On October 19, 2013 the TAC hosted a conference in Raleigh NC on nullification. Featured speakers included Tom Woods, Mike Church, and Publius Huldah. Pictures thanks to Mike Maharrey, Nicole Revels, and many others who contributed. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success! note – images will load in batches as you…Details
State sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment are getting some attention in the Buckeye State.
Ohio Rep. John Becker recently sent a letter to U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup in which he requested that his fellow republican initiate impeachment proceedings against Judge Timothy Black. Judge Black recently ruled (twice) that Ohio must recognize the marriage of same-sex couples despite (a) the lack of federal authority regarding the issue of marriage and (b) an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution which prohibits the state from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages.
(a) Congress has no enumerated power to regulate or define marriage. As such, the issue of marriage is reserved to the states per the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution. Even the almighty Supreme Court admitted this in their recent opinion on DOMA.
(b) Article 15, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution reads:Details
This article is a Part 2 of “How Local Mole Hills Become National Mountains” series. (Part 1 HERE)
A “molehill” is a problem. It’s not a fun problem or an easy problem to handle, but it is a smaller problem than say 1 million molehills stacked on top of each other. In other words, a mountain.
Health care is a molehill.
It is a personal, family, market (global) and possibly a local community issue, specifically with regard to common health problems in a local community. This health care molehill simply requires a patient with a health need, and groups of health professionals and wellness industry leaders with capabilities to meet the need. Health Care, aka Sick care, is NOT a national mountain requiring national earth movers supplied by Congress and regulatory agencies.
Local, decentralized solutions serve individuals better.
I travel about half of my work life, and without fail, I see people during my travels. I mean, they are everywhere! On the road going to the airport, waiting in line at the airport coffee stand, sitting next to me on the flight, flying the plane, walking around my arrival city, sitting at the hotel. I could go on and on. And it’s really great to see people, because for the most part, I enjoy them. Occasionally, the feeling is even mutual. People come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, to be sure, but there are some common physical and physiological themes I’ve become keenly aware of. One hundred percent of them have a head, presumably with a functioning brain controlling a lot of automatic functions in their body, including a pumping heart, muscle movements, digestion, elimination and so forth.Details
I find it interesting to hear all the media pundits claiming that the “American People” are against a government shut-down and blame Republicans for using ObamaCare as a negotiation tool.
If the States that are united were founded on a principle of a consolidated nation, where a “National” government ruled over them, then it is possible the pundits may have it correct. However, that is not how the founding generation envisioned our union of States. We are made up of individual and sovereign entities that united to form a more perfect union. These States then delegated certain limited authority to the Federal government. It was very clear to nearly everyone involved that the States would retain the majority of their sovereign powers. This is one of the reasons that the Tenth Amendment was inserted into the Bill of Rights. What does it say?:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Who were those people? The people of the individual States, not the people of a giant conglomerate. If any self-respecting news journalist or historian for that matter, would take the time to read the debates of the several States during their ratifying process they would then understand the principle.Details