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Advocates of Centralized Power Betray the Constitution

The Constitution doesn’t authorize the federal government to regulate marriage. But some people seem to be fine with the Supreme Court exercising any power, as long as it suits their agenda. Continue reading

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Fourth Amendment: The History Behind “Unreasonable”

Many justify federal violations of the Fourth Amendment by arguing its necessity to fight “terrorism.” But the Fourth Amendment does not have exceptions. In fact, it was meant to restrain government action in just these situations. Continue reading

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James Madison: How the States Can Block Federal Gun Control

What do we do when the federal government simply ignores the Second Amendment and acts in ways that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms? Well, James Madison laid out a blueprint in Federalist 46 before the Constitution was even ratified. Continue reading

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New California Law Rejects NDAA Indefinite Detention

This language of AB351 goes far beyond what has been considered in most other states, which focus solely on indefinite detention powers under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and nothing else. Donnelly’s legislation broadened the scope by recognizing that indefinite detention should not be complied with no matter what federal law is used to justify it. Donnelly confirmed this broad scope, “AB351 will prevent California from implementing indefinite detention for any reason.” Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom: Thomas Paine

“A constitution defines and limits the powers of the government it creates. It therefore follows, as a natural and also a logical result, that the governmental exercise of any power not authorized by the constitution is an assumed power, and therefore illegal.”
— Thomas Paine Continue reading

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California Bill to Nullify NDAA Unanimously Passes Committee

The legislation is designed to free California from having to comply with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, which does nothing to prevent the potential seizure and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens. The California bill declares such federal power unconstitutional, and mandates the state and its localities refuse adhering to or assisting with federal implementation. Continue reading

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Bills Nullifying Agenda 21 Pass Missouri House and Senate

Two bills protecting property rights and nullifying Agenda 21 provisions overwhelmingly passed each chamber of the Missouri legislature in the last week. Continue reading

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There’s Nothing Radical about Nullification

Apparently he can’t think of a single reason that nullification should be used by states or local governing bodies. The logical implication is that opponents of slavery – that is advocates of freedom – in the antebellum period were wrong to have used nullification as a means to protect the lives and freedom of former slaves. No doubt, Harriet Tubman would be described by Benen as a radical, and her willful defiance of federal slave laws would be denounced, had the two been contemporaries. Continue reading

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Nullification for Lawyers

Jefferson and Madison did not base their principles of nullification on the fact that the Constitution had not established an ultimate authority. They based their principles on the fact that the people of the states ARE the ultimate authority – not the federal government they created. Jefferson makes this clear in the first few lines of the Kentucky Resolution of 1798. Continue reading

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