Category: States Rights


Cattle Battle – Reid’s Latest Verbal Assault On Bundys – Allen West

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Published on Apr 20, 2014

” Breaking News – Reid’s Is Involved In A Solar Farm 35 Miles Away From Bundy’s Ranch Also Files On The BLM Website Were Deleted That Confirms They Took The Cattle From Bundy’s Farm Because They Needed To Clear The Way For Lucrative Solar Deal With Transnational Corporation
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Western Lawmakers Gather In Utah To Talk Federal Land Takeover

 

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” It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.

  More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

” It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.” “

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” Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.

  The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.

” What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said.

Fielder, who described herself as “just a person who lives in the woods,” said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.

“Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands,” Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls.”

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State Government Dependence On Federal Funding Growing At Alarming Rate

 

 

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Only 11 states depended on the federal government for more than one-third of their total revenues in 2001. By 2012, 24 states found themselves in this situation.

  State-by-state data from the U.S. Census Bureau, compiled by the State Budget Solutions nonprofit, illustrates the trend of increasing state dependence on federal financial assistance.

  Forty-one of the 50 states have become more dependent on the federal government since 2001 — with federal dollars accounting for an increasing share of their total revenues.

  This trend of increased state dependency on Washington reduces state and local control, while threatening the states’ long-run autonomy.

  The reason is that with federal patronage comes federal leverage. The original Obamacare plan, for example, was to force states to expand Medicaid by threatening them with loss of all federal matching Medicaid funds if they refused.”

 

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From Stefan Molyneux

 

 

 

Published on Apr 10, 2014

” Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy – of Bundy Ranch – is locked in a standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management over illegal cattle grazing, endangered tortoises and property rights. It gets even better…

  The fight involves a 600,000-acre area under BLM control called Gold Butte, near the Utah border. The is the habitat of the protected desert tortoise, and the land has been off-limits for cattle since 1998.

  Five years before that, when grazing was legal, Bundy stopped paying federal fees for the right. Bundy stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. He said he didn’t have to because his Mormon ancestors worked the land since the 1880s, giving him rights to the land.

” We own this land,” he said, not the feds. He said he is willing to pay grazing fees but only to Clark County, not BLM.

” Years ago, I used to have 52 neighboring ranchers,” he said. “I’m the last man standing. How come? Because BLM regulated these people off the land and out of business.”

  Nevada, where various federal agencies manage or control more than 80 percent of the land, is among several Western states where ranchers have challenged federal land ownership.

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Obama Administration Land Grab Memo Leaked

 

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” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights continues, but it may get worse over a leaked memo that was uncovered in 2010 that reveals an Obama Administration land grab initiative that may spread across other western states, possibly causing the same showdown between landowners, ranchers, and the federal government.

  The Tea Party Command Center on Saturday uncovered the lost news report where former Republican Senator Jim DeMint raised the alarm back in 2010 of a leaked memo about a planned, 10 million acre Western land grab by the Obama administration of 17 sites in 11 western states.

  The secret memo stamped, “Internal Draft – NOT FOR RELEASE” was leaked by a Department of Interior official to Utah Congressman Bob Bishop.

  The memo titled, “Prospective Conservation Designation: National Monument Designations under the Antiquities Act” proposes that many nationally significant landscapes are worthy of inclusion in the NLCS and if enacted, could very well set off another BLM and property owner standoffs.”

    This report , combined with the recent actions against Cliven Bundy and Kit Laney lend much credence to Ben Smith’s allegations that the Federal government is conspiring to bring about the conditions necessary to declare martial law .

The Examiner has more on the “secret” memo

 

Army Goes To War With National Guard, Seizes Apache Attack Helicopters

 

 

 

 

” All of the Guard’s AH-64 Apache helicopters are scheduled to go to the active Army, and there’s nothing its top brass can do about it.

“ None of us like what we’re having to do,” National Guard Chief Gen. Frank Grass told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, the military website Defense One reported. “My big concern right now is figuring out how I’m going to move, and how many states I’m going to have an impact on, and what’s the cost of facilities and to retrain pilots. I’ve got to tackle that because the decision’s been made.”

  Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told members of Congress on Tuesday that the move will save $12 billion through fiscal year 2017, Defense One reported.

  When the logistics are worked out, the Army’s fleet of OH-58 Kiowa helicopters will be divested, its newly acquired Apaches will fill its reconnaissance and scouting needs, and the National Guard will be given UH-60 Black Hawks.”

     Anybody who believes this is about saving money is deluded . This is a power grab pure and simple . While the Feds go about disarming the State guard units so as to deny the states any offensive air assets in the event of an “emergency” , the same Dept of Defense continues to up-armor local police departments with billions in free ordnance .

    Here’s a cost saving idea General , how about you sell the excess MRAPS to allies , thus keeping them out of podunk towns across America and use the proceeds to let the National Guard to keep the Apaches . These ongoing deployments and re-deployments appear to be “battle space preparation” on the part of the Feds .

    Looking at this situation from another angle , the disarming of the Guard plays right into the Obama administration’s continued efforts to destroy American readiness . The Guard has played a pivotal role in the “War on Terror” for the past decade and now the fliers will be unable to train . Just another sop to our enemies as King Obama softens us up for his terrorist cronies .

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Then again maybe this piece from December’s Conservative Infidel helps clarify the Fed’s motives … 

14 Governors : Prepare State Militia Defenses, To Be Ready Against Obama’s Rogue Federal Forces

 

” Obama fearing a revolution against him by the states, has moved swiftly by nationalizing nearly all National Guard Forces in multiple states; Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina – to name a few. The Governors of the Great States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia still have under their Command-and-Control the State Defense Forces to go against U.S. Federal forces should the need arise. Also important to note: There are NO U.S. laws prohibiting National Guard troops from also joining their State’s Defense Forces. This dilemma occurred during the Civil War with many “citizen soldiers” choosing to serve their states instead of the Federal Government.”

Kansas Lawmakers OK Bill To Void Local Gun Rules

 

 

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” Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it’s legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.

  The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it, but he’s a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the Kansas State Rifle Association.

  Kansas law doesn’t expressly forbid the open carrying of firearms, and the attorney general’s office has in the past told local officials that some restrictions are allowed. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has prohibited the practice, but the bill would sweep any such ban away, except to allow cities and counties to prevent openly carried weapons inside public buildings.”

 

 

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Under Attack: Depth Of Federal Arms Race Should Surprise, Shock

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” In late February, four federal agents carrying side arms with a drug-sniffing dog descended on the Taos Ski Valley in what was called a “saturation patrol.”

  Authorities were working on tips of possible drug selling and impaired driving in the ski resort’s parking lot and surrounding area.

  But the agents weren’t from the FBI, ATF or even the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  Rather, the agents represented the U.S. Forest Service.

“ It’s one of the untold stories about government,” said former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who lives in Taos, is an avid skier and has been a leading critic of the operation that turned up only a few minor infractions. “People don’t grasp the size and the scope of these entities and their law enforcement arms.”

  It may come as a surprise to many U.S. taxpayers, but a slew of federal agencies — some  whose responsibilities seem to have little to do with combating crime — carry active law enforcement operations.

Here’s a partial list:

  That’s right, NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.

“ There’s no question there’s been a proliferation of police units at the federal level,” said Tim Lynch, director of the Project On Criminal Justice for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. “To me, it’s been a never-ending expansion, a natural progression, if you will, of these administrative agencies always asking for bigger budgets and a little bit more power.”

  It’s been estimated the U.S. has some 25,000 sworn law enforcement officers in departments not traditionally associated with fighting crime. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and in a tabulation compiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2011, 3,812 criminal investigators are working in areas other than the U.S. departments of Treasury, Justice, Defense and Homeland Security.”

 

 

 

    Can someone explain to us why the Department of Education needs armed officers ? The Postal service ? NOAA ? The Bureau of Land Management ? 

 

   Above are listed just a few of the “armed” agencies of the Federal government while below is a more comprehensive but by no means exhaustive list of the separate battalions of the Federal Army …

 

 

 

Federal Law Enforcement Agencies

 

” The following are U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.  Click on the link to take you to the official agency web site.

U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations

http://www.osi.andrews.af.mil/

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

http://www.atf.gov/

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

www.cia.gov

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

http://www.cbp.gov/

U.S. Defense Criminal Investigative Service

http://www.dodig.mil/INV/DCIS/index.html

Defense Intelligence Agency

www.dia.mil

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/index.htm

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation

http://www.fbi.gov/

Federal Protective Service

http://www.ice.gov/graphics/about/organization/org_fps.htm

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

http://www.ice.gov/index.htm

U.S. IRS Criminal Investigations Division

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Criminal-Enforcement-1

U.S. Marshal Service

http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/

U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service

http://www.ncis.navy.mil/

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/

U.S. State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security

http://www.state.gov/m/ds/

U.S. Secret Service

http://www.secretservice.gov/

 

 

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERALS

 

U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Inspector General

http://www.usaid.gov/oig/

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General

 http://www.usda.gov/oig/invest.htm

U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General

www.oig.doc.gov

U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General

www.dodig.osd.mil

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General

www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/index.html

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General

www.ig.doe.gov

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General

http://www.oig.hhs.gov

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

www.dhs.gov/dhspublic

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Inspector General

www.hud.gov/offices/oig

U.S. Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General

http://www.doioig.gov/

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General

www.usdoj.gov/oig

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Inspector General

www.epa.gov/oigearth

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Inspector General

http://www.eeoc.gov/abouteeoc/plan/oig/index.html

U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General

 http://www.uspsoig.gov/investigation.htm

U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Office of Inspector General

 www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oig/hq

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Inspector General 

http://www.nrc.gov/insp-gen/invesprog.html

U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Office of Inspector General 

http://www.opm.gov/oig/html/investigations.asp

U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Inspector General

www.rrb.gov/oig/rrboig.htm

U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General

www.sba.gov/ig

U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General

www.ssa.gov/oig

U.S. State Department, Office of Inspector General

http://oig.state.gov/isp/

U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General

www.oig.dot.gov

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General

www.treas.gov/oig

U.S. Treasury IG for Tax Administration

http://www.treas.gov/tigta/oi.shtml

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General

www.va.gov/oig

To suggest an agency to be added to this list, email us at info@golawenforcement.com”

 

 

 

   You owe it to yourself to read this whole article and ponder the fact that the State at all levels is arming itself in preparation for war . But with who you might ask … It’s not for the terrorist threat as we have more to fear from law enforcement than from jihadists , no , they arm themselves to do battle with those that they rule … yes folks , you and I . That is the only way to look at this arms race among State agencies . 

   The moment is building to a “rulers versus the ruled” confrontation as the authorities systematically make all of us criminals in one fashion or another . 

 It’s time to face the facts , and they are very simple … any government that has grown to need such pervasive armed brigades of civilians to “police” the public has grown up to become a self-perpetuating Leviathan that will never stop looming as an ever-larger presence in our lives .

    This amounts to the not so subtle complete and utter subversion of the Posse Comitatus Act by imposing a civilian army on the populace in place of the verboten military .

 

 

Further recommended reading on the growing Federal Army …

 

 

Full List of Armed Federal Agencies | The Truth About Guns

Armed EPA raid in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies

What Does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Need with 96 ArmedAgents?

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAP: Find Out The Surprising Rankings Of What Your State Is The Worst At

 

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” Normally we’re seeing maps of how well your state does in any given area or maps having to do with political topics, however this time we’re going to show you what your state is the worst at. Created by Redditor bigafricanhat, this map was compiled using a “variety of sources” but the creator also said that they took some liberties in its creation where states came in dead last in multiple categories.

  Some of the findings may shock you and some will more than likely cause you to say “Well I’m not really surprised,” like Maryland having the most cursing or California being the worst state for business. However there are some that are rather surprising in there, like Alaska having the highest firearm death rate and Louisiana having the highest murder rate (I thought for sure that would have been Illinois and with all the hunters in AK you would think everyone knew about firearm safety).”

 

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Idaho Latest State To Stand Against Federal Assault On Gun Rights

 

 

 

 

” Idaho may soon become the latest state to stand up to the Obama administration’s attempt to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.

  Earlier this week, the state House of Representatives approved a pro-gun-rights bill already passed by the state Senate. The measure now awaits action by Governor Butch Otter.

  The published purpose of SB 1332, the Idaho Federal Firearm, Magazine and Register Ban Enforcement Act, makes clear the intent of state lawmakers:

  This legislation is to protect Idaho law enforcement officers from being directed, through federal orders, laws, rules, or regulations enacted or promulgated on or after January 1, 2014, to violate their oath of office and Idaho citizens’ rights under the Idaho Constitution, Article 1, Section 11. This Constitutional provision disallows confiscation of firearms except those actually used in commission of a felony, and disallows other restrictions on a lawful citizen’s right to own firearms and ammunition.” “

 

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Wyoming Welder Faces $75,000 A Day In EPA Fines For Building Pond On His Property

 

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” All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children. 

  But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine. 

“ I have not paid them a dime nor will I,” a defiant Johnson told FoxNews.com. “I will go bankrupt if I have to fighting it. My wife and I built [the pond] together. We put our blood, sweat and tears into it. It was our dream.” 

  The government says he violated the Clean Water Act by building a dam on a creek without a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Further, the EPA claims that material from his pond is being discharged into other waterways. Johnson says he built a stock pond — a man-made pond meant to attract wildlife — which is exempt from Clean Water Act regulations.  

  The property owner says he followed the state rules for a stock pond when he built it in 2012 and has an April 4-dated letter from the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to prove it.

“ Said permit is in good standing and is entitled to be exercised exactly as permitted,” the state agency letter to Johnson said.

  But the EPA isn’t backing down and argues they have final say over the issue. They also say Johnson needs to restore the land or face the fines. 

  Johnson plans to fight. “This goes a lot further than a pond,” he said. “It’s about a person’s rights. I have three little kids. I am not going to roll over and let [the government] tell me what I can do on my land. I followed the rules.” 

 

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Gettysburg Wax Museum Selling Historical Figures

 

 

 

” The American Civil War Wax Museum has occupied a prime spot near the center of the battlefield for more than half a century. But it recently underwent an extensive renovation and wants to take a new approach to history. As part of those changes, it is preparing to unload dozens of its historical figures – most made of vinyl, not wax – in what the auctioneer calls a once-in-a-lifetime sale.

  The March 15 auction will also feature diorama contents, tapestries, furniture and books. The items include soldiers, a Southern plantation scene and the Lincoln-Douglas debates’ stop in 1858 at Knox College. Also for sale is an enormous reproduction of Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 portrait of George Washington, which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

  When the wax museum reopens later this year as the Gettysburg Heritage Center, its focus will have shifted to the experience of town residents before, during and after the July 1863 battle between the Confederates under Gen. Robert E. Lee and the federal troops commanded by Gen. George Gordon Meade.”

 

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Perry: ‘Time For A Little Rebellion’

 

 

” Texas governor Rick Perry broke through as a serious presidential hopeful Friday with a spirited speech to a cheering crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

  Perry brought the audience to its feet with a call to bring the successful conservative policies of red state governors to the national level.

  Perry took jabs at targets including New York, California, and the Department of Education, noting that common-sense governance has been absent not only from blue states but from Washington, D.C.

It’s time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas,” the Texas governor said, paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson.

  While left-leaning states face worsening economies, Perry pointed to the progress in Republican-led states such as South Carolina, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Florida.”

 

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The Dakotas Top The List Of Happiest U.S. States, With West Virginia At The Bottom

The art of happiness: The northern green states are in the top quintile for well-being, while the states in red are at the bottom

 

 

” An annual survey that measures Americans’ sense of well-being has revealed that North Dakota and not longtime frontrunner Hawaii is the state with the most contented people.

  The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index showed that in 2013, North Dakota scored highest, followed closely by its southern neighbor South Dakota.

  Hawaii trailed the Upper Midwestern states in eighth place, while for the fifth year in a row West Virginia and Kentucky had the two lowest scores.”

 

    This annual poll seems to show a great deal of mobility in terms of change from one year to the next as the chart below demonstrates … witness Wyoming’s drop from 13th in 2012 all the way down to 34th last year while North Dakota was the champ in terms of upward mobility , gaining 18 spots from 19th in 2012 to 1st last year .

   The categories used to make Gallup’s happiness determinations include emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access to services .

 

What a difference a year makes: Some states made remarkable progress from 2012 to 2013, but the bottom three remained the same

     Perhaps the most startling revelation lies with the fact that three states showed no movement at all … those being the bottom three , Mississippi , Kentucky and West Virginia at numbers 48 , 49 and 50 respectively , with Kentucky and West Virginia holding the bottom two spots for the past five years . The Daily Mail has the details .

Maryland Lawmakers Want To Cripple The NSA’s Headquarters

 

 

 

” Legislators in Maryland want to turn the lights out on the NSA — literally. A bill introduced last Thursday to its House of Delegates would bar state agencies, utilities, and pretty much anything that receives state funds from providing assistance to federal agencies that collect electronic data or metadata without a specific warrant to do so. Namely, the delegates are thinking of the National Security Agency, which is headquartered just outside their state’s capital.

  The legislation is nearly identical to bills introduced elsewhere across the country, such as California, and would result in state water and electrical utilities being unable to serve the NSA — a major headache, if there ever was one. “It does pretty much say we’re going to cut off water and electricity to the NSA,” Maryland Delegate Mike Smigiel, the bill’s primary sponsor, tells The Verge. Though cutting off water and electricity would have the most immediate impact, the legislation would also stop the NSA from using state universities for research, make any evidence the NSA gathers inadmissible in state courts, and effectively fire any state employee who helps the NSA.”

 

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States That Have Filed or Pre-Filed the COS Application

 

State Bill #
Alabama HJR49
Alaska HJR 22
Arizona HCR2027
Florida SM 0476
Georgia SR 736
New Mexico HJR 2
South Carolina H 4372
South Dakota HJR 1005
Virginia HJ9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

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    Bookmark this page and check back often to learn of the progress being made in retaking possession of our government . For the uninitiated go here to learn more about the Convention Of States :

” We see four major abuses perpetrated by the federal government.

  These abuses are not mere instances of bad policy. They are driving us towards an age of “soft tyranny” in which the government does not shatter men’s wills but “softens, bends, and guides” them. If we do nothing to halt these abuses, we run the risk of becoming, as Alexis de Tocquevill warned in 1840, nothing more than “a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” (Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1840) “

The four main abuses are :

1. The Spending and Debt Crisis

2. The Regulatory Crisis

3. Congressional Attacks on State Sovereignty

4. Federal Takeover of the Decision-Making Process

    Learn more here and you can watch this very informative video which provides a concise overview of the Convention Of States movement .

    Article V of the Constitution describes the amendment process which can be accomplished in one of two ways . Since Congress is corrupt and can not be expected to make the changes necessary to lessen their own power , that leaves the second method , which the Founders were so prescient in recognizing the need for … granting the states the power to force the Federal Congress to abide by the Constitution . Below is the text of Article V:

” The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, also as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”

Wikipedia provides us with a synopsis of how Article V works:

” Article Five of the United States Constitution describes the process whereby the Constitution may be altered. Altering the Constitution consists of proposing an amendment or amendments and subsequent ratification.[1]

Amendments may be adopted and sent to the states for ratification by either:

OR

To become part of the Constitution, an amendment must be ratified by either (as determined by Congress):

  • The legislatures of three-fourths (at present 38) of the states;

OR

   Given the state of political corruption and the “old boy” network ruling the halls of power in DC , invoking Article V from the Convention of States point of view would seem to be the most promising hope for bringing about real change in the power structure of this nation and returning us to the principles of limited government as envisioned by our Founding Fathers and restoring us to a Constitutional Republic .

 

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” 1976. This song teaches about the opening to the United States Constitution, with its preamble set to music. When writing this song, they had to remove a small section of the preamble to make the song rhyme. This song was voted the 6th best song on the 30th anniversary edition. Sung by Essra Mohawk. Written by Bob Dorough, Tom Yohe.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Bill Would Virtually Nullify All Federal Gun Laws

 

 

 

 

 

” The Florida legislature will consider a bill that would prohibit any state agency from cooperating with enforcement of any federal gun laws – past, present or future.

  Rep. Dan Eagle (R-Cape Coral) introduced HB733 on Monday. The Second Amendment Preservation Act declares that no agent of the state or its political subdivisions may participate with or assist federal agents in the enforcement of federal firearms laws, or provide material support of any kind to federal agents in the enforcement of these laws. State agents and/or contractors who knowingly participate in or provide support for the enforcement of federal firearms laws would be subject to dismissal.

“ The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution expressly provides that all powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states. Time and time again, Florida has proven that we have the best solutions to our own issues, whether it be healthcare, education, or our balanced budget, which is accomplished without raising taxes. When it comes to protecting our fundamental Second Amendment rights guaranteed by the Constitution, I believe it is best left to be handled by Floridians for Floridians,” Eagle said.

  In Florida, take action to support HB733 HERE

  All other states, take action to get your state on board, and protect the 2nd Amendment HERE “

 

 

Read more at the Tenth Amendment Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Pro-Marijuana Legislative Committee Testimony You’ll See

 

 

 

 

” Esau Freeman, with Kansas for Change, Inc., raised many eyebrows when he presented a bag of homegrown “weed” to a group of Kansas state legislators at a public forum in Wichita. His stunt undoubtedly changed many legislators’ perspective.”

 

Thanks to Ben Swann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought To You By The Free State Project

 

 

Free State Project

 

 

” Among the many advantages of moving to New Hampshire, these 101 reasons are at the top. If you know of a good reason that should be added, let us know.

Government

Sales Tax

New Hampshire has no general sales tax.

Income Tax

New Hampshire has no general personal income tax. Dividends and interest are taxed at only 5%.

Source: Bankrate
Eminent Domain

New Hampshire state law prohibits the use of eminent domain for private use or private development.

Source: USA Today
Gun Laws

New Hampshire offers some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation: no license is required to open carry and a concealed carry license is available on a shall-issue basis.

Seat Belt Laws

New Hampshire is the only state that does not have a mandatory seat belt law for adults.

Right to Revolution

New Hampshire’s constitution is one of only four state constitutions that expressly protect citizens’ right to revolution (Section 1, Article 10).

Image: Some rights reserved by James Walsh

 This Civic Literacy Test Will Show What You Know About U.S. Politics

 

Civics Test

 

 

 

” Take this Civic Literacy Test and see how you compare with your fellow citizens and our nation’s teachers! The average score for all 2,508 Americans taking the test was 49%; college educators scored 55%.”

 

You can take the test at IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department Of Black Justice Issues Discipline Rules For Teachers: Black Students Must Be Let Off The Hook

 

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules.

  Civil rights advocates have long said that a “school-to-prison” pipeline stems from overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that bring them out of school and into the court system.

  Attorney General Eric Holder said the problem often stems from well intentioned “zero-tolerance” policies that too often inject the criminal justice system into the resolution of problems. Zero tolerance policies, a tool that became popular in the 1990s, often spell out uniform and swift punishment for offenses such as truancy, smoking or carrying a weapon. Violators can lose classroom time or become saddled with a criminal record.

“ Ordinary troublemaking can sometimes provoke responses that are overly severe, including out of school suspensions, expulsions and even referral to law enforcement and then you end up with kids that end up in police precincts instead of the principal’s office,” Holder said.”

 

 

HT/Ulsterman Report

 

 

 

 

 

A Report On Liberty From Reason Magazine

 

 

 

 

” Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch’s The Declaration of Independents, published in 2011, provides a hopeful outlook for the future of freedom, a vision of how libertarian politics can fix America’s problems. How did 2013 pan out for the libertarian moment upon us? Here are seven pieces of good news for freedom this year from some of us here at Reason– Ed Krayewski

 

1. No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

  WHNSAs 2013 began, America was still reeling from a mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school. Parents and officials across the country were nervous that something similar might happen in their backyards, and that nervousness translated into a series of strange school security scares, many of them involving absurd zero-tolerance decrees. The most infamous might be the second-grader in Maryland who was suspended for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

  It was easy to assume that the reign of zero tolerance was just going to get worse, as school districts felt the same bureaucratic imperatives that swept the nation after the Columbine massacre of 1999. It didn’t help that both liberals and conservatives were calling for measures that had fed the zero-tolerance beast in the past. But then something unexpected happened. Those silly security scares were mocked in the press. Politicians proposed bills to roll back zero tolerance’s excesses, and schools across the country adopted new policies that might not be a civil libertarian’s dream but at least give officials more flexibility in doling out punishments and make it less likely that a misbehaving student will be pushed into the criminal justice system. As victories go, these may be small, but a year ago I didn’t expect this to be an area where there would be victories to celebrate at all. —Jesse Walker “

 

 

See the other six advances of liberty at Reason.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California Counties In Push To Withdraw From The State

 

 

” Spurred by disaffection with urban culture, federal control and the increased state regulation pressed by the Sacramento government seated to the south, a growing number of northern Californians are pushing for secession from their state.

  At least two counties — Siskiyou and Modoc  –  have already reportedly voted for withdrawal; officials in another, Tehama County, recently voted to put a referendum for secession on the ballot in June of 2014; and seven other northern California counties now claim popular committees in support of the long-shot measure, according to the Los Angeles Times.

” We are staking our futures on our ability to live and thrive in this area,” Kayla Nicole Brown, a 23-year-old from Redding who is now a leader in Shasta County’s secession movement, told The Times. “And if we can’t, we have to leave.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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