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Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, nicely, the original intent [The Commerce Clause] of Congress’ Power to regulate commerce:
In a law review article titled “To Regulate, Not Prohibit: Limiting the Commerce Power,” New York University Law Professor Barry Friedman, and 2011 New York University Law graduate, Genevieve Lakier take on the daunting task of reasserting the historic and genealogical lineage of the Commerce Clause from its inception through the country’s 237 years of existence as a federal republic.
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, nicely, that, we, The United States of America, are a “union” of sovereign states; and, that, we are first, and foremost, sovereign, “individual citizens,” of these respective states:
This coming [4th of July] Thursday, many of us will have a day off from work and be home to have a barbecue, watch the fireworks and proudly fly our American flag.
This uniquely American holiday is a time to reflect on the greatness of our Nation and its people.
However, it is not really a time to celebrate as “Americans”. It is a time to celebrate as sovereign people of the States. The Fourth of July was the day (it was actually a few days earlier) the people of the thirteen colonies through their representatives in the Congress, declared to the world that they were now independent and free States. Free from the King and Parliament and a centralized government. However, it would take a long and bloody war to actually permit these newly independent Sates to remain free.
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, nicely, why state Nullification is both the legal, and “rightful remedy” when The Federal Government refuses to stay within the Constitutional Powers that have been “Enumerated” to them. Also, how Nullification is working it’s way back into mainstream American politics:
A recent Rasmussen poll indicates that “38% Favor Their State Blocking Federal Anti-Gun Laws” and a whopping “52 percent of mainstream voters think states should have the right to block any federal laws they disagree with on legal grounds.” And this week, a nullification-friendly Washington Times article from the paper’s editorial board was published stating: “nullification is a growing movement with support on both sides of the political aisle.”
The Washington Times article hints at the reason for this shift in sentiment, “…something needs to be done to check the intrusion of the federal bureaucracy into our lives.” The federal government has failed to keep itself within the confines of the Constitution and state-level nullification is the best solution. Given the obvious inability of “vote the bum’s out”, “rule it unconstitutional”, or “march on DC” to curtail federal infringements it’s really no surprise.
The problem with these approaches is that they require the federal government to police itself. This is something that will never happen and the founders warned us against such foolish thinking.
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, written by Judge Andrew Napolitano:
“Here they go again. The Obama administration has asked its allies in Congress to introduce legislation that would permit the feds to continue their march through the Fourth Amendment when it comes to obtaining private information about all of us.
The Fourth Amendment, which guarantees the right to be left alone, was written largely in response to legislation Parliament enacted in the colonial era that permitted British soldiers to write their own search warrants and then use those warrants as a legal basis to enter private homes. The ostensible purpose of doing that was to search through the colonists’ papers looking for stamps, which the Stamp Act required the colonists to affix to all documents in their possession. The laws that permitted the soldier-written search warrants and the Stamp Act were the British government’s fatal political mistakes, which arguably caused a major shift in colonial opinion toward secession from Britain 10 years before the bloody part of the Revolution began.
Below, is a very insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, that explains, beautifully, our Bill of Rights, in their proper context; and, more specifically, The Second Amendment:
“Following the recent school shooting in Connecticut, American citizens have once again displayed their total ignorance concerning the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment. Facebook postings, comments to so-called news articles and letters to the editor are calling for repeal of the Second Amendment. These individuals believe the right to own a firearm is based on the Second Amendment and the right will vanish if the Amendment can be repealed. Unless the Second Amendment created the right, then repeal of the Amendment cannot constitutionally abolish the right.
Following the Federal [Constitutional] Convention of 1787 and the subsequent ratification of the Constitution in 1788, the several States began submitting amendments to Congress for consideration. By September of 1789, Congress had reduced approximately 210 separate amendments to 12. The amendments were inserted into a congressional resolution and submitted to the several States for consideration. Of these, numbers 2-12 were ratified by the States in 1791 and became the so-called Bill of Rights.
Below, is an insightful post, from The Tenth Amendment Center, on the recent policy proposal from The NRA:
“A week after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, the National Rifle Association finally broke its silence.
On Friday, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre tried to out-blame the gun-blamers. He focused his attention on Hollywood. He focused his attention on violent video games. He focused his attention on the media.
But somewhere in the midst all that finger-pointing, LaPierre did manage to slip in one policy proposal.
The below post is from The Tenth Amendment Center; it, very astutely, points out, how our Government(s) often use fear, and the misleading promises of safety and security as a way to aggregate more power to themselves – while minimizing, and dismantling, our Individual Liberties, as citizens of this country:
“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” – John Adams
Turn on the TV or flip open the newspaper on any given day, and you will find yourself accosted by reports of government corruption, corporate malfeasance, militarized police and marauding SWAT teams. America is entering a new phase, one in which children are arrested in schools, military veterans are forcibly detained by government agents because of the content of their Facebook posts, and law-abiding Americans are being subjected to the latest in government spy technology.
These threats to our freedoms are not to be underestimated. Yet even more dangerous than these violations of our basic rights is the language they are couched in—the language of fear. It is a language spoken effectively by politicians on both sides of the aisle, shouted by media pundits from their cable TV pulpits, marketed by corporations, and codified into bureaucratic laws that do little to make our lives safer or more secure.
The below post is from The Tenth Amendment Center; it is two versions of Tenth Amendment Center approved legislation to nullify federal overreach into the health care industry. Freedom-loving activists are encouraged to send this to your “state” senators and representatives – and ask them to introduce this legislation in your state:
HEALTH CARE NULLIFICATION ACT, V1
An Act to render null and void certain unconstitutional laws enacted by the Congress of the United States, taking control over the health insurance industry and mandating that individuals purchase health insurance under threat of penalty.
SECTION 1. The legislature of the State of ____________ finds that:
1. The People of the several states comprising the United States of America created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes, and nothing more.
2. The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution 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.
Below, is a very insightful post from The Tenth Amendment Center, on the complex issue of abortion, and how the Jeffersonian principle of Nullification, and our Tenth Amendment, applies:
Abortion is murder.
A woman has a right to choose.
Few issues divide a room, a city or a country faster than abortion.