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The Burnie Thompson Show 2/4/2014 Francisco Rodriguez Interview

Published on Feb 4, 2014
Burnie Thompson interviews the Florida Tenth Amendment Center to support Florida’s Second Amendment Preservation Act, which would nullify anti-constitutional federal gun laws.

Florida Reps Move to Preserve 2nd Amendment

Published on Feb 5, 2014
FLORIDA | Could Florida end nearly all federal gun laws in the Sunshine State? If a new bill introduced into the statehouse passes, that may come to pass. State Representative Dane Eagle has introduced House Bill 733 into the Florida statehouse. This bill is commonly known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The legislation being considered in Tallahassee would forbid any state agencies from participating in the enforcement of any federal laws related to firearms. This prohibition would cover both present and future laws passed in Washington, and may provide a path for other states to follow suit.

Preventing the enforcement of federal laws on a state level is not a new idea. Founding Father James Madison, known the Father of the Constitution, supported such actions. He created the first blueprint of how such actions could take effect.

Francisco Rodriguez is the outreach director of the Tenth Amendment Center. That group strives to keep the federal government from enacting legislation beyond powers enumerated in the Constitution. Rodriguez is also active in the James Madison Institute and was elected to the board of directors for the Florida Food Policy Council.

Rodriguez is our guest on the show today. He is here to talk to us about Second Amendment Preservation Act. We will discuss the history of the bill, as well as its potential to pass into law. We will look at the possible effect of the act, and similar efforts in other states.

Personal Nullification – Daily actions can oppose the federal government

What if you could do something today to stop the federal government’s power?  You can, just change your lunch plans…

Michelle Obama and Subway promote federal standards for kids meals with Subway spending $41 million to market these federal standards.  What are these standards?  The simple way to define them is “Eat more fruits and vegetables…”   That’s not bad is it?  Yeah, it’s really bad, for a number of reasons.

First, it’s simply unconstitutional for the federal government to set standards on food consumption.  It wastes money, time, resources and focus away from what the federal government should be doing…which is much less than it is doing now.

Second, it’s disingenuous.   The federal government sets the standard for food regulation and those regulations promote less healthy foods.  Setting a standard for healthy foods while engaging in the regulation that limits them is disingenuous.

How do I know this?  I’m in the food industry, well, technically the “supplement industry” but I work with food companies as well; and the federal regulations are focused on immediate health impacts of food rather than long-term.  What do I mean by immediate?  Most people want regulations that keep foods “safe”, and that’s what the federal government wants too, but their definition of “safe” is focused on “will it kill someone today?”  The testing requirements on food are especially designed for factory made food and not farm stand food.  Well, if you sterilize food you can usually avoid killing someone today and you end up creating something that never was consumed for any part of human history, until now, because of federal regulations.  Since the food, industrially produced, is something never consumed in human history the effects are a myriad of human health conditions that have not been seen on such a mass scale in history.  So people don’t die immediately but quality of life begins to be destroyed as younger and younger ages and for longer and longer periods of time.  Those fruits and veggies in the standards are typically harvested well before they are ready because they come from other countries or domestic mono-culture mass farms.  Local farms demonstrate a more secure food option for fruits and vegetables as they allow food to cultivate more completely, but regulations drive the cost of local food production so high making it nearly impossible for a small, local producer to survive.

The third reason this federal program is harmful, and perhaps most importantly, deals with the relationship between business and government.  Why do businesses believe they need to partner with government?  Don’t they have a vested interest to deliver value to customers?  Why wouldn’t businesses want to deliver quality of life to their customers?  The truth is, they can’t…because it’s illegal or the regulations make it morally harmful to paying their bills.

So what can you do?  Simple, eat healthy food, locally grown and boycott corporations and institutions that partner with DC.

 

This concept was most effective when the American colonists engaged boycott activities prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  On October 20, 1774 The Continental Association was encouraged by the Continental Congress.  What did they encourage in this 2-page document?  Boycotts and purposeful purchases…basically, “Personal Nullification” directly in opposition to the actions of the the British Crown.

The actions encouraged avoiding the non-importation of good from Great Britain or Ireland, non-consumption of various foods from other British colonies and corporations that benefit the crown and  improve local sources of various items.  They even recommended avoiding coffee because it would benefit the tyrants through taxation.

Was it worth it?  Well, conservative estimates calculate that there was a 90% shift in voluntary spending away from British products and services that benefited their oppressors and toward people and companies of nearby liberty friends and loved ones.  How long did it take to make this shift?  Less than 24 months…

Personal Nullification is simple, especially when a corporation like Subway demonstrates such close ties to the oppressive, unconstitutional government we all want to end…so let’s remove our support for these corporations that collaborate with DC.

Just start with lunch.

 

Did you budget for Liberty? Because we need 100% Participation!!

Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez

Does our family have money to pay for our home in 2014?  Check!

Does our family have money for food in 2014?  Check!

Does our family have enough to pay essential bills, like energy and water in 2014 ? Check!

Have we budgeted for Liberty? Check!!

 The Rodriguez 2014 Budget is done.  And funding liberty, exclusively through the Tenth Amendment Center or the Florida Chapter was one of the most exciting budget items on which we agreed.

 Liberty needs funding and that funding only comes from liberty people!

 When I look at organizations that I’ve donated to in the past, I am somewhat frustrated with myself for not expecting a ROI (Return on Investment) on those donations. You may be saying, how do you calculate an ROI for liberty donations?  Well, until recently, I didn’t. It is time to do so, however, because the reality of NOT demanding an ROI is costing us our liberty!

Here is how I calculate ROI for giving to liberty organizations:

1. What level of government are they working on?

 f they have a “national focus” they don’t get my money. That’s a personal decision but it deals with ROI in a big way. In Federalist 46 Madison was clear about one thing, that DC needs the states much more than the states need DC. So, I’m pretty done focusing on DC. I’m informed about them but no organization focused on working through DC is getting my money in 2014.

2. Does the organization have specific actions?

Almost every single day we receive information like “forward this email”, “read this article”, etc. but information is NOT action.  Information may be important and educational, but without a specific action to take it is worthless.  I mean that in the strongest sense of the word. WORTHLESS. If you have a pile of information in your head but are not using it for a personal impact then that information is a WASTE!  It is literally toxic. After being in the Liberty movement since I was 15 years old, I’ve often been intoxicated by information. I would hear it, be shocked, and then just keep thinking about how bad things are, and why don’t ‘they’ do something about it? The toxin released by information without action is FEAR! Fear prohibits personal action. This is also a reason why #1, focusing on DC, stops many people from taking action. They feel too overwhelmed. Organizations that don’t provide information + action should be avoided.

I want to be clear, information is important, but my family and I have chosen not to donate a dime to any organization that does not have specific actions to take after providing us with essential information about liberty or politics.

If an organization can make it this far, and almost none do, then we move to question #3 before deciding to donate to them.

3. Will the action that an organization is encouraging likely be implemented?

Some liberty groups have actions that are truly actions. Petitions can be signed and they will go to someone.  But if the chances are that 1,000,000 people are needed to do the same thing, then I won’t be participating. I can only control me and it’s not likely that 1,000,000 people will do something when asked. If my action really increases the probability to closer to 1/100 or 1/50 taking action in my area that seems like a worthwhile activity.

4. Will the action, when implemented, have a visible impact to me or people I care about?

This one is huge! I cannot tell you the number of meetings I’m asked to attend that will yield ZERO impact. Seriously, zero. If the meeting doesn’t have actionable steps to take at the end of it that meet the criteria also laid out above then participating in it is a WASTE of time.

I need liberty…I think you need liberty too.

Somehow liberty alludes us, despite all the books in our homes, conversations, petitions signed, meetings attended, emails forwarded, or the person we elected to “go do the right thing,” and more. Funding organizations that inform us but don’t “activate” has NOT worked.

I’m budgeting for liberty action by donating to the Tenth Amendment Center, State Chapter in Florida and maybe one other organization who also meets the criteria above when they work with the Tenth Amendment Center.

I hope your budget for liberty in 2014 starts now and that 100% of you will donate, (now!) to the Tenth Amendment Center, so the action of liberty can continue!

If everyone who “likes” TAC on Facebook would respond with $12 per year I believe the ROI would be liberty on a specific issue very close to where you live!

To donate, click HERE.

Protect our Property Rights: Eliminate Regional Planning Councils

Regional Planning Councils were created by Florida law to coordinate transportation planning activities of municipalities and counties. Florida’s 67 counties areas are divided into 11 regions. Regional Planning Councils original purpose was to apply for and distribute federal funds to help with building roads and bridges, not dictate growth management to local governments.

Unfortunately, the 11 Florida Regional Planning Councils have become a de facto agency of the federal government to promote “Smart Growth” and “Sustainable Living” schemes at the expense of local control of land use decisions and private property rights.

Regional Planning Councils receive funding from the federal government to bypass our local and state representatives to implement “Smart growth” schemes (such as 7/50 in south Florida) that strip away our property rights, by pushing us into higher density urban centers, forcing us to give up our cars, use bikes, transit or walk to work and shop. As someone said “You will be forced to live in a 1200 sq. ft. condo above a donut shop by a transit stop”.

Regional Planning Councils receive most of their funding through HUD and the Obama administration’s “Sustainable Communities Initiative” where federal money is funneled to Regional Planning Councils to promote “Smart growth” schemes and in order to access that money municipalities and counties must embrace the goals to regulate virtually every aspect of our lives… including housing, water, natural resources, transportation, land use, economic development, energy, cultural and historic resources, public health, education, environmental planning, energy and “climate change”.

 

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Don’t Let The Negativity Discourage You. Nullification Works

 

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Even though it’s worked.

Even though it’s working.

People keep telling me nullification won’t work.

Sometimes I fell like I’m swimming in a giant sea of negativity. Every day, some nattering nabob tries to throw cold water on our work here at the Tenth Amendment Center.

On a recent article laying out the anti-commandeering doctrine, a reader commented, “Sound’s great till the feds threaten to cut off the various grant programs they have states and local governments hooked on, then every one fall in line with the program (sic).” (Keep reading to find out how untrue this is!)

When we reported Michigan taking the first step to nullify the NDAA, one commenter opined, “This will have literally no effect.”

Two streams of thought converge to create this river of negativity. First, too many people view the federal government as all-powerful and unstoppable. Second, many seem to lack any ability to see the big picture.

When we talk about nullification, many who believe in it in principle don’t think it can effectively stop the feds. I’ve been told, “A state cannot stop the same force that toppled Hitler and Tojo.” That makes for a clever one-liner, but it’s really a ridiculous comparison. To say the federal government will respond to nullification efforts in the same way it dealt with Nazi Germany and Japan in WWII takes hyperbole to an atmospheric level. If you really believe that will happen, then you truly have descended into hopelessness, and you might as well just go build yourself a bunker and prepare for your ultimate demise.

Of course, the president could conceivably send tanks into South Carolina to force implementation of Obamacare if the state legislature ultimately passes H3101. But he won’t. Troops didn’t storm Los Angeles to shut down the medical marijuana dispensaries. The Army didn’t invade the north in 1855 to force compliance with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. And B-52s won’t carpet bomb Denver to destroy the retail marijuana outlets. It’s not that the feds can’t. But they won’t. People who throw out these kinds of scenarios pander in fear.

In fact, recent history indicates the feds will stand down in the face of large-scale nullification efforts.  As more and more states have turned their backs on marijuana prohibition, the feds have not responded with force to assert their will. They have backed down.

Over and over and over.

Yes, they occasionally conduct raids and crackdowns (almost always with state and local assistance), but they have done nothing to slow the movement to legalize marijuana.

That leads to the second, and perhaps more important point. We don’t find ultimate success of nullification in individual acts by single states. We have to look at the bigger picture. It’s probably true that a single state refusing to cooperate with indefinite detention wouldn’t likely stop the feds from doing it if they really wanted to. One state refusing to cooperate with the NSA won’t stop spying. A single state refusing to lend assistance to enforcement of federal gun laws won’t end federal gun control. But what happens when 25 or 30 states refuse to cooperate? What happens when more than half the country nullifies an unconstitutional act? That changes the dynamic in several ways. As Madison asserted in Federalist 46, multiple states taking action “would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.” Not that they necessarily can’t encounter the obstructions with enough force, but they won’t be willing to.

Why not?

Well, first off, the federal government lacks the resources. It is a fact that the feds rely on state and local assistance for almost everything they do. Read virtually any press release on a federal drug raid and you will find the words “with cooperation of state and local law enforcement.” The National Governors Association acknowledged this during the so-called government shut-down. When a large number of states refuse to lift a finger to help the feds, it makes it nearly impossible for them to implement their programs or enforce their “laws.” We can look at the marijuana issue again. As I’ve pointed out before, it would take more than twice the annual DEA budget just to shut down the 400 medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver. The federal government faces the same kind of limitations in other agencies. Figures I’ve seen indicate that more than 70 percent of the ATF raids nationwide rely on state and local assistance.

We need to wrap our heads around this very important fact: the federal government cannot enforce all of the laws rules and regulations its created, and it cannot implement and administer all of the programs it created without state assistance. Widespread noncooperation will seriously disrupt the goals of the federal behemoth. Maybe not in one state. Perhaps not even in three or four. But when 20 or even 30 states withdraw cooperation, it will indeed create “obstructions.”

Second, widespread state action sends a message. We all realize the monster along the Potomac doesn’t respond much to the people. But with enough pressure, sustained for a long period will lead to change.

Consider the 55 mph speed limit. Nobody liked it. But busybodies in D.C. decided it was necessary for highway safety and energy conservation. So in 1974, Congress established the 55 mph maximum speed limit. It didn’t mandate states implement it, but threatened to cut highway funds if more than 50 percent of drivers on state highways exceeded the limit. Of course, as time went on, more and more drivers personally nullified the federal law. On top of that, state enforcement became more and more lax. In some cases, the lack of enforcement was due to resource limitations. In others, it was intentional. By the mid-80s, it became clear the speed limit was a farce. A 1986 Sun Sentinel story highlighted the virtual nullification of the speed limit by the general public and state governments.

This is where the perpetual pessimist would predict a federal crackdown. Did it happen? No. As the Sun Sentinel reports, “despite a legal requirement to withhold federal highway funds from states where more than 50 percent of drivers exceed the limit, the U.S. Department of Transportation has yet to impose any penalties.The article goes on to highlight the many states not in compliance and noted even more were within tenths of a percent from the naughty zone.

But many other states reported percentages that were only slightly under 50 percent, and drivers in most states appear to be ignoring the speed limit on most highways.

Interestingly, research indicates enforcement does lower speeds. Clearly, the states weren’t enforcing 55.

In fact, a Philadelphia Enquirer article published in 1986 indicates the rate of noncompliance was even higher because states simply cooked the books. The reporter looked at number from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

The percentages in all three states, by an initial reckoning, had actually been in excess of 50 percent. But the numbers were adjusted downward through the use of statistical formulas.

Eric Bolten, spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration, said pretty much every state was in noncompliance.

“I would say virtually every state is over the 50 percent figure in the initial data submitted to the FHA.”

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Did the federal government crack down? Did it yank highway funding to force compliance? Did it send in the Army to enforce the speed limit?

Nope.

In 1987, the feds quietly began raising the speed limit.

Americans nullified. The feds backed down.

Madison’s blueprint works.

 

 

About the author

Michael Maharrey [send him email] is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of ’98 – Kentucky. See his blog archive here and his article archive here. He is the author of the book, Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty/

LIBERTY FIRST NETWORK LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JANUARY 9, 2014

This update compiled,written and distributed by John Hallman and Paul Henry

LFN UPDATE

 

LIBERTY FIRST NETWORK LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JANUARY 9, 2014

*** This update is for information only. No reader action is needed unless desired or specified, see Red Light Camera section for an Action Item ***

This week was another committee week. Legislation of interest this week included threatened use of force and red light camera bills, as well as an indirect REAL ID bill.

Threatened use of force
The first bill of interest was SB 448, which is titled “Threatened Use of Force.” It was heard by the Senate Criminal Justice committee on Wednesday January 8.

This bill in our opinion is needed to correct some unintended consequences wherein people that threatened to use force were charged and convicted and received a mandatory minimum sentence. The committee barely had enough Senators present to form a quorum, and was delayed until enough could arrive to do so. Several speakers in favor of the bill appeared, including Paul Henry from Liberty First Network, Eric Thursday from Florida Carry, Greg Newbern from Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and Marion Hammer from Unified Sportsmen of Florida. The only person to sort-of speak against the bill was a representative from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, who indicated his issue was how prosecutors were being portrayed. He conceded the bill had good provisions, but reminded the committee there were two sides to all stories, and people in prison had been found guilty by a judge and jury.

Once the vote came, it was easily passed with a 5-0 vote. The bill moves next to the Judiciary committee, and if passed there to the Rules committee. There is a companion House bill, HB 89, that we are tracking. Back in November, it passed its first committee with a12-1 vote. It has two more committees to clear, the Justice Appropriations subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee.

Did you find this information helpful? Did you know that we could not cover both the Red Light Camera and REAL ID meetings due to a lack of funds? If you can give us just a few dollars a month, we can grow this idea for liberty into an unstoppable force in Tallahassee. Click this text to go to our donation page.

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New Video!Tom Woods 10K Challenge to Mark Levin to debate nullification

The great Tom Woods challenges right wing talking head Mark Levin to debate nullification.
Tom offers a choice of formats to Levin and a bet:

If Tom is declared the winner, Levin must donate 10K to Tenth Amendment Center.
If Levin is (LOL!) Tom will donate to Levin’s favorite charity.

It’s big boy pants time Mr. Levin!!

Published on Jan 9, 2014
New York Times bestselling author Tom Woods urges radio host Mark Levin to abandon his usual name-calling and to agree to a debate over state nullification. Visit Tom’s special educational page for Levin at http://www.LibertyClassroom.com/Levin.

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Who Does What to Whom

From A Citizen’s View by Scott A. Strzelczyk    http://sas4liberty.wordpress.com/

 

 

Scott Strzelczyk.

Scott Strzelczyk.

Who does what to whom? Indeed, it is an interesting question to ponder.

Our daily lives are filled with numerous interactions. Mostly voluntary. We choose who to e-mail, who we talk to, and with whom we conduct economic transactions. We voluntarily choose who we date and marry. We voluntarily choose to start a business or to become an employee. The voluntary interactions in our lives are numerous and indefinite.

Likewise, in every voluntary interaction at least one other person voluntarily reciprocates. An e-mail and phone call is responded to voluntarily. A business transaction is concluded when two parties voluntarily enter into it for their mutual benefit. Our personal relationships happen because another person has agreed to go on a date or to willingly agree to become a husband or wife.

Contracts can be enforced or terminated due to failure of one party to fulfill their obligations. A spouse may freely choose to leave a marriage due to abuse. Correspondence and association between two people ends when one no longer voluntarily accedes to it.

Force and coercion are contradistinctions from voluntary interactions as they impede us from action or compel us to act against our own self-interests. One person cannot force or coerce another person to enter into a business transaction. One person cannot force or coerce another person into being friends with them, associating with them, or corresponding with them. One person cannot force or coerce another person into marriage or restrain them from leaving a marriage. One person cannot force or coerce another into sexual relations.

Jefferson defined rightful liberty as “unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others”. Therefore, wrongful liberty is defined as “obstructed action against our will within limits drawn around us by the superior rights of others”. The use of force and coercion limits your voluntary interactions according to the will of another.

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Used with permission of the author.

Did you budget for Liberty? Because we need 100% Participation!!

Francisco Rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez

Does our family have money to pay for our home in 2014?  Check!

Does our family have money for food in 2014?  Check!

Does our family have enough to pay essential bills, like energy and water in 2014 ? Check!

Have we budgeted for Liberty? Check!!

 The Rodriguez 2014 Budget is done.  And funding liberty, exclusively through the Tenth Amendment Center or the Florida Chapter was one of the most exciting budget items on which we agreed.

 Liberty needs funding and that funding only comes from liberty people!

 When I look at organizations that I’ve donated to in the past, I am somewhat frustrated with myself for not expecting a ROI (Return on Investment) on those donations. You may be saying, how do you calculate an ROI for liberty donations?  Well, until recently, I didn’t. It is time to do so, however, because the reality of NOT demanding an ROI is costing us our liberty!

Here is how I calculate ROI for giving to liberty organizations:

1. What level of government are they working on?

 f they have a “national focus” they don’t get my money. That’s a personal decision but it deals with ROI in a big way. In Federalist 46 Madison was clear about one thing, that DC needs the states much more than the states need DC. So, I’m pretty done focusing on DC. I’m informed about them but no organization focused on working through DC is getting my money in 2014.

2. Does the organization have specific actions?

Almost every single day we receive information like “forward this email”, “read this article”, etc. but information is NOT action.  Information may be important and educational, but without a specific action to take it is worthless.  I mean that in the strongest sense of the word. WORTHLESS. If you have a pile of information in your head but are not using it for a personal impact then that information is a WASTE!  It is literally toxic. After being in the Liberty movement since I was 15 years old, I’ve often been intoxicated by information. I would hear it, be shocked, and then just keep thinking about how bad things are, and why don’t ‘they’ do something about it? The toxin released by information without action is FEAR! Fear prohibits personal action. This is also a reason why #1, focusing on DC, stops many people from taking action. They feel too overwhelmed. Organizations that don’t provide information + action should be avoided.

I want to be clear, information is important, but my family and I have chosen not to donate a dime to any organization that does not have specific actions to take after providing us with essential information about liberty or politics.

If an organization can make it this far, and almost none do, then we move to question #3 before deciding to donate to them.

3. Will the action that an organization is encouraging likely be implemented?

Some liberty groups have actions that are truly actions. Petitions can be signed and they will go to someone.  But if the chances are that 1,000,000 people are needed to do the same thing, then I won’t be participating. I can only control me and it’s not likely that 1,000,000 people will do something when asked. If my action really increases the probability to closer to 1/100 or 1/50 taking action in my area that seems like a worthwhile activity.

4. Will the action, when implemented, have a visible impact to me or people I care about?

This one is huge! I cannot tell you the number of meetings I’m asked to attend that will yield ZERO impact. Seriously, zero. If the meeting doesn’t have actionable steps to take at the end of it that meet the criteria also laid out above then participating in it is a WASTE of time.

I need liberty…I think you need liberty too.

Somehow liberty alludes us, despite all the books in our homes, conversations, petitions signed, meetings attended, emails forwarded, or the person we elected to “go do the right thing,” and more. Funding organizations that inform us but don’t “activate” has NOT worked.

I’m budgeting for liberty action by donating to the Tenth Amendment Center, State Chapter in Florida and maybe one other organization who also meets the criteria above when they work with the Tenth Amendment Center.

I hope your budget for liberty in 2014 starts now and that 100% of you will donate, (now!) to the Tenth Amendment Center, so the action of liberty can continue!

If everyone who “likes” TAC on Facebook would respond with $12 per year I believe the ROI would be liberty on a specific issue very close to where you live!

To donate, click HERE.

 

About the author

Francisco Rodriguez is the Outreach Director for the Florida Tenth Amendment Center.