Health Care Nullification: Things have just gotten underway
“The several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government.” –Thomas Jefferson For the past few days, I’ve received loads of emails urging me to get active regarding the healthcare vote – most of which had a subject line similar to: “Last Chance to Stop National Healthcare!” Well, if you believe the only | Read More »
The Growing Movement to Nullify National Health Care
In response to what some opponents see as a Congress that doesn’t represent their interests, State Legislators are looking to the nearly forgotten American political tradition of nullification as a way to reject any potential national health care program that may be coming from Washington. In 2010, residents of Arizona will be voting on a State Constitutional Amendment that would let them effectively opt out | Read More »
Will Missouri Nullify Federal Gun Laws?
Missouri State Representative Cynthia Davis has introduced the “Firearms Freedom Act” (HB1230) – prefiled for the 2010 legislative session. The bill “Asserts the right of the State of Missouri to regulate the intrastate use and acquisition of certain firearms pursuant to the reserved powers of the state over intrastate commerce and the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.” While the bill’s title focuses | Read More »
Kentucky Joins Movement to Resist Abuses of Commerce Clause, Second Amendment
by Michael Boldin In states around the country, there’s a growing movement to address and resist two of the most abused parts of the Constitution – the Commerce Clause and the 2nd Amendment. Already being considered in a number of state legislatures, and passed as law in Montana and Tennessee this year, the Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) is a state law that seeks to do | Read More »
Kansas Legislators Seek to Nullify National Health Care
This Tuesday, 10-27-09, Kansas State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook and other state legislators will be announcing a “Kansas Health Care Freedom Amendment” – a proposal for a state constitutional amendment that would effectively nullify national health care in that state. (h/t Jeff Matthews) Already, four states are considering similar amendments, and more than 15 may see them introduced in the 2010 legislative session. Writes Senator Pilcher-Cook: | Read More »
Misunderstanding the Preamble to the Constitution
It seems to me that after years and years of government-run education, people in this country just can’t understand that everything – in some way – in the Constitution, was meant as a way to limit government power. Not the other way around. Take this common view of the preamble: The entire history of the legal system supports the notion that the material in | Read More »
18th-Century Definitions: “General Welfare”
While looking through a copy of Samuel Johnson’s “A Dictionary of the English Language” (published in 1755), one can find a number of interesting definitions that have broad-reaching effects on public policy. Here’s two that are quite relevant these days: General: 1. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special. 3. Not restrained by narrow or distinctive limitations 5. Public; comprising the whole Welfare: 1. Happiness; | Read More »
Will Ohio Nullify National Health Care?
Following the lead of Arizona, Florida, and Michigan, in recent weeks legislators from Louisiana and Georgia announced that they were planning on introducing resolutions for State Constitutional Amendments that would allow the people of those states to effectively opt-out of any future national health care plan. And now, Ohio joins them. According to our friends at OhioFreeState.com, Ohio State Senators Grendell and Jones have introduced | Read More »
ATF: All Your Amendment are Belong to Us
As far as the ATF is concerned, the words in the Constitution don’t mean what the Founders said they mean. They mean what the 9 unelected judges on the Supreme Court say they mean. Well, until they change their mind, that is. This year, Montana and Tennessee passed the “Firearms Freedom Act” – which under state law exempts firearms, parts and ammunition from federal regulation under | Read More »
Pennsylvania to Consider Nullifying Some Federal Gun Laws
Pennsylvania State Representative Sam Rohrer has introduced the “Firearms Freedom Act” (HB1988) for consideration in the state legislature. The bill is “An Act prohibiting certain firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition from being subject to Federal law or Federal regulation.” HB1988 currently has 48 additional co-sponsors, and according to FirearmsFreedomAct.com, is similar to bills recently enacted into law in both Montana and Tennessee.