Reclaiming the Commerce Clause in Virginia

For decades, using a tortured definition of interstate commerce, Congress has tried to regulate everything, from wheat grown on an individual’s own land for personal consumption, to weed grown in an individual’s own home for the same purpose. Unfortunately (with some notable dissenters aside), the Supreme Court has largely condoned and encouraged such reprehensible legislative…

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Should Liberals Champion States’ Rights?

Regular readers of this blog will know that the answer to that question is a resounding YES! But for many people in America, particularly those on the left side of the political spectrum, the notion of states’ rights is as repulsive as it is misunderstood. Of course, if they grasped the concept of federalism and…

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Chuck Norris: Obama vs. the 10th Amendment

Chuck Norris has delivered a roundhouse kick to national health care “reform” at World Net Daily; noting for the umpteenth time that there is in fact no constitutional authority whatsoever for the ongoing federal efforts. He said As I watched the C-SPAN health-care summit charade Thursday, what disturbed me most was not the typical partisan…

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Are Same Sex Marriage Advocates Actually Tenthers?

They are if they oppose the federal Defense of Marriage Act on constitutional grounds. Which, as it turns out, is exactly what supporters of same sex marriage are doing in Massachusetts. From the Wall Street Journal: Last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley moved for summary judgment in a lawsuit, filed last July, brought by…

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Virginia Firearms Freedom Act to Be Heard By Senate Committee this Week

Got an email blast over the weekend from Campaign for Liberty’s Donna Holt about the status of HB69 (Virginia Firearms Freedom Act). Looks like Delegate Carrico’s HB69 has been assigned to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee meets on Mondays and Wednesdays. The bill is not on the docket…

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Intellectual Consistency on the Left? Now That’s What I Call Progress

Even before recent health care nullification efforts, writers at the Tenth Amendment Center were calling for a federalism-driven debate on standard liberal issues like gay marriage, REAL ID, and medical marijuana. Finally, it seems, someone on the Left has recognized the wisdom of that strategy. I almost fell out of my chair this morning upon…

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South Carolina to Ban Federal Currency?

Imagine my shock upon opening the Drudge Report this morning and seeing this article from CBSNews.com: South Carolina Rep. Mike Pitts has introduced legislation that would mandate that gold and silver coins replace federal currency as legal tender in his state. In an interview, Pitts told Hotsheet that he believes that “if the federal government…

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Firearms Freedom Passes VA House

In what must be an unprecedented string of victories for advocates of state sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment in Virginia, HB 69, the Virginia Firearms Freedom Act, passed the House of Delegates today with a bi-partisan vote of 70-29. HB 69: Declares that firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition made in Virginia and retained within the…

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Virginia Sovereignty Resolution Passes the House

When it rains, it pours. After stalling in committee last year, HJ 125, the Virginia Sovereignty Resolution, has passed the House by a vote of 76-20. The Resolution: Urges Congress to honor state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and claims sovereignty for the Commonwealth under the Tenth Amendment…

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