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Cameras on Cops: Orwellian Red Herring or Necessary Accountability Measure?

A new and interesting police transparency bill has been introduced in the Michigan State House that aims to affix cameras upon law enforcement.

In what may be the final bill he introduces, departing Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) has introduced House Bill 5970 (HB5970), his latest attempt to bring about more transparency and accountability for law enforcement. Previously, he had introduced HB4455 for restrictions on the use of drones and HB4914 for SWAT Team accountability. He also introduced the HB5420, the 4th Amendment Protection Act, drafted by our sister organization the OffNow Project. None of these bills have been passed (thanks to those ‘freedom loving Republicans’ running the show in Lansing), but nevertheless Rep. McMillin continues to push the envelope for liberty and he deserves to be commended for his great work.

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

It is unclear whether this bill will be enough to stop the epidemic of police brutality that is sweeping America. A legitimate concern with these types of measures is that they will create an even more Orwellian society for us all to live in. More cameras around could mean more surveillance. There is a concern that these cameras will be used to gather more data from citizens, and give Big Brother even more of a reach into our lives.

That certainly could be the case. However, police have shown the willingness to lie time and again to avoid being brought to justice for their heinous abuses. Foolhardy juries are willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. With a video record of events that take place, it will be more difficult for the uniformed thugs to avoid being held accountable for their behavior. It is my inkling that cameras on cops will be a good thing, but there are definitely some kinks that will need to be ironed out before this program is as effective as it needs to be.

A good way for us to improve upon this legislation would be to add a provision that punishes police officers whose cameras conveniently go blank before the use of force is deployed. These officers could either lose their job instantly or be charged with misdemeanors or felonies. That way, it would be less likely for one of these well-timed malfunctions to take place. There is language in HB5970 that states “if a law enforcement agency is unable to produce a recording… there is a presumption that the recording would corroborate the version of the facts advanced by the defendant” which is good. However, without criminal penalties, offending officers would be faced with a jury likely consisting of cop-worshiping yokels chomping at the bit to venerate their badged gods. The deck would still be stacked against the victims.

Another possible way to improve upon this legislation would be to aggressively sanction police departments that refuse to produce video footage when it’s requested. An internet database with all of the video garnered from cops uploaded onto it that would be easily accessible at any time would be nice as well. That is how we could REALLY ensure transparency. It might cost a bit of money, but it would save us a lot of money too in the form of taxpayer-funded payoffs to victims of abuse. With the eyes on them at all times, the police would certainly be more courteous and hesitant toward the general public than they are right now.

The road to full police transparency and accountability is a long one, and there will inevitably be bumps along the way. Although HB5970 is not perfect, it is a good starting point. The bill has the potential to make it more difficult for police to victimize the masses and get away with it. That is a positive step in the right direction. Be sure to contact your state legislators and urge them to co-sponsor and vote for this bill. We need peace on our streets. We don’t want any more Fergusons. This is the beginning of making our country less of a war zone and more of a free, prosperous Republic. Help push forward HB5970. We must push back before the militarized police come for us.

In Spite of Obstacles, The Ball Continues to Move Forward for Liberty!

Patriots,

As the election approaches this upcoming week, politics is on everyone’s mind. We are expected to have many fantastic new legislators going to Lansing who will fight Washington DC’s agenda and support nullification-related endeavors. Although we have had some defeats in the past several years due to the wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing Snyder administration, we remain on the march. We will never retreat and never surrender. We are in this for the long haul, and remain optimistic that we will vanquish the evil machinations of these bureaucrats sooner rather than later!

For over two years now, I have been going around from meeting to meeting, shaking hands and getting to know activists from all sides of the political spectrum. I have been encouraged to see the widespread recognition of the problems at hand and the acknowledgement of their true culprit – the federal government. At the Tenth Amendment Center, we stand in an interesting position. We have ideas such as our 4 Step Plan to Kill Obamacare and our ShallNot Campaign to Nullify 2nd Amendment Infringements that appeal to conservatives. We have other ideas like our P.E.A.C.E. Act (formerly the Cannabis Freedom Act) and Turn the NSA’s Water Off Now Campaign that appeal to liberals. This allows us to hit the Washington D.C. scumbags from every angle. We can reach out to folks from both sides and get them working toward a more decentralized government and a freer society.

But recently, I have been spending more time alongside Michigan conservatives. They are the angriest of anyone with the political status quo. Governor Snyder has sold them out on Medicaid expansion, Common Core, the Detroit bailout, minimum wage hikes and other key issues. They were used and abused, and now the MIGOP has the nerve to pat themselves on the back for Michigan’s so-called ‘Economic Recovery.’ Like Obama, the Snyder regime thinks that it can proclaim that a recovery has happened via diktat and that makes it so. This record-level corruption and arrogance from the Republican Party establishment has opened the eyes of many conservatives to the evils of political power. Suddenly, nullification is sounding more and more intriguing as a way to push back against this continued malicious assault on our freedoms.

In Metro Detroit, it is easy to see how the message of liberty is spreading through these conservative circles. Let me highlight some recent events that demonstrate this fact:

11th District Committee Resolution – Founder of the Michigan chapter of People Against the N.D.A.A. and avid Tenther Dennis Marburger successfully pushed through a resolution in the 11th District Republican Party Executive Committee. This resolution re-affirmed the right to a fair trial that was enshrined in the Constitution. It reads as follows:

October 28, 2014
Michigan Eleventh Congressional District Republican Committee Resolution Affirming the Right of Due Process

Whereas, the Constitutions of the United States and Michigan are the basis of our representative republic and reflect protections that no person will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process; and Whereas, these founding documents reflect the essential nature of presumed innocence, the right to a speedy trial before an impartial jury, and other elements of effective due process, and a commitment that no person will be exposed to cruel and unusual punishment; and Whereas, on December 31, 2011, President Obama signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included two controversial sections, 1021 and 1022, which many civil liberty organizations, including the ACLU, and representative bodies, including numerous state legislatures, feel are dangerously worded; and Whereas under The 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, the basis for the NDAA provisions 1021 and 1022, has already facilitated the capture of a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil and many in Congress now assert that the NDAA could again be used in the same way; and whereas Judge Katherine Forrest of the United State District Court for the Southern District of New York found these provisions to be unconstitutional; and Whereas, the Michigan Eleventh Congressional District Republican Committee is committed to avoiding the repeating of the tragedies and mistakes of history, including the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, as demonstrated by the enormous strength of Republican (as well as Democratic) co-sponsorship of legislation which took a first step in dealing with this problem, including PA228 which the Governor signed into law during this session; and Whereas, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, the Allegan County Board of Commissioners, and various other municipalities across the country, have already passed resolutions opposing the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA.

Resolved, that the Michigan Eleventh District Republican Committee strongly affirms our commitment to the rights and liberties enshrined within the Constitution of the United States, including the Fifth Amendment protection of the right to due process, the Sixth Amendment protection of the right to a trial, and the Eighth Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Resolved, we request our U.S. Congressional members and Senators actively work for the repeal of the NDAA’s detention provisions in order to restore and protect fundamental rights and liberties embodied in the Michigan Constitution and the Constitution of the United States.

Resolved, We request the Michigan Legislature pass, and the Governor sign, Restoring Constitutional Governance legislation declaring that Michigan is not a battlefield, that the “law of war” does not apply here, that the indefinite detention without proper trial and due process of the accused is unequivocally unconstitutional, prohibiting the Governor from employing the Michigan Guard Forces or any other agencies of the state of Michigan or for any other governmental units to aid in indefinitely detaining any person or in denying the right of due process to any person in Michigan where they are denied their rights to due process under the Michigan and U.S. Constitutions, respectively.

Resolved, that the Michigan Eleventh Congressional District Republican Committee directs the Secretary ensure a copy of this resolution is indexed and that a copy is provided via email to the following recipients: Governor Snyder, Attorney General Schuette, Senators Levin and Stabenow, Congressman Bentivolio and the Republican members of both houses of the Michigan Legislature.

While this resolution isn’t nearly enough to stop the NDAA, it does represent a step in the right direction. It keeps this important issue in the public eye. Putting the NDAA issue on the Republican Party radar is key, and we need to duplicate those efforts in the Democratic Party as well. Only through education can we get people galvanized and ready to Take Back Their Town from the insidious indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA!

Art Thompson’s Free Trade Speech – While that resolution was being passed, I was several towns over watching an excellent speech by CEO of the John Birch Society, Art Thompson. He was filling in a fervent group of patriots about the trade agreements that we are entering unbeknownst to the vast majority of American people. The one that effects us the most is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Basically, it’s NAFTA on steroids and applies primarily to the United States and Asia.

If enacted, the TPP will erode what’s left of American sovereignty and economic prosperity. Our wealth will be outsourced even more quickly to nefarious globalist interests. Our courts will be replaced with corporate-run tribunals. These tribunals would allow multinational corporations to sue countries that put into place laws that are unfavorable to their profit margins. It contains provisions that are even more harmful to internet freedom than the reviled ACTA that failed to make it through Congress years ago after a huge grassroots pushback. These abuses are just a few of potentially thousands that will be unleashed upon us if the powers-that-be are able to muscle the TPP through Congress.

In true John Birch fashion, it didn’t just stop with the trade agreements. All of the necessary context was given, and the right dots were connected. Tyranny doesn’t happen in a vacuum, after all. The TPP and similar trade agreements happening in other countries were connected to the potential North American Union, the European Union and the ultimate goal of a one world government dominated by elitists. It was refreshing to see no punches pulled by Art Thompson. He named names. He implicated powerful people as being apart of a global conspiracy to destroy America. That type of talk may be laughed off in some circles, but the evidence grows to bolster its case with each passing day.

I am always happy to show my support to the John Birch Society, an organization that was a forerunner to Constitutional groups like the Tenth Amendment Center that are now just beginning achieving success. They were around during the dark days, toiling in obscurity to keep the flame of liberty alive. They were railroaded, defamed, demonized and driven from the political mainstream by bought-off hacks on the left and the right, but they’re still standing. And they’re still getting the message out, to more people than ever in fact, and that grinds the gears of the internationalists like nothing else. God Bless the John Birchers, and may they enjoy another 5+ decades of speaking truth to power!

Senator Rand Paul Comes to Town – I was also able to see Rand Paul as he came around and toured the Metro Detroit area on Oct. 29. After continuing his minority outreach tour in Detroit, he attended the GOP field office in Livonia. Then he was the keynote speaker for the Oakland County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner in Rochester that night. Thanks to the kindness of liberty-minded 9th Congressional District Republican Candidate George Brikho, I was able to attend and see Paul speak in person.

His speech overall was a mixed bag. He said all of the right things to woo over the mainstream conservatives in the audience, even if it meant occasionally stretching the truth to do so. However, he talked a great deal of common sense on important economic and foreign policy issues. Compared to Snyder, Schuette, Trott and the other MIGOP stooges, he was a breath of fresh air. Rand is slowly but surely moving the needle in the direction of liberty with his operation even if he occasionally misses the mark in certain respects.

Although what the Senator is doing is very encouraging, that does not mean we should rely on him to reclaim our lost liberty. We should not think that his likely 2016 Presidential run is the silver bullet solution to our nation’s ongoing Constitutional crisis. The President is only one person, and much of the power that position holds is ceremonial anyway. The same agenda always seems to move forward regardless of who’s elected. There is no reason to expect that to change no matter how well-intended Paul’s political ambitions are.

While Paul should certainly be commended for driving people toward the message of liberty on a mainstream level like never before, we must be realistic about what he can achieve. Liberty will only be reclaimed through action in your community. It will never come from the top-down. Paul can do an excellent job of giving us more open-minded folks to reach out with the good ideas that can save the country. But he himself cannot do all the work on his own, and we must not lose sight of the local grassroots activism that is constantly needed to restore our Republic.

That is why we offer the Take Back the Town Campaign. That is why we offer local ordinances to people to take into their city council and county commission to affect change. That is why we work through state legislatures to cut off the feds from the resources that they need to destroy our rights. These are the solutions that will save our country, not getting behind another national politician. We must become the leaders ourselves, rather than relying on the good conscience of a bureaucrat. Power corrupts. That is why we must work at the local and state levels to decentralize power so that no matter who’s elected, our rights cannot be violated.

Shane Trejo

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Sowing the Seeds of Liberty During Election Season

Patriots,

I have recently been making the rounds throughout the Metro Detroit area, spreading the word about the necessity of state sovereignty. I have been greeted with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm about the message, and have been pleased with what I have seen. Patriotic activists are fully waking up to the corruption in BOTH political parties, and are starting to refuse to lick the boots of the blue team or the red team. This is a thrilling development. The two party duopoly is slipping, and I am happy to give people the ideas and blueprint they need to become the leaders for freedom themselves and steer the ship of state back on course before it’s too late.

At the same time, I have had the pleasure of meeting many different candidates attempting to go to or stay in Lansing. It was not a pleasure because I got to shake hands and mingle with these bureaucrats and bureaucrat-wannabes, oh no. It was a pleasure because I got to grill them on topics related to state sovereignty and nullification in front of large audiences. Putting these politicians on the spot is always a good time, and sometimes you can get the desired result out of them as well. That happened to me twice in the past week alone.

At a meeting of the SouthEast Michigan 9.12 Tea Party, not only was I able to hand out nullification flyers to most of the folks there, but I was also able to ask State Senate candidate Marty Knollenberg about his intentions on repealing Obamacare. I explicitly asked him, “If you are elected into the State Senate in November, would you introduce a bill to repeal Gov. Snyder’s Medicaid Expansion provision of Obamacare?” to which he replied “Absolutely!” As Tenthers understand, Obamacare cannot exist without state help. That begins with repealing Medicaid expansion and continuing to deny state-run exchanges in Michigan.

There was more good news on the trail this week as well. At a meeting of the Bloomfield/Birmingham Republicans, Rep. Martin Howrylak committed to re-introducing term-limited Rep. Tom McMillin’s bills in the upcoming legislative session. This includes HB5420, the 4th Amendment Protection Act, which would cut off all state-level material support and compliance to the NSA and other unconstitutional federal bureaucracies that are warrantlessly spying on us. It also includes HB4455, which would set strict limits on drone use for law enforcement. Rep. Howrylak has a good reputation among liberty activists in the area so it is expected for him to live up to his word if he can win re-election in November.

Now obviously, politicians are known to bluster. They are known to say one thing and do another. That is why we must not forget the words of Marty and Martin if/when they are voted into office in November. We must hold them accountable to what they said on the campaign trail. That means e-mails, phone calls, hounding them at public meetings, and even staging protests if all else fails. We must keep the heat on all of our elected officials to do the right thing. It will only be through eternal vigilance that we can keep our politicians true to their word and defending liberty.

We must remember that the politicians will fold under enough public pressure, and people are more pissed off than ever nowadays. This is a good combination for promoting the ideas of liberty and decentralization. We must continue to build an organization to effectively KO bad bills in Lansing, and push forward the few good ones that deny the feds the tools they need to oppress us. That is what we are working toward at the Tenth Amendment Center, and we are not alone. There are many great tea party organizations and Campaign for Liberty organizations in Michigan that want to focus on the issues rather than the distractions. We are steadily growing our ranks, as the institution of government continues to spiral downward. We live in crazy times, but there has never been a better time to promote liberty. Join us, and help us spark the path to a better world with more freedom and less bureaucracy!

Shane Trejo

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Support HB4914 for Police Transparency!

Patriots,

There was an important bill that received consideration by the House Criminal Justice Committee today. The bill is HB4914 to require law enforcement to report on their use of SWAT teams. I gave the following testimony in favor of this legislation:

Hello, I am Shane Trejo, the state coordinator for the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center, a group that promotes civil liberties and decentralized government. I am speaking today to urge you to vote yes on HB4914 to begin to address the urgent problem that we are facing with police militarization in our country.

According to Eastern Kentucky University criminologist Peter Kraska, the amount of SWAT team raids have increased from a few hundred per year in the 1970s to an excess of 50,000 per year in the mid-2000s. And now things have gotten even worse as military equipment is being shipped from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan into American communities. This continues to ramp up even though the crime rate is at a 20 year low and still plunging. Something does not add up here.

With the increase of SWAT team raids have come abuses. America now houses more prisoners than any other country in the world by a wide margin. Civil asset forfeiture, often called policing for profit, turns the criminal justice system on its head by deeming suspects guilty until proven innocent and forcing them to pay for lawyer and court costs to get their property back before they are even convicted of a crime. No-knock warrants have put police and the public into danger, as an individual cannot properly distinguish law enforcement from a home invader when they are deployed. The police also regularly deploy SWAT teams based on testimony from confidential informants. When these informants give unreliable information to law enforcement, innocent families are terrorized because of the widespread use of these heavy-handed tactics.

Make no mistake about it, this is escalating as we speak. In the madness of Ferguson, MO just a little over a month ago, we saw the potential future of our country if we keep heading down this path and it wasn’t pretty. Peaceful protesters were being tear gassed, journalists were being detained and the police were behaving like an occupying army rather than an entity designed to keep the peace and protect the rights of the public.

To make matters even worse, police are being trained that the public is the enemy. Earlier this year, a DHS-funded program called National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism or (START) implicated sovereign Americans as being the nation’s top security threat. In addition, the FBI’s Communities against Terrorism initiative distributed a series of flyers implicating people who use cash instead of credit cards, avoid eye contact in social situations, take pictures in public, own private facilities unavailable to the greater public, and others engaged in seemingly innocuous behavior as potential terrorist threats who should be monitored and profiled by law enforcement. This goes along with the DHS’s Orwellian ‘See Something, Say Something’ program that is meant to have a chilling effect on free speech and free expression.

This is a scary direction we are headed in as a country. But thankfully, we have a Constitution that allows for checks and balances against this type of behavior. That is what you have the power to do today. Only through measures like HB4914 can we begin to address the problems resulting from the rampant police militarization that is taking place in our country. We must know what the police are doing. Allowing the police to operate in secrecy as they receive military hardware and technology used in war zones is a recipe for disaster. If Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks proved anything, it is that government acting in a cloak and dagger fashion will necessarily result in terrible human rights violations. We must act now to prevent these types of abuses from happening in the state of Michigan.

HB4914 is the first step toward curbing the militarization of our police, and restoring the public trust between the people and law enforcement. I urge you all to move this bill through your committee so it can get a full vote in the state house. Thank you.

The first step toward nullification is transparency. If we can get an accurate record of what abuses the police are committing, we can raise awareness of the problem and then push for the necessary reforms. That is why you should support HB4914, and here is how you can help make it through committee:

1. Contact the House Criminal Justice Committee Chair, Kurt Heise. – Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee.

(517) 373-3816

2. Call all the other members of the House Criminal Justice Committee.
Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB4914. If they say they’re opposed, ask them why. If they’re undecided or will not commit to a YES vote, let them know you will be following up in a few days after they have a chance to consider it. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.

Joseph Graves (R) Majority Vice-Chair (517) 373-1780
Stacy Oakes (D) Minority Vice-Chair (517) 373-0152
Klint Kesto (R) (517) 373-1799
Rose Mary Robinson (D) (517) 373-1008
Margaret O’Brien (R) (517) 373-1774
Kenneth Kurtz (R) (517) 373-1794
Mike Callton (R) (517) 373-0842
Ed McBroom (R) (517) 373-0156
John Kivela (D) (517) 373-0498
Brian Banks (D) (517) 373-0154

Shane Trejo

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Tenther Prevails in Close Primary Election!

In a day and age when our freedoms are under assault like never before, it is important to appreciate the small victories. These are the small victories that will hopefully cascade into larger, more substantial victories in the not-too-distant future. I am happy to report about a victory in the 29th State House District as avowed tenther David Lonier secured the Republican nomination in a nail-biter against his opponent.

Lonier won his primary election by a mere ten votes! After his original primary victory in August, the results of that election were challenged and a recount was taken. Because of his anti-establishment credentials, the corrupt powers-that-be in the MIGOP did not want Lonier representing the party. Now instead of hearing meaningless, empty platitudes, Michigan voters will be hearing about Constitutional principles, the necessity of state sovereignty, and of course NULLIFICATION!

Lonier is looking to represent a largely urban district which means he will probably not win as a Republican. Still, he is doing something far more important than just participating in some silly election. He is working to win over hearts and minds to the message of freedom. Running for office gives Lonier a golden opportunity to grow the freedom movement and to ignite those brush fires of the mind that must be set in order to create the revolution of independent thought needed to restore the Republic.

From my own personal experiences, urban areas can be very advantageous for liberty-minded activists. In wake of the disaster in Ferguson, MO, there is more awareness of the dangers of police brutality and militarization than ever before. While affluent areas are more likely to sweep Ferguson-style events under the rug, urban areas do not have this luxury because its inhabitants are the ones far more likely to be victimized. Because of the epidemic of corruption within our politics, there are not nearly enough individuals and groups organizing against blatantly unconstitutional measures perpetrated by police. This is where we can make huge gains and more importantly break down the wedges that keep different races and ideologies fighting against each other rather than uniting against their common enemy, the state.

That is the important work that David Lonier and his supporters will be conducting over the next several months. They will be out there in Metro Detroit shaking hands, kissing babies and giving the public the important information about the country that it desperately needs to understand. This is how we win: by getting out there, rallying the folks in a grassroots manner, opening their eyes to the madness that is going on around them, and letting them know that freedom is the only way to escape it. This is how we circumvent the mass media and its brainwashing power. This is how we subvert the evil federal bureaucrats and their treacherous schemes. Win or lose, David Lonier is doing an invaluable service to our liberty by sacrificing his time, money and energy to run for office.

Join David Lonier, and join the Tenth Amendment Center as we get into the trenches and do the necessary grunt work that is needed to turn our country around before it is too late. It won’t be easy, but it has to be done. Otherwise, we will be living in a tyranny that makes Nazi Germany look mild by comparison. Think that’s hyperbole? Well, take a look at this video and get back to me. The time to fight is now. The stakes are too high for us to give up or wait for others to do something. Defeat is not an option. We will not surrender in the face of adversity. Please help us to change America back into a free, prosperous society where our rights are respected without exception.

For further information on David Lonier and ways you can help his campaign, visit his website at DavidLonier.com.

Constitutional Patriots Must Get Behind Anti-Police Brutality Protesters in Ferguson

The events that are occurring in Ferguson, MO right now are deplorable and heartbreaking, but they shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The only surprise may be that an event like this hasn’t erupted sooner with the amount of corruption and unaccountability within police forces nationwide. If we do not rally around the brave protesters in that town, the situation will soon be coming to all of our communities regardless of where we happen to reside.

Whether the slain teenager Michael Brown was guilty of a crime or innocent is completely immaterial. His example is the final straw that has broken the camel’s back. There are countless instances of police brutality that have been documented, and the problem is metastasizing. And although not every victim of police brutality is a minority, it is unquestionable that a disproportionate number of them are.

This is a golden opportunity for patriotic Americans to stand up for the Constitution and against police brutality, once and for all. But where are they? With some notable exceptions like the courageous Daniel Johnson of People Against the NDAA who is reporting over there right now, many so-called patriots have been silent about this situation or worse. Disgustingly, many of them are even siding with the jackbooted thugs who have put the town of Ferguson on lock-down. Don’t these fools realize that this is the same militarized goon squad that will be used to kick in their doors and take their guns? I guess not. Logic and common sense must not be their strong suit.

Obama and his legion of sycophants have been propagandizing the public for years now that anyone who doesn’t lick the government’s boots is an insane white supremacist violent terrorist threat. This whole situation flies completely in the face of that bogus narrative. This is a group of predominantly black people who are standing up and turning against the government in the wake of sustained, unbearable oppression. And what are many of these patriots doing? Playing right into the phony baloney media narrative. Being marionettes for the government’s divide and conquer strategy. Making this into a left vs. right or black vs. white situation needlessly. It is beyond repulsive, and is really separating the men from the boys so to speak within the patriot movement. It is now easier than ever to tell the real mccoy from the summer soldiers.

The ‘patriots’ who call the protesters savages, animals and other racially-charged derogatory remarks are most likely unfamiliar with the story of Eric Garner, the man who was choked to death after stopping a fight. They are likely unfamiliar with Danroy Henry Jr. who was a college student shot to death by a policeman later named ‘Officer of the Year’ by the department. They are likely unfamiliar with Oscar Grant, who was killed in front of many witnesses in cold blood after he was safely detained by police. They are likely unfamiliar with Manuel Diaz, who was unarmed and shot dead in the back before police dogs were sicked upon grieving pregnant women and children involved in a protest. These are just four instances out of thousands of police committing acts of terror against minorities. What is happening in Ferguson is a long time coming and transcends whatever malicious attacks are being levied toward the murder victim Michael Brown.

This is the type of issue that draws a line in the sand, and patriots must be on the right side of it. Otherwise, patriots will prove what naysayers have been squawking about all along to be true. That they only care about freedom for themselves, and not freedom for people of color. That they will defend government tyranny when it is being deployed against a group of folks they don’t particularly care for. That they have no consistency or principle, and are instead motivated only by hate of Obama rather than love of Constitution. That is what the patriots are proving if they do not firmly stand in support of the protesters in Ferguson.

If you want to turn this turmoil into an opportunity to fight for freedom and justice, we have the plan for you to do just that. Get involved in your community to Take Back the Town. Take our 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, Privacy Protection Act or Liberty Preservation Act to your state legislators. These pieces of legislation are the first steps toward shielding yourself and your community from the ravages of the police state. Furthermore, you can push to stop police agencies from receiving tanks, drones and other goodies paid for in federal blood money. You can demand reforms to abusive policies such as civil asset forfeiture which incentivizes the police to steal property from We the People. In addition, you can call for cameras to be mounted on police officers for added transparency or change law enforcement priorities away from non-violent crimes at the local level.

There are so many good solutions out there, and we must strike while the iron is hot. Patriots, I will not mince words: If you don’t rally around the courageous protesters in Ferguson, you share in the responsibility for the death of the Republic. You deserve just as much blame as any liberal who you deride. With Nazi Germany on your doorstep, you cheered the tyrants on as they destroyed the last semblance of freedom America had to offer. That is an unforgivable offense. That makes you deserving of what the sociopaths in Washington D.C. have in store for you. It is time for patriots to put their money where their mouth is. It is time to live up to all of that big rhetoric about loving the Constitution and standing up to tyranny. If you don’t, you are quite frankly a disgrace to the Founding Fathers and everything they fought to achieve.

Please e-mail me if you want to fight the police state in your community. I will do everything in my power to help you stand up for what is right during these crucial days: shane.trejo@tenthamendmentcenter.com

God bless,
Shane Trejo

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In Spite of Election Results, Grassroots Conservatives Still Hold the Power

There is a tremendous amount of disappointment within the Michigan conservative grassroots after Tuesday’s primary election results, and for good reason. The pathetic incumbents, funded with boatloads of money from corporate special interests, defeated their challengers. The criminals were able to get away with fleecing the taxpayer, destroying their rights and jeopardizing their prosperity, and democracy failed yet again. Although a handful of good, principled candidates won state house seats, Michigan voters by and large showed that they are not yet willing to throw the bums out en masse. The status quo marches on, and Michigan residents seem content to tolerate it as long as the checks from big daddy government keep coming.

But grassroots conservatives should not be too dismayed. They are steadily making gains against the establishment. Even in the races they lost, approximately 30 to 40 percent of voters voted for the true conservative against the corrupt establishment candidate. That is a significant block of voters that can be built upon moving forward. If conservatives can keep these people engaged and galvanize them to get involved in the political process behind good ideas such as nullification and state sovereignty, this grueling election cycle won’t be for naught. It will simply be a stepping stone for bigger and better things to come.

Remember what happened in Virginia. They put up a more conservative, liberty-minded, tea party friendly candidate in Ken Cuccinelli up for their gubernatorial race. He narrowly lost to a very corrupt Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe closely related to the Clinton machine. The Virginia GOP was chastised by the biased media, by the Karl Rove’s of the world, and by other bought off establishment mouthpieces. They were called extremists, bumpkins and bozos who couldn’t see the forest for the trees. They were getting lambasted in exactly the same way that Michigan conservatives are now.

But did the conservative grassroots in Virginia take their ball and go home? No, they took their lumps, dusted themselves off, and kept fighting. It was because they put up such a conservative candidate that Virginia state politics was dragged in that direction. Next year, they reaped the benefits of their heroic struggle. When the arrogant, elitist crony capitalist Eric Cantor was primary challenged, he was devastated by his virtually unknown tea party challenger Dave Brat. If grassroots Virginia conservatives had done what the establishment GOP and media propagandists told them to do, Cantor would have been coronated as the House majority speaker. He would have kept voting for things like NDAA, NSA Spying and other abominable, anti-constitutional measures. But thanks to the stubborn dedication of Virginia conservatives, he was sent packing in disgrace. We can duplicate that success in Michigan, but only if we double down and refuse to quit. If we wave the white flag of surrender now, the terrorists at the head of the Republican Party establishment win. We cannot allow that to happen.

Where we go from here ultimately determines whether the conservative grassroots becomes the powerful, driving force behind Republican politics in Michigan or shows that they can be tread upon without any consequences. The establishment blatantly disrespected their constituents by throwing millions behind primary challengers against Congressmen Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio. Those are millions of dollars that could have been spent in the fight against Barack Obama’s on-going destruction of America. However, the contemptible establishment instead chose to spend that money trying to oust representatives with solid voting records. After this monumental slap in the face, the arrogant SOBs at Michigan GOP headquarters now expect conservatives to fall in line and get the ringmaster behind this sick treachery Rick Snyder re-elected as governor.

If the conservative grassroots falls for the establishment’s ‘unity’ BS, the greedy, power-crazed tyrants will definitively know that they can get away with ANY corrupt dealing without any repercussions. If Rick Snyder can walk hand-in-hand with one of Obama’s thugs pushing Common Core to dumb down our children and get them accustomed to invasive unconstitutional government in their lives and STILL receive the support of the conservative grassroots, freedom has truly died in Michigan. If Rick Snyder can usher in Obama’s health care takeover by actually having the audacity to claim that it makes Michigan a healthier place without major electoral consequences, freedom has truly died in Michigan. If Rick Snyder can hobnob and take dirty money from the Constitution-hating plutocrat Mike Bloomberg without a sound rebuke from the voters, freedom has truly died in Michigan. Grassroots conservatives have a choice. They can either preserve freedom by refusing to give this Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing betrayer their vote, or develop Stockholm Syndrome, engage in mindless partisanship and betray the Founding Fathers in one fell swoop by supporting Snyder.

The power is in the hands of the conservative grassroots. Although they cannot unseat incumbents and replace them with their own folks quite yet, they do have the numbers to cost Snyder his re-election. If they send a message that they will not be duped into the false dichotomy of voting for the lesser of the two evils any longer, they demonstrate that they cannot be tread upon. RINOs will no longer be emboldened to forsake their constituents to line their campaign coffers. The establishment will be forced to understand the reality that their behavior will be met with harsh reprisals. It is the first step toward creating a Michigan Republican Party that consistently respects the rights and the prosperity of its constituents.

Snyder’s second term will certainly be filled with far more progressive compromises and Obama appeasement than his first. Expect gun control regulations to make his paymaster Mike Bloomberg happy. Expect the huge tax hikes that he pushed for in his first term to be rammed through. Expect another even larger bailout of Detroit. Expect more small farmers to be persecuted ala Mark Baker to protect special interests from market competition. Expect more outrageous police state measures robbing us of our natural rights. That is a small taste of what is on Snyder’s docket, and if you vote for him, you are culpable. But if you show the courage to break away from partisan allegiances for this one vote, you make a statement that will reverberate through the entire state party. The statement will be clear: No backstabbers allowed! RINOs will pay! No more tolerance of the status quo! The grassroots has the power to make this happen in November, now all they need is the backbone.

Tenther David Lonier Aims to Defend State Sovereignty in Michigan’s 29th House District!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since I became actively involved in Michigan politics over two years ago, I have not witnessed a more dedicated and tireless activist than David Lonier. When it came to my attention that he was running for political office, I desperately wanted to draw attention to his candidacy on the Michigan Tenther blog. I recently had the honor of interviewing him. He is one of the most involved and well-informed patriots out there and is exactly the type of person who America desperately needs in the legislature.

David Lonier is a candidate for the Michigan State House of Representatives in the 29th State House District. He is an Air Force veteran who worked as a small business owner, advertising illustrator, and an architectural graphics and restoration contractor. He is a three term precinct delegate who is on the Oakland County Republican Party Executive Committee. He had previously run for County Commissioner in 2008.

Why did you decide to run?
David Lonier: I decided to run because our political system needs well-informed people who know what must be done to restore our freedom. Ron Paul was an inspiration for me to get involved in politics.

What makes you think you would be a good candidate in the state house?
DL: I would be a good State Rep. because I am aware of the many of the problems that we have gotten ourselves into and will work with other legislators to repeal all laws that strip us of our rights and, when necessary, introduce legislation to return the people to a self-governing society with the elected officials held to their oath and fully accountable to the people.

What does the Tenth Amendment mean to you?
DL: The Tenth Amendment is the limitation on the power of the Federal government. It only allows the Federal government to engage in those powers delegated to it in the Constitution, and no others. It is also the basis for the States’ right to exercise dominance over the Federal government and nullify any Federal Law which violates the Constitution.

What federal laws do you think are the most unconstitutional?
DL: The federal laws that I think are the most unconstitutional are the Federal Reserve Act, the Social Security Act, the Buck Act, the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, the Military Commissions Act, The National Defense Authorization Act (especially Sections 1021 and 1022), The Affordable Healthcare Act, laws that created the CIA, NSA, and the 500 other unconstitutional federal departments and agencies that are draining the life out of our once free and prosperous society.

If you are elected, what would your legislative agenda be?
DL: If I were to be elected as a State Rep, I would first attempt to undo all the harmful legislation that serves no other purpose than to rob the people of their freedom and wealth. As an example, I would do everything possible to pass legislation that prohibits government actors from treating people as criminals without probable cause, such as penalizing them or subjecting them to searches or detention when there is no injured third party complaint. I would also attempt to pass legislation prohibiting government from claiming to be an injured party.

Are there any issues that you are concerned about that the mainstream politicians won’t talk about?
DL: Issues that I am deeply concerned about that receive little mainstream notoriety are chemical aerosol spraying of our atmosphere, dangerous radiation emitting surveillance devices known as smart meters, genetically modified organisms (GMO crops and food), forfeiture laws that take people’s property without due process.

You’re running as a Republican. What is your opinion on the present day Republican Party?
DL: The principles of the Republican Party basically state that the Party upholds such values as individual liberty and responsibility, equal opportunity, free markets, the right to keep the fruits of one’s labor and a small limited government that allows people to control their own lives. My opinion of the Republican Party is that it does not come close to acting on the principles it claims to embrace.

Would you stand against Republican Party leaders when they support things like Common Core and Obamacare?
DL: I would not be influenced by party pressure to do anything that would violate the constitution and the principles of freedom such as Common Core and Obamacare.

Do you think it is necessary for citizens to get involved in politics at the local and state levels?
DL: I believe the closer citizens work with one another and with local, county and state elected officials, the better chance they will have for a self-governing society.

What is the single most important political issue facing Michiganders moving forward?
DL: The most important political issue facing Michiganians is their unimaginable, yet somehow litttle-noticed loss of individual liberty which is being legislated away from them by a tyrannical Federal government. The State legislature must intervene on their behalf and say to the Federal government…”Not in our State, our people must remain forever free”.

As a policy, we do not endorse political candidates at the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center. However, this candidate’s impeccable track record and rhetoric made us come very close to making an exception to that rule. David Lonier possesses a knowledge of history and politics that few among us have. If we can have him representing us in Lansing, the enemies of freedom in both political parties will have a massive thorn in their side making it more difficult for them to perpetrate their misdeeds upon us!

For information on how to support David Lonier’s campaign for the State House, visit his website at DavidLonier.com

Rick Snyder is Michigan’s Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran’s despicable behavior last month demonstrated everything that’s wrong with the Republican Party, Washington D.C. and politics in general. To keep his cherished Senate seat, he threw all supporters of freedom in Mississippi under the bus, slandering them as racists and promising everyone under the sun that he would preserve the status quo to keep paying out huge entitlements to them indefinitely. Cochran reminded Americans just how low a Washington D.C. politician will stoop to remain in office.

As disgusting as Cochran’s behavior was, it shouldn’t have taken anyone by surprise. The national political system is beyond redemption at this point. This situation demonstrates exactly why it is so necessary for the Tenth Amendment Center to function. Just think of all the resources that were lost at the federal level that could been have better used at the local and state levels instead. National Congress is a hopeless, futile enterprise that cannot be saved and all of the time, money and energy that are dumped into there are usually squandered.

However, we cannot throw stones at Mississippi because our politics is equally as creepy and corrupt. As a matter of fact, things may be even worse for us in Michigan because our worst problems occur at the state level. Instead of fighting Obama and protecting Michiganders from his destruction of America, the politicians in Lansing work at every turn to help usher it in. We have our own Thad Cochran, and unfortunately he is in charge of the entire state. The similarities between Gov. Snyder and Cochran are chilling.

Cochran and Snyder are both politicians willing to do anything to keep their grips upon the levers of control. That is the only thing that these people care about. There is no behavior, no matter how heinous it may be, that they would not gleefully perpetrate to keep their boots around the necks of the American people. They may pay lip service to Christ, but their real God is the state and the evil, illicit power that it wields. No true Christian would ever behave in the manner that Snyder and Cochran have during their taxpayer-financed crime spree (a.k.a. public service).

Another similarity is that both Cochran and Snyder met with the infamous bigoted billionaire gun-grabbing control freak Michael ‘Stop and Frisk’ Bloomberg to beg him for cash. Both men repeatedly have disgraced their constituents in the name of political expediency. Both men represent everything that is wrong with the political system and the world in general. Both men would sell their own mother down the river for an extra vote or an extra buck. They both dread accountability for their wicked dealings, and they hate our founding documents with the ferocity of an Obama sycophant.

The sad fact of the matter is that Snyder is even worse than Cochran. If you disagree, ask yourself these important questions: Did Cochran hold hands with the Obama administration to usher in his education takeover? Was he personally responsible for implementing Obamacare in his state? Was he terrorizing the bank accounts of Mississippians by pushing massive tax hikes upon them? Did he waste taxpayer money on a huge bailout to keep America’s worst city afloat? No, but Rick Snyder is guilty of all of these offenses, and these ghastly actions must NEVER be swept under the rug.

If Michigan keeps Snyder in office, he will owe Bloomberg and other unscrupulous donors big favors. That means he will bolster totalitarian government. That means he will enact gun grabs. That means he will shove even more huge tax hikes down our throats. That means more craven, yellow-bellied Obama appeasement from the nerd. Snyder ushered in Obamacare, Common Core, a minimum wage hike and pushed for new taxes during his first term while worrying about re-election. When he doesn’t have to worry about the opinion of the voters, it will truly be open season upon our liberty and economic security.

Snyder has demonstrated his contempt for Michigan residents repeatedly. Now it is time to return the favor. Don’t vote for him. Don’t give him a dime. Tell everyone you can about his true record and how he has devastated our state. Don’t listen to his propaganda and pathetic excuses. We cannot set the precedent of allowing a big government loving, Obama appeasing, federal bribe money taking, power-obsessed, progressive charlatan taking advantage of us and getting away scot free. So what if Schauer gets elected? Worst case scenario, he’s Snyder 2.0. Don’t let Snyder tread upon you and your freedom. Only by taking out the trash can we begin the process of mending our broken Republic. That begins with showing Snyder the door.

Lets not mince words. America is completely bankrupt. The economy is permanently in the tank. The Constitution is hanging by a thread. And Snyder is lining up at the trough for federal cash to help usher in all of this insanity! Snyder deserves far worse than to just be voted out. He belongs in a jail cell for betraying the Constitution and stabbing Michigan residents in the back. But if we can’t even give him the boot after all that he has done, we have truly failed the Founding Fathers, and we are not worthy of the freedom they bestowed upon us. Don’t allow this wretched excuse for a man to get away unscathed. Show Snyder that his behavior will not be tolerated in November.

Liberty Shines at the Cracking the Code Symposium

Patriots,

I am happy to report that there is a plethora of enthusiastic folks eager to hear about the supremacy of state sovereignty and the necessity of decentralized government all throughout the state, and country! I was fortunate enough to meet some of them in Novi, MI last week at the first annual Cracking the Code Symposium which featured attendees from across the nation.

The event was fantastic. Many different perspectives were heard from a slew of experts in the freedom movement. It was refreshing to see all of the talent that the freedom movement has to offer and to see all of these fantastic ideas on display. Although the country is undeniably in poor shape, it won’t be hard to put us back on the right course with all of this wisdom spreading like wildfire!

At the Tenth Amendment Center, we encourage all forms of nullification. The folks at the CtC Symposium are working on nullifying the excesses of the IRS and the income tax (more info HERE). Although their methodology is different than ours, their work is excellent all the same. We need to hit the federal machine from every possible angle. Whether you’re Cracking the Code or applying nullification through the state legislature, you can put pressure upon the bloated, inefficient federal bureaucracy and work to make it go belly up before the worst case scenario can happen.

That anti-federal sentiment was the crux of the speech I gave at the event. I stressed the importance of working from the outside to force Washington D.C’s hand and lessen their power. The feds want you to think that they are all-powerful and that their power cannot be broken. They want you to feel weak, scared, frustrated and alone. They want you to submit. If we retreat, we play into their hand. However, if we become local leaders for freedom, we can have success.

Don’t believe me? Well, then I advise you to ask the people of Washington and Colorado. Right now, thousands of people in those states are sparking up marijuana that they bought legally, laughing in the face of federal thugs and hysterical prohibitionists while doing so. There is no reason why federal law cannot be successfully flouted on any other issue. This is the blueprint for taking back our country and restoring freedom. We must shift our focus away from the feds and back to our communities where worthwhile reforms are achievable and can be enacted outside of the jurisdiction of the feds.

I was happy to bring the message of empowerment to the CtC Symposium. I urged everyone to fight the federal tyranny developing in Washington D.C. tooth and nail to the bitter end. Defeat is not an option. The stakes are too high for us to give up. The feds are not all-powerful and untouchable yet, but they will be in the not too distant future unless they are stopped NOW. We are the last line of defense against full-blown 1984 tyranny enveloping America and the planet forever.

There has never been a better time to be in the fight for freedom. More people are disenfranchised with the regime than ever before by a mile. Leaders must emerge immediately to guide these righteously angry folks and give them the proper ideas to fight back effectively. The founding fathers were willing to sacrifice EVERYTHING for the prospect of liberty. Now, we must do what it takes to keep those liberties around. Nothing is more important.

Shane Trejo

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