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ACTION ALERT: Support Marriage Freedom in Michigan!

Patriot,

I have exciting news for you on the nullification front! A new bill in Lansing has been introduced that would end the mandatory licensing of marriages in the state, and return the institution of marriage where it belongs: the church.

Introduced by Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell), House Bill 4733 (HB4733) would effectively return the institution of marriage to the church with ‘common law marriage’ being an alternative option for couples married in a non-religious setting. You can get more detailed info about this bill at THIS LINK

“The Federal government is a government of limited power. Its role is supposed to be limited to those powers enumerated in the Federal Constitution, “Rep. Courser said in a public statement about his marriage legislation. “The states however are governments of general power and could properly regulate marriage and have done so in many instances over many years. If there is a role of government to play in marriage, it is at the State level not at the Federal level.”

HOW TO SUPPORT THIS BILL

HB4733 is in the House Governmental Operations Committee. It will need to be heard and pass through that committee before it can receive a full vote in the state House. Take the following action steps to support this important bill:

1) Call the following members of the House Governmental Operations Committee. Please call them as a call is far more effective than an e-mail.

Bradford Jacobsen (R) Committee Chair 517-373-1798
Michael Webber (R) Majority Vice-Chair 517-373-1773
Andrea LaFontaine (R) 517-373-8931
Tim Greimel (D) 517-373-0475
Sam Singh (D) 517-373-1786

2. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Make sure to follow-up. If they say YES, be sure to thank them and, if possible, announce their committed YES vote to email and social media contacts. If they say no, politely ask them why. Let them know you will be alerting your community about their dereliction of their duty if they refuse to support this important bill!

3. Spread the Word. Share this information widely by facebook, twitter, email and other social networks.

4. Report Back. Tell us how your actions went. Click the button below

A big thanks to Rep. Courser and Rep. Gamrat for leading on this important issue. Big government has destroyed the family and the institution of marriage. This bill is an excellent first step toward getting government out of marriage, and out of our sacred religious institutions for good!

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
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Rep. Runestad SPEAKS After Privacy Amendment Victory

Last week, we had a victory in the battle to protect our privacy rights from Big Brother. House Joint Resolution N, a measure that would allow voters to add protections for their electronic data and communications into the state constitution, passed unanimously in the House Criminal Justice Committee, 6-0.

Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) spoke out about the successful vote for his resolution afterward:

Although we won this round, the battle is not even close to being over. This measure, because it is a proposed constitutional amendment rather than a regular bill, must pass with a super-majority of TWO THIRDS to move through the state House and the state Senate successfully.

That means we must spring into action yet again, and make sure our House Reps understand that they MUST make the right decision and approve House Joint Resolution N.

ACTION ITEMS

1. Call your State House Representative.

Urge them to honor the oath that they took to support and defend the Constitution by co-sponsoring and supporting House Joint Resolution N! You can find their contact information HERE.

2. Call your State Senator

Urge them to honor the oath that they took to support and defend the Constitution by supporting House Joint Resolution N! The state Senate will need to approve it after the state House does. Make sure your senator is aware of this measure, and its importance. You can find their contact information HERE.

3. Urge others to do the same.

Forward this blog post to all your friends and family. Post it all over social media. Urge people to take these simple action steps. Let them know that their privacy rights are at stake, and they must act fast or the 4th Amendment may be lost forever!

For more information on House Joint Resolution N, check out a more in-depth blog post on the legislation. We actually have a measure gaining traction that would protect our rights in Lansing. Now the onus is upon us. We have to get behind HJRN and do the work to make sure it achieves success. Otherwise, Big Brother’s tentacles will continue to expand further into our day-to-day lives.

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
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Could Legalizing Weed be the Most Fiscally Conservative Policy Reform in History?

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

Patriotic Texas state representative, David Simpson (R – Longview) is once again fighting for liberty and fiscally responsible government. He introduced House Bill 2165, which would eliminate current provisions under the Health and Safety Code, the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, and the Tax Code to bring an end to Texas’s prohibition on marijuana. According to an official report about Texas’s fiscal situation, the state would save an estimate of a quarter of a billion dollars, if Rep. Simpson’s bill is signed into law.

According to FBI records, the overwhelming majority of people who are arrested for marijuana-related “crimes”, are jailed under state law. This means that Simpson’s bill would effectively nullify unconstitutional federal anti-marijuana “laws” in the state of Texas. On April 8, the state of Texas released a five-year fiscal analysis that explained the impact that this piece of legislation would have on the budget of the state. The analysis shows that, if the bill were to be enacted, Texas would save $22,913,736 during fiscal year 2016. It is estimated that for the fifth year of implementation of State Representative David Simpson’s legislation, Texas would save $53,525,942 in taxpayer money. If this bill was passed and signed into law, our precious liberty would be restored in Texas, and more revenue would be created to fund functions of state government.

It’s amazing to see how liberty can help to solve problems in a society. For example, just by nullifying unconstitutional federal involvement in marijuana issues, every state in the country will be able to free up revenue in order to fund the legitimate duties of state government. This insight holds true for the state of Michigan. And that is without a tax-and-regulate scheme. If we just legalize Mother Nature without any new government controls, we unleash a tidal wave of revenue and jobs instantly. This flies in the face of the liberal mantra that we need big daddy government to create jobs. We just need big daddy government to get out of the way, and this miraculous cash crop will put us back on the road to prosperity.

These developments beg the question: Could marijuana legalization be the most fiscally conservative reform in history? It just might be. It’s becoming harder and harder to see a downside to this reform with each passing day.

The most-recent election that took place in Michigan on May 5 perfectly illustrates the point I have made. The primary item on the ballot was Proposal 1. Proposal 1 included huge tax increases that were said to go toward repairing Michigan’s crumbling roads, among other things. Fortunately, the people of Michigan had the good sense to overwhelmingly vote against Proposal 1, as it represented an attack on Michiganders’ liberty to keep the fruits of their own labor. Now that Proposal 1 has been voted down, our lawmakers in Lansing are going to have to find another way to pay for Michigan’s road repairs. Rather than pursuing legislation that would take more hard-earned money from the hard working people of Michigan to fix our roads, the Republican-controlled state legislature should imitate what Texas is considering doing. Michigan Republicans should legalize marijuana and use the savings that would result from eliminating the costs on the enforcement of anti-marijuana laws in order to repair our crumbling roads!

Call up your state legislators, and urge them to FULLY legalize marijuana. No taxes. No regulations. Just freedom.

‘Runestad Privacy Amendment’ Gets Outstanding Reception in First Committee Hearing

Patriots,

The ball continues to move forward for liberty. We had a committee hearing this week for the Runestad Privacy Amendment a.k.a. HJRN. The hearing went very well with the overwhelming majority of the attending speakers supporting the bill. The only speaker who didn’t support the bill spoke in opposition because he felt the bill didn’t go far enough! However, HJRN can act as the catalyst spurring many more substantive privacy bills to be enacted at a later date – similar to the miracle that has happened in Arizona since they amended their constitution to re-affirm the right to nullify last year.

I was proud to give the following testimony in favor of the bill:

Hello,

My name is Shane Trejo, and I am the State Director of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center. We are an activist organization that works to keep government power within its appropriate Constitutional boundaries. I am speaking in support of House Joint Resolution N, and I think it is an excellent first step toward stopping a pervasive system of limitless spying that, if left unchecked, could quite conceivably destroy our 4th Amendment privacy rights forever.

A federal court ruled just last week that the NSA’s bulk spying program was illegal, and they did so for good reason. Whether you support what Edward Snowden did or not when he leaked sensitive information about the NSA in 2013, his revelations have yielded conclusive proof showing that the federal government operates with no regard to the 4th Amendment of the Constitution. Because of Snowden, we now have an accurate glimpse of what is going on in the world of national security, and it is devastating to our rights.

Direct evidence has emerged of the NSA tapping into the servers of Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and other prominent internet companies to intercept electronic data. Direct evidence has emerged of the NSA intercepting an excess of 200 million text messages per day for their massive database. Direct evidence has emerged of the NSA collecting an astounding 5 Billion Records of Mobile Phone Location data per day. It was also revealed that the NSA Stores the Metadata for Millions of internet Users for up to a Year. I could go on for hours talking about the myriad of ways that the NSA preys upon our rights. In spite of this knowledge being public, there have been no reforms. Congress is unwilling to act. Sadly, the only consequence from Edward Snowden’s leaks has been for the government to more rapidly implement its illicit spying operation.

This information is relevant because much of the spying that the NSA and other federal bureaucracies are engaged in relies largely upon state help. The federal government has partnered with state and local governments to aid in their spying operation. Through the formerly secret Special Operations Division, information illegally gathered by the NSA is filtered to law enforcement and used in criminal investigations. According to a 2013 Reuters report that exposed the Special Operations Division to the world, very little of this information is used to combat terrorism. In addition, many private corporations and institutions of higher learning have entered into agreements with the NSA to assist them with data sharing and information gathering. This incestuous network of unconstitutional behavior will only be brought to an end when the people stand up and say no more.

We must never accept that our rights are merely a remnant of a long begotten past. They are our birthright, and we must fight to keep them. We must never accept this wholly un-American notion that we should relinquish all of our rights because government tells us it is necessary, especially in this particular case when the federal government has been found by the courts to be acting unlawfully.

HJRN gives the public a choice to protect their privacy rights. It would allow the voters of this great state to modernize the Michigan state constitution by including specific protections for electronic data and communications. It would make it abundantly clear to state officials that electronic data and communications cannot be accessed without a warrant. In an age where our Constitutional freedoms are constantly being eroded, we have a golden opportunity to reverse our slide into totalitarianism this morning. As technology advances, our rights will only be further jeopardized. We must act while there is still time to send a powerful message that the human rights of Michigan residents will always be protected, no matter what.

We cannot afford to make the same mistakes that other countries have made – ignoring the warning signs and choosing to do nothing when there was still time to act. Thankfully, we still live in a country that has divided powers, and it is possible for us to take measures at the state level to re-affirm our rights. That is what we can do today. HJRN is a good first step toward restoring our rights, and making sure they are preserved in the digital age. I urge you all to pass HJRN today. Thank you.

Although we at the Tenth Amendment Center typically don’t put much weight into federal court rulings, I mentioned the fact that the federal court ruled against the NSA last week to make the point of the agency’s clear criminality. When notoriously corrupt judges opine that a federal bureaucracy is out of line, it must REALLY be out of control and worthy of state-level attention.

And that is exactly what the NSA is – a menace worthy of every action to be taken to stop it at the state level. The Runestad Privacy Amendment (HJRN) is the first step toward us doing just that. But what we have to do right now is make sure that this measure gets a clean vote in the House Criminal Justice Committee. Our ‘public servants’ in Lansing have been known to sit on good privacy bills to kill them, and we must be vigilant to make sure it doesn’t happen in this case.

We are happy to work alongside Michigan Campaign for Liberty in this grassroots battle. They have produced an action alert urging the following legislators who sit on the House Criminal Justice Committee to be aggressively lobbied with phone calls from concerned citizens. We must call these legislators up, let them know we are watching, and politely urge them to do the right thing!

Tenthers, we must act to make sure these legislators’ phones ring off the hook until they pledge publicly to support HJRN and co-sponsor the important privacy amendment:

Michael Webber (R) – (517) 373-1773
Peter Lucido (R) – (517) 373-0843
Stephanie Chang (D) – (517) 373-0823
Vanessa Guerra (D) – (517) 373-0152

Our privacy rights will be protected, but only if we act now and do what we have to do to push HJRN forward. I will be calling these legislators, and I hope you join me. Tell your friends and family to do the same as well. Together, we can protect our electronic data and poke Big Brother right in its peering eye.

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
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The ‘Runestad Privacy Amendment’ Would Modernize the Bill of Rights, Rebuke Big Brother in Michigan!

Patriots,

Michigan has finally stepped into the fold of the budding nullification movement. A resolution has been introduced that would allow voters to add protections for electronic data and communications into the state constitution. This could have ramifications that goes up the line to the federal level. A similar measure passed in Missouri last year, and was approved by a whopping 75 percent of voters. We must duplicate that success here.

The proposed amendment (HJRN) has already received nearly 30 bipartisan co-sponsors and would alter the Michigan Bill of Rights to read as follows:

The person, houses, papers, and possessions, and electronic data and communications of every person shall be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures. No warrant to search any place or to seize any person or things or to access electronic data or communciations shall issue without describing them, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to bar from evidence in any criminal proceeding any narcotic drug, firearm, bomb, explosive or any other dangerous weapon, seized by a peace officer outside the curtilage of any dwelling house in this state.

While a state constitutional amendment only binds state agencies and not the federal government, the amendment will protect Michigan residents from a practical effect of federal spying.

By prohibiting state agents from “accessing” warrantless electronic data, it makes such data gathered by federal agencies such as the NSA and shared with state and local law enforcement inadmissible in state criminal proceedings. This protection will remain in place for Michiganders even if federal courts ultimately put the seal of approval on warrantless data collection by the NSA and other federal agencies.

That the NSA and other federal agencies pass illegally gathered information to state and local law enforcement isn’t mere speculation. We know for a fact it happens.

As revealed in a Reuters report in the summer of 2013, the a formerly secret DEA unit known as the Special Operations Division (SOD) passes information collected without warrant by the NSA and other agencies to state and local law enforcement. In most cases, this information has nothing to do with terrorism, but related to everyday criminal cases. Federal agencies also almost certainly give warrantless information to state and local governments via Fusion Centers. These facilitate the exchange of information between state, local and federal agencies and make up part of the Information Sharing Environment (ISE), a consortium that includes the NSA, FBI, Department of Defense and many others. Fusion Centers “contribute to the ISE through their role in receiving threat information from the federal government.” In other words, they serve as one of the primary means of passing warrantless information along from federal to state and local agencies.

Our can’t stop the federal government from violating the Constitution and basic privacy rights, but the Runestad privacy amendment does provide a mechanism to keep illegally gathered data out of state courts.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The bill will be heard at the following date and time:

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: House Criminal Justice Committee, Room 327, House Office Building, Lansing, MI

Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) was elected last November, and he is actually living up to his oath. We should show up, dress well, and support his effort. There will be opposition, but it won’t hold up if we are vigilant. Spread the word, and show up to the committee hearing on Tuesday. Your privacy rights may depend upon it.

If you cannot attend the committee hearing, don’t worry. You can still make some calls from home. Call up all these legislators, and politely urge them to push forward HJRN through the House Criminal Justice Committee and give it a full vote in the state House:

Kurt Heise (R) Committee Chairman – 517-373-3816
Michael Webber (R) Majority Vice Chair – 517-373-1773
Vanessa Guerra (D) Minority Vice Chair – (517) 373-0152
Martin Howrylak (R) – 517-373-1783
Todd Courser (R) – 517-373-1800
Peter Lucido (R) – 517-373-0843
Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) – (517) 373-2646
Stephanie Chang (D) – (517) 373-0823

I will be delivering testimony to the House Criminal Justice Committee on behalf of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center on Tuesday. I hope to see you there fighting alongside me for our sacred freedom.

Sincerely,
Shane Trejo
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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 formal 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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