Obamacare: Who Runs Your Life?

Thomas Paine wrote on December 23, 1776, “Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth.”  Our founders stood against taxes and government mandated purchases.  The colonists demanded that the British Government recognize that their Constitutions did not authorize this type of government control.  As a result, the British Government repealed several laws, to include the Stamp Act. This might be a happy ending except the government was not willing to let go of this power; they were simply appeasing the people.  The government did recognize the Constitution did not authorize their exercise of power, so they remedied that “oversight” by passing a law called the Declaratory Act.

The Declaratory Act was a legislative act that declared the government “has, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.”  In addition to expanding the powers of the government, this act stated that all “resolutions, votes, orders, and proceedings, in any of the said colonies or plantations” that even questioned the government’s authority are “declared to be, utterly null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.”  The government now only needed to prove that the each law was “fit for the good of the empire” to justify its mandates.  Thomas Paine and his fellow countrymen recognized that when the government declares for itself unlimited power, there is no limit on the intrusion into and control over the lives of the citizenry. 

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Will Nevada Nullify Unconstitutional Federal Marijuana Laws?

Assemblyman Joseph Hogan along with co-sponsors Andrew Martin and Heidi Swank have introduced AB402.

AB402 is,

An Act relating to controlled substances; providing in skeleton form for the decriminalization of the possession, use and delivery of marijuana by certain persons under certain circumstances; providing in skeleton form for the taxation of the production, processing and sale of marijuana; providing a penalty; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

This bill, which was modeled after House Bill 150 from Hawaii, will legalize possession, cultivation, use those 21 and older of marijuana. This bill does not allow persons under the influence of marijuana to operate a vehicle, require an employer to accomodate the use of marijuana, to transfer marijuana to those under the age of 21, or require a property owner to allow marijuana use. This bill also establishes an excise tax on wholesale and retail sales.

Congress and the president claim the constitutional authority to prohibit weed. The Supreme Court concurs. But sharing an opinion on something doesn’t necessarily make it a fact. You can claim you are a unicorn, but you’re not. Clearly, the Constitution delegates no power of marijuana regulation to the feds. And the so-called war on drugs rests on the same legal authority as all of the other modern-day undeclared wars.

None.

So, more and more states continue to do exactly what they should do when the federal government tries exercise power it does not legitimately possess.

Ignore it.

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Susquehanna County Resists Federal Gun Grab

Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania is the latest local community to take a stand against the Police State. They recently passed a 2nd Amendment Preservation Resolution that stands against the Feds trampling upon the Constitution in their neck of the woods.

The resolution affirms the natural rights of people saying that “any federal act, bill, law, rule or executive order that in any way infringes on our Second Amendment rights by attempting to reduce the private ownership of any firearm, magazine or ammunition shall be unenforceable in Susquehanna County.”

As Judge Andrew Napolitano has said recently, widespread noncompliance can make a federal law “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here)

The passing of this resolution also marks a rare instance where bipartisanship within government works to the benefit of the American people. The resolution was introduced by Republican Commissioner Michael Giangrieco and supported by Democratic Commissioner MaryAnn Warren, as well as the whole committee. It was passed unanimously.

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SC House Judiciary subcommittee supports Obamacare nullification

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 19, 2013) – On Tuesday, South Carolina moved a step closer to refusing cooperation with Obamacare, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The House Judiciary Committee’s Constitutional Law Subcommittee recommended approval of H3101, with one amendment.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. William M. “Bill” Chumley, forbids any state or federal compliance with PPCACA provisions. However, it was amended to remove criminal penalties for federal officers who attempt to implement, or enforce Obamacare within South Carolina.

Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey praised the South Carolina House Judiciary subcommittee for the bill’s favorable recommendation, noting the power of state non-compliance.

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Carteret, N.C. Commissioners Approve Second Amendment Preservation Resolution

The Carteret, N.C., County Board of Commissioners passed a Second Amendment Preservation resolution last week.

The motion was passed without discussion as part of the commission’s consent agenda during its regular meeting on March 18.

In light of recent events, popular discussion and national debate, the Carteret County Board of Commissioners seeks to publicly restate their commitment to both the North Carolina and United States Constitutions, and particularly the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

The resolution lacked the punch of one passed by the Beaufort County, N.C. Board of Commissioners in January. That measure called on the legislature to nullify the implementation of any federal law, executive order or regulation restricting the right to bear arms.

But even without the strong language, the Carteret County resolution adds to the growing chorus of voices in North Carolina and across the United States calling on state and local interposition to protect the right to keep and bear arms. This type of bottom up pressure sends a strong message and will lead to further action down the road.

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