States’ rights and the fight to save our Republic

Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey went on the ClarkCast radio show last weekend to talk about the n-word – nullification.

They focused their discussion on Maharrey’s book Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty. In the book, Maharrey makes the moral, philosophical, and constitutional case for nullification.

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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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States’ Rights Apply to More Than Just Getting High

In a recent article in Human Events, author Teresa Mull makes a claim about the current administration that is simply not true.

Ms. Mull claims that the federal government is only being consistent in being inconsistent, by claiming that the federal government’s decision to not file suit against the two states that have legalized marijuana is inconsistent with their stance taken on other important issues. Ms Hall goes on to write:

The Obama administrators have determined to let the states have their way when it comes to cannabis because they have their reasons for being lax: a stoned electorate is more easily duped than a sober one.

Her premise is not based upon any fact. The White House still takes the position that drugs are bad, that marijuana is bad and that use of marijuana should be stifled.

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Gun Rights Groups Giving Up the Fight?!

Buckeye Firearms Association is a well-respected, all volunteer pro-gun organization in Columbus, Ohio.

MISSION: Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots political action committee (PAC) dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation. We work to elect pro-gun candidates and lobby for pro-gun legislation.

Given this mission statement, I was surprised to read the following statement in a recent article written by Buckeye Firearms Foundation Board of Directors member Gerard Valentino:

“We also need to rally behind that idea that the Second Amendment protects an individual right that the government can infringe only when there is an overwhelming public need. Since we have more guns on the street than ever before and gun crime continues to plummet, it eliminates the government’s justification to restrict gun rights.”

Mr. Valentino must be reading from a “living, breathing” copy of the US Constitution.  My old-fashioned copies  state that “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

No caveats. No exceptions. No ambiguity at all.

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Potholes On The Road To Liberty

We at the Tenth Amendment Center are well aware that it has taken a long time for us to lose our liberty, and reclaiming it will be no easy task. Recently, we have suffered some set-backs at the state level. Unfortunately, many of our so-called public servants do not take their oath to the Constitution seriously and show nothing but contempt for the people who they are supposed to be representing.

The first disappointment came at the local level. We have covered the heroic patriots in Oscoda County extensively in their fight to preserve the 2nd Amendment on here and our national blog. They went from township to township attempting to get the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act passed with several successes. They tried to build upon those successes and replicate it at the county level. Unfortunately, they were not very well received by the County Commissioners.

After a contentious hearing on Aug. 13, the resolution was rejected. One Commissioner, Larry Wilson made the motion to adopt and support the resolution, but there was no second and the rest of the commissioners were against it. The rationale they used to reject it was redundancy. They alleged that since they already took their oath, they didn’t feel it was necessary to send a strong message to the federal gun grabbers. The majority felt it wasn’t in the jurisdiction of the county commission to stand up for the Bill of Rights. These are rather pathetic and craven excuses considering our freedoms are in such jeopardy. It is worth noting that everyone on this board was a Republican. I will address the problem with these wolves in sheep’s clothing later on.

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Four Reasons the Missouri 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Failed, and What’s Next

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.

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To Intervene or Not to Intervene?

Well, here we go again.

Our Peace President is ready to bomb Syria in submission. They have crossed a “red line” that he told them not to, but recanted and said that the world drew the red line. So, he wants to send a couple hundred Tomahawk TLAMs in there at $1.5 million each to do – just what? We don’t know. Even as he makes his case to Congress, he does not know. To punish Assad for using chemical weapons on his people, I guess. He must be punished.

Or is it a shot across the bow?

Think back to Libya. The unconstitutional intervention at that time was to take out their air force, artillery and provide air support for the civilian rebels that were getting slaughtered. It was definitely not for regime change. But then we bombed every palace, house, tent and tree that we thought Ghaddafi was possibly hiding under. We all remember the gripping scene as they dragged him from that culvert, beating and kicking him before blowing his head off. Humanitarian missions don’t all end good you know.

Well, lets get back to the red line. Two days before this chemical attack, UN Weapons Inspectors arrived in Syria. They were there to investigate a previous chemical attack in March. The Russians and the UN say that the evidence points to the rebels being behind that attack.

Hold the phone! I thought John Kerry said that there were no questions. This is certainly enough for me to hold off a missile attack on a sovereign nation. Russia has provided the United States with other intelligence that points to the rebels. In the spirit of the reset, we have discarded that intelligence at the same time, refusing to share any of our intelligence with the Russian government. That’s right, as the Russians and Chinese send warships of their own to the area, we refuse to share intelligence that could erase the red line.

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The Campaign to Nullify Federal Gun Control Ramps up. Now.

I’m excited to announce last night’s launch of the first phase of the first phase of the new Tenther Action Center. This will develop into a comprehensive tool to track the status of all major nullification efforts around the country, and more importantly, have easy-to-use tools to get involved in supporting specific issues in your area.

Last night, we made public our new 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Tracking and Action Center here:
http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2ndamendmentpreservation/

This important campaign is focused solely on one important effort – nullify federal gun laws, rules, orders, regulations, and the like. They’re unconstitutional, no matter what other so-called “libertarians” may think.

For those who believe in the right to keep and bear arms, I can assure you that your right will never be safe as long as you wait on assurances from politicians or federal courts. You might get a narrow short-term victory from time to time, but in the long run, they’ll always end up using it all against you – and your liberty.

The effort to protect these rights needs to happen at a state and local (and especially an individual) level. Our new campaign includes loads of great information and tools to make this more effective – and increase the chance of more states and local communities doing their duty.

Here’s some of the new tools to help you nullify federal gun control in your area.

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