absurd if not for the reality: the feds are constantly intervening as the welfare-warfare police-state, blindly believed to be a source of relief and generosity.

What has been the response to governors refusing to implement Obamacare exchanges? And to the voters choosing a different marijuana policy? Or to Texans legislating protections from the TSA? How about city councils not complying with NDAA indefinite detention? Calls of treason from the left and right have made the parable into conventional wisdom: resisting the central government is naughty, not nice.

“Stay in that assembled line states, just like good little elves so that Federal Santa can deliver the goods,” say the faithful masses.


Michigan bill blocking NDAA detention passes out of Senate committee

LANSING, Mich. (Dec. 11, 2012) – With time winding down in the current legislative session, a bill that would prohibit state cooperation with any federal efforts to kidnap people and detain them indefinitely in Michigan cleared another hurdle Tuesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed HB5768 and referred the bill to the Committee of the…


To Curb Federal Overreach, We Must Restore the Tenth

by Darcy Olsen, Goldwater Institute Last week, Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias argued before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Tombstone, Arizona, defending Tombstone’s right to access its water supply against hostile action by the Obama Administration. As you may remember, last year a devastating combination of wildfires and monsoons ravaged Tombstone’s water supply, leaving…


Federalism and the 10th: The States’ Great Awakening

In Part 1 of this series, I explained how our federalism works and how the powers were divided between the states and our national government. The details showed that the states were superior to the federal government on the hierarchy scale and that the 10th amendment protected that position whenever the federal government stepped outside…


NDAA Nullification up in Michigan Senate Committee

According to Michigan Rep. Tom McMillin, a bill that would block state cooperation with any attempt to detain people in the United States under sections 1021 or 1022 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act will come up for discussion in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The Michigan House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of House bill HB5768 last week.

The committee meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

If passed, the law would forbid any state employee or agency assistance with the Federal government – in any way – in the detainment of people under the 2012 NDAA.

“…no agency of this state, no political subdivision of this state, no employee of an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state acting in his or her official capacity, and no member of the Michigan national guard on official state duty shall aid an agency of the armed forces of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person pursuant to section 1021 of the national defense authorization act…”



BREAKING: Tennessee says, ‘No!’ to state-run insurance exchange

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 10, 2012) – Tennessee governor Bill Haslam announced Monday that Tennessee will not set up a state-run insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Haslam made the announcement during a speech to Nashville’s Downtown Rotary Club. According to the Tennessean, the governor said he decided not to go through with setting up a state-run exchange “because he’s received insufficient information about how it would operate from the federal government.”

The Volunteer State looked like it might be on track to set up an exchange, despite the legal prohibition for such a move under the Tennessee Health Freedom Act. Tennessee accepted more than $9 million in federal funding earmarked for creation of a state exchange over the last two years. Federal dollars began flowing into the Volunteer State under Gov. Phil Bredesen and continued unabated under Haslam.

The insurance lobby pushed hard for a state run exchange. Grassroots activist groups, including the Tennessee chapter of the Tenth Amendment Center, countered that pressure with a full court press of their own.


Federalism and the 10th: How It Works

What we are witnessing all around the country is a political revolution. As time goes by, the revolution will grow huge, into a massive historical event.

The people are beginning to understand what is going on, and are starting to take the necessary steps to reestablish their correct place and boundaries in our federalist system. After so many years of seeing the power usurped, it does my heart good to see steps finally being taken to correct that wrong.

Many times we hear people say that this country is a democracy. That is not true, we are a republic, and we use democracy as a means to pick our representatives in a federalist form of government. Somehow, people seem to conveniently forget that fact. So, what is federalism?

When our founders created the Constitution and established our federal government they did it on two planes, vertically and horizontally. Everyone gets taught the horizontal plane in school where we have the separation of powers between the various branches of government. Unfortunately, they are never taught the vertical plane which is where the whole federalist structure is set in place with a division of power between the national and state governments.


Battlefield USA: The Drones are Coming

The battlefield for drones has been Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq, and Somalia. But, now they are coming to America.

Drones are known as unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which are apart of an unmanned aerial system (UAS), which according to the DoD is a, “system whose components include the necessary equipment, network, and personnel to control an unmanned aircraft.” Whereas UAV is, “A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or non-lethal payload. Ballistic or semi-ballistic vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not considered unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Currently, federal and local agencies are either using, or they are requesting to start using drones in the US. In the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, this act is to address the domestic use of drones in US airspace. By, 2015, UAS should be fully implemented.

However there is no mention of upholding the Fourth Amendment. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” We no longer have the right to be secure in our own homes or have our effects unreasonably searched. In a leaked document it has been determined that not only can the federal government or local governments use drones as a way of surveillance, but so can the US military.

Drones are remotely flown by a user, or flown “autonomously” like out of a Terminator movie. Surveillance capabilities of drones include photography, thermal imaging, audio recording and storage for collected recordable media. The drone also has the ability to transmit data to collections base through a radio signal.