One Person Can Persuade a Crowd!

During the last legislative session, I was following a bill that was introduced in the Arizona legislature, the “Liberty Preservation Act.” Going through my email one night after work, I found one particularly concerning email from the Tenth Amendment Center containing news about the bill. It was ‘killed in the rules committee.’ I immediately went to the Arizona legislature website and plugged in the bill number to find out what happened.

After a few clicks, I was pleasantly surprised to find a video of the ‘rules committee’ discussing the bill from earlier that week. The group of legislators seemed unfamiliar with the concept of the bill: outlawing new overreaching federal laws that allow for blatantly unconstitutional actions against the citizens in their state. I surmised from watching the video that the purpose of the ‘rules committee’ is to determine if bills are constitutional.

I was surprised to see the group trying to find any reason to disqualify this bill, even after being briefed by the state rules attorney that it was constitutional. So after a whopping 3 minutes of scratching their heads, they decided this bill wasn’t for them. I was pissed!

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First in the Nation: Beaufort County, NC Passes Gun Law Nullification Resolution

While a number of states are currently considering legislation to nullify federal gun laws, rules, acts, orders and regulations, and various sheriffs around the country are issuing notice that they will not enforce any such federal laws, a new grassroots undercurrent could be building to support those efforts. Local governments nullifying unconstitutional federal acts.

Today, Beaufort County, North Carolina became the first in the country to do so. The board of commissioners passed a nullification resolution in support of the 2nd Amendment. The vote was unanimous. The resolution reads, in part:

The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners calls upon the Governor and General Assembly of the State of North Carolina to immediately pass an act to nullify the implementation within the State of North Carolina of any Federal law, executive order or regulations restricting the right to keep and bear arms

It continues, and makes clear that the County will play no supporting role to the federal government in attacks on the 2nd Amendment:

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Oklahoma Legislator Joins Fight to Nullify ObamaCare

cross-posted from The New American Magazine

On January 16, Oklahoma State Representative Mike Ritze re-introduced a bill stopping the enforcement of ObamaCare at the borders of the Sooner State.

In a statement announcing the newest effort to protect citizens of Oklahoma from the devastating effects of the president’s healthcare law, Dr. Ritze quoted Thomas Jefferson is support of his right to reject unconstitutional federal acts. Said Ritze:

Thomas Jefferson made it perfectly clear in the Kentucky Resolution of 1799 when he wrote; “That if those who administer the general government be permitted to transgress the limits fixed by that compact, by a total disregard to the special delegations of power therein contained, annihilation of the state governments, and the erection upon their ruins, of a general consolidated government, will be the inevitable consequence.”

Jefferson’s Kentucky Resolution plainly sets forth his understanding of the source of all federal power. Later in that document, Jefferson wrote:

That the several states who formed that instrument, being sovereign and independent, have the unquestionable right to judge of its infraction; and that a nullification, by those sovereignties, of all unauthorized acts done under colour [sic] of that instrument, is the rightful remedy.

Simply stated, nullification is a concept of constitutional law that recognizes the right of each state to nullify, or invalidate, any federal measure that exceeds the few and defined powers allowed the federal government as enumerated in the Constitution.

Nullification is founded on the assertion that the sovereign states formed the union, and as creators of the compact, they hold ultimate authority as to the limits of the power of the central government to enact laws that are applicable to the states and the citizens thereof.

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“Kaine” is a Code Word. For Idiot.

Earlier today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine observed to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that “Nullification is a code word.”

“For what?” inquired O’Brien.

Sen. Kaine, aggrieved that his colleague Senator Rand Paul used the “N” word in the recent gun control debate, responded: “It’s a states right argument that gets used in times of great controversy. The President is acting by executive power that is legally conferred on him. And as you pointed out, you went over these executive orders. They’re basic, common sense things.”

Indeed, it is precisely the states’ rights argument used by two heaps more famous Virginians, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, when they spat in the eye of President John Adams and his hyper-partisan, First Amendment-trampling Alien and Sedition Acts. And during the time of that other great controversy, i.e., slavery, the “N” word was used by northern states when they interposed against the federal Fugitive Slave Acts of 1850.

You see, Sen. Kaine, nullification, if a code word at all, is a code word for freedom.

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Michigan Senators Introduce Firearms Freedom Act

Michigan legislators, perhaps inspired by the interrupted drive to nullify NDAA indefinite detention in the Wolverine State during the last legislative session, have now introduced a bill in the  Senate to protect Michiganians’ natural and inherent right to be armed for self-defense.

Senators Pavlov, Jones, Green, Casperson, Meekhof, Proos, Jansen, Brandenderg, Hildenbrand, Nofs, Colbeck, Emmons and Marleau introduced SB0063, which would protect firearms made and remaining in Michigan from unconstitutional federal regulation. SB0063 was referred to the Committee on Judiciary, chaired by Senator Jones.

The bill specifically prohibits federal interference with intra-state commerce with a few exceptions

 (a) A firearm that cannot be carried and used by 1 person.  (b) A firearm that has a bore diameter greater than 1-1/2 inches and that uses smokeless powder, not black powder, as a propellant. (c) Ammunition with a projectile that explodes using an explosion of chemical energy after the projectile leaves the firearm. (d) A firearm that discharges 2 or more projectiles with1 activation of the trigger or other firing device.

The bill blocks federal overreach in two very important areas: the inalienable right of the people to be armed and the lack of Constitutional authority for D.C. to regulate, mandate or prohibit any form of commerce which begins and ends inside of one states’ boundaries.

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