Protecting Rights is your State’s Duty

The age-old doctrine of state nullification is in the air across the United States, and of all the demographic groups, newspaper reporters and editors should be cheering the most — and not simply because it makes for interesting copy.

A few years ago, not many would have guessed that this 215-year-old doctrine would regain standing as an accepted political tool, but according to a May 6 Rasmussen poll, 52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block, within their own borders, any federal laws they believe to be unconstitutional.

If public support for HB 436, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, is any indication, the Missouri numbers are even higher. Thousands of residents weighed in and told state officials that they had a constitutional duty to pass that bill as part of their responsibility to defend the people’s right to keep and bear arms.

In spite of the skyrocketing public support for nullification, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed HB 436, and others have joined the governor’s claims that you just can’t constitutionally fight the federal government the way Thomas Jefferson did 215 years ago.

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Nullifying Washington D.C. in Washington D.C?

Even Washington D.C. is rebelling against the tyranny of Washington D.C.!

The city has joined many other cities and started distribution of medical marijuana to sick patients, according to a UPI report. Recently, a medical marijuana sale was conducted there for the first time in 70 years.

The people voted for legalization of  medical marijuana all the way back in 1998, but Congress denied the right of patients to get their medicine for many more years. Restrictions against medical marijuana were finally lifted in 2009, but it took four long years for the inept bureaucracy to get their regulatory system in order. Now, Washington D.C. gets to enjoy medical freedom through their resistance against the fed’s unjust laws.

The city of Washington D.C. followed the right process constitutionally. While the Constitution delegates no power for the feds to regulate a plant within the borders of a state, Congress does have the authority to legislate on marijuana within the borders of D.C., a federal enclave. But from a moral standpoint, I think they made the big mistake of complying with the federal regulations for as long as they did. Medical marijuana is a life and death issue for many gravely ill people out there. The tyrannical, asinine laws should have been disobeyed immediately, so that the sick could utilize proper treatments. Many lives could have potentially been saved if this happened.

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Secrecy Versus a Free Society

by Jacob Hornberger, Future of Freedom Foundation

A Texas company named Lavabit exemplifies everything that the national-security state has done to our nation. Lavabit is an Internet company that provides encrypted email service for its customers. It recently announced that it was voluntarily shutting down its business rather than capitulate to the demands of the NSA and its FISA Court to grant access to its customer’s communications.

The details of this sordid episode are set forth in this article by Glenn Greenwald.

Although Lavabit can’t explain exactly why it’s shutting down, which is incredible in itself, it’s obvious that the company got served with one of those secret FISA orders requiring it to give the NSA access to its customers’ communications. Such orders command the recipient to keep the existence of the order secret, even from its own customers.

So, this is where the national-security state has brought America. We now live in a country where the government can secure secret court orders permitting officials to access everyone’s private communications. The people who are adversely affected are not even aware of it because the recipient of the order is prohibited from telling them. That means that the customers themselves never have an opportunity to object to the order because they’re never told of its existence.

Thus, it’s a fairly perfect scam because ordinarily the company receiving the secret order has no real incentive to oppose the order. After all, it’s the customers’ records that are sought. So, most companies will simply comply with the order and also comply with the court’s order to keep it secret.

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