We’ve got a special episode of Tenther Radio for you this week. Get a preview of our main nullification initiatives for the upcoming 2014 state legislative session.
Host: Michael Boldin.
Content Production: Mike Maharrey
It seems hard to believe, but the 2014 legislative season is just around the corner. We are already hard at work here at the Tenth Amendment Center getting ready for the big push.
This is the bread and butter of our work. The education, news and historical perspective we provide on a daily basis are all important, but we need to get nullification bills passed at the state and local level. That is how we will actually rein in overreaching federal power.
We have four main issues we plan to focus on going into the 2014 legislative season. That’s not to say we will ignore others. But with limited resources, we have to make sure we are directing them in the most effective way, so these are the four issues we’ve place a priority on for the upcoming year – NSA spying, the Second Amendment, indefinite detention, and marijuana and hemp.
All four of these issues rely on a core strategy – refuse to cooperate with federal officials. In Federalist 46, James Madison specifically mentioned “refusal to cooperate with officers of the union” as an effective method for stopping what he called unwarrantable acts.
We know for a fact that the federal government relies on state and local resources to get things done. In fact the National Association of Governors recently admitted “States are partners with the federal government in implementing most federal programs.”
That means we have power!
We can pull that rug right out from under the feds. There is nothing in the Constitution that says the states are required to enforce or implement federal acts. In fact, even the Supreme Court agrees. There are four cases dating back to 1843 where the Court’s opinion was that the feds can’t force states to do their bidding. This is called the anti-commandeering doctrine and it give us a powerful tool to resist unconstitutional acts.
Let’s look at how this play out on each of these four issues.
Every week we learn more about just how much the NSA is spying on us. So, how do we stop it? The first step is state and local noncooperation through the Fourth Amendment Protection Act. Passage in your state, county, city and town will create obstacles to unconstitutional spying. It bans states from providing resources to the NSA, blocks state law enforcement from using NSA data, defunds NSA research at state universities and creates incentives for corporations to reject working with the spy agency. Just consider this one application. The data center in Utah uses some 1.7 million gallons of water per day – water supplied by the state of Utah. With this legislation, we can turn it off! You can find out more about our plan to stop NSA spying at offnow.org/plan.
In most of our research in areas around the country, eight out of 10 ATF raids are carried out in partnership with state and local law enforcement. Again, the feds depend on that cooperation to enforce their unconstitutional gun control acts. And again, state and local agencies don’t have to help. Judge Napolitano said simply refusing to assistance would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.” That’s the basis of our Second Amendment Preservation Act. It forbids state and local cooperation, and provides penalties for any state or local agent who helps the feds violate your gun rights.
The federal government claims the authority to kidnap you, whisk you away, and indefinitely detain you without due process. Congress formalized this so-called power in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. There are eerie similarities between modern indefinite detention and Fugitive Slave rendition in the mid-1800s. Northern states effectively resisted the Fugitive Slave act by refusing to cooperate. Our Liberty Preservation Act follows the same script. Deny the feds the help we know they need.
Nowhere have we seen this spirit of resistance more effective than in the marijuana issue. In the mid ‘90s, California stood alone and legalized medical marijuana, despite federal prohibition. Californians didn’t back down when the Supreme Court said the feds could indeed regulate six plants growing in your back yard. Today, 21 states have legalized medical marijuana, and Washington and Colorado have legalized it for recreational use as well. Recently, the Department of Justice said it wasn’t going to challenge these laws. We are well on our way to nullifying the marijuana laws, and we plan to use that same blueprint to nullify the federal laws against industrial hemp.
Of course, we will still be pushing legislation to stop Obamacare, limit drone use, establish constitutional tender, along with bills addressing other tenther friendly legislation.
We have the plan. We have the resources. Now we just need YOU to pitch in. Visit our legislative tracking page and get involved. Present our model legislation to your state lawmaker, along with your city and county commissioners. Then get involved and help push these bills through the process. Grassroots pressure is key and YOU are the grassroots.
Thank you for all of you support.