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.
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