Stop NDAA in your State? Grassroots Activism Works

Last week, the California Liberty Preservation Act, AB351, was passed unanimously by the Assembly Appropriations Committee and sent to the full State Assembly for a vote.

The bill would play a big part in nullifying the “indefinite detention” provisions of both the NDAA and the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).

It took significant grassroots pressure from across the political spectrum to make legislators know that this bill was important to the public.  The following is a letter that was sent in support by Dani Rascon, from the Los Angeles Republican Party Central Committee and Oath Keepers – LA Chapter.

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North Carolina Action Alert: Nullify Federal Gun Control from the Bottom Up

North Carolina has one of the toughest legislatures in the U.S.  to pass bills through. Most legislation never makes it out of committee. Committees like the Judiciary Committee have up to five vice chairs and up to 40 members. This makes it even harder for concerned citizens to convince representatives to vote a certain way.

But don’t despair! Options to protect the right to keep and bear arms in North Carolina remain open. You can build grassroots groups to block violations of the Second Amendment at the local level, working through county commissions and town councils.

Of course, local governments won’t act without citizen input and grassroots pressure. The good news is a few dedicated individuals can make a difference at the local level.

That’s where you can step up to the plate.

Form grassroots local nullification groups. B

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Why Incorporation is Bad

The incorporation doctrine makes the provisions of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution applicable the states.

It wasn’t until 1925, some 57 years after ratification of the 14th, that the Supreme Court mystically found that the amendment bound the states to the Bill of Rights. Since then, America has increasingly become a nation governed by judiciary.

Why is incorporation bad? Can’t the Federal government do things so much better than the states? Vice President Biden believes so. When he was a Senator, he claimed: “…the reason the federal government got into 90 percent of the business it got into is that the state[s]…did not do the job.”

I disagree and say that it is strictly a power grab by the federal government via the courts.

I’m not going to delve into the Constitutionality of incorporation (more on that HERE), but instead focus on how individual liberty is lost when ultimate control is in Washington.

We perhaps see this most clearly in the issue of freedom of religion. The First Amendment clearly says “Congress shall make no law …” Congress obviously does not encompass the states. By allowing this amendment to apply to them, the federal government morphs into a one size fits all policy-maker destroying religious prerogative in the states.

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Myth-Busting: The “Roman Condominium” Myth

Much of my scholarly research is designed to set the historical record straight—essentially myth-busting.

For reasons I’ll explain another time, most legal writers are terrible historians. They tend to cherry-pick history to promote a case, and when there aren’t enough historical facts, they sometimes make them up.

My efforts to correct the record are best known in the realm of constitutional law, but my first big project of the kind was actually about condominiums.

In the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, legal writers were uncritically repeating the story that the ancient Romans invented condominiums, or at least used them widely. This story made no sense at all: Ancient writers don’t mention condominiums, and Roman law actually prohibited schemes whereby one person owned airspace above another person. (The word “condominium,” meaning “co-ownership,” is Latin, but it is of relatively modern, not Roman, coinage.)

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