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Tag: states rights
  • We the States?

    Since the early day of our republic, states’ rights have been an integral part of our country’s federal system.  In The Federalist, No. 40, James Madison states, “I ask hat are these principles [of opposition to the Constitution]?  do they require that in the establishment of the Constitution, the States should be regarded as distinct …

  • No Longer Will We Stand Idly By

      The following is based off a speech given at Nullify Now! Orlando on 10-10-10 Isn’t it incredible that, despite all the historical evidence to the contrary, that anyone can still believe that the founders would’ve fought a long, cruel, bloody war just to exchange one central, overpowering government for another? And yet, these guys sitting on …

  • The Best Check on Federal Power? Your State’s Constitution

    With the recent Supreme Court ruling in the McDonald gun case, many conservatives and pro-gun people are cheering the decision as a victory. This supposed victory has come at the use of the “doctrine of incorporation,” where the 14th Amendment “incorporates” those rights which are assumed as “fundamental rights” to be applied by to the …

  • Democrats Have More Positive View of the Term “libertarian” than Republicans do

    An interesting poll was released by the Pew Research Center yesterday. They polled people on whether they viewed certain terms positively or negatively.  Reactions to the word “libertarian” are evenly divided — 38% positive, 37% negative. On balance, Republicans view “libertarian” negatively, Democrats are divided, while independents have a positive impression of the term. States’ …

  • Ohio Group Battles Obamacare

    Not wasting any time, the Ohio Liberty Council, consisting of a collection of grassroot organizations promoting liberty throughout the Buckeye state, has announced today its proposal for a state constitutional amendment that would “preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their healthcare and healthcare coverage.” The proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution states that: In Ohio, …

  • The Implications of Federal Education

    The U.S. Department of Education was established on May 4, 1980 with its primary objective being to “[assure] access to equal educational opportunity for every individual,” as well as to improve educational quality across America. One of the largest arguments for the creation of a federal department, however, was to coordinate the federal loan programs …

  • Idaho to Sue Fedgov if Residents Are Forced to Buy Insurance

    The Associated Press reports that Idaho has taken early action to guard residents against universal healthcare: Idaho took the lead in a growing, nationwide fight against health care overhaul Wednesday when its governor became the first to sign a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government if residents are forced to …

  • National Health Care Nullification

    Nullification is when states refuse to enforce within their borders a law they find unconstitutional.  Sounds good, no? This article was all over my Facebook feed last night, but I needed to clean my house, so forgive my tardiness in bringing you this exciting news: Right on the heels of a successful state-by-state nullification of …

  • California: The New Ideal?

    California, typically thought of as the most progressive state in the union, has done something surprisingly unprogressive: it has invoked its rights as a state. A ballot measure being proposed by activists would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, permit residents to grow  it in their own gardens, and allow counties and …

  • End the Fed to help restore states’ rights

    An article at the Tenth Amendment Center argues that removing the Federal Reserve’s additional layer of nationalization and its enormous expansion of the federal government is a key step toward reviving a meaningful system of federalism among the United States.  In giving the federal government unlimited funding which cannot be controlled or cut off by …