ACTION ALERT: Missouri Nullification Bill SB819 (NDAA) needs your help today!

As of February 23, 2012 – SB819 in Missouri (which would prohibit state enforcement of provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012) had been given a second read, and referred to General Laws Committee. Because of this recent action, we now urge you to contact the individual leaders of the General Laws Committee, and politely explain why you are serious about the protection of our Constitutional rights. Remember – If this should pass in Missouri, it will help serve as an example for other states in the adoption of their own NDAA nullification efforts.

So what exactly will SB 819 do? This act creates the Missouri Liberty Preservation Act. The state of Missouri will be prohibited from participating or providing material support for the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The Department of Public Safety is to report to the Governor and General Assembly attempts by the United States government to implement the specified sections through any Missouri state department. Any indefinite detention, prosecution under the law or war, or transfer to a foreign jurisdiction under the specified sections are deemed illegal in Missouri.

A violation of this act by any public officers, employees, or agents of the state of Missouri or employee providing services to the state of Missouri will be a Class B misdemeanor. A violation of this act by any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government will be deemed a Class A misdemeanor.



Missouri Nullification Bill HB1534 makes progress, but action still needed

On March 6, 2012, the Public Hearing portion was completed on HB1534.

The Jeffersonian style nullification bill declares the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as unauthorized by the United States Constitution, and creates criminal penalties for persons enforcing or attempting to enforce the act. While the bill has been promised a prompt reporting following the public hearing, Spring Break will likely slow down the progress of this important act.

What we need to do now is to encourage the Missouri Speaker of the House, Rep. Steven Tilley, and Rep. John Diehl (Chairman of Rules Committee) to keep HB 1534 in the forefront. Politely explain why you are serious about the protection of you and your children’s healthcare freedom. And don’t forget to send a short thank-you to Rep. Kurt Bahr (bill sponsor), and Rep. Ward Franz (Chairman of General Laws Committee), and let them know you appreciate their work in protecting your freedoms through HB1534. Remember – If this should pass in Missouri, it will help serve as an example of how to preserve freedom in those states where  Federal nullification efforts are under way.


Missouri Legislature to Consider Health Care Freedom Act

House Joint Resolution No.72: Allows for vote on amending Missouri Constitution in relation to health care freedom


“That the liberty inherent in each citizen includes autonomy in decisions regarding lawful health care-related services or products and the manner in which contracting parties may agree for payment to be made for such services or products. No government official or agency shall have any authority either to compel any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system, or to impose any sort of direct or indirect penalty, tax, fee, or levy for choosing not to participate in such a system; nor shall any government official or agency make a citizen’s right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful health care services subject to any form of direct or indirect penalty, tax, fee, or levy. “– Text from HJR72

When President Obama disregarded the Constitutional concerns of Americans by signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010 – one can’t help but think of Patrick Henry’s prophetic statement at the Virginia Ratifying Convention of June 5, 1788: “….there is to be a great and mighty President, with very extensive powers; the powers of a King: He is to be supported in extravagant magnificence: So that the whole of our property may be taken by this American Government, by laying what taxes they please, giving themselves what salaries they please, and suspending our laws at their pleasure….

However, in Missouri – that could be about to change.


Will Missouri Nullify Obamacare?

House Bill No. 1534: Declares the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional


The limitation of the national government’s power is affirmed under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people of the several states to the federal government, and all power not delegated to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is reserved to the states respectively, or to the people themselves; Whenever the national government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force; The several states composing the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their national government… Although the several states have granted supremacy to laws and treaties made pursuant to the powers granted in the Constitution, such supremacy does not apply to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, because that act exceeds the powers granted to the national government;” – text from HB1534 

Since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, many Constitutionalists agree that the Federal law exceeds the power granted to Congress under the United States Constitution. Because of this, many state leaders around our nation are stepping forward to protect our individual freedom to choose – and voicing a need for the proper exercising of tenth amendment and state nullification actions.


Missouri: A Duty to Interpose Against Unconstitutional Acts

If lawmakers in Missouri pass SJR45, voters in the Show Me State will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment that would prohibit the Missouri legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government from recognizing, enforcing, or acting in furtherance of any federal action that exceeds the powers delegated to the federal government. From the…


The Fed vs. The 14th Amendment and Christian Tolerance

“Christians came up with the idea of Tolerance.” Says Bill Federer, an individual whose work seeks to reassert the conveniently ignored influence that Christianity played in history of the United States. Mr. Federer, author of America’s God and Country, and The Original Thirteen, appeared on Frank Turek’s Cross Examined in order to explain his position. “After having read through every charter of every colony, I found that every Colony was started by a different Christian denomination.” (Example: Virginia founded by Anglicans, Massachusetts founded by Puritans, and Rhode Island founded by Baptists)

“After Luther’s reformation,” says Federer, “every country adopted their own favorite religion – which meant that if you didn’t believe the way the king did, you were persecuted. As a result, there was a mass migration of people around Europe in the 1600’s, and some of these came to America to start colonies. The only fear they had was the Federal Government picking one Christian denomination and making it the national one. So they passed the first amendment saying that Congress shall make no law respecting (concerning) an establishment (mandatory membership and taxation) of religion. Why? Because states like Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts already had established denominations of congregationalism – and they didn’t want the Federal Government to tell them to believe something different.”


Game Publisher takes on the Patriot Movement

“Americans are Angry.” So say writers Matt Bertz and Jeff Cork in an article entitled “The Enemy Within”, in the December 2011 edition of Game Informer. And with the article revolving around a central concept that is sure to raise concern with the group “Oathkeepers”, they follow up by asking: “Do you have what it…


Missouri on the Front-lines of Freedom

In Part 1 of our discussion on “Nullification in Missouri”, we discussed the important work that Missouri and her concerned citizens have been doing on behalf of liberty. Largely encouraged by recent events like the Tom Woods meet-up in March at Jefferson City, and the Nullify Now event in Kansas City, we are truly starting to see a shift in the hearts and minds of our people. But there’s still work to be done, and the need for education, vigilance, and purposeful activity continues to grow greater everyday.

As Matt Evans reported from the State Capital on Sept 20, 2011, Rep. Barney Fisher (District 125) said that he didn’t believe Missouri should be doing business with governments that “trample on human rights” (1). But whatever wisdom the statement might have had, must have been lost on Governor Jay Nixon when he signed a 4.4 billion dollar trade agreement with China. After all, who needs human rights, when you can have 4 billion dollars? Still, dealing with China might not be the pot o’ gold the Governor thinks it is. This is due in part to the city of Moberly cutting a deal with China-based Mamtek, which promised six hundred new jobs. But when the company failed to make a payment on nearly 40-million dollars in bonds, Moberly had to pony-up by dipping into their own debt service reserve(2). Perhaps this is why Missouri leaders like Senate President Pro-Tem Roby Mayer, and Republican Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, thought it a good idea to discourage other China exploits, like the recent St. Louis “China Hub Legislation”.

Meanwhile, Evan McMorris-Santoro at Talking Points Memo, writes that Public Policy Polling has declared 76 percent of Missouri as vehemently opposed to ANY cuts to the Socialist Security Entitlement Program(3), . But we here at Missouri Tenth beg to differ with the highly scientific (and obviously reliable) process of polls. Why? Because Public Policy Polling, which conducted the skewed data, is sponsored by Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy For America, and CREDO Action. ‘Nuff said.


Nullification sees steady growth in Missouri

Two months may seem like a long time in the political arena, when loyalties can swing wildly from week-to-week, financial woes may cripple, and the most vocal of activists quails at the possibility of some serious work. But for the past two months in Missouri, when the August 20, 2011 Kansas City Nullify Now event injected a much needed Constitutional boost into our floundering State – we’ve been encouraged to see some of the groundwork laid for a return to principals of Sovereignty and limited Government once again.

Following the event, a number of local media sources reported on the day-long conference, such as the Platte County Landmark, the Kansas News Press, the New American, and the Topeka Capital Journal. Generating no small amount of buzz, Missouri Tenth witnessed as the community raised curious questions in regards to Nullification, were in turn met with facts and friendly discourse, and usually left in agreement that, “Yes – this can work!”

But let’s be clear. The Nullify Now event, which was extremely well attended by numerous Missouri and Kansas citizens from all walks of life (as well as representing numerous groups from across our land), isn’t finding success through attendees occupying a space for a period of time…but because our people have been utilizing what they’ve learned to influence enduring change. This change, brought through a sometimes arduous task of sharing facts and rational discussion, and the patient goal of stopping unconstitutional Federal intrusions, has been strengthened through networking, numerous phone-calls to leadership, and even the leaders themselves (some of who attended the event), interposing on behalf on the Missouri people.


Nullification: Our last best hope for our states

Look. I’ve heard some of the talk, and I figured I’d better explain how my role in all of this came about. No, I’m not some political junkie who enjoys a good ego stroking whenever I backslap with the local XYZ intellectual society.

I’m just a normal guy who grew up in a small town in northwest Missouri. I’m not famous. I don’t know anyone famous. And I certainly don’t have vast economic resources to dump into a cause that just happens to “strike my fancy”.

So when I first contacted Michael Boldin at the Tenth Amendment Center in regards to bringing a Nullify Now! Event to Kansas City, it wasn’t over Democrat or Republican issues, or that I prefer pizza over hot-dogs. Rather, it’s because I truly believed (and still do) that the heartland state of Missouri is an impassioned and strategic community of freedom-loving individuals who sincerely seek the restoration of our Constitutional Republic.

Yeah, I know. Restoring the Constitutional Republic sounds good, but what’s the actual plan? Thomas E. Woods, who is speaking at the August 20 Kansas City event, has written a book called Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. In it, he promotes returning to a Jeffersonian ideal of nullification -not because it’s cute – but because it’s one of the strongest constitutionally advocated tools against Federal bullying we have available. Because as our Founders envisioned, if the individual states choose not to enforce unconstitutional federal laws, then it’s the states – not the Federal Government – that are protecting their community interests.