Waging War On Obamacare At the State Level

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Americans instinctively turn to Washington D.C. for solutions to their problems.

Take the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As the Obama administration pushed toward implementation of the national health care program, opponents pleaded with their representatives and senators in Congress to repeal or defund it. They marched to D.C. in protest. They held their breaths right up until the moment the Supreme Court let them down. And then they tried desperately to find new angles for lawsuits.

Yet implementation keeps right on moving forward.

Some activists have recognized the futility of stopping the PPACA through D.C. and continue to battle at the state level. Kentucky Tea Party activist David Adams stands among these warriors fighting to cut off implementation of Obamacare at the root.

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Wisconsin Representative Introduces Firearms Freedom Act

MADISON, Wisc. – Last month, Wisconsin Rep.  Michael Schraa introduced the Wisconsin Firearms Freedom Act in a speech on the capitol steps in Madison.

“The reason we are gathered here today is because we have a few radicals in Washington D.C. that think all of us law abiding citizens in this country are not responsible enough to own firearms. Well, I have a message for all of those radicals in Washington. Wisconsin will not help you take away our Second Amendment rights,” he said.

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Federal Laws: To Infinity and Beyond!

How many federal laws are on the books?  500?  1,000?  5,000?  Go ahead, take a guess.

Give up?

Yeah, well, so does the Library of Congress.  In an attempt to answer the frequent question of how many federal laws there are, Senior Legal Research Specialist Shameema Rahman recently reported that “trying to tally this number is nearly impossible.”  Well, that’s great.  Congress has officially passed so many laws that their own repository of documentation can’t even keep track of them all.

As it turns out, the federal government hasn’t been able to keep track of their own laws for quite some time.  Rahman reports that, “in an example of a failed attempt to tally up the number of laws on a specific subject area, in 1982 the Justice Department tried to determine the total number of criminal laws. In a project that lasted two years, the Department compiled a list of approximately 3,000 criminal offenses.”

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Nullification Flames Spreading

Last week, I sat on a panel flanked by a Commonwealth Foundation activist discussing Obamacare expansion in Pennsylvania and the co-author of Glenn Beck’s novel Agenda 21 discussing one-world government creepiness.

The state nullification angle – mine – was enthusiastically embraced by the group, most of whom never heard of Tom Woods, the Tenth Amendment Center or the Jeffersonian view asserting states stand as the final arbiter of the limits of federal constitutional authority.

Later, the larger group broke into smaller ‘action’ groups – Agenda 21, Obamacare and Second Amendment preservation.  I was assigned to the latter group, and we began our activist training focusing on lobbying, educating and refuting. On the subject of refuting, we walked through the common objections to state nullification. (supremacy clause, neo-confederatism, racism, etc.) These folks – just introduced to the topic of nullification – were already brainstorming on how to spread their knowledge.

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Action Alert: Nullify Federal Gun Control Locally in Texas

Earlier this year, the Texas State House took a huge step toward protecting the right to keep and bear arms in Texas, approving a bill that would have rendered almost all federal gun control measures toothless by a wide margin. But Senate gamesmanship doomed  HB928 in the upper chamber. Rep. Matthew Krause reintroduced the legislation for consideration in special session, but Gov. Perry has indicated there will be no special session to consider gun bills.

The struggle to nullify federal gun control is far from over, however.  The bulk of the work is yet to be done, and it needs to happen on the most local level possible.  With your work and dedication, liberty will win.

HERE’S WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN TEXAS

1.  Contact your local legislators – County, City, Town - and urge them to introduce am ORDINANCE in support of the Second Amendment.

model ordinance here: http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/2nd-amendment-preservation-act/

2.  Become a local leader.   If you’re dedicated to the right and keep and bear arms, we’ll provide you with the tools you need to not only act on your own, but to organize and lead others to help support these efforts.

contact us here and let us know – http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/volunteer

3. Join 2nd Amendment Preservation Group for Texas on Facebook.  This is the center where grassroots activists can coordinate, task, and activate their communities to stop federal infringements.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/2ndAmendmentTexas/

Grassroots activists can coordinate, task, and activate their communities to stop federal gun control. 

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Oscoda County Strikes Again, Another Resolution in Support of the 2nd Amendment

Oscoda County is emerging as the hub for the Michigan Constitutional resistance.

The township of  Elmer unanimously passed a resolution affirming the Second Amendment rights of its residents.

Elmer joins Big Creek and Comins townships in Oscoda County in passing Second Amendment Preservation Resolutions, with Greenfield passing a motion to uphold the entire Constitution. In lieu of this recent action, it is clear that Oscoda County has emerged as the trailblazer in protecting the rights of Michigan gun owners.

While Elmer Township made a statement that Second Amendment rights will be preserved there, two townships in Oscoda sadly rejected or stalled resolutions. Mentor officials rejected the resolution on a 2-3 vote, while Clinton tabled the vote pending review from the Michigan Township Association.

Still, a majority of townships within the county have passed something affirming the Second Amendment. Activists hope that this will serve to alert the freedom-starved masses that local, civic action is the way to fight back against federal overreach. These resolutions also make a bold statement to state legislature and will hopefully motivate them to wake up from their malaise, honor their oath and step up to protect the rights of their citizens.

“You end up creating a message, education, and influence [by passing these resolutions] that our rights shall not be infringed as a FREE People,” Oscoda County Republican Party Chair Doug Davis said.

Davis was influential in getting the resolutions passed.

“Also, by doing so, you send the message to the top, that we the People, DO NOT stand for the shredding of our God-Given rights!”

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FISA Court Colludes with NSA to Allow Unconstitutional Surveillance

Documents obtained by The Guardian (U.K.) reveal that the court that was ostensibly created to keep the federal domestic spy apparatus from invading the rights of Americans is actually routinely giving the National Security Agency (NSA) and others the go-ahead to use data “inadvertently” collected during unwarranted surveillance of American citizens.

The newspaper that broke the story of the NSA’s activities as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden published on June 20 “two full documents submitted to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.” Both documents were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder and were issued in July 2009.

According to the article written by Glenn Greenwald and James Ball, the documents “detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance.”

Not surprisingly, neither the Fourth Amendment nor the freedoms against tyranny that it protects are honored by Holder or the other architects and construction crews erecting the surveillance state.

As Greenwald and Ball report, the leaked documents demonstrate that when the NSA is conducting surveillance under the pretense of monitoring foreign targets, any U.S. communication caught in the dragnet is “collected, retained and used.”

Using Section 215 of the Patriot Act as justification, the NSA is now known to monitor and seize the phone records of millions of Americans who are not now or ever have been suspected of any crime that would justify the issuing of a search warrant. This wholesale watching of the telephone activities of citizens was revealed by The Guardian a few weeks ago as part of Snowden’s release of information on his former employer.

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A Certain Amount of Voter Apathy Can Be Good

“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires in the hearts of men.” – often attributed to Samuel Adams

It has been nearly three weeks since the 2013 New Jersey primary election, a date so uneventful it would have gone barely noticed, despite a gubernatorial primary on the ballot.  The front runners in both major parties won by enormous margins, and most state and local elected offices had no real primary.  If one saw more than one name for a position, it was most likely because it was something like county freeholder or a municipal council position that usually says to vote for any two or three.  

Newton’s first rule of motion certainly applies not only to physics, but to politics as well.  Sure, we New Jerseyans show up every four years for the presidential election, but voters at rest on primary day tend to stay at rest on primary day.  What if somebody told you this voter apathy could be the liberty movement’s greatest asset to gaining a foothold in New Jersey politics?  For Tenthers hoping to shape the direction of their parties, be they Republicans, Democrats or independents, now may be the chance to start gearing up for a future run, not so much next year, when Congressional elections may increase voter turnout, but in 2015.  That’s not to say we shouldn’t try to find good, constitutional candidates next year for local offices, or contact this year’s candidates to encourage them to embrace nullification.  Doing so now could lay the groundwork for solid local candidates in two years.

Scott Grossman, Republican primary challenger to incumbent Governor Chris Christie, pointed out that voters in the primaries have twenty times more voting power than those in the general because of the difference in voter turnout.  It makes sense.  In an election where there are 100 people voting, getting one person to vote for you gains you 1% of the vote.  If you have 2,000 people voting, one vote gets you 0.05% of the vote.  If both people receive 51 votes in their respective scenarios, the former is elected, while the latter is up to a whopping 2.55%.

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Congress Spends Your Tax Dollars on a National ID

by Jim Harper, for the CATO Institute

It’s appropriations season! – that wonderful time of year when the House and Senate pass competing versions of legislation to fund government agencies, bureaus, and…whatever pork and pet projects they can squeeze in.

Congress has made most of its spending decisions over the past few years through last-minute continuing resolutions or consolidated appropriations bills. That makes it harder to follow the money (which may be part of the reason they’ve been doing it that way), but it’s important to watch the dollars because some of that money is going toward national ID systems and biometrics.

Last week the House passed their FY 2014 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. As in years past, the legislation contains funding for three of everyone’s favorite identification programs: REAL ID, E-Verify, and US-VISIT/the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), a DHS office covering biometrics for travelers at airports, ports, and other points of entry.

For the coming fiscal year, the House appropriated $114 million for E-Verify, $232 million for OBIM, and $1.2 billion for the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP), from which grants for REAL ID implementation get doled out to states.

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Nullify NDAA “Indefinite Detention”

In another David flings a rock in Goliath’s eye moment, Pennsylvania state Senator Mike Folmer introduced the Liberty Preservation Act (SB999) last week.

The bill would prohibit state employees from cooperating with federal enforcement of sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA) that purport to allow arrest and detention without charge or trial on U.S. soil.

No employee shall provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, as amended, (Public Law 112-81, 125 Stat. 1298) within the boundaries of this Commonwealth.

SB999 sets criminal penalties for state employees – including law enforcement personnel – who aid or abet federal agents or agencies attempting to arrest or detain citizens pursuant to the NDAA within the Commonwealth.  Pennsylvania now joins 18 other states with pending or enacted legislation that interposes sovereign state authority between their citizens and the growing authoritarianism of central government.

“I believe the indefinite detention of American citizens without providing them due process of law is unconstitutional and illegal, including under the NDAA. This is why I introduced legislation to prohibit state, county, and local agencies from complying with NDAA:  to protect Pennsylvanians’ due process rights,” Folmer said, affirming his duty to uphold the Constitution against its unchecked transgression by the federal government.

Think it can’t happen here?  It already has.

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