I personally address every envelope by hand. I personally write a name at the beginning of every letter by hand. I personally sign every letter by hand. And by doing that, I feel at least a small connection in knowing and personally communicating with the people who put their money on the line to support our work. It might not seem like much, but to me, even after my wrist feels like falling off after writing thousands of envelopes over 2 weeks – it’s extremely fulfilling.Details
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi took her party’s cold war mentality to the Florida Supreme Court this week.
Bondi is challenging the People United for Medical Marijuana ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana.Details
For most of 2013, fiscal conservatives in Ohio have been battling Governor John Kasich over his desire to support President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” through the expansion of Medicaid in our state. After failing to win support from the Republican-dominated Ohio General Assembly, Kasich is now attempting to expand Medicaid and implement “Obamacare” without the consent of the majority of our citizens or our state legislature.
On Friday, in an attempt to circumvent Ohio’s General Assembly, the Kasich administration requested that the Ohio Controlling Board appropriate Obamacare funds to expand Medicaid with billions in federal funding.
Because Kasich did not issue an executive order, the Controlling Board is supposed to be guided by the premise that they shall take no action that is contrary to the legislative intent of Ohio’s general assembly. Based on the legislature’s stance to date, the Controlling Board, which consists of four Republican legislators, two Democrat legislators and one member on the governor’s staff, should not grant Kasich’s request.
Not surprisingly, both Democrats are supporting Kasich’s Progressive effort to expand Medicaid, despite their responsibility to reject his request if it is contrary to the wishes of the legislature. As such, all Kasich will need to do to be able to thwart the will of the people that elected him is to convince ONE of the four Republican legislators on the board to vote with him.Details
The effort to nullify federal violations of the 2nd Amendment just got a big boost from “the only no compromise gun lobby,” Gun Owners of America. When this organization calls on you to support a bill protecting your right to keep and bear arms, you can be sure that it’s the real deal.
Yesterday morning, GOA sent out an action alert in support of the Florida 2nd Amendment Preservation Act – a model bill drafted by the Tenth Amendment Center to nullify federal violations of the 2nd Amendment. The bill – which is ready to introduce not just in Florida, but in every state – can be found HERE.
Here’s an excerpt:
B. All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms, firearms accessories, and ammunition are a violation of the 2nd Amendment
SECTION 2 PROHIBITION ON PARTICIPATION IN FEDERAL VIOLATIONS OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT
A. The Legislature of the State of _______________ declares that all federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations – past, present or future – in violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and are hereby declared to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
Since a vast majority of federal enforcement actions require the leadership, help and/or assistance of state or local governments, agents and resources – widespread refusal to enforce or participate in enforcement will severely cripple federal efforts.
Judge Andrew Napolitano confirmed this by saying that such noncompliance over an entire state would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.” James Madison advised the same in Federalist #46 when he said that one of the four things you should do on a state level to stop federal acts (either unconstitutional or merely unpopular), is a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union.”Details
Now that the dust has settled a bit after Jerry Brown signed AB351 into law, it’s important to ask, what’s next?
If you thought the work was done and California would be “indefinite-detention” free, you thought wrong. The passage of the California Liberty Preservation Act was an important first step towards the nullification of federal indefinite detention practices in the state, but not the last one.
This advice from Samuel Adams probably sums it up best:
“Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.”
The enemies of liberty will not rest, and neither can we.
CALIFORNIA LIBERTY PRESERVATION ACT
AB351 now makes it “state policy” to reject “indefinite detention” powers from the federal government. It reads, in part:Details
The battle to keep educational freedom in Michigan is heating up this week as a key vote on whether or not to adopt the Common Core curriculum is expected to take place.
If you are unaware of what Common Core is doing to to the educational system (as many Americans unfortunately are), here is a brief primer on what it is all about:
- Data is collected on students like never before. Common Core changes the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 so children’s Social Security numbers, blood type, records of school attendance, supposed learning disabilities, religious affiliation, disciplinary records, parents’ income information and other personal information will be permanently stored and made available to many public agencies.
- Classic literature is eschewed by Common Core while government technical manuals are encouraged as learning texts. Some examples of recommended reading materials for children are “Recommended Levels of Insulation” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and “U.S. Department of Energy and Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.”
- Common Core is being pushed by the usual array of crony capitalists and corrupt government officials. The infamous ObamaCare cheerleader Rick Snyder supports it. Monsanto’s top backer Bill Gates had his foundation give $150 million in grants to help a wide variety of organizations implement Common Core standards. Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush and NJ Gov. Chris Christie are also standing with Obama against local control of education.Details
Critical California Action Alert: Call Governor Brown, Pass AB 351 to Help Stop “Indefinite Detention”
California’s Liberty Preservation Act, Assembly Bill 351, sets out a statewide policy of non-compliance with any “indefinite detention” efforts by the federal government, regardless of what “law” codifies such authority.
AB 351 passed the Assembly 71-1 and then the State Senate approved the measure unanimously.
Now it’s time Californians call Gov. Jerry Brown and demand he protect civil rights, due process and Habeas Corpus by signing off on AB 351, making it the law of the land in the Golden State. It is imperative that the grassroots not give up their role yet, since it is highly likely Governor Brown is receiving advice to exercise his veto power.
ACTION STEPS for California Residents:
1. Call Governor Jerry Brown. California residents are strongly encouraged to call Governor Jerry Brown immediately to request final passage of AB 351.
***Call Jerry Brown’s office: (916) 445-2841
Secondary means of contacting the Governor:
Fax (916) 558-3160
Email him via his website.
Tweet @JerryBrownGov using hashtag #AB351
ROUND 2 STARTS TODAY
The Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act sailed through the legislature this year, but was vetoed by Jay Nixon. The House override vote squeezed through, and the senate override failed by one vote.
Why did it fail? Some of it was technical, some political and some strategic.
1. The Bill Itself
FACT: The more a bill tries to accomplish, the less of a chance it has at becoming law.
HB436 tried to accomplish far too much and became susceptible to weakness. Conceal-carry, free speech issues, and the like should not be in a bill with a goal of nullifying FEDERAL violations of the 2nd Amendment. Why? Because it won’t become law.
STRATEGY: Keep it short and simple. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Mom was right.Details
CSPOA/Sheriff Mack Press Release: Dated Sept. 10, 2013
Today the CSPOA learned that the Missouri Sheriff’s Association “Board” voted to oppose a strong and correct piece of legislation (HB436) in an effort to override the Governor’s veto of a bill already passed by a substantial majority of MO legislators. The MO legislature was absolutely correct in doing so and was actually doing their job to keep unlawful federal gun control statutes off the backs of Missourians!
James Madison said, “We can safely rely on the disposition of State Legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.”
We should be able to depend on Sheriffs, Chiefs of Police, County Commissioners, and all other local officials to do the same; erect barriers against tyranny and DC corruption. The federal government is out of control and local officials have no obligation to go along with it, quite the contrary. If we do oppose federal usurpations then the feds might just retaliate by cutting federal funding for local programs. What does that make local leaders who compromise liberty to keep federal grants coming in?Details
HB436, the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, passed by a wide veto-proof majority. But, Jay Nixon vetoed the bill. If passed into law, it would nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books – past, present and future. There’s a veto-session starting this Wednesday, September 11. Your action is needed today to pressure state legislators to do what they said they would – override that veto!
In recent weeks, the establishment has been coming out very aggressively to stop the bill, and torpedo any effort to override the veto. Mainstream media from the New York Times, to Fox News, the AP and Huffington Post have all slammed HB436 as crazy, unconstitutional, or just plain wrong.
Things seemed to hold strong among Missouri republicans against the media attacks. Those are expected.
But now, there are cracks in the armor and your help is needed to give these politicians the courage needed to override Jay Nixon’s veto on HB436. The last-minute opposition to the bill came from what some consider to be a very surprising source – Missouri Law Enforcement.
The great concern is that Missouri sheriffs and police would be banned from assisting the federal government in carrying out all federal gun laws.
That’s not a concern, that’s the GOAL!
As James Madison said in Federalist #46, this is exactly what states are supposed to do when faced with unconstitutional – or even just unpopular – federal acts. He called it a “refusal to cooperate with officers of the union.” Judge Andrew Napolitano agrees, and recently said on Fox Business that doing so across an entire state would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.”Details