Tribunals for Government Criminals? – A Discussion with Peter Konetchy of Defend the Oath

We the people ~


One of the questions that comes across the mind of concerned patriots all the time is: Why aren’t these government scumbags in jail? What happened to Justice in the former Land of the Free? I have been asked questions along these lines many times, and I haven’t had a good answer for them – until perhaps now.

Constitutionalist Peter Konetchy, an avid nullification supporter and former U.S. House of Representatives candidate, is working on a grassroots project that may bring accountability back to the United States of America by setting up citizen grand juries that could deliver justice to our ‘public servants’ Nuremberg style.

He was recently gracious enough to answer many of my questions about his Michigan Constitutional Amendment Initiative for citizen grand juries.

What is Defend the Oath?

Peter Konetchy: Defend the Oath is a movement started by a group of individuals throughout the state who understand that every problem facing the people within this state, as well as throughout the nation, is directly attributed to those in power betraying their oath to support the provisions within the Constitution.  We’re not associated with any organization but include private individuals, such as myself, a tea party leader, a township commissioner, and several individuals who are being unconstitutionally prosecuted by the state – such as Mark Baker.

The members of this group are insignificant, but the concept being promoted is paramount.

What are you hoping to accomplish with this project?

PK: Hold elected officials accountable to honoring their oath to support the Constitution.  Every individual with authority over the people — public servants — swear on their sacred oath to support the constitution.  Yet when they assume power, they betray this oath and enforce discretion on the people rather than law.

Witnesses’ in court also swear on their honor to “tell the Truth”, but unlike our public officials, they go to jail for perjury when they break this oath. We want to return to the people the tools to hold public officials accountable to the oath they swear to.

Is there any precedent for Common Law Grand Juries?

PK: Of course. One of the documents upon which our Constitution is based is the Magna Carta.  Paragraph 61 of this document establishes a grand jury of normal citizens – barons – who could review the actions of the king and hold them accountable when authority was breached.

Also, the preamble to our Constitution clearly states that “We the People”  do ordain and establish this constitution.  The Bill of Rights was added so that there would be no misunderstanding as to the limits of government.  The 5th Amendment states that no person shall be held to answer for a crime unless upon the indictment of a Grand Jury.  This amendment never references that crimes must be heard before a state-controlled grand jury.  Nowhere in the Constitution is the authority for a grand jury granted to the states or federal government.  The 9th and 10th Amendments specifically state that unless authority is specifically designated to the government, the power remains with the people. Therefore the people have constitutional authority to convene a Grand Jury.  As it stands now the State has usurped this authority through statute.  This initiative returns through statute the power of the Grand Jury to hold public officials accountable.

A significant check against government abuse is the Grand Jury controlled by the people.

Why do you think this idea has fallen by the wayside over the years?

PK: A lot of it has to do with the public education system which has consciously degraded any emphasis on teaching anything about the Constitution, the very limited nature of government, and the true power of the people.

People have been falsely informed that the state has full control over the judicial system — including the Grand Jury. People believe that lawyers and judges know the law better than them.  They blindly accept the “fact” that the state, government, is right, and that they must accept whatever government imposes.

If they fight government they are destroyed — as was Mark Baker.  People have learned to submit to state control.

How do Common Law Grand Juries compliment the nullification and state sovereignty movement?

PK: Nullification is the proper response to unauthorized dictates.  The problem is that the people have no authority to nullify – so if an unconstitutional dictate is passed by the federal or state government, the people must comply or they will be punished — again as with Mark Baker. Without this initiative, the people, as in “We the People” are helpless to nullify.  Take, for example, the Medicaid Expansion Program recently implemented within the state.  The great majority of the people were against it.  I know of many individuals and groups lobbying their representatives to refuse it’s implementation, yet it passed.

This initiative allows the people the ability to nullify unconstitutional actions.  Again, dealing with Medicaid expansion.  Rather than pleading with our legislators to do the right thing — as was done and failed, imagine if this initiative were in place and a a full page ad was purchased in the State Journal explaining why federal health care was unconstitutional, and informing any legislator voting to impose it upon the people that they would be brought up on charges of betraying their oath and need to defend their actions in court.  Additionally, if they were found guilty by a jury of their peers they would lose their jobs and all public pensions.

I believe the legislators would think twice about voting to impose a non-constitutional dictate upon the people, and if so, they would need to defend the indefensible.  It would shift motivation for seeking office from personal gain to securing our rights. This initiative truly gives the people the power to nullify.

Are there any lawyers, law enforcement, judges, etc. who are on board with this idea?

The idea is in its infancy, and naturally the majority of lawyers, judges, and other public officials will be against it because it transfers power from them back to the people.  I have talked to Sheriff Richard Mack, of the CSPOA, about it and am planning to talk face to face with him later this month.  I have also talked with a man I greatly respect Michael Peroutka, who is a retired lawyer, past presidential candidate for the Constitution Party, and founder of the organization called The American View.

They are both supportive of the idea, and are researching it more.

What will it take to actually get this on the ballot?

PK: We need to collect a minimum of 320,000 by the end of June,  Seems insurmountable, but if we can develop the necessary language to get it on the ballot, and  recruit 1000 active volunteers throughout the state it can be done.  One volunteer can easily collect 500 signatures in a week.

Consider, when I was running for Senate we could collect over 500 signatures per day at gun shows.  Walking neighborhoods I could collect 100 signatures per day.  If we can recruit a sufficient number of volunteers liberty groups throughout the state – tea parties, C4L, church groups, young republicans, etc. we can do it.

How do we sign up and help out this initiative?

PK: The biggest thing we need now is concrete support for the idea.  Thereafter we need to convert the initiative into legal language so that we can get it on the ballot.  Thereafter we need to organize introductions to as many liberty minded individuals as possible.

Interviewer’s Note: Although this idea is just getting off the ground, it is invigorating and refreshing that there are patriots out there still fighting the good fight. They have not thrown in the towel in spite of great adversity. They are hunkering down, and pursuing avenues outside of the Republicrat two party dictatorship to bring justice to government terrorists. If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face, I don’t know what will :)

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Restoring the 4th: Michigan Legislators Fight for Severe Drone Restrictions!


The good news is rarer than ever these days. With Washington D.C. scumbags selling out our rights and the losers in Lansing following suit, it can be very depressing to follow politics. However, not every one of our Michigan state legislators have sold us out, and one is working on solid legislation to protect the 4th Amendment from technological marvels that could destroy our privacy rights forever: Drones.

Rep. Jim Runestad introduced House Bill 5026 (HB5026) last month along with nine co-sponsors. The bill would prohibit police from gathering information with a drone without a warrant with only a few exceptions.

The language of the proposed bill stipulates that “a law enforcement agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state shall not disclose or receive information acquired through the operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle,” without either a warrant, written consent of the person under surveillance or under a court order issued by a judge on the basis of reasonable suspicion of criminal activity under certain specific parameters.

The proposed law would also allow collection of information by a drone if it “is used in circumstances in which it is reasonable to believe that there is an imminent threat to the life or safety of a person, for the purpose of assisting the person,” under several conditions.

HB 5026 includes a complete ban on the use of drones armed with lethal or non-lethal weapons. Any information collected in violation of the law would be inadmissible in court. The legislation also includes specific criteria judges must follow when issuing a warrant, and criminal penalties for violations of the law.

This legislation is important because drones can be used by government officials to monitor and even murder their political opposition. A recent expose from The Intercept has detailed the extent of the depravity and wickedness that fuels the drone program overseas. It is very possible that the feds want to export that type of death and destruction to the homeland by instituting this technology here. The feds estimate that there will be up to 30,000 drones in the sky by 2020, if they can get their way. But states refusing to participate in federal programs can really throw a wrench into their sinister schemes.

The federal government encourages and funds a network of drones at the state and local level across the U.S., thereby gaining access to a massive data pool on Americans without having to expend the resources to collect the information itself. By placing restrictions on drone use, state and local governments limit the data available that the feds can access.

In a nutshell, without state and local cooperation, the feds have a much more difficult time gathering information. This represents a major blow to the surveillance state and a win for privacy. That’s exactly what Rep. Runestad’s bill would accomplish.

This isn’t the only measure that Rep. Runestad has introduced to protect privacy rights during his first term as a State House Representative. He also introduced House Joint Resolution N (HJRN), a measure that would allow voters to add protections for their electronic data and communications into the state constitution. It passed an important House Committee hearing earlier this year.

You can find out more about the actions you can take to push HJRN forward at this link. It is incumbent upon us to support Rep. Runestad and his bills. He has almost single-handedly kept the important issue of privacy alive, and has the rare courage to resist the pressure and do the right thing in Lansing. Few have it in them to fend off the special interest power-brokers who dominate Lansing politics, but Rep. Runestad clearly does. We must stand with him and support his legislation. Here are the steps you can take to support HB 5026:


HB5026 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!

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State Nullification and the Libertarian Party: A Winning Combo!


The Michigan Tenth Amendment Center was happy to have a presence at Liberty Fest in Ann Arbor this weekend. We had a table, and we were able to engage with Libertarian Party members from throughout the country.

It is always great to hang around fellow freedom-minded activists who understand the road we must take to restore our country to prominence. Here are some pictures from the fun event:

Shane and Sabrina, Tenther Tablers

I am happy to report that the message was largely well-received. People in the Libertarian Party are acutely aware of the evils of government power, and understand how we can use the states to push-back against the centralized control of the feds.

Although I am no longer a member of the Libertarian Party, I was happy to bring an important weapon to them that can cut through the partisan nonsense that is out there: Nullification. Through nullification, we bring people from the left and the right together behind a time-tested proven method that stops government power. Nullification is a practical and constitutional means to decentralize government power, and it can bridge the immense partisan divide as well.

I hope to attend many more Libertarian Party events in the future so we can work together to nullify in the state of Michigan. We need to build a groundswell of support because Michigan unfortunately lags behind the other states in that regard. Third party groups like the Libertarian Party can play a crucial role in bringing this subversive idea to the state of Michigan, and I really hope they are beside us as we do just that!

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The Spirit of Liberty Lives: Our Halloween Conference Rocked Metro Detroit!


We pulled it off! The Spirit of Liberty Conference occurred yesterday, and it was a smashing success. Our roster of speakers entertained, moved and educated the audience of around 100 patriots. If you missed it, don’t worry because video will be forthcoming in the days to come. Here are some pictures from the event:

Dennis Marburger, Birmingham and Bloomfield Republicans

Mike Maharrey, Tenth Amendment Center communications director

Mark Baker, Baker’s Green Acres

Kris Anne Hall, host of ‘Liberty First’ radio show

Tami Carlone, Stop Common Core in Michigan

Karen De Coster, Anarcho-Capitalist Blogger

Rick Ector, Legally Armed in Detroit

Hopefully, this was the first in an annual tradition of liberty conferences that can keep Michigan patriots on the straight and narrow as they battle to reclaim their lost freedom! A big thanks goes to Scott Tillman of U.S. Term Limits, Kim McCurry of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, Matthew Semrau of Nullify Abortion, George Brikho, Tom McMillin, Rob Steele, and, of course, Campaign for Liberty and the Tenth Amendment Center for their roles in setting this magnificent gathering up!

One thought ran continuously through my mind yesterday: Rumors of the liberty movement’s demise have been greatly exaggerated! Onward and upward toward nullification, state sovereignty, individual rights and FREEDOM!

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Mark Baker is Coming to Metro Detroit for a Halloween Extravaganza!


Let me tell you the obvious: Mark Baker is NOT a summer soldier. Times are tough, but he is ready for the next phase in his battle against the corrupt Republican bureaucrats who are trying to rob him of his livelihood.

He has fought the power structure and won – up to this point. But the battle is not over. Oathbreaking Governor Rick Snyder, Oathbreaking Attorney General Bill Schuette and their henchmen will not stop until Baker’s family farm is put out of commission for good.

Mark Baker is a living, breathing symbol that resistance from ordinary people can stop government tyrants dead in their tracks. That cannot stand in the eyes of the ruling class. That means Baker is a marked man who needs our help. We must stand by his side and defend him, as he has defended freedom for our country throughout his heroic life.

That’s why I was extremely proud to help book him for the Spirit of Liberty Conference, taking place on Halloween Day. Tickets are $35 and available HERE.

Taking place in Southfield at Lawrence Technical Institute (Metro Detroit), it would be worth the drive to see not only Mark Baker but an array of some the country’s most fierce liberty warriors as well. Baker will be joined by Liberty’s Lobbyist Kris Anne Hall, Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center, and many others. You don’t want to miss it!

Unlike previous conferences, Mark Baker will have the main floor to himself and he will get to express an uncensored message of resistance to tyrants that should not be missed!

It is also worth noting he theme of the conference is ‘Putting Political Theory into Practice.’ So it isn’t just going to be a mere speaker series. No, we are going to give you the BLUEPRINT that you can use to not just be informed, but also to fully restore liberty in the state of Michigan as well.

The Spirit of Liberty Conference is all about galvanizing patriots to go back into the community and actually sow the seeds of freedom. Mark Baker is in, are you?

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Nullification Expert Mike Maharrey to Speak at Spirit of Liberty Conference on Halloween!


I have some great news for you! A large number of patriotic, liberty-minded activists will soon be invigorated and galvanized as the Tenth Amendment Center’s communications director Mike Maharrey will be giving a speech Halloween Day at the Spirit of Liberty Conference at Lawrence Tech University in Southfield.

Mike Maharrey, author of Our Last Hope, is one of the most eloquent defenders of freedom around today. He’s written countless articles that have provided clarity to the political landscape and put the nullification deniers in their place. He gives a fantastic speech and is always working to reclaim the moral high ground on behalf of decentralized government advocates. Check him out:

The first annual Spirit of Liberty Conference also features a tremendous array of patriotic speakers from around the country. Check out this all-star roster:

– Kris Anne Hall, host of ‘Liberty First’ radio program
– Mike Maharrey, Tenth Amendment Center communications director
– Mark Baker, owner of Baker’s Green Acres
– Rick Ector, NRA-certified Firearms Instructor
– Karen DeCoster, blogger and food freedom advocate
– Coleen Rowley, national security whistleblower
– Tamara Carlone, Stop Common Core in Michigan
– Tony DeMott, State Coordinator for Michigan Campaign for Liberty

Is there any place you would rather be on Halloween day than this terrific event? I didn’t think so. You can register for tickets here. You can find out more detailed information here. I hope to see you there!

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In the Republic’s Darkest Hour, We Must Scramble to Preserve our Freedom


A question I always receive from folks while traveling this great state, especially considering the woefully pathetic, dismal, puke-inducing, treasonous nature of the Michigan legislature, is: What do I do when my legislators won’t nullify?

It’s a good question. What I tell people first is to keep trying. Legislators will likely brush you off until they know that you mean business and that you’re a threat to them. But sometimes legislators are so arrogant, so bought-off, so deplorable, and so untouchable that nullifying simply isn’t an option. In this case, what you need to do is organize people to deny, disobey, refuse to comply with, and just say NO to unlawful government mandates!

The government criminals want to make you feel like you’re very small, and they are very big. They want to make you think that a small little individual couldn’t possibly take on the huge, hulking, colossal machinations of government. This is nothing more than an elaborate, well-financed illusion. The dirty little secret is: Almost everything the government does relies on your compliance and obedience to pull off. Once you remove your support, their façade crumbles immediately.

We are seeing it happen all across the country. When the Bundy Ranch heroes stood up to federal land barons, they didn’t want for a legislature to approve their actions. They did it anyway. Juries who decided in recent years to acquit ‘criminals’ who had broken asinine laws prohibiting raw milk and medical marijuana because they didn’t agree with the law didn’t wait for permission. They did it anyway. The hundreds of thousands of parents who have withdrawn their children from Common Core’s bizarre testing regime did not ask their government masters if it was fine and dandy to do so. They took bold, decisive action. They decided that their children’s future was more important than mindless obedience to federal/state edicts.

Our country was built upon this style of resistance. Thomas Jefferson invoked nullification as a consequence of the abominable Alien and Sedition Acts, which effectively criminalized free speech. Nullification was used again when states and individuals pulled their support for the Fugitive Slave Laws, and saved a countless number of black folks from being returned to bondage. It has been used more recently as well. Rosa Parks refusing to budge showed how peaceful non-compliance can tear at the heart of government injustice. Martin Luther King Jr. showed the same. These tactics are time-tested to be effective, even in the face of immense and seemingly insurmountable oppression.

We must use these tactics to fuel this revolution that is currently underway to cut at the heart of the federal tyrants’ control over us. We must roll up their sleeves and take matters into our own hands. Just like the Founding Fathers did. In fact, I am giving you their blueprint for resistance right now! The Father of the Constitution, James Madison famously said that we must “present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter” in order to stop federal tyranny in Federalist #46. Now is not the time for complacency. Now is not the time for in-fighting and petty squabbling. Now is the time to put James Madison’s words into action. And I hope and pray that we are able to do so before it’s too late.

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An Outstanding Weekend for the Nullification Movement in Michigan!


It was a jubilant weekend. I was fortunate enough to attend a Property Rights and Liberty event in Traverse City, featuring hundreds of the state’s most dedicated and tireless defenders of freedom. KrisAnne Hall and Tom DeWeese were the keynote speakers, and their presentations centered around Nullification and Agenda 21.

I am happy to report that there was widespread enthusiasm over the 10th Amendment at the event. KrisAnne Hall, one of liberty’s premiere speakers, specifically plugged the Tenth Amendment Center and urged everyone in attendance to support our organization! I had a table at the event, and dozens of people shared with me their contact information. The seeds of liberty are being sown and I am proud to be apart of a movement that very well may save this great country.

Thanks to Barb Willing, Matthew Schoech and the rest of the Traverse Bay Area 9.12 group for being so hospitable and receptive to me and my message. An additional thanks goes out to avid Tenther (and the most patriotic fella I know) Chris who helped me table at the event. Thanks to Chris, we were able to tell people not only about nullification and the Tenth Amendment Center, but also about many other organizations doing similar work like the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Organization, American Lands Council, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

We were able to show Michigan patriots exactly how diverse and active the patriot movement is. We were able to show them that the torch of liberty still burns in the land of the free. You just have to go outside of the federal government and mainstream media’s sphere of influence to see it, and the wonderful difference it is making nationwide.

The situation may seem bleak, folks, but there are many of us out there. Millions upon millions of Americans have awoken to their patriotic duty with millions more on the way. The feds and other enemies of freedom want us to retreat. They want us to cower. They want us to feel isolated and divided amongst each other. We have to band together around crucial ideas like nullification to fight back against federal tyranny.

It won’t be easy, but it can be done. I hope you join us in the fight, and never quit until the bitter end. Freedom is just too important of a cause to give up on. We will never wave the white flag of surrender. Help us restore the Republic, and keep the flame of liberty ablaze in these trying times.

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Unforgivable Betrayal: The GOP Rubberstamps Federal Tyranny in State Legislatures Across the Country!

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

Republicans made massive gains in last year’s midterm elections. After those elections, many patriots were optimistic that the Republicans would provide much-needed resistance to our tyrannical federal government. On the face of it, their optimism was understandable, since many states in the union had elected Republican governors, Republican-led State Houses, and Republican-led State Senates. With this kind of power available at their disposal, it seemed like a no-brainer that the Republicans would use nullification and state resistance considering the malevolent evil coming from Washington D.C. But largely, that is not what happened.

Sadly, many Republican governors and lawmakers have not been willing to pass and/or sign legislation into law that would nullify federal overreach. Either out of cowardice or complicity, these oathbreakers have shamed their nation. They have desecrated the legacy of the Founding Fathers with their dereliction of duty. Republican legislatures could have sent crippling blows to Agenda 21, Obamacare, Common Core, NSA Spying and other tenets of the Obama terror agenda. They did not. As opposed to the phony narrative of hyper-partisanship coming from the mainstream media, Obama is destroying our freedom specifically because the GOP rubber-stamps everything that treasonous devil does.

I have the proof to back up these allegations of criminal wrongdoing on behalf of the GOP. Here are the ways in which many Republicans in several states across this country have been unwilling to protect the liberty of the American people from the evils of federal tyranny:



In Arizona, there have been three pieces of legislation that Arizona Republicans prevented from receiving a committee vote that would have stopped the state government from assisting the enforcement of unconstitutional federal laws in 2015. One of those three pieces of legislation was SB 1330, which was sponsored by Republican State Senator Kelli Ward. SB 1330 would have made it illegal for any of the state’s employees to help the federal government enforce federal gun control laws that violate the Second Amendment of the United States’ Constitution.

A second piece of legislation that did not receive a committee vote that would have prevented the Arizona government from executing an unconstitutional federal law was HB 2392, which was sponsored by Republican State Representative Jay Lawrence. Lawrence’s bill would have made it illegal for any member of the State Board of Education to implement any unconstitutional federal education standards and/or assessments.

Another bill that would have confronted federal government tyranny was SB 1331, which was introduced by State Senator Kelli Ward. This bill would have made it illegal for any of Arizona’s governmental officials to assist the federal government’s efforts to collect an individual’s personal electronic data, unless there is a warrant that specifically states that individual’s name, place, and thing to be searched and/or seized. On this bill, many of the Republicans in the Arizona legislature sided with Obama, and did not allow the bill to receive a committee vote. Despite the fact that the Republicans have control of Arizona’s State House and the State Senate, these three pro-liberty pieces of this legislation, which would have stopped three aspects of the Obama agenda, did not even receive a vote from the various committees. In other words, some of the Arizona Republicans voted, in their committees, to keep both Common Core and gun control alive in the state of Arizona. That is unacceptable!

There were three more pro-liberty bills that were voted down by the Republican-led Arizona State Senate. Republican Arizona State Representatives Mark Finchem, Brenda Barton, Jay Lawrence, and Noel Campbell co-sponsored HB 2190, a piece of legislation that would have banned Common Core educational standards from being used in the state of Arizona. Rather than standing with these three patriotic state representatives, Republicans in the State Senate decided to advance Obama’s unconstitutional education agenda, by voting down the bill.

The Republicans in the State Senate also voted down Republican State Representative Judy Burges’ bill. Her bill was entitled SB 1384.The bill would have re-affirmed that County sheriffs have a constitutional duty to protect the constitutional rights of the citizens of the county in which they serve. You would think that such a piece of legislation would easily pass a Republican-led state legislature, but this was sadly not the case.

The Republican-led State Senate voted down the bill. They also voted against HB 2368, which was co-sponsored by Republican State Representatives Bob Thorpe, Mark Finchem, and Brenda Barton. The legislation would have voided out all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders. When they blocked these Liberty-restoring bills, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature demonstrated the ways in which they are complicit in Obama’s tyranny.

Even the Republican governor of Arizona will not stand unequivocally for liberty. Governor Doug Ducey (R – AZ), who ran as a free-market, constitutional conservative, during Arizona’s 2014 gubernatorial election, has vetoed HB 2173. HB 2173 is a bill that was sponsored by Republican State Representatives Mark Finchem, Brenda Barton, David Livingston, Bob Thorpe, Regina Cobb, Vince Leach and State Senator Steve Smith. The legislation would have restored Arizona’s respect for the following constitutional provision: “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts…”. Even some of the Arizona Democrats showed respect for the U.S. Constitution by supporting this bill. Unlike the aforementioned pieces of legislation, HB 2173 was able to pass through the Arizona House and Senate. It is absolutely outrageous that a bill that was so clearly supported by the U.S. Constitution, like HB 2173, that was passed through both House of the Arizona Legislature on a bipartisan basis, was vetoed by a Republican governor, who campaigned as a constitutional conservative. What a disgrace! The people of Arizona should be outraged!


Let’s turn to the state of Arkansas. Like Arizona, Arkansas also has a Republican governor and a Republican-led Legislature. There were five pieces of legislation that would have blocked gun control, ObamaCare, Common Core, that did not even receive committee votes. One of the bills was HB 1492, which was sponsored by 39 Arkansas House Republicans. The bill would have repealed The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Act, which would have been a big strike against ObamaCare. Despite the fact that, 39 Republicans supported the measure, it still did not receive a committee vote. HB 1262 was a bill that was cosponsored by 12 Republican State Representatives and Republican State Senator Bryan King. The bill would have terminated the Medicaid Expansion portion of ObamaCare. Unfortunately, too many Republicans didn’t support it. As a result, it did not make it out of the House Committee.

Seven State Senators cosponsored SB 144. The piece of legislation would have terminated the so-called “Private Option” portion of ObamaCare. Like HB 1492 and HB 1262, there was not enough Republican support for SB 144 to make it out of committee. If the refusal to stand up against ObamaCare, on the part of many Arkansas Republicans, is not enough to make you angry, perhaps you will be more outraged to learn that many of them have decided not to defend your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, as well. Republican State Representative David Meeks sponsored HB 1601. The legislation would have protected Arkansas’ public employees from being forced to violate the Second Amendment, in the event that they be asked to do so by the federal government. Many of the Republicans didn’t even have enough integrity to support this commonsense legislation, as a result, it failed to advance out of committee.

Republican State Representative Mary Bentley put forward HB 1967. State Representative Bentley’s bill would have required Arkansas’s State Board of Education to discontinue the use of Common Core standards. This bill did not make it out of the education committee because not enough of Representative Bentley’s fellow Republicans supported her patriotic efforts. This is evidence that the campaign promises that Republicans made the fight an overreaching federal government was nothing more than campaign rhetoric intended to get the votes of the patriotic people who live in Arkansas. If Arkansas Republicans were serious about pushing back against federal tyranny, they would have supported these liberty-protecting pieces of legislation.


Some Indiana Republicans have also decided not to defend liberty from unconstitutional federal policies. The Republicans control both the executive and legislative branches of the Indiana government. There were two bills that would have stood up to the tyranny of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, had they became law. One of those statutes was HB 1290. The piece of the legislation was co-sponsored by GOP State Representatives Christopher Judy, Robert Heaton, Matthew Ubelhor, and Doug Miller. If the bill became law, it would have nullified unconstitutional EPA regulations, while at the same time, allowing the Indiana State government to regulate the environment with its own agency. Many of Republicans in the Indiana legislature made the decision to allow the people of Indiana to continue to suffer under the tyrannical federal EPA regulations, by not permitting this bill to receive a committee hearing.

The same thing happened to SB 569. Sponsored by GOP State Senator Scott Schneider, the bill would have done the following, had it became law: “in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan regulatory activity: (1) the governor and attorney general shall take appropriate steps to protect the state’s sovereignty and police power authority in light of the designed federalism under the federal Clean Air Act; (2) the department of environmental management may examine the implications of preparing and implementing proposed regulations, but may not prepare or implement a state implementation plan until completion of judicial review concerning the legality of regulations under the federal Clean Air Act for existing power plants.” Despite the fact that, both the damaged liberty as well as, the negative economic effects that such unconstitutional regulations have on the prosperity of the people of Indiana would been improved by the enactment of SB 569, many Indiana GOP lawmakers chose to kill this pro-liberty, pro-constitutional bill in committee. They allowed federal tyranny to continue to harm the people of Indiana, even though they could have done about it.

In addition, there was also a bill that would have addressed the unconstitutional spying that is being conducted by the federal government. Republican State Senator Michael Delph’s SB 458, if it became law, would have provided “that the definition of “electronic communication” includes metadata that relates to an electronic communication. Requires that the search or seizure of an electronic communication be specifically authorized by state law or a court order based on probable cause, even if the electronic communication is in the custody of a third party, and makes it a Level 5 felony to violate these requirements. Prohibits the state, state agencies, political subdivisions, and local units of government from: (1) assisting a federal agency that collects an electronic communication unless authorized by state law or a court order based on probable [cause]”. This would have restored some of the privacy of the people of Indiana, but many of the republican lawmakers decided to not even give it a committee hearing.

Liberty-minded Indiana lawmakers sponsored four bills that would have addressed the need for the protection of the privacy rights, educational freedom, healthcare freedom, and the Second Amendment rights of the people of Indiana. SB 236 was co-sponsored by Republican State Senator James Smith and Democratic State Senator Mark Stoops. The piece of legislation would have defended the privacy rights of the people of Indiana by prohibiting “  a law enforcement agency from retaining license plate data captured by an automated license plate reader unless: (1) a comparison of the captured plate data with a data base shows that the data is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation, the location of a missing person or a fugitive from justice, or the commission of a crime; (2) the person in whose name the license plate was issued requests retention of the data; or (3) the data was obtained under a warrant”. It is an absolutely outrageous and sickening situation, to have a Democrat, like State Senator Mark Stoops standing up for the right to privacy, only to see a Republican majority refuse to move this pro-liberty bill through the committee process.

The GOP majority behaved in the same disgraceful way when it came to HB 1099. Indiana Republican State Representative Curt Nisly’s bill would do away with “the requirement that Indiana’s educational standards must comply with federal standards necessary to receive a flexibility waiver under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001”. The Republican majority would not allow a committee hearing on HB 1479 as well. With HB 1479, liberty-minded State Representatives Timothy Harman, Curt Nisly, and Ben Smaltz were attempting to prohibit “certain state actions related to enforcement or implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Requires the attorney general to file a civil action for injunctive relief in certain circumstances. Requires a tax deduction for taxpayers paying a penalty in relation to PPACA. Repeals a provision concerning application for a state innovation waiver under PPACA.” By refusing to pass this bill, Indiana’s GOP lawmakers were effectively saying “To hell with the people of Indiana who are suffering because of ObamaCare.”

They also seem not to care about the Second Amendment either. Patriotic State Representative Curt Nisly sponsored HB 1633. Nisly’s bill “Provides that a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that: (1) is manufactured commercially or privately in Indiana from basic materials; (2) can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state; and (3) remains within the borders of Indiana; is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.” This piece of legislation would have gone a long way towards an effort to protect the right to bear arms of the people of Indiana, but the State House Republicans decided that it did not deserve to get past the committee process.


Similar things of this kind are going on in Mississippi. Republican State Senator Videt Carmichael of Mississippi sponsored SB 2161. In a scandalous turn of events, this bill which was designed to nullify unconstitutional federal common core educational standards, was passed by the Republican-controlled Mississippi State House and Senate, only to be vetoed by a disgraceful so-called “conservative Republican” Governor, by the name of Phil Bryant. He should be removed from office for violating his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

GOP State Senator Michael Watson sponsored SB 2429. This bill would have stopped the ability of law enforcement to engage in tracking people without a warrant. This pro-liberty legislation was killed in committee by the feckless Republican majority in the Mississippi State Senate. This Republican majority would not even stand up for the due process rights of the people of Mississippi. State Senator Watson Hill introduced SB 2698. Hill’s bill would have made it illegal for any Mississippi employee to carry out any federal decree that would allow individuals to be detained indefinitely without any due process of law. It did not even get a committee hearing.

In the state of Mississippi, some of the GOP members of the Mississippi Senate sponsored three bills that would have dealt huge blows to ObamaCare, and in turn, would have helped to preserve the healthcare freedom of the people of Mississippi. The bills that I’m referring to are SB 2768, SB 2534, and SB 2535, and they were sponsored by Republican her State Senators Chris McDaniel, Angela Burks Hill, and Michael Watson, respectively. The GOP State Senate majority wouldn’t even give these much-needed bills a committee hearing.

The Mississippi Republican legislature also made the decision to not support bills that would have done the following: allowed people who are terminally ill to try investigational drugs, fought Agenda 21, defended the Second Amendment, legalized industrial hemp, and nullified unconstitutional federal spying. HB 722 was co-sponsored by Republicans State Representatives Chris Brown, Carolyn Crawford, Dennis DeBar, Randy Boyd, and Democratic State Representatives Deborah Butler Dixon, Alyce Clarke, and Omeria Scott. If it had became law, it would have authorized “ licensed physicians to prescribe or recommend certain investigational drugs, biological products or devices to certain eligible terminally ill” patients.”

The bill, HB 1042 was introduced by State Representative Chris Brown. It would have accomplished essentially the same thing that HB 722 would have had it became law. Despite the fact that enacting these two pieces of legislation probably would have helped Mississippians, who are deathly ill, the majority of the GOP killed them in committee. GOP State Senator Melanie Sojourner sponsored SB 2809. Her bill would have prohibited “state and local government from adopting or implementing” any part of the United Nations’ evil, tyrannical ideas known as “Agenda 21.”

Republican State Representative Becky Currie sponsored HB 490. Her statute would have done the same thing that State Senator Sojourner’s bill would have done, if they became law. The feckless, good-for-nothing Republican majority would not give these bills a chance to come out of the committee. GOP State Senators Chris McDaniel and Michael Watson co-sponsored SB 2699. SB 2699 would have prohibited “State Or Local Enabling Of Federal Gun Ban Enforcement”. Republican State Representative Melanie Sojourner sponsored HB 2715. The statute would have prevented the state of Mississippi from cooperating with any federal effort to ban Mississippians from having firearms, as well as any federal effort to seize property. But, many of the Republicans decided to side with Obama’s unconstitutional, gun control agenda, by killing both of these pro-2nd amendment bills in committee.

Democratic Mississippi State Representative David Baria sponsored HB 562. His bill was about legalizing industrial hemp. Industrial hemp could be used for several different purposes. It could be used for making paper, textiles, and plastics that are biodegradable. It is very environmentally-friendly. Since the Democrats like to talk about making sure that we are good stewards of our environment, and the Republicans like to talk about protecting liberty, you would think that two parties would have been able to come together to make HB 562 the law in the state of Mississippi. If the rhetoric that these two parties use is sincere, the enactment of HB 562 should have made the Democrats happy because it would have legalized the use of the biodegradable industrial hemp (which is good for the environment), and the GOP should have been happy because the piece of legislation would have expanded the freedom of the people of Mississippi by allowing them to use the product. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Despite all of their talk about restoring and preserving liberty and freedom, the Republican majority passed up this chance to work with Democrats on an issue that would have been beneficial to the freedom of Mississippians by killing this bill in committee. This is so disgraceful that I don’t know how to find the word to best describe the behavior of this GOP majority.

Patriotic State Senators Chris McDaniel and Melanie Sojourner co-sponsored SB 2753. Their bill was designed to “prohibit any state action which implements the federal NSA program. The NSA program allows the federal government to collect stuff like, the phone records of Americans. If SB 2753 had been allowed to become law, it would be very hard for the federal government to continue to spy on Mississippians. But, as they have done with the aforementioned pro-liberty bills, the Republican majority sold out the liberty of the people of Mississippi (ensuring that their 4th Amendment rights are destroyed by the federal government), yet again, by making sure that they stopped SB 2753 from passing out of the committee.


Like Mississippi, the state of Nevada has a Republican-controlled legislature and a Republican governor. In Nevada, there were seven bills introduced in 2015 that would have addressed the following issues: nullifying ObamaCare, nullifying Common Core, stopping indefinite detention, returning land to the state of Nevada from the federal government, and confining military transfers from the federal government to Nevada’s State and local law enforcement.

Co-sponsored by Republican State Assemblywoman Jill Dickman and Republican State Senator Don Gustavson, SJR 14 would have amended the Nevada state constitution to prohibit any agency that is under its authority from creating any type of health insurance exchange program. But, most of the Republicans in the Nevada Legislature decided to not fight ObamaCare, by killing SJR 14 in committee.

Republican Assemblymen/women Brent Jones, Michele Fiore, Ira Hansen, Jim Wheeler, John Ellison, Jill Dickman, John Moore, Victoria Seaman, Shelley Shelton, and GOP State Senator Don Gustavson co-sponsored AB 368. This Piece of legislation would have ended Nevada’s State Health Insurance Exchange. So much for the Republicans’ claim that they believe in the free market. They would not even allow this pro-free market bill to have a committee hearing. To make matters worse, this GOP majority would not even take advantage of a bipartisan chance to wage an assault on the unconstitutional Common Core education program.

AB 303 was co-sponsored by Republican Assemblymen/women Brent Jones, Jill Dickman, Michele Fiore, John Moore, Shelly Shelton, Derek Armstrong, John Ellison, David Gardner, Glenn Trowbridge, Democratic Assemblymen Harvey Munford, James Ohrenschall, and GOP State Senator Don Gustavson. The bill was designed to resist the adoption of unconstitutional common core educational standards. Despite the support of some of the Democratic lawmakers, the Republican-dominated Nevada legislature rejected AB 303, by denying it a committee hearing. Their behavior is disgusting.

Republican State Senator Don Gustavson sponsored SB 352. Gustavson’s bill was intended to admonish “indefinite detention.” But, the GOP majority sold out the civil liberties of the people of Nevada, by refusing to support this no brainer legislation. They gave it no committee hearing.

Co-sponsored by Republican Assemblymen/women Michele Fiore, Shelley Shelton, Victoria Dooling, Robin Titus, Victoria Seaman, Jill Dickman, John Ellison, David Gardner, Ira Hansen, Brent Jones, John Moore, John Wheeler, James Oscarson, and GOP State Senator Don Gustavson, AB 408 had the intention of allowing the State of Nevada to have the legal ability to have some authority over and the use of certain land that has been illegitimately under the control of the federal government. The Cliven Bundy incident proved that Nevada is in need of this type of law, but the RINOs refused to touch AB 408 in a committee hearing. AB 283 was introduced by Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen. Hansen’s bill was intended to give the Nevada state government more authority over lands that are claimed by the federal government. Unfortunately, the traitors in Hansen’s own party wouldn’t even give AB 283 the time of day.

AB 397 was supported by GOP Assemblymen/women John Moore, Brent Jones, and Jill Dickman. Their bill was attempting to restrict the authority of law enforcement agencies when they are executing things like, search warrants. It also would have limited federal government’s ability to enforce the laws, by giving Nevada’s state and local governments the authority to enforce things like warrants. Disgracefully, AB 397 suffered the same fate as all of the other pro-liberty bills that have been discussed. It is painfully obvious that most of the Republicans who are members of the Nevada legislature do not take their oaths of office very seriously. Through their refusal to support these good, liberty-restoring pieces of legislation, they have shown that they are very comfortable with seeing to people of Nevada suffering under the domination of our out-of-control, tyrannical federal government.


Like Nevada, the state of Oklahoma has a Republican governor and a Republican-led legislature. In Oklahoma, patriotic legislators have introduced eleven pro-liberty pieces of legislation. GOP State Representative Fred Jordan, State Senators Nathan Dahm and Michael Mazzei have co-sponsored SB 618. SB 618 was designed to prohibit the “access to certain information without search warrant”, thereby protecting the privacy rights of the people of Oklahoma. The GOP majority decided to allow the Fourth Amendment to continue to be destroyed by denying a vote on SB 618.

SB 616 was introduced by Republican State Senator Mike Schulz. This bill would have allowed terminally ill patients to use certain drugs that might help them, but have not been approved by the federal drug regulators. Most of the Republicans in the legislature didn’t even care enough about trying to help these poor people who are sick and dying. It didn’t make it out of committee.

Republican State Representative Lewis Moore and State Senator Nathan Dahm co-sponsored SB 276. SB 276 would’ve nullified unconstitutional federal gun control and establish penalties for those who tries to enact gun control policies. Despite all of the pro-gun rhetoric that is employed by many Republican during election cycles, when it really counts, they intentionally block good pro-liberty legislation like SB 276.

Co-sponsored by State representative Sean Roberts and State Senator Patrick Anderson, SB 10 would’ve exempted “certain items [firearms] from federal regulation”. The bill suffered the same fate as SB 276. Patriotic GOP State Representative Fred Jordan, State Senators Michael Mazzei and Nathan Dahm tried to protect the Fourth Amendment for a second time by introducing SB 444. The piece of the legislation would have essentially accomplished the same objective as SB 618. Unfortunately, it suffered the same fate as SB 618, because of the good-for-nothing Republican majority in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Republican State Senator Ralph Shorty introduced SB 503. GOP State Representative Paul Wesselhoft sponsored HB 1295. SB 503 and HB 1295 would’ve limited the ability of law enforcement and other state agencies to use ariel drones. The two bills also would have established penalties for those who violate the terms of the statutes. This would have been a good opportunity for the Oklahoma Republican Party to demonstrate that they are committed to restoring and defending civil liberties. Instead, GOP majority arrogantly refused to give SB 503 and HB 1295 the time of day.

HB 1738 was introduced by Republicans, State Representative Lewis Moore and State Senator Nathan Dahm. This pro-liberty piece of legislation would have made it illegal for any governmental agency to aid unconstitutional spying. But, most of the Republicans betrayed the Fourth Amendment of the United States’ Constitution by deciding not to support the passage of HB 1738.

State Representative Mark McBride introduced House Bill 2126. HB 2126 would have gotten rid of some burdensome federal Environmental Protection Agency’s unconstitutional regulations, regarding the waters of the state of Oklahoma. Given the fact that the Republican Party touts itself as the party of limited government, one would think that Oklahoma’s Republican-led legislature would have passionately supported such a bill. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Instead, they put their supposed “principles” aside and didn’t lift a finger to pass House Bill 2126.

Freedom-fighting State Senator Nathan Dahm proposed SJR 23. The treacherous Republican majority wouldn’t even support this pro-Tenth Amendment bill. SJR 23 would have permitted the people of Oklahoma to either accept or reject an amendment to that state’s Constitution that would have created an apparatus that would be used to deny any support to any unconstitutional federal action. It is a complete disgrace that most of the Republicans would not support the bill. State Representative Lewis Moore and State Senator Nathan Dahm proposed yet another good, pro-liberty piece of legislation. The piece of legislation that I’m referring to is HB 1737. HB 1737 was an attempt to codify the authority of the state of Oklahoma to interpose and resist federal tyranny. As they did with all of the other aforementioned Pro-Constitution bills, the RINO traitors in the Oklahoma legislature prevented HB 1737 from advancing through the legislative process.


When it seems like it can’t get any worse, it does. Not only have Republicans betrayed their oaths of offices in the supposedly solid “conservative” state of Oklahoma, they are also doing the same thing in the state of Wyoming. Like Oklahoma, Wyoming Republicans control the legislature and the governorship. Despite the fact that they controlled state government, Wyoming Republicans have failed to pass and enact five pro-liberty pieces of legislation.

HB 133 was co-sponsored by the following eight Patriotic GOP State Representatives: David Miller, Theodore Blackburn, Scott Clem, Allen Jaggi, Norine Kasperik, Kendell Kroeker, Garry Piiparinen, and Nathan Winters. This important piece of legislation would have made it illegal in Wyoming to implement any part of the tyrannical, evil, New World Order agenda, known Agenda 21. Despite these patriots’ best efforts, this badly-needed bill was voted down in committee.

The Wyoming Joint Judiciary Interim Committee sponsored HB 18. This piece of legislation would have resulted in added protection of the privacy rights of the people of Wyoming by limiting governmental use of drone technology. The Republicans failed to pass HB 18 in the Wyoming Senate. That is very sad, indeed. HB 91 was introduced by the following Republican lawmakers: Representatives Kendell Kroeker, Mark Baker, Marti Halverson, Hans Hunt, Mark Jennings, Tyler Lindholm, Carl Loucks, Robert McKim, David Miller, and State Senator Cale Case. This bill would have nullified indefinite detention, thereby protecting the due process rights of the people of Wyoming. As unbelievable as this may be, there was not enough Republican support to pass this commonsense bill in accordance with their own House rule.

GOP State Representatives Kendell Kroeker, Mark Baker, Marti Halverson, Tyler Lindholm, Carl Loucks, David Miller, Nathan Winters, and State Senator Larry Hicks co-sponsored HB 89. This piece of the legislation would have restored gold and silver as lawful legal tender. This is important because it is critical to determining the value of the money that is in the pockets of the people of Wyoming. Unfortunately, many Republicans did not take the issue serious, and therefore, it failed to pass through the legislative process.

Republican State Representatives David Miller, Kermit Brown, Scott Clem, Mike Greear, Marti Halverson, Kendell Kroeker, Carl Loucks, and State Senators Eli Bebout, Stan Cooper, Ogden Driskill, Larry Hicks, and Curt Meier co-sponsored HB 209. HB 209 would have allowed the state of Wyoming take back control of public lands that have been under the domination of the federal government. This would have made it more difficult the federal government to harass the people in Wyoming who use those public lands. Sadly, many of the Republican lawmakers chose not to help their constituents by passing this bill, instead, they killed it in committee.


There are even turncoat Republican members of state legislature of the conservative state of Texas. In Texas, there have been several liberty-restoring pieces of legislation that Republican lawmakers failed to pass. Republican State Representative Dwayne Bohac introduced HB 3165. This bill would have ensured that the use of cell site simulator device would be limited, in order to protect the privacy rights of the people of the state of Texas. The Republican majority has failed to push the bill through the legislature and onto the governor’s desk.

Republican State Representative Jonathan Strickland pushed for the passage of HB 3916. HB 3916 is a piece of legislation that would deny electric and water services to federal agencies, like the. NSA. The point of the bill is that, if Texas doesn’t support the NSA facilities, they will be unable to conduct unconstitutional spying on the people of Texas. This bill was referred to the State Affairs Committee, and it has stalled there since March 23, 2015.

In 2015, there have been five bills addressing gun control that supposedly “conservative”, “liberty-minded”, “constitutionalist” members of the Texas State Legislature have not pushed through the legislative process. Those five bills are SB 438, HB 422, HB 2359, HB 176, and HB 413. All five of these bills represent attempts to shield Texans from the tyrannical effects of the federal government’s assault on the Second Amendment. They all have gone nowhere.

Republican State Senators Bob Hall, Lois Kolkhorst, Charles Perry, and Craig Estes co-sponsored SB 438. HB 422 was Republican State Representatives Matt Krause, Dustin Burrows, James White, and Molly White. GOP State Representative Dwayne Bohac proposed HB 2359. HB 176 was sponsored by Republican State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt. GOP State Representatives Craig Goldman, Matt Rinaldi, and Scott Sanford cosponsored 413. SB 438 is still sitting in the State Affairs Committee. HB 422 was sent to the Calendars’ Committee on May 11, 2015. HB 2359 was sent to the Calendar’s Committee on May 5, 2015. HB 176 was referred to the State & Federal Power & Responsibility, and Select committees on February 2, 2015. Finally, HB 413 has been pending in committee since March 19, 2015. If members of the Republican Party are truly the friends of the Second Amendment that they say they are, why is it that they have not passed these gun rights-protecting pieces of legislation?

There are two statutes that have not been passed through the GOP-controlled Texas State Legislature, addressing the urgent need to do something about Agenda 21. GOP State Senator Bob Hall introduced SB 445. HB 1654 was proposed by Republican State Representatives Molly White, Phil King, Jeff Leach, Gilbert Pena, and Scott Turner. Both SB 445 and HB 1654 would have limited the ability of Texas’ governmental agencies to make contracts and agreements with the United Nations’ Agenda 21. The Republican majority has dragged their feet on these two bills. SB 445 was referred to the State Affairs Committee on February 9, 2015. HB 1654 was referred to the International Trade &Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on March 9, 2015. Republicans have not made any progress on these two bills since these two referrals.

Texas’ Republican led State legislature has also chose not to pass pro-liberty statutes dealing with the gathering of people’s data, civil asset forfeiture, the legalization of industrial hemp, restricting the use of automatic license plate readers, and nullifying common core. HB 2263 was co-sponsored by a huge numbers of Democratic and Republican Texas lawmakers. HB 2263 dealt with limiting the ability of law enforcement to obtain Texans’ data from wireless communication devices. In other words, it helps to protect their privacy rights. The bill was sent to the Calendar’s Committee on April 29, 2015, and the Republicans have not moved the bill any further. There is a bipartisan bill that contains provisions that would restrict the usage of civil asset forfeiture, thereby adding protection for the due process rights of the people of Texas. This bill, HB 3171 was left pending in committee by the GOP majority.

A bill, HB 1322 that would have expanded liberty by making a use of industrial hemp legal was co-sponsored by Democratic State Representatives Joe Farias and Celia Israel. Here, we have a situation where Democrats are willing to stand up for liberty, only to have many of the Republican lawmakers sit on the sidelines, and allowed this pro-liberty bill to lie pending in committee since March 18, 2015.

Republican State Representative Matt Rinaldi introduced HB 2867. The bill would have restricted law enforcement’s ability to use automatic license plates readers. The intention of the statute is to protect the privacy rights of the people of Texas. On March 19, 2015, the Republicans referred the bill to the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, and it has not moved forward since that time. GOP State Senator Bob Hall introduced a Senate version of HB 2867, known as SB 1286. Like they are doing with SB 1286, the Republican majority is doing the same thing with HB 2867 – that is, allowing it to languish. The last time that the Republicans touched SB 1286 was on March 15, 2015, which was when they referred it to the Criminal Justice Committee.

GOP State Representative Dan Huberty sponsored HB 741. Huberty’s bill would stop any federally-imposed, Common Core-type of educational curriculum from being used in the state of Texas. This bill was referred to the Public Education Committee on February 23, 2015, which was the last time the Republicans have tried to advance this pro-liberty piece of legislation.

Tragically, the Republican members of the Texas legislature have, in addition to all of the other aforementioned instances where they have not actively pushed legislation that would, if signed into law, help to protect their constituents from the negative effects of federal tyranny, not moved HB 1751, HB 98, or HB 3606 through the legislature. State Representative David Simpson (R – Longview) sponsored HB 1751. Simpson’s bill what makes it illegal for the state of Texas to execute any unconstitutional federal laws or rules. The Republicans have left HB 1751 pending in committee since April 30, 2015.

GOP State Representatives Dan Flynn, Phil King, Ron Simmons, Cecil Bell, Jodie Laubenberg, Trent Ashby, Giovanni Capriglione, William Metcalf, Scott Sanford, Gary Vandeaver, James White, and Molly White co-sponsored HB 98. The statute would allow the state of Texas to only help the federal government enforce federal laws and rules that comply with the United States’ Constitution, and nothing more. No progress has been made on this bill, since the Republicans sent it as a committee report to the Calendars Committee, which happened on April 21, 2015.

Republican State Representative Matt Krause proposed HB 3606. Krause’s bill compels political subdivisions that are within State of Texas to report receipt and expenditures of federal money to the Legislative Budget Board, the Comptroller, and the governor of Texas. This would help Texas’ elected officials identify whether or not federal money is being spent on constitutional activities. Apparently, most of the Republican members of the Texas Legislature don’t care much about identifying whether or not federal funds are being spent on constitutional behavior. I said that, they don’t seem to care, because they sent HB 3606 as a committee report to the Calendars Committee on May 11, 2015, and have not touched the bill since that time.


It is important to remember that although the GOP as a whole is an embarrassing joke, most of these bills were in fact written and introduced by Republicans. These rogue Republicans who have gone against their party establishment deserve to be supported wholeheartedly. Getting involved in your local GOP for the purposes of voting the bums out and putting brave independent constitutional patriots into office can save our precious freedoms.

Indeed, it is already happening. Bills were signed into law across the country to rebuke Common Core, Obamacare, drone surveillance, industrial hemp prohibition, federal money printing, police militarization, civil asset forfeiture and many other Washington D.C. atrocities. It’s not enough but it’s a start that we can build upon. Think of state nullification as a snowball is rolling down the hill slowly building momentum. We must behave in ways that turn this snowball into a full-blown avalanche that buries federal tyranny forever.

The message to get out of this article is not one of sorrow or hopelessness. The fact that all of these bills were introduced is a great step in the right direction. More work just needs to be done. We are not where we need to be quite yet. It’s time to take out the trash. The cretins in the GOP must be taken down, and the constitutional patriots must reign. Then, we can nullify all Washington D.C. tyranny and the Republican-dominated state legislatures won’t be such a pathetic joke.

Michigan Should Make SCOTUS Irrelevant and Restore Marriage Freedom!

It has been a rough month for freedom lovers across the country. Sacred historical symbols are being purged as nine unelected, unaccountable, politically-connected lawyers in funny costumes run roughshod over the American ideals of decentralization and states rights. Institutional power is quite literally gunning for us, and we have been on the receiving end of that. It has not been pretty.

However, there is a glimmer of light within the darkness. More people believe in the legitimacy and necessity of nullification than ever before. A clear majority of Americans are on the side of states thumbing their noses at the federal government. People realize that Washington D.C. is hopelessly broken like never before. They know that big government won’t regulate itself, and that states need to step up to the plate and push back against the out-of-control rogue terrorist government operating on the banks of the Potomac.

There is no better issue for this to happen on than marriage. The Supreme Court recently opined that states must sanction gay marriages. This has made many people very angry. However, this controversial decision can be subverted through the doctrine of anti-commandeering. Because the federal government cannot lawfully force the states to act against their will, states can simply get out of the business of licensing marriages altogether. That way, it would go back to being a custom observed and sanctioned by the churches and the people rather than the heavy hands of the state.

By getting the government out of the picture, churches are given more autonomy and control. Any particular church would have the religious freedom to turn away couples that engage in behaviors against their beliefs. Some would call this discrimination and inequality. But there is nothing moral or decent about putting a gun to someone’s head and forcing them to violate their most cherished beliefs. That is something you would expect to see in Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany, not in the land of the free.

A common objection I have seen from patriotic individuals regarding marriage freedom is that this is somehow waving the white flag of surrender. They want the government to regulate marriage in their favor. It is very alluring to think that we can gain the levers of power, and impart our noble will on others. However, government regulation of marriage in actuality has been used as a weapon to destroy religious freedom. Big government is clearly doing no favors to people who hold traditional values, and it is doubtful that will ever change.

In lieu of these facts, isn’t it time to shift course? Instead of dancing with the devil, why don’t we just remove the devil from the equation altogether? Under the stewardship of big daddy government, marriage has gone from the bedrock foundation upon which our civilization was built into an fledgling, decaying institution. We must reject the notion that government needs to be involved in our sacred religious institutions. Government screws up everything it touches. We have fallen into the government’s trap and now we must remove ourselves from it.

The good news is that the movement toward marriage freedom has already begun at the state level. For once, I am proud to say that Michigan is among the states leading on this important issue. 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. You can get specific action steps to support this bill HERE.

These are the types of reforms we need to enact. We need Christians to get on board with the removal of government power to protect religious freedom. Increasing government power hasn’t worked. It’s time to try something new. HB4733 is the first step toward getting government out of the way of marriage. Follow these simple action steps, and tell friends and family to do so as well. Together, we can show those robed tyrants in Washington D.C. that their nonsensical opinions are ineffectual.

Shane Trejo
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