HJM16 10th Amendment ResolutionTo Do List:


the 10th Amendment Resolution  goes to the house judiciary first. Here are the email addresses/phone numbers for all of the members of that committee, they need to hear from us.

name                                                     e-mail                                                                                  phone number(s)

Representative Matt Wand    rep.mattwand@state.or.us                                              503-986-1449

Representative Andy Olson   rep.andyolson@state.or.us                                  541-967-6576/503-986-1415

Representative Carolyn Tomei     rep.carolyntomei@state.or.us                   503-653-5180/503-986-1441

Representative Chris Garrett          rep.chrisgarrett@state.or.us                     503-210-2474/503-986-1438

Representative Gene Whisnant      rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us                                    503-986-1453

Representative Jeff Barker               rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us                                            503-986-1428

Representative Mary Nolan             rep.marynolan@state.or.us                       503-221-4999/503-986-1436

Representative Mike Schaufler       rep.mikeschaufler@state.or.us                 503-760-4446/503-986-1448

Representative Wally Hicks              rep.wallyhicks@state.or.us                                           503-986-1403

Representative Wayne Krieger        rep.waynekrieger@state.or.us                  541-247-7990/503-986-1401

Aside from calling/writing/emailing these people frequently letting them know you support this important legislation and you want them to move it to the floor for a vote, you can also contact your Representative ( http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/ ), and insist they co-sponsor this bill with Rep. Richardson.  If you are really ambitious, and want to make a large impact, you could buy a copy of Nullification, and hand deliver it to your legislator.

Remember politicians need us to provide them with the necessary fortitude to stand up to the Feds.

Remember this bill only lets the Feds know we are paying attention.  It signals the state of Oregons acknowledgement of the role which is clearly created in the U.S Constitution for the states (that of enforcer).  If there is no body willing to stand up to the Feds, then their authority is by definition arbitrary   and therefore tyrannical.  This bill truly does nothing more than signal intent, but what it signifies is something truly momentous in scale, and scope I hope everyone who reads this can see that as well as I do.

The arguments in favor of this are many, and of the three nullification’s which are currently introduced within the Oregon Legislature, this is the one which would take the least amount of courage to pass.  Your arguments could range from hardcore Constitutional arguments on how the Commerce clause has been used to limit how much wheat we citizens can grow on our own farms (among other things), and the state needs to reestablish the relationship (between the Feds and Oregon) that is laid out in the Constitution,  To State nationalism arguments in favor of Oregonians rights, and asking for interposition against rights violations at the Federal level.

Personally my argument is the classic Federalist argument that Tom Woods so often points out, liberty is most likely to flourish with a group of small sovereign states with many powers, arranged inside one large state with limited powers rather than the current arrangement of one overpowering authority who claims the right to do anything they want, who claims that your abstention from activity is in and of itself an activity they may punish.  The latter would also be the argument Thomas Jefferson or James Madison would put forward.

In Liberty,
Tim Reeves
Tim Reeves is the State Chapter Coordinator for the Oregon Tenth Amendment Center

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