West Virginia Democrat Suggests Turning off Power to Feds?

In federal elections, campaign ads from candidates of all political stripes have a tendency to be boisterous and full of big promises.  When a president’s popularity is high in a midterm election, people of the same party will boast of their association with him, while people of the other major party highlight their willingness to “reach across the aisle.”  When those same approval numbers are low, the opposition will strike, and fellow party members rush to paint themselves as different from the chief executive, so in some ways, the new campaign ad from West Virginia Secretary of State and US Senate candidate Natalie Tennant is nothing new.

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New Jersey vs DC on Sports Betting

In predictable fashion, the black robed oligarchs known as the United States Supreme Court will not hear New Jersey’s appeal of the federal ban on sports betting.  The decision by the Supreme Court last month not to hear the case essentially lets past appeals court decisions stand.  The state legislature has already taken actions to bypass the courts and move forward with legalizing sports betting anyway.

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Using State Nullification to Stop Deployments to Qatar

“The operation of measures thus unconstitutional and illegal ought to be prevented by a resort to other measures which are both constitutional and legal. It will be the solemn duty of the State governments to protect their own authority over their own militia, and to interpose between their citizens and arbitrary power. These are among…

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Things That Are Stronger Than an Elephant

For about two weeks, the focus of much of the media’s attention has been the partial shutdown of the federal government.  If one needs to rehash how the shutdown came about or is unfamiliar with names such as Cruz, Reid, Boehner or Obama and how they all played a role, one likely won’t care to learn about it now as the shutdown comes to a close.  Much of the Republican establishment has caved, fully funding not only ObamaCare, but continued drone wars overseas and domestic spying.  Our regularly scheduled tyranny resumes.  We have learned, in fact, that in the slowing of the encroachment of government upon more and more of our lives, there are things a great deal stronger than the Republicans’ resolve.

90 year old veterans

When barricades were erected to block World War II veterans’ access to open air memorials, the generation that pierced the Siegfried Line of Nazi Germany had no issue with breaking through the “Barry-cades” that were supposed to impede their attempts at remembering their departed brethren.  People then carried the remains of the Obama Wall to the White House.

A bison

While the Democrats have the donkey, and the Republicans have the elephant, may I humbly suggest the bison as the symbol of the Tenther movement.  Nearly hunted to extinction, just like our precious liberties, they have been making a gradual comeback over the last few decades.  This particular bison apparently did not take kindly to the Barry-cade that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.  But did the bison start screaming to throw the bums out, start an email campaign to its congressman or go to court?  You have to watch to get your answer.

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From Drugs to Taxes, New Amendments Won’t Make a Difference

From talk show hosts to taxpayer defense organizations, a lot of people out there are justifiably sick over how our government is operating.  Many of them have proposed new Constitutional Amendments, either to reign in the power of the federal government, or to force it to exercise its constitutionally delegated powers and responsibilities.  It occurred to me while driving (I do a lot of thinking and praying behind the wheel), that the things these groups propose are why the Constitution was written in the first place – to define yet limit the powers of the federal government.

Congress, presidents past and present, and the Supreme Court have disregarded their Constitutional responsibilities and limitations on their authority for over a century.  If they fail to respect the Constitution and all the Amendments currently included in it, any proposed new Amendments, even if they got past 290 Representatives, 67 Senators and 38 state legislatures, will do nothing to restore one iota of our God-given freedoms.

In the year 1919, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which stated:

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Chris Christie is Wrong. And So is Eric Holder

Late last week, Governor Christie had some extremely rare criticism of the Obama Administration, particularly Attorney General Eric Holder.  Holder, regarding marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, had announced that he would not challenge the new marijuana laws and said he would “let the two states” go ahead, saying he had “bigger fish to fry.”  No…

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Personal Liberty Laws for Whistleblowers?

Over the past few months, a name that has become well-known among Americans following politics is Edward Snowden.  Mr. Snowden caused shockwaves throughout the country with his leaking of information in regards to the NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance program.  Supporters and detractors alike have had strong opinions on the matter, and the issue does not appear to be going away anytime soon.

Snowden’s ability to avoid arrest for these leaks has depended upon him finding sanctuary somewhere.  For the moment, he has been granted asylum in Russia (Author’s personal note: I remember when Russian whistleblowers came to the United States), much to the chagrin of the Obama Administration and former Bush Administration officials.  The thought that few, if any, have voiced is, what if Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers didn’t have to go outside the United States to find asylum?

When slavery was still legal in the United States, several northern states passed Personal Liberty Laws to combat the Fugitive Slave Act (FSA).  More than one version of FSA had been passed, the 1850 one being the most egregious, essentially allowing the kidnapping of a black person on the say so of an alleged owner.  

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