NOTE: This article was written on behalf of the Michigan Tenth Amendment Center by Kenneth Lloyd.
Republicans made massive gains in last year’s midterm elections. After those elections, many patriots were optimistic that the Republicans would provide much-needed resistance to our tyrannical federal government. On the face of it, their optimism was understandable, since many states in the union had elected Republican governors, Republican-led State Houses, and Republican-led State Senates. With this kind of power available at their disposal, it seemed like a no-brainer that the Republicans would use nullification and state resistance considering the malevolent evil coming from Washington D.C. But largely, that is not what happened.
Sadly, many Republican governors and lawmakers have not been willing to pass and/or sign legislation into law that would nullify federal overreach. Either out of cowardice or complicity, these oathbreakers have shamed their nation. They have desecrated the legacy of the Founding Fathers with their dereliction of duty. Republican legislatures could have sent crippling blows to Agenda 21, Obamacare, Common Core, NSA Spying and other tenets of the Obama terror agenda. They did not. As opposed to the phony narrative of hyper-partisanship coming from the mainstream media, Obama is destroying our freedom specifically because the GOP rubber-stamps everything that treasonous devil does.
I have the proof to back up these allegations of criminal wrongdoing on behalf of the GOP. Here are the ways in which many Republicans in several states across this country have been unwilling to protect the liberty of the American people from the evils of federal tyranny:
THE GOP SHAME FILE
In Arizona, there have been three pieces of legislation that Arizona Republicans prevented from receiving a committee vote that would have stopped the state government from assisting the enforcement of unconstitutional federal laws in 2015. One of those three pieces of legislation was SB 1330, which was sponsored by Republican State Senator Kelli Ward. SB 1330 would have made it illegal for any of the state’s employees to help the federal government enforce federal gun control laws that violate the Second Amendment of the United States’ Constitution.
A second piece of legislation that did not receive a committee vote that would have prevented the Arizona government from executing an unconstitutional federal law was HB 2392, which was sponsored by Republican State Representative Jay Lawrence. Lawrence’s bill would have made it illegal for any member of the State Board of Education to implement any unconstitutional federal education standards and/or assessments.
Another bill that would have confronted federal government tyranny was SB 1331, which was introduced by State Senator Kelli Ward. This bill would have made it illegal for any of Arizona’s governmental officials to assist the federal government’s efforts to collect an individual’s personal electronic data, unless there is a warrant that specifically states that individual’s name, place, and thing to be searched and/or seized. On this bill, many of the Republicans in the Arizona legislature sided with Obama, and did not allow the bill to receive a committee vote. Despite the fact that the Republicans have control of Arizona’s State House and the State Senate, these three pro-liberty pieces of this legislation, which would have stopped three aspects of the Obama agenda, did not even receive a vote from the various committees. In other words, some of the Arizona Republicans voted, in their committees, to keep both Common Core and gun control alive in the state of Arizona. That is unacceptable!
There were three more pro-liberty bills that were voted down by the Republican-led Arizona State Senate. Republican Arizona State Representatives Mark Finchem, Brenda Barton, Jay Lawrence, and Noel Campbell co-sponsored HB 2190, a piece of legislation that would have banned Common Core educational standards from being used in the state of Arizona. Rather than standing with these three patriotic state representatives, Republicans in the State Senate decided to advance Obama’s unconstitutional education agenda, by voting down the bill.
The Republicans in the State Senate also voted down Republican State Representative Judy Burges’ bill. Her bill was entitled SB 1384.The bill would have re-affirmed that County sheriffs have a constitutional duty to protect the constitutional rights of the citizens of the county in which they serve. You would think that such a piece of legislation would easily pass a Republican-led state legislature, but this was sadly not the case.
The Republican-led State Senate voted down the bill. They also voted against HB 2368, which was co-sponsored by Republican State Representatives Bob Thorpe, Mark Finchem, and Brenda Barton. The legislation would have voided out all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders. When they blocked these Liberty-restoring bills, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature demonstrated the ways in which they are complicit in Obama’s tyranny.
Even the Republican governor of Arizona will not stand unequivocally for liberty. Governor Doug Ducey (R – AZ), who ran as a free-market, constitutional conservative, during Arizona’s 2014 gubernatorial election, has vetoed HB 2173. HB 2173 is a bill that was sponsored by Republican State Representatives Mark Finchem, Brenda Barton, David Livingston, Bob Thorpe, Regina Cobb, Vince Leach and State Senator Steve Smith. The legislation would have restored Arizona’s respect for the following constitutional provision: “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts…”. Even some of the Arizona Democrats showed respect for the U.S. Constitution by supporting this bill. Unlike the aforementioned pieces of legislation, HB 2173 was able to pass through the Arizona House and Senate. It is absolutely outrageous that a bill that was so clearly supported by the U.S. Constitution, like HB 2173, that was passed through both House of the Arizona Legislature on a bipartisan basis, was vetoed by a Republican governor, who campaigned as a constitutional conservative. What a disgrace! The people of Arizona should be outraged!
Let’s turn to the state of Arkansas. Like Arizona, Arkansas also has a Republican governor and a Republican-led Legislature. There were five pieces of legislation that would have blocked gun control, ObamaCare, Common Core, that did not even receive committee votes. One of the bills was HB 1492, which was sponsored by 39 Arkansas House Republicans. The bill would have repealed The Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Act, which would have been a big strike against ObamaCare. Despite the fact that, 39 Republicans supported the measure, it still did not receive a committee vote. HB 1262 was a bill that was cosponsored by 12 Republican State Representatives and Republican State Senator Bryan King. The bill would have terminated the Medicaid Expansion portion of ObamaCare. Unfortunately, too many Republicans didn’t support it. As a result, it did not make it out of the House Committee.
Seven State Senators cosponsored SB 144. The piece of legislation would have terminated the so-called “Private Option” portion of ObamaCare. Like HB 1492 and HB 1262, there was not enough Republican support for SB 144 to make it out of committee. If the refusal to stand up against ObamaCare, on the part of many Arkansas Republicans, is not enough to make you angry, perhaps you will be more outraged to learn that many of them have decided not to defend your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, as well. Republican State Representative David Meeks sponsored HB 1601. The legislation would have protected Arkansas’ public employees from being forced to violate the Second Amendment, in the event that they be asked to do so by the federal government. Many of the Republicans didn’t even have enough integrity to support this commonsense legislation, as a result, it failed to advance out of committee.
Republican State Representative Mary Bentley put forward HB 1967. State Representative Bentley’s bill would have required Arkansas’s State Board of Education to discontinue the use of Common Core standards. This bill did not make it out of the education committee because not enough of Representative Bentley’s fellow Republicans supported her patriotic efforts. This is evidence that the campaign promises that Republicans made the fight an overreaching federal government was nothing more than campaign rhetoric intended to get the votes of the patriotic people who live in Arkansas. If Arkansas Republicans were serious about pushing back against federal tyranny, they would have supported these liberty-protecting pieces of legislation.
Some Indiana Republicans have also decided not to defend liberty from unconstitutional federal policies. The Republicans control both the executive and legislative branches of the Indiana government. There were two bills that would have stood up to the tyranny of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, had they became law. One of those statutes was HB 1290. The piece of the legislation was co-sponsored by GOP State Representatives Christopher Judy, Robert Heaton, Matthew Ubelhor, and Doug Miller. If the bill became law, it would have nullified unconstitutional EPA regulations, while at the same time, allowing the Indiana State government to regulate the environment with its own agency. Many of Republicans in the Indiana legislature made the decision to allow the people of Indiana to continue to suffer under the tyrannical federal EPA regulations, by not permitting this bill to receive a committee hearing.
The same thing happened to SB 569. Sponsored by GOP State Senator Scott Schneider, the bill would have done the following, had it became law: “in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan regulatory activity: (1) the governor and attorney general shall take appropriate steps to protect the state’s sovereignty and police power authority in light of the designed federalism under the federal Clean Air Act; (2) the department of environmental management may examine the implications of preparing and implementing proposed regulations, but may not prepare or implement a state implementation plan until completion of judicial review concerning the legality of regulations under the federal Clean Air Act for existing power plants.” Despite the fact that, both the damaged liberty as well as, the negative economic effects that such unconstitutional regulations have on the prosperity of the people of Indiana would been improved by the enactment of SB 569, many Indiana GOP lawmakers chose to kill this pro-liberty, pro-constitutional bill in committee. They allowed federal tyranny to continue to harm the people of Indiana, even though they could have done about it.
In addition, there was also a bill that would have addressed the unconstitutional spying that is being conducted by the federal government. Republican State Senator Michael Delph’s SB 458, if it became law, would have provided “that the definition of “electronic communication” includes metadata that relates to an electronic communication. Requires that the search or seizure of an electronic communication be specifically authorized by state law or a court order based on probable cause, even if the electronic communication is in the custody of a third party, and makes it a Level 5 felony to violate these requirements. Prohibits the state, state agencies, political subdivisions, and local units of government from: (1) assisting a federal agency that collects an electronic communication unless authorized by state law or a court order based on probable [cause]”. This would have restored some of the privacy of the people of Indiana, but many of the republican lawmakers decided to not even give it a committee hearing.
Liberty-minded Indiana lawmakers sponsored four bills that would have addressed the need for the protection of the privacy rights, educational freedom, healthcare freedom, and the Second Amendment rights of the people of Indiana. SB 236 was co-sponsored by Republican State Senator James Smith and Democratic State Senator Mark Stoops. The piece of legislation would have defended the privacy rights of the people of Indiana by prohibiting “ a law enforcement agency from retaining license plate data captured by an automated license plate reader unless: (1) a comparison of the captured plate data with a data base shows that the data is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation, the location of a missing person or a fugitive from justice, or the commission of a crime; (2) the person in whose name the license plate was issued requests retention of the data; or (3) the data was obtained under a warrant”. It is an absolutely outrageous and sickening situation, to have a Democrat, like State Senator Mark Stoops standing up for the right to privacy, only to see a Republican majority refuse to move this pro-liberty bill through the committee process.
The GOP majority behaved in the same disgraceful way when it came to HB 1099. Indiana Republican State Representative Curt Nisly’s bill would do away with “the requirement that Indiana’s educational standards must comply with federal standards necessary to receive a flexibility waiver under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001”. The Republican majority would not allow a committee hearing on HB 1479 as well. With HB 1479, liberty-minded State Representatives Timothy Harman, Curt Nisly, and Ben Smaltz were attempting to prohibit “certain state actions related to enforcement or implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Requires the attorney general to file a civil action for injunctive relief in certain circumstances. Requires a tax deduction for taxpayers paying a penalty in relation to PPACA. Repeals a provision concerning application for a state innovation waiver under PPACA.” By refusing to pass this bill, Indiana’s GOP lawmakers were effectively saying “To hell with the people of Indiana who are suffering because of ObamaCare.”
They also seem not to care about the Second Amendment either. Patriotic State Representative Curt Nisly sponsored HB 1633. Nisly’s bill “Provides that a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that: (1) is manufactured commercially or privately in Indiana from basic materials; (2) can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state; and (3) remains within the borders of Indiana; is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.” This piece of legislation would have gone a long way towards an effort to protect the right to bear arms of the people of Indiana, but the State House Republicans decided that it did not deserve to get past the committee process.
Similar things of this kind are going on in Mississippi. Republican State Senator Videt Carmichael of Mississippi sponsored SB 2161. In a scandalous turn of events, this bill which was designed to nullify unconstitutional federal common core educational standards, was passed by the Republican-controlled Mississippi State House and Senate, only to be vetoed by a disgraceful so-called “conservative Republican” Governor, by the name of Phil Bryant. He should be removed from office for violating his oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
GOP State Senator Michael Watson sponsored SB 2429. This bill would have stopped the ability of law enforcement to engage in tracking people without a warrant. This pro-liberty legislation was killed in committee by the feckless Republican majority in the Mississippi State Senate. This Republican majority would not even stand up for the due process rights of the people of Mississippi. State Senator Watson Hill introduced SB 2698. Hill’s bill would have made it illegal for any Mississippi employee to carry out any federal decree that would allow individuals to be detained indefinitely without any due process of law. It did not even get a committee hearing.
In the state of Mississippi, some of the GOP members of the Mississippi Senate sponsored three bills that would have dealt huge blows to ObamaCare, and in turn, would have helped to preserve the healthcare freedom of the people of Mississippi. The bills that I’m referring to are SB 2768, SB 2534, and SB 2535, and they were sponsored by Republican her State Senators Chris McDaniel, Angela Burks Hill, and Michael Watson, respectively. The GOP State Senate majority wouldn’t even give these much-needed bills a committee hearing.
The Mississippi Republican legislature also made the decision to not support bills that would have done the following: allowed people who are terminally ill to try investigational drugs, fought Agenda 21, defended the Second Amendment, legalized industrial hemp, and nullified unconstitutional federal spying. HB 722 was co-sponsored by Republicans State Representatives Chris Brown, Carolyn Crawford, Dennis DeBar, Randy Boyd, and Democratic State Representatives Deborah Butler Dixon, Alyce Clarke, and Omeria Scott. If it had became law, it would have authorized “ licensed physicians to prescribe or recommend certain investigational drugs, biological products or devices to certain eligible terminally ill” patients.”
The bill, HB 1042 was introduced by State Representative Chris Brown. It would have accomplished essentially the same thing that HB 722 would have had it became law. Despite the fact that enacting these two pieces of legislation probably would have helped Mississippians, who are deathly ill, the majority of the GOP killed them in committee. GOP State Senator Melanie Sojourner sponsored SB 2809. Her bill would have prohibited “state and local government from adopting or implementing” any part of the United Nations’ evil, tyrannical ideas known as “Agenda 21.”
Republican State Representative Becky Currie sponsored HB 490. Her statute would have done the same thing that State Senator Sojourner’s bill would have done, if they became law. The feckless, good-for-nothing Republican majority would not give these bills a chance to come out of the committee. GOP State Senators Chris McDaniel and Michael Watson co-sponsored SB 2699. SB 2699 would have prohibited “State Or Local Enabling Of Federal Gun Ban Enforcement”. Republican State Representative Melanie Sojourner sponsored HB 2715. The statute would have prevented the state of Mississippi from cooperating with any federal effort to ban Mississippians from having firearms, as well as any federal effort to seize property. But, many of the Republicans decided to side with Obama’s unconstitutional, gun control agenda, by killing both of these pro-2nd amendment bills in committee.
Democratic Mississippi State Representative David Baria sponsored HB 562. His bill was about legalizing industrial hemp. Industrial hemp could be used for several different purposes. It could be used for making paper, textiles, and plastics that are biodegradable. It is very environmentally-friendly. Since the Democrats like to talk about making sure that we are good stewards of our environment, and the Republicans like to talk about protecting liberty, you would think that two parties would have been able to come together to make HB 562 the law in the state of Mississippi. If the rhetoric that these two parties use is sincere, the enactment of HB 562 should have made the Democrats happy because it would have legalized the use of the biodegradable industrial hemp (which is good for the environment), and the GOP should have been happy because the piece of legislation would have expanded the freedom of the people of Mississippi by allowing them to use the product. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Despite all of their talk about restoring and preserving liberty and freedom, the Republican majority passed up this chance to work with Democrats on an issue that would have been beneficial to the freedom of Mississippians by killing this bill in committee. This is so disgraceful that I don’t know how to find the word to best describe the behavior of this GOP majority.
Patriotic State Senators Chris McDaniel and Melanie Sojourner co-sponsored SB 2753. Their bill was designed to “prohibit any state action which implements the federal NSA program. The NSA program allows the federal government to collect stuff like, the phone records of Americans. If SB 2753 had been allowed to become law, it would be very hard for the federal government to continue to spy on Mississippians. But, as they have done with the aforementioned pro-liberty bills, the Republican majority sold out the liberty of the people of Mississippi (ensuring that their 4th Amendment rights are destroyed by the federal government), yet again, by making sure that they stopped SB 2753 from passing out of the committee.
Like Mississippi, the state of Nevada has a Republican-controlled legislature and a Republican governor. In Nevada, there were seven bills introduced in 2015 that would have addressed the following issues: nullifying ObamaCare, nullifying Common Core, stopping indefinite detention, returning land to the state of Nevada from the federal government, and confining military transfers from the federal government to Nevada’s State and local law enforcement.
Co-sponsored by Republican State Assemblywoman Jill Dickman and Republican State Senator Don Gustavson, SJR 14 would have amended the Nevada state constitution to prohibit any agency that is under its authority from creating any type of health insurance exchange program. But, most of the Republicans in the Nevada Legislature decided to not fight ObamaCare, by killing SJR 14 in committee.
Republican Assemblymen/women Brent Jones, Michele Fiore, Ira Hansen, Jim Wheeler, John Ellison, Jill Dickman, John Moore, Victoria Seaman, Shelley Shelton, and GOP State Senator Don Gustavson co-sponsored AB 368. This Piece of legislation would have ended Nevada’s State Health Insurance Exchange. So much for the Republicans’ claim that they believe in the free market. They would not even allow this pro-free market bill to have a committee hearing. To make matters worse, this GOP majority would not even take advantage of a bipartisan chance to wage an assault on the unconstitutional Common Core education program.
AB 303 was co-sponsored by Republican Assemblymen/women Brent Jones, Jill Dickman, Michele Fiore, John Moore, Shelly Shelton, Derek Armstrong, John Ellison, David Gardner, Glenn Trowbridge, Democratic Assemblymen Harvey Munford, James Ohrenschall, and GOP State Senator Don Gustavson. The bill was designed to resist the adoption of unconstitutional common core educational standards. Despite the support of some of the Democratic lawmakers, the Republican-dominated Nevada legislature rejected AB 303, by denying it a committee hearing. Their behavior is disgusting.
Republican State Senator Don Gustavson sponsored SB 352. Gustavson’s bill was intended to admonish “indefinite detention.” But, the GOP majority sold out the civil liberties of the people of Nevada, by refusing to support this no brainer legislation. They gave it no committee hearing.
Co-sponsored by Republican Assemblymen/women Michele Fiore, Shelley Shelton, Victoria Dooling, Robin Titus, Victoria Seaman, Jill Dickman, John Ellison, David Gardner, Ira Hansen, Brent Jones, John Moore, John Wheeler, James Oscarson, and GOP State Senator Don Gustavson, AB 408 had the intention of allowing the State of Nevada to have the legal ability to have some authority over and the use of certain land that has been illegitimately under the control of the federal government. The Cliven Bundy incident proved that Nevada is in need of this type of law, but the RINOs refused to touch AB 408 in a committee hearing. AB 283 was introduced by Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen. Hansen’s bill was intended to give the Nevada state government more authority over lands that are claimed by the federal government. Unfortunately, the traitors in Hansen’s own party wouldn’t even give AB 283 the time of day.
AB 397 was supported by GOP Assemblymen/women John Moore, Brent Jones, and Jill Dickman. Their bill was attempting to restrict the authority of law enforcement agencies when they are executing things like, search warrants. It also would have limited federal government’s ability to enforce the laws, by giving Nevada’s state and local governments the authority to enforce things like warrants. Disgracefully, AB 397 suffered the same fate as all of the other pro-liberty bills that have been discussed. It is painfully obvious that most of the Republicans who are members of the Nevada legislature do not take their oaths of office very seriously. Through their refusal to support these good, liberty-restoring pieces of legislation, they have shown that they are very comfortable with seeing to people of Nevada suffering under the domination of our out-of-control, tyrannical federal government.
Like Nevada, the state of Oklahoma has a Republican governor and a Republican-led legislature. In Oklahoma, patriotic legislators have introduced eleven pro-liberty pieces of legislation. GOP State Representative Fred Jordan, State Senators Nathan Dahm and Michael Mazzei have co-sponsored SB 618. SB 618 was designed to prohibit the “access to certain information without search warrant”, thereby protecting the privacy rights of the people of Oklahoma. The GOP majority decided to allow the Fourth Amendment to continue to be destroyed by denying a vote on SB 618.
SB 616 was introduced by Republican State Senator Mike Schulz. This bill would have allowed terminally ill patients to use certain drugs that might help them, but have not been approved by the federal drug regulators. Most of the Republicans in the legislature didn’t even care enough about trying to help these poor people who are sick and dying. It didn’t make it out of committee.
Republican State Representative Lewis Moore and State Senator Nathan Dahm co-sponsored SB 276. SB 276 would’ve nullified unconstitutional federal gun control and establish penalties for those who tries to enact gun control policies. Despite all of the pro-gun rhetoric that is employed by many Republican during election cycles, when it really counts, they intentionally block good pro-liberty legislation like SB 276.
Co-sponsored by State representative Sean Roberts and State Senator Patrick Anderson, SB 10 would’ve exempted “certain items [firearms] from federal regulation”. The bill suffered the same fate as SB 276. Patriotic GOP State Representative Fred Jordan, State Senators Michael Mazzei and Nathan Dahm tried to protect the Fourth Amendment for a second time by introducing SB 444. The piece of the legislation would have essentially accomplished the same objective as SB 618. Unfortunately, it suffered the same fate as SB 618, because of the good-for-nothing Republican majority in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Republican State Senator Ralph Shorty introduced SB 503. GOP State Representative Paul Wesselhoft sponsored HB 1295. SB 503 and HB 1295 would’ve limited the ability of law enforcement and other state agencies to use ariel drones. The two bills also would have established penalties for those who violate the terms of the statutes. This would have been a good opportunity for the Oklahoma Republican Party to demonstrate that they are committed to restoring and defending civil liberties. Instead, GOP majority arrogantly refused to give SB 503 and HB 1295 the time of day.
HB 1738 was introduced by Republicans, State Representative Lewis Moore and State Senator Nathan Dahm. This pro-liberty piece of legislation would have made it illegal for any governmental agency to aid unconstitutional spying. But, most of the Republicans betrayed the Fourth Amendment of the United States’ Constitution by deciding not to support the passage of HB 1738.
State Representative Mark McBride introduced House Bill 2126. HB 2126 would have gotten rid of some burdensome federal Environmental Protection Agency’s unconstitutional regulations, regarding the waters of the state of Oklahoma. Given the fact that the Republican Party touts itself as the party of limited government, one would think that Oklahoma’s Republican-led legislature would have passionately supported such a bill. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Instead, they put their supposed “principles” aside and didn’t lift a finger to pass House Bill 2126.
Freedom-fighting State Senator Nathan Dahm proposed SJR 23. The treacherous Republican majority wouldn’t even support this pro-Tenth Amendment bill. SJR 23 would have permitted the people of Oklahoma to either accept or reject an amendment to that state’s Constitution that would have created an apparatus that would be used to deny any support to any unconstitutional federal action. It is a complete disgrace that most of the Republicans would not support the bill. State Representative Lewis Moore and State Senator Nathan Dahm proposed yet another good, pro-liberty piece of legislation. The piece of legislation that I’m referring to is HB 1737. HB 1737 was an attempt to codify the authority of the state of Oklahoma to interpose and resist federal tyranny. As they did with all of the other aforementioned Pro-Constitution bills, the RINO traitors in the Oklahoma legislature prevented HB 1737 from advancing through the legislative process.
When it seems like it can’t get any worse, it does. Not only have Republicans betrayed their oaths of offices in the supposedly solid “conservative” state of Oklahoma, they are also doing the same thing in the state of Wyoming. Like Oklahoma, Wyoming Republicans control the legislature and the governorship. Despite the fact that they controlled state government, Wyoming Republicans have failed to pass and enact five pro-liberty pieces of legislation.
HB 133 was co-sponsored by the following eight Patriotic GOP State Representatives: David Miller, Theodore Blackburn, Scott Clem, Allen Jaggi, Norine Kasperik, Kendell Kroeker, Garry Piiparinen, and Nathan Winters. This important piece of legislation would have made it illegal in Wyoming to implement any part of the tyrannical, evil, New World Order agenda, known Agenda 21. Despite these patriots’ best efforts, this badly-needed bill was voted down in committee.
The Wyoming Joint Judiciary Interim Committee sponsored HB 18. This piece of legislation would have resulted in added protection of the privacy rights of the people of Wyoming by limiting governmental use of drone technology. The Republicans failed to pass HB 18 in the Wyoming Senate. That is very sad, indeed. HB 91 was introduced by the following Republican lawmakers: Representatives Kendell Kroeker, Mark Baker, Marti Halverson, Hans Hunt, Mark Jennings, Tyler Lindholm, Carl Loucks, Robert McKim, David Miller, and State Senator Cale Case. This bill would have nullified indefinite detention, thereby protecting the due process rights of the people of Wyoming. As unbelievable as this may be, there was not enough Republican support to pass this commonsense bill in accordance with their own House rule.
GOP State Representatives Kendell Kroeker, Mark Baker, Marti Halverson, Tyler Lindholm, Carl Loucks, David Miller, Nathan Winters, and State Senator Larry Hicks co-sponsored HB 89. This piece of the legislation would have restored gold and silver as lawful legal tender. This is important because it is critical to determining the value of the money that is in the pockets of the people of Wyoming. Unfortunately, many Republicans did not take the issue serious, and therefore, it failed to pass through the legislative process.
Republican State Representatives David Miller, Kermit Brown, Scott Clem, Mike Greear, Marti Halverson, Kendell Kroeker, Carl Loucks, and State Senators Eli Bebout, Stan Cooper, Ogden Driskill, Larry Hicks, and Curt Meier co-sponsored HB 209. HB 209 would have allowed the state of Wyoming take back control of public lands that have been under the domination of the federal government. This would have made it more difficult the federal government to harass the people in Wyoming who use those public lands. Sadly, many of the Republican lawmakers chose not to help their constituents by passing this bill, instead, they killed it in committee.
There are even turncoat Republican members of state legislature of the conservative state of Texas. In Texas, there have been several liberty-restoring pieces of legislation that Republican lawmakers failed to pass. Republican State Representative Dwayne Bohac introduced HB 3165. This bill would have ensured that the use of cell site simulator device would be limited, in order to protect the privacy rights of the people of the state of Texas. The Republican majority has failed to push the bill through the legislature and onto the governor’s desk.
Republican State Representative Jonathan Strickland pushed for the passage of HB 3916. HB 3916 is a piece of legislation that would deny electric and water services to federal agencies, like the. NSA. The point of the bill is that, if Texas doesn’t support the NSA facilities, they will be unable to conduct unconstitutional spying on the people of Texas. This bill was referred to the State Affairs Committee, and it has stalled there since March 23, 2015.
In 2015, there have been five bills addressing gun control that supposedly “conservative”, “liberty-minded”, “constitutionalist” members of the Texas State Legislature have not pushed through the legislative process. Those five bills are SB 438, HB 422, HB 2359, HB 176, and HB 413. All five of these bills represent attempts to shield Texans from the tyrannical effects of the federal government’s assault on the Second Amendment. They all have gone nowhere.
Republican State Senators Bob Hall, Lois Kolkhorst, Charles Perry, and Craig Estes co-sponsored SB 438. HB 422 was Republican State Representatives Matt Krause, Dustin Burrows, James White, and Molly White. GOP State Representative Dwayne Bohac proposed HB 2359. HB 176 was sponsored by Republican State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt. GOP State Representatives Craig Goldman, Matt Rinaldi, and Scott Sanford cosponsored 413. SB 438 is still sitting in the State Affairs Committee. HB 422 was sent to the Calendars’ Committee on May 11, 2015. HB 2359 was sent to the Calendar’s Committee on May 5, 2015. HB 176 was referred to the State & Federal Power & Responsibility, and Select committees on February 2, 2015. Finally, HB 413 has been pending in committee since March 19, 2015. If members of the Republican Party are truly the friends of the Second Amendment that they say they are, why is it that they have not passed these gun rights-protecting pieces of legislation?
There are two statutes that have not been passed through the GOP-controlled Texas State Legislature, addressing the urgent need to do something about Agenda 21. GOP State Senator Bob Hall introduced SB 445. HB 1654 was proposed by Republican State Representatives Molly White, Phil King, Jeff Leach, Gilbert Pena, and Scott Turner. Both SB 445 and HB 1654 would have limited the ability of Texas’ governmental agencies to make contracts and agreements with the United Nations’ Agenda 21. The Republican majority has dragged their feet on these two bills. SB 445 was referred to the State Affairs Committee on February 9, 2015. HB 1654 was referred to the International Trade &Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on March 9, 2015. Republicans have not made any progress on these two bills since these two referrals.
Texas’ Republican led State legislature has also chose not to pass pro-liberty statutes dealing with the gathering of people’s data, civil asset forfeiture, the legalization of industrial hemp, restricting the use of automatic license plate readers, and nullifying common core. HB 2263 was co-sponsored by a huge numbers of Democratic and Republican Texas lawmakers. HB 2263 dealt with limiting the ability of law enforcement to obtain Texans’ data from wireless communication devices. In other words, it helps to protect their privacy rights. The bill was sent to the Calendar’s Committee on April 29, 2015, and the Republicans have not moved the bill any further. There is a bipartisan bill that contains provisions that would restrict the usage of civil asset forfeiture, thereby adding protection for the due process rights of the people of Texas. This bill, HB 3171 was left pending in committee by the GOP majority.
A bill, HB 1322 that would have expanded liberty by making a use of industrial hemp legal was co-sponsored by Democratic State Representatives Joe Farias and Celia Israel. Here, we have a situation where Democrats are willing to stand up for liberty, only to have many of the Republican lawmakers sit on the sidelines, and allowed this pro-liberty bill to lie pending in committee since March 18, 2015.
Republican State Representative Matt Rinaldi introduced HB 2867. The bill would have restricted law enforcement’s ability to use automatic license plates readers. The intention of the statute is to protect the privacy rights of the people of Texas. On March 19, 2015, the Republicans referred the bill to the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, and it has not moved forward since that time. GOP State Senator Bob Hall introduced a Senate version of HB 2867, known as SB 1286. Like they are doing with SB 1286, the Republican majority is doing the same thing with HB 2867 – that is, allowing it to languish. The last time that the Republicans touched SB 1286 was on March 15, 2015, which was when they referred it to the Criminal Justice Committee.
GOP State Representative Dan Huberty sponsored HB 741. Huberty’s bill would stop any federally-imposed, Common Core-type of educational curriculum from being used in the state of Texas. This bill was referred to the Public Education Committee on February 23, 2015, which was the last time the Republicans have tried to advance this pro-liberty piece of legislation.
Tragically, the Republican members of the Texas legislature have, in addition to all of the other aforementioned instances where they have not actively pushed legislation that would, if signed into law, help to protect their constituents from the negative effects of federal tyranny, not moved HB 1751, HB 98, or HB 3606 through the legislature. State Representative David Simpson (R – Longview) sponsored HB 1751. Simpson’s bill what makes it illegal for the state of Texas to execute any unconstitutional federal laws or rules. The Republicans have left HB 1751 pending in committee since April 30, 2015.
GOP State Representatives Dan Flynn, Phil King, Ron Simmons, Cecil Bell, Jodie Laubenberg, Trent Ashby, Giovanni Capriglione, William Metcalf, Scott Sanford, Gary Vandeaver, James White, and Molly White co-sponsored HB 98. The statute would allow the state of Texas to only help the federal government enforce federal laws and rules that comply with the United States’ Constitution, and nothing more. No progress has been made on this bill, since the Republicans sent it as a committee report to the Calendars Committee, which happened on April 21, 2015.
Republican State Representative Matt Krause proposed HB 3606. Krause’s bill compels political subdivisions that are within State of Texas to report receipt and expenditures of federal money to the Legislative Budget Board, the Comptroller, and the governor of Texas. This would help Texas’ elected officials identify whether or not federal money is being spent on constitutional activities. Apparently, most of the Republican members of the Texas Legislature don’t care much about identifying whether or not federal funds are being spent on constitutional behavior. I said that, they don’t seem to care, because they sent HB 3606 as a committee report to the Calendars Committee on May 11, 2015, and have not touched the bill since that time.
WHERE TO GO FROM HERE
It is important to remember that although the GOP as a whole is an embarrassing joke, most of these bills were in fact written and introduced by Republicans. These rogue Republicans who have gone against their party establishment deserve to be supported wholeheartedly. Getting involved in your local GOP for the purposes of voting the bums out and putting brave independent constitutional patriots into office can save our precious freedoms.
Indeed, it is already happening. Bills were signed into law across the country to rebuke Common Core, Obamacare, drone surveillance, industrial hemp prohibition, federal money printing, police militarization, civil asset forfeiture and many other Washington D.C. atrocities. It’s not enough but it’s a start that we can build upon. Think of state nullification as a snowball is rolling down the hill slowly building momentum. We must behave in ways that turn this snowball into a full-blown avalanche that buries federal tyranny forever.
The message to get out of this article is not one of sorrow or hopelessness. The fact that all of these bills were introduced is a great step in the right direction. More work just needs to be done. We are not where we need to be quite yet. It’s time to take out the trash. The cretins in the GOP must be taken down, and the constitutional patriots must reign. Then, we can nullify all Washington D.C. tyranny and the Republican-dominated state legislatures won’t be such a pathetic joke.