Moving Back Toward Level

Indefinite detention. Loss of due process. Unwarranted surveillance by unmanned aerial vehicles. Regulation of fire arms. Registration of fire arms. Full out banning of certain kinds of fire arms. State sanctioned molestation/unwarranted search and seizure by the TSA. Forced participation in a government run health care scheme. Federal regulation of raw milk and plants produced and sold in state.

The above are just a few of the issues making headlines across the country. Those with even an inkling of what the Bill of Rights is actually meant to protect, have to be shaking their heads every time they turn on the t.v. or browse the Internet. It does indeed seem that more than ever before, our constitutionally protected rights are under attack. Is this a conspiracy by the federal government? Or perhaps they have fallen victim to the same old story; motivation by greed. And, for some of them, doing things they naively think will keep people safe, though history has proven otherwise. Whichever way you look at it, our government has some serious problems, and all of those problems lead to the inevitable destruction of our rule of law.

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Washington State Considers Firearms Freedom Act

Last week, Washington legislators added their voices to those of representatives in other states  reaffirming the constitutional protections against federal interference with the right to bear arms.

The Washington Firearms Freedom Act of 2013, HB 1371, introduced by representative David Taylor, rests on  the authority of the Second, Ninth and Tenth amendments to the United States Constitution, and Article I, section 24 of the Washington state Constitution. The guaranty of said rights and powers being  “A matter of contract between the state and people of Washington and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Washington and the United States in 1889.”

The bill speaks clearly to the fact that private firearms, accessories, etc. that are either commercially or privately manufactured in the state of Washington and do not leave it’s boundaries, cannot be subject to regulation by Congress under the interstate commerce clause, since by definition interstate commerce applies to trade between states. It goes on to assert that “the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition made in Washington from those materials. Firearms accessories that are imported into Washington from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in Washington.”

The bill has teeth, making it a felony for agents of the United States government to attempt to enforce rules or regulations upon the aforementioned, state bound arms. This is punishable by up to five years years, and a possible 10,000 fine – or both.

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Washington State Takes on the NDAA

Washington state legislators on both sides of the aisle, defended both the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions this week, when they condemned the unlawful indefinite detention provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

The Washington Preservation of Liberty Act, HB 1581, was introduced by Jason Overstreet, and co-sponsored by Matt Shea, along with 10 other republican legislators and 9 democrats.

The bill includes significant background information on the NDAA, including how the president’s signing statement, and comments made on the senate floor, have only served to confirm, that in fact, it’s intent is to allow for the detention of citizens and legal resident aliens, without due process, and that this authority is given to the president to use at his discretion. It clearly lists the multitude of violations, both of the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions.

“Indefinite detention means that due process is dead,” said representative Shea, “State Legislators must defend against federal overreach. It is our duty. The oath we take in accordance with Article VI of the U.S. Constitution requires nothing less.”

The bill intends in part;

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The Washington State Freedom of Travel Act

Washingtonians, like people in states around the country, are growing weary of the constant abuse of their liberties by the TSA. New legislation wasn introduced in the Washington State House this week regarding the freedom to travel without being subject to what the bill calls “an offense of official oppression by a public servant.”

HB 1454, introduced by representative Jason Overstreet, considers official oppression to cover the subjection of another person to mistreatment, arrest, or seizure that he/she knows is illegal; the intentional denial or impediment of another person’s powers and rights that he/she knows is illegal; and intentionally subjecting another person to harassment or sexual harassment.

“The conversation concerning the unconscionable and unconstitutional ‘grope and feel’ policies of the federal government in airport, bus, and train station security checkpoints around the country, is long overdue,” Overstreet said.  “It is unacceptable to allow ourselves, our sons, daughters and grandparents to be physically violated, in return for the opportunity to travel freely. Your elected officials swore oaths to protect you from unwarranted search and seizure–it’s time for them to step up to the plate and act.”

The act contains a list of various offenses committed without probable cause, such as the touching of sexual organs, the removal of minors from parents/guardians, intentionally causing offensive or provocative physical situations, all of which would fall under the “determination of whether to grant another person access to a public accessible venue or form of transportation, ” as well as harassment, coercion, intimidation, and threats to deny or condition access for the other person because of their refusal to comply with the above horrors.

HB 1454 makes an offense of official oppression by a public servant, a class C felony. It was introduced on January 28th, and has been sent to the Public Safety committee for a hearing.

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Will Montana Stand Up to the Feds on Everything?

Representative Bill Harris has introduced a bill in Montana that would assert state control over the implementation of federal programs.

H.B. 145, Revise the Montana Federal Mandates Accountability Act,  proposes to be more constitutionally stringent on the interpretation of federal law, and affirms the responsibility of the state to consider the well-being of its citizens in doing so.

“The intent of the legislature is to ensure the primacy of the state of Montana’s legal and political authority to constitutionally implement in and for Montana the policy mandated by federal statutes and to vigorously challenge and scrutinize the extent and scope of authority asserted by federal executive branch agencies when federal agency actions and interpretations are inconsistent with the United States constitution and Montana policy and exceed the constitutional authority of the federal government or are not required by constitutional federal law.”

The bill opens the door for state nullification of all unconstitutional federal acts.

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Wyoming Legislators Take on the NDAA

Wyoming state representative Kendell Kroeker, along with reps Hunt and Miller, and Senator Case, are introducing a bill that declares the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA to be unconstitutional, prohibiting enforcement of the federal act.

H.B. 0114 – The Liberty Preservation Act – is currently up for consideration in the Wyoming legislature, and could be heard later this week. It declares the above sections of the NDAA to be “inimical to the liberty, security and well being of the people of Wyoming” and further states that they were “adopted by the United States congress in violation of the limits of federal power in the United States Constitution.”

The bill not only cites the various constitutional violations of the NDAA, but makes it a criminal misdemeanor for state employees and public officers to participate in trying to implement the aforementioned provisions. This would be a bold step for Wyoming. If passed, they could possibly be the first state to make participation with the feds in kidnapping people under the NDAA a criminal act.

Representative Kroeker affirms that it comes down to the basics of his role as a legislator.

“The oath that I take is pretty simple; to uphold the United States Constitution, and the Wyoming Constitution. The provisions of the NDAA are a direct violation, and we have an obligation to push back against it.”

Several other states, including Washington and Texas, have similar legislation coming up this session. Sources close to the Tenth Amendment Center tell us to expect at least 12 states doing the same in 2013.

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Washington I-502; A Chance to Take Some Power Back

On November 6th, Washington State Initiative 502 will appear on your ballot as the following:

“This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues. “

I have read some fairly compelling arguments against I-502, from people who support legalization.

First of all, there is the 25% tax. Yikes. That’s a lot of tax. Even so, you would be able to buy a small amount of marijuana, legally. That’s not happening anywhere else, folks. Nobody’s forcing you to pay the tax, it’s just part of the package of a legal purchase in Washington State. You could choose to opt out of marijuana altogether.

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Blind Faith Gone Wrong

It’s not rare for me to find myself at odds with my Christian brothers and sisters over politics. When Bush was in office I was just as asleep as many of the people I now know. Luckily, I snapped out of it (Someone who didn’t know is reading this in horror right now). Of course, by then we were already living under the Patriot Act, which helped usher in one of my all time favorite things – the TSA. Too bad I can’t sleep through that.

I think there is a good-thing-gone-bad at work. People, on whatever side of the aisle, want to believe that their leaders have their best interests at heart. They want to have faith in people. If, in the beginning of their political leanings, the Republican party seemed to match up with their ideals, than that is where they chose to stick their faith. If they generally continued with the same belief system, they assumed that the Republican party also still shared that belief system. Unfortunately, there ended up being a whole lot of blind faith going on. It’s gone way too far. I have more personal experience on the conservative side, but I think we can all say that this goes either way. I know people who will fight tooth and nail for Obama, no matter what crazy thing he does. The reason would be the same vice versa if Bush were in office – they can’t be wrong. They especially can’t be wrong if that means the other side is right.

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The Washington State Health Care Freedom Act

Last year, the Washington State Health Care Freedom Act of 2011 was introduced in the Washington legislature. Despite all the efforts of governor Gregoire paving the way for implementation of the health care exchange in our state, the fight is just beginning. You can help us by signing the petition in support of nullifying Obamacare.…

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Everyone is Important in the Fight Against Tyranny

There are a lot of really great, knowledgeable, eloquent folks who work with the Tenth Amendment Center nationwide. It blows my mind that I work with such a tremendous group of people, who encourage me despite the fact that I feel like the dumb kid in the class. Of course, I realize that that is part of the brilliance of the movement.

No matter who you are, or what you feel qualified to do, you have a place in this. The most important thing is that you understand the Constitution. Everybody has at least one person they share ideas with, which means that as you learn and share, you are also educating someone else. You might think that other person isn’t likely to become involved. It could be your mom, friend, coworker, or 14 year old cousin. Most people aren’t stupid. Willfully ignorant at times, but not stupid. At some point they are going to see what’s going on out there, and your words are going to come back to them. What you say, matters. You don’t even know how much or who you might be influencing, just by talking to your friends about the Constitution.

Each of us starts somewhere. I personally did not foresee myself doing this. I happened to stumble upon the Tenth Amendment Center one day, and after a few weeks of gleaning valuable resources and great information from them,  I knew that I had to become involved in helping to get the word out.

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