No matter what additional infringements on the right to bear arms may unlawfully come to life from Washington D.C., Florida will comply.
Whether it is an outright ban on the sale of all semi automatic firearms, licensing and registration of all current semi auto owners, or outright confiscation, Florida will comply. Florida has a poor record of defending liberty against central government usurpations and past performance as a predictor of future behavior cannot be denied.
Do you doubt this? Are you one of those who may be thinking “The NRA will never let that happen in Florida.” “Republicans are still good on guns.” “My state senator and representative have A’s from the NRA.” Swell. This and a twenty will get you a latte and a slice of pound cake at Starbucks.
You need only go back to 2008 to see the path of least resistance Florida’s government has offered to Washington, D.C.
Let’s start with Florida’s cave in to REAL ID. This was neatly
tucked away in a general transportation bill by former Florida Senator Carey Baker. S1992
GENERAL BILL/CS/CS/CS/2ND ENG by Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations; Criminal Justice; Transportation; Baker You can find the reference to REAL ID compliance on page five here: http://archive.flsenate.gov/data/session/2008/Senate/bills/analysis/pdf/2008s1992.hms.pdf
The Florida Senate was UNANIMOUS among those voting.
Bill Number ....: CSCSCSSB 1992 Date: 5/1/2008
Amendment Number: Time: 05:45PM
Reading Number .: 0 Roll Call: 42
Floor Actions ..:
Yeas - 38 Nays - 0 Not Voting - 2
VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER VA VO MEMBER
_ Y Alexander _ Y Fasano _ Y Peaden
_ Y Aronberg _ Y Gaetz _ Y Posey
_ Y Atwater _ Y Garcia _ Y Pruitt
_ Y Baker _ Y Geller _ Y Rich
_ Y Bennett _ Y Haridopolos _ Y Ring
_ Y Bullard _ Y Hill _ Y Saunders
_ Y Carlton _ Y Jones _ Y Siplin
Y - Constantine _ Y Joyner _ Y Storms
_ Y Crist _ Y Justice _ Y Villalobos
_ - Dawson _ Y King _ Y Webster
_ Y Dean _ Y Lawson _ Y Wilson
_ Y Deutch _ Y Lynn _ Y Wise
_ Y Diaz de la Portilla _ Y Margolis
_ Y Dockery _ Y Oelrich
As you can see, the “hanging Senator” Don Gaetz, the self professed proud federal supremacist and current President of the Florida Senate voted YES to REAL ID. Don Gaetz is an avowed opponent to State Nullification and will do nothing to impede any act of federal usurpation. Gaetz’ supports federal supremacy to the point where he is proud to say he should be counted with Andrew Jackson who he alleges to have said “Shoot the first nullifier and hang the rest.” Hardly a man you should trust to stand up for your God given right to bear arms.
Notice among these senators also is democrat Ted Deutch, who went on to Congress and co-sponsored the successful HR347 which infringes upon the right to assemble and protest. That bill had only one sponsor-FL’s Tom Rooney (R). Also voting YES was Daniel Webster. Webster currently serves in the House of Representatives and has consistently voted YES to patriot act renewals and NDAA. He also voted YES to FISA and CISPA and HR347.
In the Florida House, the vote for REAL ID was again, near unanimous with only democrat Joseph Gibbons voting NO. Current HOUSE SPEAKER Will Weatherford voted YES. Also among those who voted YES were Marco Rubio, Sandy Adams and Dennis Ross. All went to DC as part of the “Florida Tea Party Class of 2010.” All voted for extending the patriot act, FISA, NDAA and HR347 which Rubio voted for in the Senate under the Senate version SB1794. The FL House REAL ID roll call can be found here: http://archive.flsenate.gov/cgi-bin/view_page.pl?Tab=session&Submenu=1&FT=D&File=session/2008/Senate/bills/votes/html/hSB19920430081014.html
Race to the Top (ObamaED) Senate Bill 736
Anyone who has been paying attention to Agenda 21 and the United Nations never ending attempt to implement global governance devices knows that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is not interested in the advancement of liberty. Any investment of theirs in already suspect government schools will come with strings that will no doubt include “social and environmental justice’ “sustainability” and “green initiatives” as well as “civilian disarmament” agendas. The Gates’ foundation is a UN partner organization. Source: http://www.unfoundation.org/what-we-do/partners/organizations/bill-and-melinda-gates.html
Fla. adopting nationwide education standards- “The standards are the handiwork of an initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Pearson Foundation have helped fund the effort. The latter is affiliated with British publishing and education giant Pearson PLC, parent of a firm that administers and scores the FCAT under a state contract.” Source: http://www.news-press.com/viewart/20121225/NEWS0104/121225009/Fla-adopting-nationwide-education-standards
Senate Bill 736 was touted as many things during its pre passage hype. It was going to end tenure for poorly performing teachers and loosen the grip of Florida’s teachers unions. As a right to work state, unions in Florida do not possess a fraction of the power as they do in non right to work states.
What was never mentioned was this bill would seal the deal for $700 million in Race to the Top funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal slush fund administered through another unconstitutional agency, the federal Department of Education. This information was hidden away in the bill analysis:
“To receive funds, a state must provide assurance that it will improve teacher effectiveness and comply with the requirements that school programs and targeted assistance schools provide instruction by highly qualified teachers, that poor and minority students are not taught at higher rates than other students by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers, and that it will evaluate and publicly report progress with respect to these requirements.
III. Effect of Proposed Changes: The bill focuses on student success by revising and modernizing three main areas: evaluations, performance pay, and employment. The bill reinforces Florida’s successful Race to the Top application. Source: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2011/0736/Analyses/muFTDvHr0Q73q2juitoddnRzzqw=%7C7/Public/Bills/0700-0799/0736/Analysis/2011s0736.bc.PDF
If you are not sure just how dangerous Race to the Top is, here is an excerpt from EdWatch.org http://www.edwatch.org/
Federal Control of Education On Steroids
Karen R. Effrem, MD
EdWatch Director of Government Relations
|February 5, 2010Origins and Implication of Race to the Top Without the slightest bit of legislative discussion in either chamber, the Obama administration quietly slipped $4.35 billion of education funding into the stimulus (“porkulus”) bill passed last year for a program called Race to the Top (RTTT).
With the nearly one trillion dollars spent for the stimulus as well as the trillions spent or proposed for the federal budget, health care, and cap and trade legislation one might reasonably wonder why a few billion dollars for more federal education spending is any big deal. The answer is that federal government is using this program to bribe states to accept even more federal control of education, a constitutionally and traditionally state function. This dangerous trend of more federal control of education was greatly accelerated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. However because of the intense opposition engendered by NCLB from all points on the political spectrum and the difficulty that the Obama administration has run into trying to implement its expansive and statist domestic agenda, RTTT is accomplishing more of that same federal control without having to go through the messy process of reauthorizing the controversial NCLB.
Components of Race to the Top
Race to the Top has several components, but there are several that are extremely dangerous for state sovereignty in education, parental rights to control the raising and education of our children, and privacy, respectively:
1. Education Reform that Requires National Standards -The absolute requirement of RTTT is that states must adopt national standards. Forty-eight of the fifty states, with Alaska and Texas being the only exceptions, have signed on to the Common Core Standards Initiative. This initiative is funded and promoted by the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). They are developing common core standards in math and English that are “internationally benchmarked.”
Although touted as “state-led” and “voluntary,” all of these severely cash-strapped states (41 as of the January 19thdeadline) that hope to receive RTTT funds MUST adopt these standards (national curriculum). Part of the competitive application process requires states to show the largest number of school districts agreeing to take on these national/international standards. That is not voluntary. Rather, depending on one’s point of view, it is either bribery or economic and ideological blackmail.
It is also important to note that these same two ostensibly state government-associated groups (NGA and CCSSO) developing RTTT also produced America 2000 under the Bush 41 administration that morphed into Goals 2000 in 1994 under President Clinton. Goals 2000 and that year’s reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act combined for the first time to require that states and school districts comply with federal standards listed in Goals 2000 in order to receive federal education dollars. Those standards include expanding government schooling into the preschool years and a much greater emphasis on the mental health or social and emotional aspects. Many would rightly deem this psychosocial meddling indoctrination, instead of what parents want and expect as the traditional academic aspects of education – reading, math, history and civics.
In fact, as explained by Professor Allen Quist, the only comprehensive “internationally benchmarked” standards are those produced by the UN’s educational and cultural arm UNESCO and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). These standards will promote the documents and principles of the United Nations over those of the United States:
American schools used to teach the fundamental values of the United States–including the inalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty and property, as guaranteed by our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Not any more. Now our students will be indoctrinated in the UN’s definition of human rights. As clarified by the UN’s UDHR [Universal Declaration of Human Rights], our rights now may not “be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations” (Art 29:3). Our children will be taught that they have only those rights the UN says they have.
The UNESCO standards also include the UN’s Earth Charter, which further defines internationally benchmarked standards. The Charter says these standards must entail what it calls “sustainability education” (Art 14:b). The Charter explains that “sustainability education” entails the “promotion of the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations” (Art. 10:a), nuclear disarmament (Art. 16:d), gay marriage (Art. 12:a), legalized abortion (Art. 7:e), adoption of an “international legally binding instrument on environment” (The way Forward), and indoctrination in pantheism (Art. 14d and Art. 16:f).
All of these harmful trends were accelerated under NCLB, but still there was the veneer of state developed and written standards and assessments. With RTTT, all veneer of state and local control of education will be gone.
Once again, the Florida government including Rick Scott, Don Gaetz and Will Weatherford as well as other “tea party conservatives” voted to give the federal government more control of the State’s education. Education must always be locally controlled and initiated. The further away the control, the more likely that liberty will suffer. You can see the FL Senate roll call for ObamaED here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2011/0736/FloorVotes/bCtNgV%3DPL%3DfWxbWMw1R2si0%3DPL%3Dj%2FNcf4%3D%7C7%2FPublic%2FVotes%2FBill%2F20110310%2FSenateVote_s0736c2002.PDF
You can find Will Weatherford’s YES vote for ObamaED as well as the YES votes of other Republican Party of Florida state representatives here: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2011/0736/FloorVotes/lV5M%3DPL%3DWeYpa12ETI5Iiln1XFCveA%3D%7C7%2FPublic%2FVotes%2FBill%2F20110316%2FHouseVote_s0736c2045.PDF
Patient Affordability Care Act/Obamacare
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz has already made it clear that nullification of PACA is not an option in Florida. Gaetz is firm in his view that PACA is the law of the land and must be implemented in some fashion. “I’m less interested in re-fighting the campaign of 2012 about whether Obamacare is good or bad. I think it’s bad. But it’s the law of the United States. And today I swear on a Bible – my family Bible – to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and its laws. And the federal health care law is a law. We have to abide by it.” Source: http://news.yahoo.com/five-questions-incoming-senate-president-101047635.html
Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, who like Gaetz voted YES to both REAL ID and Race to the Top, had this to say regarding the President and Congress-”The election is over,” said Will Weatherford, who became at 33 the youngest House speaker in modern Florida history and the first from Tampa Bay since 2004.To those who want President Barack Obama or Congress to fail, Weatherford said: “You are wishing America to fail, and that is unacceptable.”Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/legislature/for-now-florida-legislature-talks-about-cooperation-bipartisanship/1262525
In a commentary appearing in newspapers across the state, Senate and House select committee on PACA chairmen Joe Negron and Richard Corcoran write:
“What is clear is that states are now required to choose whether to establish a health insurance exchange or allow the federal government to create and control an exchange. Florida, like every state in the union, must decide how to respond to the law. We also must decide whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to provide government-financed health care to more Floridians.” Source: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/dec/27/joe-negron-richard-corcoran-state-committees-to/
“At a Florida State Senate meeting this month, two dozen Tea Party activists called the law “tyrannical” and said the state had the right to nullify it.Mr. Gaetz, the Senate president, a conservative Republican, said in an interview that he, too, disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law. But he called nullification “kooky.”
“We’re not a banana republic,” he said. It is “dangerous to the foundation of the republic when we pick and choose which laws we will obey.” Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/us/politics/tea-party-its-clout-diminished-turns-to-fringe-issues.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&hpw
The track record of our governor and legislature opposing federal usurpation is not a good one. Driver’s licenses and state identification, education and healthcare legislation are reserved to the States. Legislation regarding firearms possession is also reserved to the States. There was never any intent by the authors of the 14th amendment to “incorporate” the Bill of Rights against the States. The Bill of Rights was written to be a limitation on the federal government. It is never too late for the States to reject this false legal doctrine of incorporation. To do that however, we need courageous legislators who are not afraid to stand up to the federal government. We need legislators who are not ignorant of their constitutional duty to step between a federal government intent on advancing “the progress of the evil.” We need legislators who will file our Firearms Preservation Act http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/2nd-amendment-preservation-act/and not rest until it is law.
As of this moment, we do not have this caliber of men and women in our state legislature.
We have no reason to believe that after retreating in the face of federal usurpation on healthcare, education and state identification, Florida’s government will not surrender on the issue of firearms ownership. Surrendering to general government usurpation has become a tradition with Florida’s government. If Diane Feinstein gets her wish to say with the full although illegal force of the US government “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em in” you can bet Republican Party of Florida leaders Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford will be right there leading the confiscation legislation in Tallahassee.
All the while telling us it’s the law of the land and “we must abide by it.”
Andrew Nappi is the State Coordinator for the Florida Tenth Amendment Center. He lives in the Tampa Bay Area with wife Tammy and dogs Emma and Bud Lite.
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