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About andrew nappiAndrew Nappi is the State Coordinator for the Florida Tenth Amendment Center. He lives in the Tampa Bay Area with wife Tammy and dogs Emma and Bud Lite.
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“I don’t know that I would have made the decision to go forward with this if I had been around three or four years ago,” he said in St. Petersburg at the Florida Press Association/Florida Society of News Editors annual meeting. “I walked in with this set of facts.” He said his attorneys told him he would likely lose in court if he was sued for killing the $1.28 billion, 61.5-mile project. (St.Pete Times, Saturday July 2.2011-http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/masstransit/article1178293.ece)
Everett Wilkinson, chairman of the South Florida Tea Party, said that Scott’s decision was “influenced by big-money lobbyists” and that the governor “failed to deliver on his promises.” (St.Pete Times, Saturday July 2.2011-http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/masstransit/article1178293.ece)
“For one thing, the train was leaving the station before he took office. The Legislature approved it with overwhelming, bipartisan majorities in both houses, and the measure was signed by Gov. Charlie Crist. Scott froze the contracts earlier this year, saying he needed time to vet the details. At the time, lawmakers, including Senate Budget Chair J.D. Alexander, reiterated their support for the project and said he ought to release the money. For his part, Scott kept the money in his budget proposal.” (Florida Independent, Saturday July 2, 2011- http://floridaindependent.com/37698/rick-scott-sunrail)# Continue Reading →
The Florida Health Care Freedom Act, a constitutional amendment initiative, will appear on the 2012 Florida general election ballot.
The amendment, “Proposes creation of s. 28, Art. I of State Constitution to prohibit laws or rules from compelling any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage; permits health care provider to accept direct payment from person or employer for lawful health care services; exempts persons, employers, & health care providers from penalties & taxes for paying or accepting direct payment for lawful health care services; permits purchase or sale of health insurance in private health care systems; specifies what amendment does not affect or prohibit.”
Approval will require a 60 percent super-majority of Florida voters.
The proposal does not prohibit implementation of any government health care plan in Florida. But it does stipulate that no citizen of Florida may be compelled to join.
The Republican super majority had the option of passing a similar measure as statute, but future legislatures could reverse a simple law if, or when, the cycle of power swings back to the Democrats. If approved as a constitutional amendment, reversal becomes much more difficult.
The measure passed the Florida Senate on March 9, early in the 2011 legislative session. Senate President Mike Haridopolis promised the measure and pushed it through the legislature’s upper chamber. Vying for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate, the Melbourne Republican will likely use his support of the Health Care Freedom Act to sure up his position as the anti-Obamacare candidate.
The Florida House passed the measure on May 4 along party lines by 84-37 vote.
Two important questions remain.
The first and most obvious is whether Florida’s voters will support the measure to the 60 percent threshold needed for passage.
Just as importantly, the bill does not provide any provision to protect Florida citizens should the courts uphold the constitutionality of the national health care law. The federal government would not likely recognize Florida’s amendment, and would claim final authority under the “supremacy clause” of the Constitution. Despite the fact that unconstitutional federal acts don’t hold the force of law, and courts don’t stand as the sole arbiter of an acts constitutionality, the feds would likely insist upon its right to compel Floridians to join. Should this scenario evolve, the bill offers no protections for Florida citizens.
Every liberty minded citizen should address this question to their state representatives: What will you ultimately do to protect my choice?
A bill that purports to provide freedom of choice without a mechanism to guarantee choice may prove less substantive than meets the eye.
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The struggle for liberty is not over.
After passing in 2001, there’s been five elections, and nothing’s changed. Elections will not fix this problem.
Nullification and localized resistance will.
We really need you to get involved locally and will soon be providing a multi-step plan to render the Patriot Act null and void.
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“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”
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Dear Friends of the Republic;
If you were at Nullify Now 10/10/10 in Orlando in October, you will remember the great time that was had by all…from the speakers to the free flowing schedule……We are ready to roll with the second installment…this time in Florida’s great City of Jacksonville!
Get your tickets here: http://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/campaign-0-2360
For decades, D.C. has looked to its constitutional limitations with disdain – if at all.
The essential question of our day – what do we do about it? Do we ask federal politicians to limit their own power? Do we ask federal judges to limit their own power?
Greats like Thomas Jefferson warned us of this situation – that if the feds ever were the sole and exclusive arbiter of the extent of their own power – that power would always grow.
That’s why nullification – states resisting and refusing unconstitutional federal “laws” is an indispensable part of our American tradition. Since the Nullify Now! tour launched in Sept. ’10, the 10th Amendment movement has continued to grow.
Bottom line? We the people need to learn how to exercise our rights whether they the government want us to or not. Continue Reading →
Florida Senate presidents seldom sponsor legislation. This session, Senate President Mike Haridopolis not only sponsored The Florida Freedom Health Care Act, he delivered it early as promised- on the second day of this years legislative session.
The Health Care Freedom Act when passed by the Florida House will be placed on the ballot in November of 2012. If approved by 60% of the voters this will become an amendment to Florida’s constitution.
The Health Care Freedom Act states “A law or rule may not compel, directly or indirectly, any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage.” Read the entire text at: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2011/0002/BillText/c1/HTML Continue Reading →
In his book, The Original Constitution-What It Actually Said and Meant, published by the Tenth Amendment Center; Professor Rob Natelson lists on page 18 a summary of the Founder’s core political values and principles:
Liberty, in the sense of Lockean natural rights, Effective government, Republican government, decentralization, and fiduciary government.
It is this last, fiduciary government, for over a century now cast aside by all three branches of the general government, that should have prevented the spawning of “alphabet agencies” and the misery they bring to the citizenry.
On page 23, Professor Natelson writes; Continue Reading →
from The New American Magazine
On Saturday, January 29, the Nullify Now! 2011 tour began with a bang in Phoenix, Arizona. Hundreds of people gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Phoenix as the Tenth Amendment Center promoted nullification of unconstitutional acts by the federal government. With an array of reputable speakers like Arizona’s State Senator Sylvia Tenney Allen and The John Birch Society’s CEO, Art Thompson, the event proved to be an educational success.
A national tour sponsored by WeRefuse.com and the Tenth Amendment Center, Nullify Now! focuses on the Founding principles of the United States Constitution and educates attendees about the Tenth Amendment, as well as the powers of the state including that of nullification, and a variety of issues that can be resolved by state nullification.On Saturday, a number of speakers bemoaned the dwindling authority of the states as the federal government continues to grow, and promoted the philosophies of America’s Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who heavily supported powerful states over a powerful central government. Continue Reading →
We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in this small first step of the Florida legislative process. The old saying is “it’s easier to kill a bill than pass it” may be true. However, as the Florida Tenth Amendment Center did not even exist before November 30,2009, we are pleased with even this small step. It shows there is an ear for real LIBERTY legislation out there and that is a start! We will have additional information in the coming days of other bills filed through the Coalition For Liberty of which Florida TAC is a founding member along with FLC4L.
On Friday,1/28,thanks to Greg Giordano of Sen.Mike Fasano’s office,the Florida Tenth Amendment Center was able to have The Environmental Preservation Act filed in Tallahassee. Please ask your state representative and state senator to sponsor this bill. Without sponsorship we are back in the “wait til’ next year” mode.
Bill Text information is at: http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/environmental-pr…eservation-act/
It is time to take stewardship of our own land back from the general government.
“…Boldin told WND that the idea that states would reject a Washington demand is not radical, it’s reasonable. He said what’s radical is “the idea that the federal government can be the final arbiter of the extent of its own powers.”
Obamacare also is under fire in the federal court system, where one judge already has declared it unconstitutional even though two others, both Democrats, have affirmed it. Twenty-six states have joined in one particular challenge. But Boldin said the problem with that effort is that ultimately the outcome could rest on a decision from nine black-robed lawyers, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, who are Washington insiders…”
Read more: Faceoff! States tell feds to back down
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