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The Arizona Blueprint: Amending the State Constitution to Fight Federal Overreach

NOTE: This article was written on behalf of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center by Kenneth Lloyd.

At a time when the American people are having their liberty trampled upon and discarded by perhaps the most rule-breaking president in American history, it is encouraging to see that nullification movement is showing signs of success. Although Michigan may be lagging behind, this phenomenon is gaining momentum in state legislatures across the country. We must follow in their footsteps if we are to preserve freedom, and smack down Obama’s unconstitutional schemes.

Despite the fact that some of the people who oppose the notions of independence and decentralized power like to describe proponents of nullification as being radical, extreme or fringe, America’s Founding Fathers considered it to be a valuable tool for the people to use to protect themselves from federal government tyranny. One of those Founding Fathers was the “Father of the Constitution” James Madison. In Federalist #46, James Madison wrote: “… should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States… refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union… would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.”

Madison was saying that, when the federal government acts in an unconstitutional manner, refusal on the part of the governments of the several states to cooperate with that violation would effectively thwart to evil impact that the violation would have on the liberties of the people. One would only have to observe the way Congressional Republican leaders like U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell work alongside Pres. Obama to destroy our rights to come to the conclusion that we cannot continue to count on the idea that voting for either side in federal elections will help to restore and protect our liberty. Instead of voting for the red team or the blue team, we should take Thomas Jefferson’s advice. He called nullification ‘the rightful remedy.’ It is past time to take this remedy and run with it.

The nullification approach to fighting federal tyranny advocated by the Tenth Amendment Center is based on a legal doctrine known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. One of the first U.S. Supreme Court cases that helped to establish the anti-commandeering rule was Prigg v. Pennsylvania. In that case, Justice Joseph Story held that it was illegal for the federal government to force of the states to help implement and execute the Fugitive Slave Act of 1790. He stated the following:

It might well be an unconstitutional exercise of the power of interpretation, to insist that the states are bound to provide means to carry into effect the duties of the national government, nowhere delegated or entrusted to them by the Constitution

In Arizona, voters approved Prop. 122 last year that follows the advice laid out by James Madison and in the Prigg v. Pennsylvania ruling. The proposal gives the Arizona state government the power to “pass referendums, bills or use other legal means to end cooperation with unconstitutional federal acts.” It essentially put the anti-commandeering doctrine into the Arizona state constitution, giving additional credibility and notoriety to the idea. What has resulted has been an avalanche of bills in the state of Arizona that have challenged the antiquated notion of federal supremacy like never before.

During this year’s legislative session, we have seen bills emerge in Arizona that would thwart unlawful federal executive orders, block Obamacare enforcement, nullify Common Core, block all unlawful federal rules and regulations, stop EPA mandates and nullify federal gun control. These bills are moving through committee assignments quickly and receiving affirmative votes in their legislative chambers. Putting the anti-commandeering doctrine into the state constitution has stifled critics, and helped these important bills to gain traction. Other states are following in Arizona’s heroic footsteps as well.

In Oklahoma, there is a proposed amendment to their state constitution that would “establish that the ‘state may exercise its sovereign authority to restrict the actions of its personnel and the use of its financial resources to purposes that are inconsistent with the Constitution’”. In Texas, House Bill 1751 was introduced by Texas State Representative David Simpson (R – Longview) to create a proper process allowing Texans to cut off financial support to the federal government when they act in an unconstitutional manner. It would also empower the Texas legislature with the authority to “interpose itself between the federal government and persons in this state to oppose the federal government in the execution and enforcement of federal law.” A similar measure introduced in North Dakota was even approved by the state House demonstrating the growing momentum behind this idea.

Michigan legislators desperately needs to follow in the footsteps of these trailblazing states. Freedom activists must demand that their legislators introduce a bill or propose a Constitutional amendment to re-affirm the validity of the anti-commandeering doctrine similar to Arizona Prop. 122. This would allow We the People of Michigan to exercise our right under this provision by amending our state’s constitution to include a provision that would “establish that the ‘state may exercise its sovereign authority to restrict the actions of its personnel and the use of its financial resources to purposes that are inconsistent with the [U.S.] Constitution’’. By reclaiming our state sovereignty, we can preserve our liberty for future generations. However, it won’t happen without your help. Get on the horn with your state legislators, and demand that they uphold their oath to the Constitution.

You can find your legislator’s contact information HERE. You can find more information about Arizona Prop. 122, the Arizona Rejection of Unconstitutional Federal Actions Amendment HERE.

Obamacare Exchanges: The Fight Begins Anew!

NOTE: This article was written on behalf of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center by Kenneth Lloyd.

On Monday, March 9, 2015, our “Republican” Governor Rick Snyder announced that he is going to lobby for the legislature to create a state-run health care exchange. Governor Snyder wants Michigan to comply with Obamacare just in case an important part of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell case. The question that is being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court is whether it is constitutional for Michiganders and the citizens of 33 other states to receive federal tax credits to buy health insurance from insurance exchanges that are run by the federal government.

In the King v. Burwell case, the plaintiffs are arguing that ObamaCare does not allow federal tax credits to be paid to citizens, unless they reside in a state that has its own “health insurance marketplaces.” Since Michigan does not have its own state-run exchange, many Michiganders will not be able to receive federal tax credits, should the plaintiffs win their case. This could spell doom for Obamacare. Governor Snyder is clearly desperate to save this unpopular health care program for whatever reason.

Unsurprisingly, we are not getting help from our federal overlords on this issue. Rather than making an effort to convince the governor that it is unconstitutional for the government to interfere with our free market health care system, liberal Republican United States’ Representative Fred Upton from Michigan’s 6th U.S. Congressional District has stated that, if some Michiganders are denied federal tax credits, he is going to lead a discussion in Washington DC to pass another unconstitutional measure to “fix” the problem. In other words, we have a Republican governor and a Republican congressman embracing Obama’s unconstitutional, tyrannical healthcare insurance scheme, just so that they can continue to get unconstitutional money from the federal government.

Governor Snyder’s advocacy for the creation of a state-run health insurance exchange wrongly makes the unconstitutional ObamaCare appear to be a legitimate law. This is unacceptable. Snyder’s support for a state-run exchange, along with his support for things like, raising the minimum wage, raising the gas tax, common core, expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare, and the ballot proposal to raise our state’s taxes by $2 billion proves that liberty-minded folks cannot trust this governor to do anything to protect our liberty from our tyrannical and corrupt federal government. We have to become the leaders for freedom ourselves because it’s obvious that the feds and most state officials aren’t doing us any favors.

What Michiganders really need, in terms of their health insurance, is for Michigan to completely nullify ObamaCare, and then remove all of the state’s governmental regulations of the health insurance industry. If we do this, no one will need any federal tax credits to purchase their health insurance, because the free enterprise system would increase competition, which in turn would increase efficiency and innovation, which in turn would drive down the costs of health insurance. This would make health insurance more affordable for all of Michigan’s citizens, without destroying our Constitution and our liberty.

The first step toward doing that is taking our plans to defeat Obamacare to your state legislators. We have the ready-made plan that can preserve health care freedom for Michigan residents. This Legislation to stop State-Run Health Care Changes can leave Gov. Snyder with egg on his face. We can take a stand against his big government policies by urging our state legislators to introduce this legislation: https://s3.amazonaws.com/TAClegislation/Obamacare-Exchanges.pdf

There are two other measures that can be implemented at the state level to fight Obamacare alongside this. Make sure to urge your state legislators to introduce these important measures as well:

This legislation would suspend the licenses of insurers who accept illegal Obamacare subsidies in the state of Michigan: http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/health-care-freedom-act/

This legislation would prohibit state insurance commissioners from investigating or enforcing violations of federally mandated health insurance requirements: https://s3.amazonaws.com/TAClegislation/Obamacare-Commissioner.pdf

Do not accept the spin that Obamacare is the ‘law of the land’ and we just have to deal with it. Keep fighting the good fight. We can beat these bums, but only if we keep battling no matter what. Call your legislators, urge to take action, and tell many others to do the same and we can stop Gov. Snyder’s latest betrayal of our Constitutional freedoms. If we don’t, there is no telling what he might be able to get away with.

1984 is Here: Government Drones Authorized over Michigan Skies

NOTE: This article was written on behalf of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center by Kenneth Lloyd.

The liberty of the people of the state of Michigan has taken another blow. The Federal Aviation Administration gave the Michigan State Police the “authorization” to “use drones in every corner of the state.”

That means that our skies are no longer safe. Big Brother is upon us.

The Federal Aviation Administration is another cronyist bureaucracy with no concern for the taxpayer or the Bill of Rights. That organization does not have the legal authority to force any state government agency to get “authorized” before it can do anything. As a matter of fact, there is no constitutional basis for the Federal Aviation Administration to exist in the first place.

The first drone to receive authorization is the Aeryon SkyRanger. The FAA decision has made the Michigan State Police the first department in the country allowed to fly this drone across the whole state, according to the Detroit Free Press. This drone “is fitted with a high-definition, infrared camera and can stay in the skies for about an hour on a single charge.” The Aeryon SkyRanger is also capable of both taking hundreds of photographs of events and sketching three-dimensional maps of anything that its handlers desire it to do.

Although the Michigan State Police Department claims that they will be using the drones to assist them with operations at the scenes of major crimes and accidents, history and experience teaches us that we cannot allow government officials to have access to technology that they can use to violate our God-given, inalienable rights. They will abuse them. That is why we must act now at the state level to put substantive restrictions on government drone use.

We must band together with all those who support privacy rights from across the political spectrum on this issue, and then call our state legislators. We must demand that they introduce legislation that puts severe restrictions on drones, such as our Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act. There is no excuse for our full-time state legislature not to act on this important issue. Politely urge your legislators take action, and tell others to do the same. The future of our privacy rights hangs in the balance. Act now!

You can find their contact info at this link: http://www.openstates.org/find_your_legislator

Patriots Rising: Standing Room Only for Nullification Movie Night!

It was standing room only at Shield’s Pizza in Troy, Michigan where an excess of 75 patriots gathered to watch a special showing of Nullification: The Rightful Remedy. Brought to you by the Tenth Amendment Center and John Birch Society, this event was held to teach activists how to properly combat federal tyranny and effectuate these ideas of resistance out into the world.

These folks had the truth delivered to them by a host of experts including historian Tom Woods, Michael Boldin and Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center, Constitutional Sheriffs’ Association founder Richard Mack, OathKeepers founder Stewart Rhodes, John Birch Society CEO Art Thompson, and many others. Everyone in attendance seemed moved by the powerful content in the documentary, especially the harrowing story of Joshua Glover and how nullification was used to help keep runaway slaves like him from being returned into bondage.

Although things may seem bleak and hopeless when you turn on the TV, there are still many people out there who are aware of what’s going on and willing to fight to preserve freedom in this great country. We can call them the remnant, or the irate, tireless minority. They exist, and they must coalesce around an idea that makes them most effective in their important mission. Backed by the words of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, nullification is the idea that must be promoted to these folks as much as possible.

At the event, I was able to give a brief speech about how the nullification movement has developed in the years since Nullification: The Rightful Remedy was produced. That movie came out when the nullification movement was nascent. We were ruffling feathers, getting biased coverage from many media sources, and making some light headway across the country. But since then, our movement has really blossomed and become a force to be reckoned with nationwide.

250 nullification-style bills have been introduced this year alone. The mainstream media that once bashed us now gives us fair coverage, for the most part. Our national campaigns, including the OffNow Project to deny the NSA the water it needs to fully function, are taking the nation by storm. The anti-commandeering doctrine, once an unknown relic in America’s forgotten past, is now being capitalized upon by hundreds of state legislators across the country. Slowly but surely, we are restoring an important check against overwrought federal power.

The folks in attendance at the event were encouraged after watching the movie and hearing me speak. The excitement in the air was palpable. I challenged each of them to get involved, and make a difference. Although there is a nice groundswell of support building for nullification, we cannot make it work unless we go out there into the world and make sure others are informed and active. Right now, there are more people disaffected with politics than ever before. The approval rating of Congress is in the tank with no sign of recovery. Self-described independents now outnumber Republicans and Democrats, according to the polls. The time has never been better for us to spread our message.

I encouraged attendees to get involved with an issue-based campaign. I urged them to join OffNow and take the message of fighting for privacy rights to independents and college students. I urged them to join Stop Obamacare, and take the message of health care freedom to traditionally republican folks to get them on board with us. I urged them to join ShallNot.org and lobby open carry advocates and gun show attendees on behalf of stopping federal gun control. We can offer something for everybody, no matter what your specific issue, as long as you are willing to take the time to do the important work to make it happen.

It is all possible if you can shake off the apathy and get started. Together, we can be effective by working in our own communities. If we set our sights on the levels of local and state government, we can insulate ourselves from the ravages of federal tyranny. When the snowball starts to pick up momentum as it rolls down hill, it can grind the entire toxic federal agenda down to a screeching halt. That way, the market can be freed enough to find lasting solutions to the problems that plague our society.

So will you take action? The snowball is growing. If we act, we can build the momentum needed for us to achieve complete victory in this monumental struggle to keep our rights. The people are awakening, and we must be there to guide them in the right direction. We can bestow our knowledge upon them so they will no longer have their rights tread upon by crooked politicians in both political parties. So let’s do it. Join us at the Tenth Amendment Center, and help us nullify ALL the unconstitutional federal laws before time runs out.

SPECIAL EVENT: “Nullification: The Movie” Showing in Troy on Thurs, Feb. 26

There will be a special showing of Nullification: The Movie being showed THIS THURSDAY at Shield’s Pizza in Troy. This video features all of the nation’s best experts including Michael Boldin and Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center, Stewart Rhodes of Oathkeepers, Sheriff Mack of the Constitutional Sheriffs Association, Tom Woods, Kevin Gutzman and many more telling you about why nullification is lawful and necessary to keep our Republic free!

In Nullification: The Movie, you will learn:
– What nullification is, and the basis for this Tenth Amendment solution to federal overreach.
– How nullification was used in early American history-from defending free speech, to resisting federal slaves laws, and more.
– Surprise, surprise-what the media, the history books, and the political pundits have told you about nullification is wrong.
– How nullification is being used-successfully-around the country right now.
– What you can do-how nullification can be used to put a stop to unconstitutional federal acts, regulations, and mandates.

To sweeten the pot, there is free pizza being provided to the folks who attend this wonderful event! It is being put on by the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center in conjunction with the Michigan chapter of the John Birch Society. Two fantastic freedom-minded organizations are coming together to inform the electorate about how they can defend their rights from an out-of-control, illegitimate federal government. Please show up and support this wonderful event.

The event will be held on:

Thursday, February 26
7:00 pm
Shield’s Pizza
1476 W. Maple Rd.
Troy, MI 48084

Please note that it is first come, first serve and maximum capacity for the room is around 70 people. So get there early to assure that you can have a seat, and watch an excellent video about taking our country back from the criminals in Washington D.C.

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
248.563.8250
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IMPORTANT ACTION STEPS to Make NULLIFICATION a Reality in Michigan!

Patriots,

It’s been a busy year for the nullification movement. We have had an unprecedented 200+ bills introduced already within the first month of the new legislative year throughout state legislatures nationwide. This is creating resistance and push-back against the federal agenda unlike anything that has been seen in generations! However, the bad news for Michiganders is that this phenomenon is not yet happening here. We currently lag behind most other states in terms of resistance, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Grassroots freedom lobbyists can put the pressure on their state legislators, and force them to do the right thing. Many of our legislators want to do the right thing, but just don’t have the appropriate ideas at their disposal. We have the ideas that can make them very effective in pushing back against federal tyranny. They just need to be educated. That is where you come in. Even some of the bad guys will eventually do the right thing if they are pressured by enough irate, tireless constituents. The power is ultimately in your hands. You just have to shake off the apathy, and be willing to wield it.

ACTION STEPS

We are currently targeting five Michigan state representatives for outreach: Cindy Gamrat, Todd Courser, Gary Glenn, Jim Runestad and Martin Howyrlak. All are familiar with the ideas of nullification to a certain degree. Now they just need to understand that there is a grassroots army out there, waiting to be in their corner and fight alongside them if they do the right thing.

Cindy Gamrat: Rep. Gamrat is a newly elected first-term state congresswoman out of Allegan County. At a massive tea party event that I was fortunate enough to speak at last month, Gamrat unveiled her Contract for Liberty project. This very ambitious proposal has the potential, if it takes off, to change the state GOP from its present corrupted state back to its limited-government, Constitutionalist roots. However, the legislation needs to be crafted very carefully for the Contract for Liberty to achieve maximum effectiveness.

That is where we come in. Rep. Gamrat has already received much of our model legislation, which utilizes the anti-commandeering doctrine to provide a powerful check against federal power. Now we must contact her and let her know that we have her back if she does the right thing. If she is willing to fight unlawful federal intrusion to the best of her ability, we must be alongside her every step of the way. Give her a call, urge her to nullify, and assure her that we will be in her corner if she does so:
Her number is: 517-373-0836

Todd Courser: Rep. Courser is a newly elected first-term state congressman out of Lapeer County, and he was a co-signer to the Contract for Liberty Project. He is a firebrand who is not afraid speak his mind, put himself in the limelight, and take some criticism.This makes him the perfect candidate to lead Michigan back to Constitutional freedom in the state legislature.

Courser has received our model legislation as well. He just needs to be urged to introduce it, and to be assured that the grassroots will be in his corner when he does. Our ideas are very similar to his vision for reforming the state government so it should really be a no-brainer. Get him on the horn as soon as possible, and urge him to do the right thing.
His number is: 517-373-1800

Also, Reps. Courser and Gamrat are scheduled to be at the Troy Area Tea Party on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The meeting will take place at the American-Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E. Maple Road (15-Mile Road and Dequindre) in Troy, Michigan. If you live in the Metro Detroit area, be sure to show up at this event and pose some well-informed questions to them about nullification and state sovereignty.

Gary Glenn: Rep. Glenn is yet another newly elected first-term state congressman out of Midland County. He is closely affiliated with Reps. Courser and Gamrat. He told me personally that he was in the midst of reading Tom Woods’ great book on Nullification, and thinks it definitely needs to happen in Michigan. To my knowledge, he has not received our legislation at the present moment. Give him a call, tell him about our legislation, and tell him that we have his back if he stands boldly against the feds:
His number is: 517-373-1791

Jim Runestad: Rep. Runestad is, you guessed it, a newly elected first-term state congressman out of the 44th District in Oakland County. Previously while serving as a county commissioner, he introduced an anti-NDAA resolution that was eventually passed. He is very knowledgable on liberty-related issues, and has shown interest in tackling important issues like the NDAA and Automatic License Plate Readers at the state level. Give him a call, and let him know you have his back if he acts on these fronts and others:
His number is: 517-373-2616

Martin Howrylak: Rep. Howrylak is a second-term state congressman out of the 41st District in Oakland County. Last year, Howrylak was involved a difficult challenge for his house seat. The liberty-minded grassroots of the area (including myself) rallied around him, and helped him toward victory. We did our part. Now it is time for him to live up to his word, and fulfill the promises he made on the campaign trail.

While campaigning, Howrylak promised (and was caught on tape doing so) to re-introduce term limited State Rep. Tom McMillin’s privacy legislation during the 2015 session. McMillin was liberty’s greatest defender in the state legislature. He introduced many great pieces of privacy-related legislation including our 4th Amendment Protection Act to nullify the NSA in the state of Michigan, and anti-drone legislation that would put strong restrictions on state government officials preventing our privacy from being infringed upon by these flying menaces.

Now that Howrylak has been re-elected, we haven’t seen any of this legislation emerge from him. What’s taking him so long? Maybe he’s forgotten. Perhaps being deluged with phone calls from ornery, articulate patriots can help jog his memory. Ring him up, and let him know that you will be holding him to the promises he made on the campaign trail. Don’t take no for an answer. These issues are far too important to fall by the wayside.
His number is: 517-373-1783

Feel free to e-mail me or call me anytime if you have any questions or comments about reaching out to these legislators. I can help you with talking points if you need them. Don’t worry about if you are in their district or not. Please report back to me with what the legislators (or their assistants) had to say while reaching out to them as well.

Together, we can defend liberty. We just have to be willing to be the people willing to do the work to make it happen. It is an important, achievable task that lies ahead of us. 200+ bills have already been introduced because of grassroots activists like you. We can add to that already remarkable total in Michigan by rolling up our sleeves, making phone calls and getting others to follow in our footsteps.

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
248.563.8250
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‘Contract for Liberty’ Can Be Effectuated with Anti-Commandeering Legislation

Patriots,

It has been a busy couple of months. I have been running myself ragged going all throughout the great state of Michigan promoting the good word of nullification to all that will listen. In addition, I have been reaching out to legislators across the country trying to get them to introduce nullification-style legislation to protect their residents from unlawful and unjust federal policy.

I am happy to report that we are having a great deal of success in many states throughout the country. Only a few weeks into the new legislative year, we are already tracking nearly 150 bills that tackle a wide variety of key issues. However, none of these bills have come out of Michigan. Due in large part to Rick Snyder’s progressive power-lust, the Michigan legislature lags far behind the legislatures of other states in terms of resisting federal power. All hope is not lost though, as it seems there are some incoming state legislators who may have some fight in them.

Newly-elected State Reps. Todd Courser (R-82) and Cindy Gamrat (R-80) recently unveiled their Contract for Liberty Project. It is a very ambitious and interesting proposal that outlines their vision for restoring liberty. In it, they talk about how they want to fight back against excessive regulations and taxation, privacy violations, property rights infringements, gun control, health care mandates, and so on. At the very least, this plan shows that at least two State House Reps have their finger on the pulse of the grassroots and understand the issues that really matter to hard-working Americans.

However, no specific legislation has been produced on any of these fronts as of right now, to my knowledge. It remains to be seen if the legislation will live up to the promise of the Contract for Liberty. But we can be helpful in giving Reps. Courser and Gamrat the support that they need to be effective in defending our rights. They can’t do it by themselves. How we can help them right now is by giving them a ring, and suggesting legislation to them that can help their vision come to fruition.

Our 4 step plan to defeat Obamacare would help fulfill the “Health Care Freedom” portion of the contract. Our 2nd Amendment Preservation Act would protect our necessary ‘Freedom to Defend Ourselves’ listed in the contract. Our model privacy rights legislation would restore the Right to Privacy from Government Intrusions. A proposal similar to Arizona Prop. 122, which enshrined the anti-commandeering doctrine into their state constitution, would ensure a Free and Independent State. Our Hemp Freedom Act would unleash a cash crop onto the state of Michigan that could bring in thousands of jobs thereby nullifying senseless federal regulations restricting industrial development and giving us Freedom from Economic Intrusion.

It’s obvious that Rep. Courser and Gamrat’s hearts are in the right place. They just need our wisdom and support to make sure that they can do what’s right in the Michigan legislature. Give them a ring, and suggest the afformentioned legislative proposals to them. Make sure that they have the tools necessary to successfully fight back against Fedzilla, and let them know that you’ll have their back when they introduce these important pieces of legislation:

Gamrat: 517-373-0836
Courser: 517-373-1800

Let’s hope we see some substantive bills coming out of the state legislature from these two in the upcoming weeks. If/when they are introduced, the corresponding action steps will be posted on this blog as quickly as possible. Feel free to e-mail me or call me anytime if you have any questions or comments on reaching out to legislators.

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
248.563.8250
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IMPORTANT Action Steps to Nullify in 2015!

There were many bills in the state of Michigan that were around for 2014 impacting key issues crucial for keeping the peace. Unfortunately, most of them did not pass. But it is important that we phone our state legislators and make sure that they are re-introduced during the 2015 year. Usually it takes many years for these measures to be passed. We must be tenacious so we can have success.

Here are the bills you should lobby your state legislators to re-introduce in 2015:

HB5970 – Cameras on Cops

House Bill (HB5970) would “provide for the use by law enforcement officers of cameras worn on the body” and “require the retention and provide for the production by law enforcement agencies of recordings made using the cameras.” Other provisions in the bill require the destruction of video recordings within two weeks if it is not being used in an investigation and preventing footage from being placed into invasive facial recognition databases.

HB4914: Swat Team Transparency

House Bill 4914 (HB4914) was written to require law enforcement to report on their use of SWAT teams. Right now, the information is made as difficult as possible to access. There is little accountability. We do not know how much property is being captured with the use of civil asset forfeiture. We do not know the specific number of no knock raids are being done. We know very little, and that is by design. HB4914 would force all of this information into the public eye, and would go a long way toward proving the point that there is a massive amount of injustice occurring from the police to the public.

HB5104 – Protecting Medical Marijuana Patients

Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-44) along with 30 bipartisan co-sponsors introduced House Bill 5104 (HB5104) in an attempt to set up clearer regulatory guidelines that prevent overzealous law enforcement officers from squandering resources to persecute medical marijuana users.

HB5104 states in part that “a qualifying patient who has been issued and possesses a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marihuana in accordance with this act.”

In addition, the bill safeguards medical practitioners from liability for prescribing marijuana to sick patients. Those who provide qualifying medical patients with paraphernalia would also be protected under the law.

HB5081 – Civil Asset Forfeiture Reporting Requirements

House Bill 5081 (HB5081) was introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R-45) along with eight bipartisan co-sponsors. It would increase the reporting requirements of agencies that seized private property from Michigan residents. This information would include a description of all property that was forfeited, the value of the property in question, the date the property was disposed of, specific details about firearms if they were seized, and many other pertinant details. This bill would make it harder for law enforcement to conduct these asset forfeiture raids while keeping the details about them hidden from the public.

Civil asset forfeiture has allowed the government to seize billions of dollars worth of property from suspects before they are even convicted of a crime. It has completely inverted the entire idea of our Justice system, and has driven an unneeded wedge between law enforcement and public they are supposed to serve.

HB4623 & SB626 – Marijuana Decriminalization

House Bill 4623 (HB4623) was introduced by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and has since garnered six bipartisan co-sponsors. This bill would reduce possession of small amounts of marijuana to a civil infraction punishable by a small fine and would serve as an important rebuke of the war on marijuana, one of the federal government’s most evident ongoing policy blunders.

HB4623 does not completely legalize marijuana for possession and cultivation, but it does prevent people found with up to an ounce on them from being prosecuted criminally. Instead of potentially facing jail time and heavy fines, first time offenders would be fined no more than $25 dollars with second time offenders fined a maximum of $50 and offenses from that point on would be fined no more than $100. According to Rep. Irwin, the state of Michigan is spending a minimum of $325 million per year on arresting, trying and jailing marijuana users. This bill would save hundreds of millions potentially that can be used to fund essential services such as roads and schools.

Senate Bill 626 (SB626) was also introduced as a companion bill by Sen. Coleman Young (D-1) with much of the same language as HB4623.

HB4271 – Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act

House Bill 4271 (HB4271) would regulate medical marijuana provisioning centers or dispensaries as they are more commonly referred. The bill would allow for communities to decide whether or not they would have a dispensary. This would clarify any confusion relating to the current law.

Introduced by Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville) with 28 bipartisan co-sponsors, this bill ensures that the people’s voice will not be ignored by bitter members of law enforcement reluctant to give up their illicit power afforded to them by the unconstitutional war on drugs. Communities could decide for themselves whether or not they would make sure that ill residents would be able to receive their potentially life-saving medicine.

HB4455 – Drone Restrictions

Rep. McMillin has stepped to the plate again and has another bill that sets rules on state law enforcement for the use of drones. House Bill 4455 (HB4455) was introduced to prevent drones from being weaponized with lethal or non-lethal ammunition. The bill also requires that a search warrant be implored before drones are used on private citizens and their property. Under the bill, all unauthorized information gathered accidentally by drones must be destroyed within 24 hours and is inadmissible in court.

HOW TO SUPPORT THESE BILLS

Contact your state legislators: Politely urge them to re-introduce versions of these bills in 2015. Tell them that it is of the utmost importance that they take bold, decisive action on these key issues. Make sure to inform them that you are active in your community, and you will get the word out if they do not take this bold, decisive action. Make sure to let them know that your support of them hinges upon whether they have the courage to take action. You can find their contact information HERE.

OTHER ACTION STEPS

Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us at http://ask.tenthamendmentcenter.com with any information you get.

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Write a letter to the editor. Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for these important bills.

If you make the calls and spread the word, we can help bring these insane federal-driven policies to an end once and for all. But it begins upon you taking action. Lets make 2015 a year in which we turn the tide against statism and bring liberty back to the Wolverine State where it belongs!

Exposing the Evil, Corrupt Judicial System: An Interview with Whistleblower Brian Wright

NOTE: The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center.

As tyranny descends upon America, more and more ordinary Americans are being put through the meat grinder by our illegitimate terrorist federal government. Doreen Hendrickson is one of the people whose rights are getting trampled on as our society falls into chaos and destruction. Her story is told in the book The Motor City Witchcraft Trials by libertarian activist and proud truth-teller Brian Wright. I was fortunate enough to be able to interview him recently.

What is your book about?

Brian Wright: Witchcraft is about the federal trial and conviction of Doreen Hendrickson for criminal contempt refusing to perjure herself on a 1040 by declaring earnings that she does not believe to be income–and are not technically income by law–are income. She was ordered by a judge to fill out the 1040 by inserting the amount of those earnings on the line for income, and she refused. My book is a diary or journal of the trial in late July 2014, in Detroit. Doreen is the wife of Pete Hendrickson, who is the author of Cracking the Code: The fascinating truth about taxation in America.

Briefly, what is Cracking the Code all about?

BW: Cracking the Code makes the case that the federal income tax is and always has been an indirect excise tax, never a direct tax–which would violate Article 1, Section 9 prohibiting direct taxes except for apportionment among the states. The direct tax was always thought of since Adam Smith’s time as an abhorrent revenue source, only to be used in emergency like times of war. Furthermore, if you read the code and regulations, the terms income, employment, employer, taxpayer and so on refer solely to the exercise of a federal privilege, to which an excise may properly apply.

Thus, as written the income tax applies solely to federal workers, officials, recipients of federal property and funds, and so on. And that’s the way the tax was applied until WWII when people not federally privileged voluntarily submitted to being considered subject to the tax. By habit, the practice continued, and nobody in the burgeoning wealth extraction business bothered to enlighten anyone about the truth. Using CtC, tens of thousands of persons have had returned roughly $2 billion since 2003 by filing educated returns. Using the 1040 as a correction form to any information reports to list zero income when their earnings are not federally derived.

So essentially, it’s a way to nullify the IRS in a sense?

BW: Yes, though I see filing CtC more as a form of boycott. Simply refusing to voluntarily send payments to the government for which one is not legally liable. There is no statute preventing you from declaring your nonprivileged earnings as income and voluntarily sending in payment as if you were a taxpayer.

What was so heinous about Doreen Hendrickson’s court case?

BW: Complete and arbitrary suspension of any legal or constitutional activity. The court behaved as a literal goon squad, in fact explicitly defying the most rudimentary principles of justice. The court demanded that Doreen commit a felony crime, which is clearly unlawful, then instructed the jury that reference to the unlawfulness of the command was not to be considered. Basically, the court said Doreen is guilty because we say she is guilty.

Isn’t that against the 5th Amendment?

BW: Yes, and the 1st. You have no freedom of speech if you are commanded to assert something you don’t believe under threat of punishment.

This sounds like the show trial of a Communist dictatorship. Has the land of the free really descended to that level?

BW: Yes, we’ve descended that low. Blind obedience to authority reigns from the first day in the government schools to registration for the draft to any number of other rules that people follow without question. Corporate War TV also turns many people into zombies and automatons. The mainstream media is totally bought off at all levels; controlling the media was the first step in creating tyranny in my opinion.

How come juries and judges are so complicit in railroading honest people?

BW: The prosecution usually can filter out the 5 percent who still think for themselves and will stand up to judicial tyranny via jury nullification. Judges don’t get too far by remembering what the law is and who it’s for. The current lot of judges at all levels has deteriorated 99% into yes men to whatever mobster, especially federal with DHS and the national security state apparatus, tells them to dance.

What do you think the impact this will mean on freedom and the Constitutional rule of law if Doreen Hendrickson is punished for this non-crime?

BW: There aren’t any sentencing guidelines for her case, a criminal contempt conviction at a federal tax case. There have been two re-schedulings of her sentence, which to me suggests that the judge Victoria Roberts and her insiders at Justice are worried about the PR one way or the other. I don’t think they know what to do. The fact is that the most fundamental principle of human justice has been violated by her court under her instructions: that a citizen may be subjected to prison for refusing to commit a felony crime under orders of a judge. Even today, I believe the federalistas are concerned that they went too far and some judge on appeal will notice that and perhaps even subject them to trial for heinous crimes against conscience and the Constitution.

What are your alternatives for fighting back against this?

BW: Fully Empowered Grand Juries are key. It has to be done through the existing internal structure with judge cooperation or it won’t happen. We have to hope for a few good judges. Former California Judge Jim Gray 2012 Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party is a hopeful sign. I believe that fully empowered grand juries are possible, even likely, as a consequence of impending overwhelming consensus that certain important events did not occur the way the media told us they did. A New York state grand jury with a special prosecutor is what AE911truth.org is pursuing explicitly now.

You can buy The Motor City Witchcraft Trials HERE. To learn more about Cracking the Code and why it has the feds so frightened, go to LostHorizons.com.

The Fight is Not Over: How to Stop Obamacare in Michigan

Patriots,

It can be angering watching the Republicans in the state legislature, as well as the national legislature, sell out our liberty and betray all of their campaign promises. But that doesn’t mean we should quit fighting. After all, it is always darkest before the dawn. Although both political parties as a whole are corrupt and evil beyond belief, there are more independent-minded folks gaining sway in legislatures across the country.

Not everyone is bought off and serving the evil federal agenda. I know from personal experience. I have spent the last several weeks e-mailing and calling state legislatures across the country. I have been pleasantly surprised to see Republicans and Democrats out there who are fed up of the abuses that plague our nation. There is an awakening that is going on, and it threatens the federal power structure like nothing that has came before it.

Independent Democrats on the issues of civil liberties and privacy rights are leading the way while independent Republicans lead on the issues of gun rights and health care. On other issues, such as industrial hemp legalization or nullifying aspects of the war on drugs, both sides are coming together in a bipartisan manner to make necessary reforms. These are rare instances where bipartisanship is actually helping the American people.

We are also seeing trends being set that can really be helpful for liberty and freedom. Arizona’s Prop. 122 put the anti-commandeering doctrine into their state constitution, and re-affirmed the state’s right to deny support and compliance with any unconstitutional or unpopular federal act for whatever reason. Several other states have similar proposals in the works for 2015. It is unknown exactly how these types of measures will be enacted, but the fact that these type of initiatives are being thrown out there and being supported by the public is bad news for the feds, and good news for the nullifiers!

In Michigan, we have lagged behind other states for resisting federal power. This is largely due to Rick Snyder and his influence on the state-level Republican Party. He has stood hand in hand with Obama to help usher in his health care and education policies. He has taken the federal blood money, rather than stand up for the Constitution and freedom. He has shown his true colors, and used his bully pulpit to pressure many Republicans into doing the wrong thing. This is unacceptable.

One thing we can do to subvert Snyder’s agenda and keep his shenanigans at bay during his second term is to re-double our efforts to nullify Obamacare. Although Medicaid has already been expanded and the damage has been done on that front, there are still pieces of legislation that can cripple the implementation of Obamacare in Michigan. We must contact our state legislators and get them to introduce these measures in 2015 immediately.

Nullifying Obamacare in Michigan

There are two linchpins needed to implement Obamacare in your state: Medicaid Expansion and State-Run Health Care Exchanges. As I stated before, Gov. Snyder did expand Medicaid, making the Wolverine State a junior partner in the implementation of Obamacare. This is bad news, but hope is not lost. There is still no state-run health care exchange in Michigan, but the legislature is rumored to be considering it in the upcoming year. The following legislation can stop that from being established. Make sure to urge your state legislators to introduce this:

Legislation to stop State-Run Health Care Changes: https://s3.amazonaws.com/TAClegislation/Obamacare-Exchanges.pdf

There are two other measures that can be implemented at the state level to fight Obamacare alongside this. Make sure to urge your state legislators to introduce these important measures as well:

This legislation would suspend the licenses of insurers who accept illegal Obamacare subsidies in the state of Michigan: http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/health-care-freedom-act/

This legislation would prohibit state insurance commissioners from investigating or enforcing violations of federally mandated health insurance requirements: https://s3.amazonaws.com/TAClegislation/Obamacare-Commissioner.pdf

For more in-depth information on our plan to defeat Obamacare and further action steps, please visit http://www.stopobama.care/plan

To find your state legislator’s contact information, you can go to the following link: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator

Afterwards, you could attempt to schedule a meeting with your legislators, or their staff members, if necessary. Send us an e-mail with the notes of exactly what happened, and we can then take further action to stop Obamacare.

This is how it is done, folks. Do not accept the spin that Obamacare is the ‘law of the land’ and we just have to deal with it. That is their trick. They want you to stop fighting because that is the only way that they win. We can arm ourselves with knowledge, and be the leaders ourselves to combat this federal health care takeover. Start by contacting your legislators and politely urging them to introduce these three pieces of legislation. Alert others to do the same. Our freedom is at stake. Do the work necessary to keep our country from falling to tyranny.

Shane Trejo

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