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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