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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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ACTION ALERT: Important Bills in Lansing to Nullify the Drug War!

More and more, we are seeing the public awaken to the corruption and malevolence of the federal government. While we are certainly living in a frightening time, doors are opening for potential reforms. State legislators are now willing to take on their abuses unlike ever before. A whole slew of active bills have been introduced in Lansing that would curb the abuses of one of Washington D.C’s most glaring, obvious failures: the drug war.

A bipartisan group of state legislators have emerged to take on federal prohibition, the senseless policy that has resulted in billions of dollars being squandered, systematic property rights abuses, the destruction of state sovereignty, the corruption of our police forces, and the largest prison population in the history of mankind.

PROTECTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS

Because law enforcement officials don’t want to give up the immense gravy train that is prohibition, many of them have just ignored the mandate for legalized medical marijuana that was passed by the voters back in 2008. This has caused many innocent people who were abiding by the law to have their lives destroyed. Law enforcement exploited vagueness in the ballot initiative to give themselves an open-ended mandate to harass medical patients and squash their health freedom.

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

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

In addition, HB5104 safeguards medical practitioners from liability for prescribing marijuana to sick patients. Those who provide qualifying medical patients with paraphernalia would also be protected under the law.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

Another abuse related to the war on drugs is called civil asset forfeiture or ‘Policing for Profit’ (more info available HERE). This has allowed the government to seize billions of dollars worth of property from suspects before they are even convicted of a crime. It has completely inverted the entire idea of our Justice system, and has driven an unneeded wedge between law enforcement and public they are supposed to serve.

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

MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION

There are also two other important bills which we covered on the MITAC blog last year. They remain active during this legislative season. The first is House Bill 4623 (HB4623) which was introduced in April 2013 by Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) and garnered six bipartisan co-sponsors. This bill would reduce possession of small amounts of marijuana to a civil infraction punishable by a small fine and would serve as an important rebuke of the war on drugs, one of the federal government’s most evident ongoing policy blunders.

HB4623 does not completely legalize marijuana for possession and cultivation, but it does prevent people found with up to an ounce on them from being prosecuted criminally. Instead of potentially facing jail time and heavy fines, first time offenders would be fined no more than $25 dollars with second time offenders fined a maximum of $50 and offenses from that point on would be fined no more than $100. According to Rep. Irwin, the state of Michigan is spending a minimum of $325 million per year on arresting, trying and jailing marijuana users. This bill would save hundreds of millions potentially that can be used to fund essential services such as roads and schools. Senate Bill 626 (SB626) was also introduced as a companion bill by Sen. Coleman Young (D-1) with much of the same language as HB4623.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

The final bill to chip away at the drug war is House Bill 4271 (HB4271), the Medical Marijuana Provisioning Center Regulation Act. This bill would regulate medical marijuana provisioning centers or dispensaries as they are more commonly referred. HB4271 would allow for communities to decide whether or not they would have a dispensary. This would clarify any confusion relating to the current law.

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

ACTION STEPS

All of these important bills are currently dormant, awaiting committee hearings. Legislators in Lansing are happy to drag their feet and let them expire without taking any further action. Only by letting our voices be heard can we force them to move these bills forward to a full vote. Here are some simple steps that you can take to effectively fight the drug war in Michigan:

FOR HB4271:

1. Contact the Senate Government Operations Committee Chair, Randy Richardville. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee.
(517) 373-3543

2. Call all the other members of the Committee.   Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB4271. 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.

Dave Hildenbrand (R) Majority Vice Chair (517) 373-1801
Arlan B Meekhof (R) (517) 373-6920
Gretchen Whitmer (D) 517-373-1734
Tupac A Hunter (D) 517-373-0994

FOR HB4623:

1. Contact the House Judiciary Committee Chair, Kevin Cotter. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee.
(517) 373-1789

2. Call all the other members of the House Judiciary Committee.   Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB4623. 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.

Klint Kesto (R) Majority Vice-Chair – (517) 373-1799
Kurt Heise (R) – (517) 373-3816
Joel Johnson (R) – (517) 373-8962
Andrea LaFontaine (R) – (517) 373-8931
Tom Leonard (R) – (517) 373-1778
Martin Howrylak (R) – (517) 373-1783
Phil Cavanagh (D) Minority Vice-Chair – (517) 373-0857
Ellen Lipton (D) – (517) 373-0478
Jeff Irwin (D) – (517) 373-2577
Paul Clemente (D) – (517) 373-0140

FOR SB626:

1. Contact the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Rick Jones. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee.
(517) 373-3447

2. Call all the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.   Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on SB626. 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.

Tonya Schuitmaker (R) Majority Vice Chair (517) 373-0793
Tory Rocca (R) (517) 373-7315
Steven M Bieda (D) 517-373-8360

FOR HB5081:

1. Contact the House Oversight Committee Chair, Tom McMillin . Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee.
(517) 373-1773

2. Call all the other members of the House Oversight Committee.   Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB5081. 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.

Tim Kelly (R) Majority Vice-Chair (517) 373-0837
Margaret O’Brien (R) (517) 373-1774
Tom Leonard (R) (517) 373-1778
Martin Howrylak (R) (517) 373-1783
Jim Townsend (D) Minority Vice-Chair (517) 373-3818
Rose Mary Robinson (D) (517) 373-1008
Phil Phelps (D) (517) 373-7515

FOR HB5104:

1. Contact the Senate Government Operations Committee Chair, Randy Richardville. Strongly, but respectfully urge him to move this important bill forward to a vote in his committee.
(517) 373-3543

2. Call all the other members of the Senate Government Operations Committee.   Again, be strong but respectful. Ask them each for a YES vote on HB5104. 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.

Dave Hildenbrand (R) (517) 373-1801
Arlan B Meekhof (R) (517) 373-6920
Gretchen Whitmer (D) 517-373-1734
Tupac A Hunter (D) 517-373-0994

ADDITIONAL STEPS YOU CAN TAKE

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

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

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Now that many of our legislators have stepped up to the plate and shown their willingness to push back against the unconstitutional war on drugs, we have to rally around their efforts and give them our full support. These bills won’t be successful unless we take the steps to push them to victory! Make the calls, spread the word, and we can help bring federal prohibition to its long overdue end.

- Shane Trejo

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Michigan House Reps Vote Against the Repeal of Federal Kidnapping!

The national congress just can’t stop proving the Tenth Amendment Center correct. We have been sounding the horns about the futility of working with Washington D.C. for many years now, and our ‘public servants’ have given yet another sterling example of why their power deserves to be limited as much as possible. This time: they voted yet again to re-affirm federal kidnapping powers.

An amendment to the 2015 NDAA that would have stopped the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial was recently rejected in the Congress by a 191-230 vote. Here is the roll call from Michigan:

NO R Benishek, Dan MI 1st
NO R Huizenga, Bill MI 2nd
AYE R Amash, Justin MI 3rd
NO R Camp, Dave MI 4th
AYE D Kildee, Daniel MI 5th
NO R Upton, Fred MI 6th
NO R Walberg, Tim MI 7th
NO R Rogers, Mike MI 8th
NO D Levin, Sander MI 9th
NO R Miller, Candice MI 10th
NO R Bentivolio, Kerry MI 11th
AYE D Dingell, John MI 12th
AYE D Conyers, John MI 13th
AYE D Peters, Gary MI 14th

Congratulations to the representatives who made the right decision. However, the majority of them chose to break their oath to the Constitution and prove themselves to be little more than enemies of the Republic. There is one especially disgusting ‘NO’ vote and that comes from Republican Rep. Kerry Bentivolio in the 11th District.

Before he was elected to Congress, Kerry participated in a heroic effort to rebuke the NDAA at the county level. He showed up before the Oakland County board of commissioners and gave an impassioned plea against indefinite detention, ultimately helping to get the resolution passed. It was refreshing to hear this from a congressional candidate, and gave the liberty movement some hope. That hope was dashed to bits as soon as Kerry went to Washington D.C. He was quickly usurped by the cesspool.

Although his voting record was spotty, he had not emerged as especially hypocritical or disgraceful (at least in comparison to the other stooges on the hill) until this vote. This vote proves without a shadow of a doubt that he is a coward and a hypocrite of the lowest caliber. It is plausible that a lot of the dopes voting ‘NO’ to stop indefinite detention did it out of complete ignorance. However, Kerry doesn’t have that excuse. He knew exactly what the NDAA was all about, and he voted to reaffirm it anyway.

Kerry’s betrayal demonstrates why state and local level activism is the answer. I know plenty of folks who worked diligently to help get him elected, only to be stabbed in the back. They have learned a hard lesson in the futility of supporting national political candidates. The time they wasted on this charlatan could have been better spent building coalitions locally and at the state level to achieve reform. That is how we deal with the problem of Washington D.C. corruption, not by supporting hapless bozos like Kerry.

Washington and Colorado have shown this to work. Individuals smoke legal marijuana there, thumbing their nose and laughing at the supposedly supreme federal government while doing so. If the people of Washington and Colorado had instead spent their time begging the federal government to get its own act in order, there would have been no reforms. If they would have spent their time getting losers elected in Washington D.C. to fix things, there would have been no reforms. However, because they took matters into their own hands, they have had success.

This success can be duplicated anywhere and on any issue. Federal enforcement power is limited, and the feds often rely on the state and local governments to do their bidding. Without the state and local governments backing them up, the federal government is exposed as little more than a paper tiger. This is the dirty little secret that Washington D.C. doesn’t want you to know. The power is in your hands, and you can shake off federal influence like a bad case of fleas just by having the right approach.

At the Tenth Amendment Center, we have the correct approach. In addition, we give you the tools that you need to become a leader for freedom on your own. Thanks to the internet, it is now possible for one individual to take on the machine and be victorious. You can look at our Tracking and Action Center for plenty of proof of that. Federal supremacy isn’t just being subverted on the marijuana issue, it is also being subverted on guns, education, drones, NSA, hemp and much more. We are truly on the cusp of a revolutionary movement to end federal injustice once and for all. It only happens though if you can shake off the apathy, get the right ideas and become involved.

It begins with forming a local resistance team. That is why we have created the Take Back Michigan website. From there, the sky is the limit. Galvanizing your community in favor of civil liberties may seem like hard work, but it is easier than you think. The public is sick of government corruption, and ready for new ideas. You can be the harbinger of those new ideas, and give people a worthwhile cause to work toward rather than being used by some crummy politician.

Don’t be a sucker. Be a hero instead. Join Take Back the Town and fight the NDAA – because losers like Kerry Bentivolio sure as hell aren’t going to put their necks out on the line to help you.

- Shane Trejo

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Rick Snyder, Economic Dunce

Rick Snyder has shown once again why he is the wrong person to lead the state of Michigan. He has once again caved on another Obama-led initiative. Snyder has led the charge to raise the minimum wage, and recently signed a law doing so. Snyder claims that this will ‘protect Michigan’s growing economy.”

Snyder is living in lala-land if he actually believes the tripe he is peddling. If the implementation of Obamacare (which Snyder was also responsible for) wasn’t going to hurt Michigan small businesses enough, now they have to deal with a minimum wage hike for their troubles. It will drive up prices for Michigan consumers as well, and that isn’t even the worst of it. This regressive policy will make it even more difficult for the most needy and disadvantaged among us to find employment.

Black youth unemployment is close to 40 percent, more than doubling the unemployment rate of white youths. This is a national tragedy, and one that has been ushered in because of the minimum wage laws that have been in place for many years. What is Snyder’s solution to this? Double-down on the failure. All the while, he sends nearly $200 million to bankrupt Detroit just so they can keep their art collection then declares it a ‘Grand Bargain.’ The economic insanity never ends with this governor.

It is Snyder’s woeful leadership that has made Michigan the 45th best state for doing business. That will only be plummeting after the results of the minimum wage increase and Medicaid expansion are felt by Michigan residents. No matter what spin is put out by the Snyder regime, it is obvious to see what direction this economy is going. Snyder and his crooked buddies in the legislature have furthered Michigan down the road to socialism and the catastrophic consequences it entails.

If Rick Snyder really cared about alleviating poverty and making life easier for Michigan families, would he be fundraising with the infamous, gun-grabbing plutocrat Michael Bloomberg? Of course not. Once again, he repeats Obama’s talking points verbatim on the minimum wage just as he did with Common Core, Medicaid expansion and tax hikes. It is what he loves to do. He routinely walks hand-in-hand with the regime when he should be fighting them tooth-and-nail.

The Michigan Tenth Amendment Center demands politicians that will fight illicit federal power, rather than serving it. That is why we reach out to the general public, and convince them to become the leaders themselves. Rather than waiting for a bureaucrat to do the right thing, we make it easy for citizen activists to roll up their sleeves and promote freedom on their own. Obviously, the corrupted Republican and Democratic parties will never do it. That means the onus is upon us to restore the Republic.

Snyder will never stop demagoguing. He did not get into politics for anything else other than self-aggrandizement. He won’t protect your liberty, he won’t protect your country from its domestic enemies in Washington D.C. and he certainly won’t protect your pocketbook. This means that you have to take the initiative to do what the nerd doesn’t have the spine to do: Take our country back! All the tools you need are available to you free of charge HERE.

- Shane Trejo

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The Resistance Has Spread to Michigan’s 9th District!

Patriots, we have some good news to report in the fight against tyranny. One of Michigan’s greatest Tenthers and Leader of the Michigan chapter of People Against the N.D.A.A, Dennis Marburger was able to introduce an anti-NDAA resolution at the Michigan 9th Congressional District Republican Committee last week, and successfully get it passed. This measure actually gives us something from our government that is worthy of reverence, a rare occurrence these days indeed!

Will one resolution stop the problem of federal kidnapping? No, but it is a great step in the right direction. In addition to raising awareness, it works toward changing our government from a menacing behemoth to an entity that protects our rights. The resolution signifies the beginning of a political movement that influences the system from the bottom up, rather than from the top down. It is work that activists like Dennis Marburger are doing that will truly give the power back to the people from the government/corporate power structure currently strangling the world like an octopus.

That is not all. We have already started our drive to wake up the public. We’ve been door-knocking, petitioning, writing letters to the editor, building coalitions across the political aisle, and recruiting activists to take our resolution into their towns and cities. The revolution is bubbling in Michigan, and our work can bring it to a full boil. Without men and women of good character and conscience rolling up their sleeves and becoming liberty leaders themselves, the Republic will fall irreversibly into chaos and despair. If you think it’s bad now, just wait and see what happens if you do nothing.

We are on the cutting edge of a state-wide initiative to flood every level of government with these types of resolutions. Instead of ‘business as usual,’ we want our public servants to actually address the horrible unconstitutional injustices being perpetrated upon the masses by the federal government. We need to push the truth into the mainstream and demonstrate to our elected officials that it is unacceptable for them to sit idly by while our country heads down the same disastrous course of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia and other totalitarian regimes.

With an educated population, there is simply no excuse for us to fall into despotism like so many countries have in the past. There are enough people out there with a rudimentary understanding of history for us to turn this around, but only if we are out there informing them. They are being kept in the dark purposefully. We have the tools at our disposal to shine the truth into their lives, and give them the resources they need to promote peace, freedom and a stable America. It all begins with resolution efforts like the one successfully passed in the 9th District thanks to Dennis Marburger. Without further adieu, here is the press release released about our success there:

People Against the NDAA (PANDA) Michigan Team Fights Federal Kidnapping

Americans today are threatened with the prospect of military arrest, indefinite detention, torture, assassination and continual warrantless spying by the Federal Government, as a result of the passage of the 2012 NDAA, as well as similar legislation (and unlegislated power grabs by government agencies).

In response to this dangerous situation, the PANDA Michigan Team is expanding the Take Back Campaign to residents, media, and political groups across the state. On Thursday, May 8, 2014 the Michigan Ninth Congressional District Republican Committee approved a resolution based on the one passed in Nevada (thanks to the hard work of PANDA Nevada, led by Daphne Lee), calling for repeal of the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA as well as additional state action to declare such provisions and any activities to enforce them to be unequivocally unconstitutional.

Dennis Marburger, Michigan Tenth Amendment Center activist and PANDA Michigan Team Leader said ”It is important that the people take precautions to protect persons in Michigan from these Federal attempts to declare Michigan a battlefield in order to impose the law of war and Federal kidnapping on us. This must be done without any loopholes that may be utilized by Federal officials violating their oaths of office. Local and state political officials are beginning to do just that, as we saw in Michigan’s Ninth Congressional District last week.”

The method to protect Michiganians from the imposition of the “law of war “ in lieu of the Michigan and US Constitutions is PANDA’s multi-faceted Take Back Campaign. This campaign includes these steps:

1. Legislation at the city, county and state levels. The legislative component of this effort is The Restoring Constitutional Governance Act.
2. Sheriffs’ resolutions for local law enforcement protection of the people in the case of attempts to apply the “law of war” domestically.
3. Neighborhood watchdog committees to provide vigilance and sound the alarm when needed.

The local, grassroots emphasis of the Take Back campaign has been successful in communities across America such as Albany NY, Oxford MA and Gem County Idaho. With the increasing tendency of politicians to label political dissenters as “terrorists” and the Supreme Court’s recent refusal to hear the Hedges, et. al. lawsuit challenging the 2012 NDAA, the matter has even greater urgency. Folks in Michigan can help fight back in our beautiful state by joining the Take Back Campaign here: pandaunite.org/takeback

In addition, you can go to the official Michigan Take Back webpage at TakeBackMI.com as well for more tips about how to get involved and protect your community before it’s too late. Please act now because time is running out.

Thanks,

Shane Trejo

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Rick ‘Road Pimp’ Snyder Wants More of Your Hard-Earned Cash

All around Michigan, the roads are crumbling. They have been a public safety hazard and a major inconvenience to drivers throughout Michigan for many months now. They have made one of the most brutal winters in recent history that much worse, and there is one man who is personally responsible for all of this needless misery we have been suffering: Governor Rick Snyder

He’s the guy who is sitting on a near billion dollar budget surplus. However, he isn’t going to spend a dime of that money on the roads. He and his progressive cohorts in the Republican Party have made the conscious decision to take the roads hostage in a pathetic attempt to get a higher gas tax.

Raising the gas tax has been a personal fetish for Governor Snyder for quite some time now. He feels that the price at the pump is just too low for you and your family. He thinks he and his army of bureaucrats in Lansing can spend your money better than you can. That’s why he’s juicing you out of your hard-earned cash, and he’s willing to let your driving experience be a nightmare until you cry uncle and give him his cut.

Snyder and his minions will throw out buzzwords like ‘revenue-neutral’ to try and dupe his followers into compliance with his schemes, but it’s kind of hard to pull the wool over people’s eyes when it is widely recognized that Michigan has a surplus. Snyder even brags about the surplus when he’s not pleading to take more of your money to fix the roads in a show of doublespeak that would make Dictator Obama proud. However, in spite of the nerd’s bluster, Michigan residents know he is sitting on a bundle of cash and refuses to spend any of it on the roads.

Somehow, Gov. Snyder has the nerve to proclaim his fiscal responsibility as the roads crumble and Detroit receives a big bailout. Apparently he resides in the same alternate universe as Obama. The universe where nothing matters except the P.R. spin concocted by your regime. As long as there is some lame ad of Snyder puffing out his chest and proclaiming Michigan to be the ‘comeback state,’ everything is fine. Lord Snyder doesn’t give a damn if the lowly peons suffer, as long as his own power and prestige are protected.

It has become crystal clear what Rick Snyder is all about. He is the kind of guy who would blow through many millions to expand Medicaid and implement Obamacare while refusing to fix the roads in order to inflict pain upon Michigan taxpayers for refusing his gas tax scheme. This is the same type of behavior Obama showed during last year’s government shutdown, forcing veterans off of national monuments to make the public pay for his own profligacy and incompetence. Snyder and Obama are shown yet again to be peas in a pod.

Snyder loves to parrot Obama’s propaganda on everything from taxes to Obamacare to Common Core to the wage gap. That is because he is the king of the Republicans in Name Only. He ran Republican so he could get the power. Now, he takes Obama’s blood money to destroy your children’s health care. He walks hand in hand with Obama’s education secretary pushing Obama’s 1984-style takeover of the education system. He is selling Michigan’s future down the river for a taste of Obama’s ill-gotten spoils.

If Snyder had any class, he would have joined RINOs Mike Rogers and Dave Camp and ran from the office with his tail between his legs. But he doesn’t have any class. So he will keep going out there, strutting around, shaking hands, kissing babies and telling everyone that he’s a conservative. Why? Because he’s a tyrant. Because he has no respect for his constituents. Because he’s a self-serving scumbag in the same vein as Obama. Remember that the next time you drive over a street that looks like a bomb was just dropped upon it.

The OffNow Campaign to Nullify NSA Comes to Michigan!

The 4th Amendment Protection Act has been officially introduced in the Michigan State House of Representatives!

On Mar. 20, Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) introduced HB5420 to safeguard the privacy rights of Michigan residents from unwarranted spying. If passed, the bill would stop state material support and compliance with all unconstitutional federal surveillance measures, prevent illegally-gathered information from being used in criminal and civil prosecutions in the state of Michigan, stop Michigan universities from partnering with the NSA, and deny state contracts to the NSA’s corporate collaborators.

The bill has garnered bipartisan support with 6 Republican sponsors and 5 Democratic sponsors right out of the gate. In today’s polarized political climate, it is refreshing to see government officials from both sides of the aisle recognizing the dangerousness of the NSA’s pervasive spying operation. We at the Tenth Amendment Center and OffNow.org are working on a trans-partisan coalition at the state and local levels of government to fight civil liberties abuses, and HB5420 is evidence that our ideas are beginning to take root within Michigan politics.

This is fantastic news because only bills like HB5420 will stop the NSA and other rogue federal agencies from continuously assaulting the Bill of Rights. Petitioning our federal government to address the problem and regulate itself simply will not happen. If the NSA’s web of deceit being exposed to the public by the great whistleblower Edward Snowden didn’t get them to change, nothing well. Exposure only emboldens the NSA to ramp up its unlawful spying campaign. That is why it is important for us to act now away from the Washington D.C. sewer, and support legislation at the state level like HB5420 that can protect us.

The OffNow campaign to stop the NSA from commandeering our resources and manpower has been a smashing success thus far, as we have had bills introduced in over a dozen states and we have received glowing national press coverage. I am proud of Rep. McMillin for once again demonstrating the courage to lead the way in the fight to reclaim our freedom. His introduction of the 4th Amendment Protection Act will hopefully alert many Michiganders to their duty of resistance against federal tyranny.

Supporting HB5420 is easier than you think. We have prepared simple action steps at our state-of-the-art Tracking and Action Center to make it as easy for you as possible to aid in the passage of this bill. Sometimes a mere 10-15 calls are all that is needed to move a bill forward. Your voice can make a difference and can help put a stop to the NSA’s illegal spying operation. Please visit the Michigan Action Page for HB5420 and spread the word to family and friends about this important development for liberty.

Tenth Amendment Center’s Mike Maharrey to Address Hundreds of Grassroots Conservatives Saturday

Patriots,

I have some great news for you! A large number of conservative activists will soon be invigorated with the Spirit of 1798 as the Tenth Amendment Center’s communications director Mike Maharrey will be giving a speech Saturday at the latest Grassroots Powwow event at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant.

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:

It will be hard for conservatives not to be fired up after hearing something like that! In addition to giving a speech, he will also be apart of a panel discussion with the Founder of People Against the N.D.A.A, Daniel Johnson and Dennis Marburger of PANDA Michigan. These two patriots were instrumental in getting the Take Back The Town campaign going in Michigan. They helped Oakland County to pass an anti-NDAA resolution in 2012, and are tirelessly working to get as many grassroots activists involved in the fight against indefinite detention as possible. After hearing from these three constitutional heavyweights, the conservative activists will certainly learn a great deal of knowledge to help them ward off propaganda from the Mark Levin’s of the world.

The Grassroots Powwow represents the changing of the guard within the conservative movement. No longer will federal bootlickers be able to claim the banner of conservatism. Constitutionalists that believe in a consistent application of the rule of law are taking the throne within the GOP, and there’s nothing that the old crony capitalist Republican guard can do about it. I attended the last Grassroots Powwow and had an excellent time. The importance of rebelling against the corrupt Republican Party establishment was fundamentally stressed. This one looks to be even bigger and better with more high-profile speakers and organizations attending. It is truly an exciting time to be a constitutional conservative in Michigan!

The conservatives at this event will not be let down. They will be hearing the unfettered truth about what their criminal government is doing to them, and will be given the blueprint for how they can step up and save freedom in the Republic once and for all. Hopefully, we can look back at this weekend as the turning point for liberty in Michigan. Nullification can not only save us from indefinite detention but from intolerable programs like Common Core and Obamacare that are shoved down our throats by both political parties as well. Let us hope that this is the beginning of a powerful political coalition of folks finally ready to listen to the Founding Fathers and do what is necessary to keep America free.

Mark Manier: Tenther Running for State House in Michigan’s 27th District

Recently, I had the honor of interviewing Mark Manier, a Republican candidate for the State House of Representatives in Michigan’s 27th District serving Metropolitan Detroit. He is not your typical candidate for office. Instead of being your usual power-crazed sociopath, he is a liberty-minded fellow who cares deeply about the future of freedom in America. Here is what Mark had to say about his foray into the political sewer:

Thank you for your time, Mark! How did you get interested in politics?

Mark Manier: I graduated from Oakland University with a political science degree and a minor in history back in 2012. While I was at OU, I interned with Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. Later, I became a regional coordinator and met a lot of people from Campaign for Liberty. Growing up, my parents were quite libertarian. They didn’t support traditional politics but still passively supported the major parties. I had libertarian attitudes but didn’t quite figure it out until 2009 when I found Judge Napolitano and later Ron Paul. Then I got into Friedman, Hayek and Rothbard for economics. It was just so obvious after I discovered it.

Why run for public office now?

MM: I think the time is right. It seems like everything is moving in our direction. People are waking up and shaking off their party’s doctrine. I feel there is more enthusiasm about looking at individual candidates and new ideas, rather than just mindlessly following the party line. I want to be out there as an activist and a candidate spreading important ideas about liberty. The more people hear the message, the more they’ll wake up, the more they’ll come our way. I feel like I can accelerate this process with my political campaign.

What do you hope to ultimately accomplish with your political run?

MM: To bring some folks along with us. It’s 70+ percent democrat in my district. Going door to door and having events can wake people up. Even though we may not win the election, we can wake up many people along the way. Getting the ideas out there and getting the public more comfortable with them is how we can ensure victory in the future. Our concepts are becoming more attractive to people as the government continues to falter.

How have people responded to your ideas and beliefs thus far?

MM: Positively. I don’t get wound up or lose my temper very easily. I try to get the feel of the group I’m in and what would be most attractive about the liberty message to them. Once you break the ice, I find that the public is usually open to thinking differently about complicated and difficult issues. I try to stay away from issues that are more controversial. I feel like people will tune you out when you say something that really upsets them. So I try to be very careful about broaching topics. If you are careful, they’re pretty willing to listen. You just have to make an effort.

How did you get involved in the Republican Party?

MM: Both parties are always working to undermine the parts of the Constitution that they don’t like, and I feel like that needs to stop. After the 2012 election, I took Ron Paul’s advice and joined the Republican Party because they’re more tolerant to the liberty message. They say a lot of what we say, we just mean it. Once we get in there, the voters will like us. They will like the fact that we can actually live up to the popular rhetoric. It seems like we’re definitely making strides in that regard.

Do you hope to change anything about the Republican Party?

MM: I think the Republican Party is not competitive or viable in the future unless they change big time. What we need to do to bring back life into it is promote libertarianism. We don’t really want to change the message as much as we want to change the integrity of the politicians. We want people who actually live up to their word and don’t stab their constituents in the back. Many Republicans also demonize certain groups, and that needs to be changed. We need Republicans to stop talking at people and start talking to people. We need to have a rational discussion about the issues, instead of just demonizing the left. We have to make our party attractive, not paint the other party as unattractive.

What is your opinion on state sovereignty?

MM: Unless it is specifically laid out in the Constitution, the federal government is not legally allowed to do it. Most issues should be left up to the states, but decisions should be made as locally as possible. Ideally, the feds could intervene to protect states rights or individual liberty from blatant abuses. That would be something I would support. For example, California and Connecticut have unconstitutional gun registration schemes in the works. It would be nice for the feds to step in to remedy that situation to protect firearm rights. However, that’s not likely to happen because the feds are usually the main violators of our rights. Voters are starting to understand that there are tremendous constitutional violations coming from the federal government. The only real way to protect ourselves from them is through nullification.

Which federal laws do you think most need to be nullified?

MM: First and foremost, indefinite detention as apart of the 2012 NDAA. It’s so unbelievably unconstitutional. Justice cannot exist in a country where the leader claims the ability to kidnap and torture people for whatever reason they come up with. The drug war also should be nullified. The DEA shouldn’t be allowed in Michigan to disrespect the constitution and states rights on an issue like medical marijuana. Basically, we need to do everything we can to protect individual liberty at the state level. I’d like to see the IRS nullified too, frankly.

What does the 10th Amendment mean to you?

MM: The 10th Amendment means that government works best when it is as local as possible, and the federal government does not have the ability to govern outside of what the Constitution explicitly permits. More things should be done on the state level rather than the federal level. Controversial issues should generally be left to the states, and the federal government’s power should be far more limited than it is right now.

What do you think of Rick Snyder’s decision to expand Medicaid?

MM: I don’t really support anything Snyder has done, to be honest. He’s a typical establishment politician trying to buy votes. He has no allegiance to anything but himself. He acts like he’s doing you a favor by expanding Medicaid, but it’s just a shell game. He’s really robbing you and trying to play it off like he’s doing you a favor. Social welfare programs are the least offensive government programs to me, but they are still wasting people’s money.

Thanks to Mark Manier for letting us interview him and for spreading the message of liberty throughout the 27th District. If he gets into the State House, we’ll have another voice that stands against Obamacare, Common Core, capricious tax hikes and the rest of Gov. Snyder’s liberal agenda. Regardless of whether he wins or not, more people will hear the unvarnished truth about the important political issues of our day (including Nullification) and the groundwork will be laid for a freer Republic.