Did you budget for Liberty? Because we need 100% Participation!!

Does our family have money to pay for our home in 2014?  Check! Does our family have money for food in 2014?  Check! Does our family have enough to pay essential bills, like energy and water in 2014 ? Check! Have we budgeted for Liberty? Check!!  The Rodriguez 2014 Budget is done.  And funding liberty,…

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Foreign Cyber Security Expert Schools Americans On NSA and Fourth Amendment

TED TV occasionally encourages ideas that involve revolutionary thinking about the need for less government and this video focusing on the NSA is a great example. Mikko Hypponen promotes action to a global audience, and we would be wise to look outside of our borders for creative ways to stop U.S. government overreach. The video…

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How do Local molehills Become National Moutains? Health Care

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.

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How Do Local Mole Hills Become National Mountains?

People in general, but especially politicians, like to make MOUNTAINS out of a bunch molehills.  The key word is “bunch.”

Politicians use phrases like “Americans have the right to clean air and water”, “National Health Care” and “National Education System.” But are these really “national issues?” How do we know when an issue is “global,” “National,” state-wide or local?

Now please, don’t think I mean a molehill isn’t a problem or difficulty, and that many individual molehills couldn’t cause plenty of headaches.  They certainly can – and do. But the way we handle problems best, as any productivity guru would tell you, is one small item at a time.  Or in this case, one small, local mole hill at a time.

Washington DC doesn’t like small items because those items don’t justify a big “solution,” and I use the term solution loosely.  The reality is that Washington doesn’t solve national problems, it creates them. Then DC tells us there is just ONE OPTION – implement their “Big solution.” The feds sell the public through the piling of the millions of small molehills ever higher into one big mountain.  They hail from their ivory towers, “LOOK AT THIS MASSIVE MOUNTAIN, BUT FEAR NOT WE HAVE MASSIVE EARTH MOVING EQUIPMENT.”

At this point, people buy in to DC’s solution because the problem is just so big and complicated. And then it gets really awkward…seriously.  It’s awkward to use massive earth movers for backyard mole hills.  The breaking of the driveway as they back-up, the smashing of trees you planted with your kids, the clipping of your rain gutters, and the list goes on.

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Fox News Misses the Mark on Nullification

Picture the scene.

It’s October 1787 and three men take on the herculean task of getting the New York farmers on board with the Constitution before the ratification debates get started. But these guys are up for the task. I mean, we’re talking about James Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton for goodness sake.

What’s really hard to imagine, in light of our world today, is that three different New York newspapers are anticipating the writings. They can’t wait to publish them!!!

Fast-forward to 2013. Fox News finally puts out a story about “nullification.”  But the bastion of “conservative” news is missing the mark. The Tenth Amendment Center has been a the forefront of liberty through nullification for over seven years now. Apparently, Fox News can’t be bothered with liberty.

Too radical?

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How to Exhaust the Government

I was recently interviewed by Gary Franchi of WHDT-TV regarding the Second Amendment Preservation Act. We discussed some national activity with regard to the Second Amendment, but the conversation focused much more on what our state chapter and others are doing in Florida. There’s some great information and a call to action for you to…

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Nullification: The Natural Way to Grow the Economy

So often, when some people think of Nullification, they think of a formal process involving a smaller government or individual taking action by producing documents, or sending requests, or petitioning to nullify the action of a larger government. I have to admit that much of the work I do with Florida Tenth Amendment Center follows that exact template. The “formal process” idea of nullification was certainly in view when Jefferson and Madison formulated the Principles of ’98 and encouraged states to block unconstitutional federal acts. So, that’s one way to nullify, to be sure.

However, Rosa Parks nullified laws without issuing a single formal document, and there are certainly  many other examples of personal nullification, both informal and frequent.  So, we see that nullification is hardly a formal process. It’s any act or set of acts the makes a law null, void or simply unenforceable.

We tend to think of nullification as simply stopping a government act, but would you believe that nullification can actually BOOST the economy?

In a recent TED video by writer Robert Neuwirth, he talks about the power of the “informal economy.”  He also has some other terms for this “informal economy,” like “System D” and “DIY.”  He’s talking about the economy of people unhindered by government edicts restricting human interaction. What I believe he means to communicate is how vast the power of the people’s economy can be when not regulated through codified governmental laws, licenses, patents and other government regulating processes.  He’s not saying the laws don’t exist, but his experience is that  individuals and businesses can’t succeed by knowledge of, or submission to, all of those regulations. So, they essentially nullify them through non-compliance.

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Celebrate Independence, Not Dependence

During some recent travels, I found myself once again engrossed, in Tom Wood’s book Nullification. As I read through a particular passage, it occurred to me that my past Fourth of July celebrations have been somewhat misguided.

I paused and recalled the section of the Declaration of Independence that discussed “…free and Independent States.” But what was the trade-off? I wondered. Becoming “free and independent states” compared to what?

At that point in history – and really, I think for all of time – “free and independent states” stand in direct contrast to dependence on a singular, monolithic power dictating how our wealth is allocated and what we may or may no do as we walk through our daily lives.

Why do I think decentralized states choosing their own destiny, associations and relationships is better than one entity determining everything for them? I guess you could ask: why is walking better than crawling for a child?

As parents, we all hope our children will eventually grow up. We nurture our kids, teach them, instill values in them, and eventually we push them out of the nest to fly on their own. We celebrate their independence when they graduate college. We praise them for standing on their own two feet when they land that first job or purchase their own home.

Why?

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