First Amendment Rights of Protesters Restricted at Zimmerman Trial

If you planned on rallying at the Zimmerman trial in favor, or opposition of the jury’s verdict then you will not be allowed to do so unless you use a First Amendment zone. Whatever that is…

The Miami police department has set up two separate free speech zones where people will be allowed to exercise their first amendment rights to peacefully assemble. Our copy of the Bill of Rights never specified that you had to be at either Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park: 6160 NW 32nd Ct, Miami, FL 33142, or at Goulds Park: 11350 SW 216th St, Miami, FL 33170 in order to exercise your rights as an American citizen.zimmerman

In fact, the First Amendment reads,

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

How then are free speech zones not a direct attempt to prohibit and restrict the exercise of free speech? Perhaps it all started taking off with the passage of HR 347, which was signed into law by President Obama making it illegal to protest and peacefully assemble virtually anywhere in the United States. In fact, under HR 347 you could be tagged with a federal felony and locked up in federal prison for up to ten years. Regardless, perhaps the protests should be about the fact that our innate rights are being taken away from us faster than John McCain can throw a tea party member under a speeding train.

Establishment Attacks Rand Paul on Support of Tenth Amendment, States’ Rights

Yahoo News article released recently reads: Rand Paul’s Troubling Ties to Racists. The article uses the terms “Pro-confederate”, “neo-confederate” and touches on the Civil War. The source used in theYahoo News article is from The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative online news source, which published an article slandering Paul as a radical because his aide (Jack Hunter) has long been a supporter and advocate of the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

The Tenth Amendment reads: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.

In layman’s terms, if it is not one of the powers delegated to the federal government by the US Constitution then the federal government has no business exercising power of such matters. In modern America where the federal government controls what kind of shower you can use, the type of light bulbyou are allowed to light your house with and what kind of milk you decide to pour over your cereal in the morning it is no surprise that nullification is becoming a household word again. 

Rand Paul

Paul is the first modern US Senator to use the term “nullification” in support of reining in the powers of the federal government when it comes to unconstitutional federal legislation. He first used this when President Obama attempted to issue executive orders on gun control.

Paul recently visited South Carolina and spoke to a group of supporters in support of their efforts to nullify the Patient Care Act in the state through a nullification bill, which cites the Tenth Amendment. Paul says, “You know… READ MORE HERE

Corker & Alexander Lie Again: Immigration Bill Will Put Americans to Work

The two senior Senators from Tennessee, Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) released a joint op-ed in local state media saying that the immigration bill they have been fighting for will put Americans back to work and add jobs to the economy. The only explanation they offer for how granting millions of illegal aliens amnesty will put Americans back to work is, “It’s possible that one of these immigrants may create the next Google.” Disregard the fact that most illegal immigrants in the country are not grossing 6 figure salaries as software, tech engineers. Also, never mind the fact that the amendments Corker and Alexander supported now penalize US employers $5,000.00 for hiring legal US workers instead of illegal immigrants. Corker took to social media to tweet his new claim, which posses no warrant that immigration reform will put American citizens back to work.

Corker, Alexander also claim that the bill will secure the borders. However, US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) withdrew all support for the immigration bill because Alexander, Corker and others voted against Paul’s amendment, which would allow Congress the authority to ensure that the borders were secure before allowing illegals to begin the process of citizenship. Now, the bill passed by Corker and Alexander does not allow Congress the authority to ensure the borders are secured.

Bob Corker (R-TN) Takes to Twitter

Bob Corker (R-TN) Takes to Twitter

Alexander, up for reelection this year, has faced mounting scrutiny from Tea Party and Liberty groups in the Tennessee.

 

 

Obama to College Students: Do Not Celebrate Fourth of July

As the country prepares to celebrate its independence from Great Britain President Obama had a completely different message for a group of Congressional Summer interns in Washington:

Obama Speaks to Congressional Summer Interns

Obama Speaks to Congressional Summer Interns

“America is a great country. There is no denying this. However, I caution you all as you step forward in your careers. Peer back into history and ask yourselves- Was a revolution truly necessary? Great Britain may not have had it completely right, but they had many things right. Take taxes for example. If your neighbor makes $1 Million a year, but you and your family can barely keep the heat on should he not help your family? God instructs us to help our neighbors. He does not instruct us to look down upon them though the windows of capitalism. Why then on the Fourth of July should you celebrate such a radical break from what is Godly and just? No doubt there are many voices warning you of the harm of big government. They are wrong. Government can provide you with what family and friends cannot. If this is gone what will you have?” 

Many in the crowd seemed uneasy, and desperate for some sort of clarification. Julie Barks, an intern from Louisiana State University, asked President Obama, “Are you saying we should not celebrate the birth of our country?”

President Obama responded, “I believe we should celebrate where we are going. Celebrate moving forward. Not where we have been.”

(POLITICAL SATIRE)

Rand Paul: The Next Ronald Reagan

 

A cavalryman depends on a strong-willed beast. US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), the equestrian-soldier is riding a sick horse. When the beast becomes too ill, and is determined medically futile the soldier places a bullet in its head. This act is not an easy task to carry out, but the soldier knows a sick horse is a dead horse, which is better put out of its misery.  For a cavalryman in the battlefield it is quick. In Washington, Paul will have to take his time- just as Reagan did. Reagan destroyed the GOP mold of his time. Many wonder, will Paul follow in his steps?

Ronald Reagan and the Paul Family during Reagan's 1976 Presidential bid. Ron and Rand to the left of Reagan.

Ronald Reagan and the Paul Family during Reagan’s 1976 Presidential bid. Ron and Rand to the left of Reagan.

It is quite remarkable that America has already had a Libertarian-leaning Republican, but the establishment GOP wouldn’t dare let you know about it. This man is more quoted, and revered than any other GOP politician in history. His name was Ronald Reagan, and he once said, “The heart of my philosophy is libertarianism.”  You will never see Lindsey Graham or John McCain utter this quote, but come election year they will claim themselves Reaganites. In 1976 at the GOP convention Rand’s father, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX, Retired), was one of only 4 republican congressmen to support Reagan that year. Reagan lost. In 1980 Reagan tried again, Paul still at his side, but this time Reagan won by a landslide. Reagan’s win marked the beginning of what many recall as the “Reagan Revolution”. The “Revolution” is a purposeful parallel that the Senior Paul carried on into his presidential bids. However, the two Pauls play a remarkably different battle plan. The Senior Paul’s battle was an ideological one. The Junior Paul’s battle plan is a strategic ground game. A game poised to not only win hearts and minds as his father did, but votes as well.

Paul will be able to pull together conservatives and independents from across the spectrum just as Reagan did. He can turn blue states red with his stance on droneswiretappingmedical marijuana and other civil liberties. He is the leading name in the 2016 GOP bid as of now. He has won every recent straw poll his name has been in, and has visited every early primary state multiple times. Also, he is winning the social media race with more than 1 million Facebook fans. There are also multiple support, and “Presidential Draft” pages for Rand Paul with hundreds of thousands of fans. No other potential candidate has this social media force. Look to the Obama presidential wins and we know that elections are now dependent on social media force. Furthermore, one super- PAC has been working feverishly on a draft effort raising thousands of dollars to send out “Paul for President” campaign garb.

This aside, the truth is that Reagan would never be elected in the modern day Republican Party without one hell of a fight. Thirty years has changed the game of American politics with the establishment GOP backed by war lobbyists, big agriculture and the pharmaceutics industry. Paul’s battle will be one against the largest machine yet known to man. Although the establishment holds more events, fundraisers and marketing in the name of Reagan than any other GOP politician in history they do not believe what Reagan believed. The grassroots will support Paul, many state legislators will follow and he will also bring in endorsements from many leading conservative think-tanks such as the Heritage Foundation headed by former US Senator and ally, Jim DeMint. Regardless, make no mistake; he will be met with great resistance in 2016. He stands headstrong against the modern day GOP on many things such as foreign policy and aide, and the establishment’s lack of bite when it comes to not raising taxes and protecting the Second Amendment.

Expect to see Paul square up against types who are marketed to the American people by the establishment as being “Tea Party candidates”.  Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan seem to stand out as these types, and are losing popularity with the actual Tea Party as they continue to align more with the establishment. The Republican Party hasn’t put one of their own in office since 1980 with Reagan. Is Paul the next Reagan? Paul can stand on his own merits, and no one should underestimate this. However, we also cannot underestimate the power of Reaganism.

For a ‘Revolution’ to occur, something must come to an end.  The question is will Paul be able to place the metaphorical bullet in the GOP’s head as Reagan did decades ago? If Paul does win- the Republican Party we know today will die. Many believe that is more than a fair trade.

BREAKING: House Committee Will Not Allow IRS Worker to Plead the 5th

A republican lead House committee passed a resolution today that declared IRS official Lois Lerner gave up her right to plead the 5th after making an opening statement that she had “done nothing wrong” on a May 22nd hearing. lois

Representative Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), chairman of the committee, said at the opening of  Friday’s meeting that, “I believe Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment privileges.”

Judge Napalitano weighed in on Lerner’s opening statements last month saying that she had put herself in a position to waive her Fifth Amendment rights because she volunteered to say that she had done nothing wrong, broke no federal laws, or violated IRS regulations before she stated she wanted to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights. Napalitano says that if she refuses to answer any questions on those three subjects then she could go jail. Furthermore, that she is not allowed to tell her side of the story and then refuse to answer any other questions by invoking the Fifth. 

It now seems that Lerner will be forced to answer questions by the committee in regards to the IRS scandal, or face criminal penalties. 

Nullification Goes Mainstream: Tenth Amendment Center Celebrates Anniversary

TenthOp-ed: by Tenth Amendment Center‘s National Communications Director, Mike Maharrey

A rainy April day in downtown Lexington, Ky. changed the trajectory of my life.

It was 2009, and I stood with several hundred people at one of the early Tax-Day protests that ultimately sparked the “Tea Party” movement. I don’t really remember specifics, although I do recall some fiery speeches and some pretty clever signs.

But I do vividly remember looking out over that crowd and thinking, “Wow, this is all well and good, but I need to DO something. Standing in the rain holding a sign just isn’t going to get it.”

I went home that afternoon and I simply couldn’t escape this deepening sense that it was imperative that I get personally involved in the political system. I didn’t want my kids or grandkids to ask me one day, “Daddy, what did you do when America was in the middle of its collapse?” and find that the only answer I had was “I stood in a park and then I voted.”

That day put me on a path that ultimately led me to the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC). I started out as the state chapter coordinator in Kentucky and eventually moved on to take the role of national communications director.

I’m thrilled to say, I found a place that DOES something and an organization that affords me the opportunity to DO stuff.

This week marks the Tenth Amendment Center’s seventh anniversary and I am simply awed at how far the organization has come in the three years I’ve been part of it. When I first started working for the TAC, we were pushing a few Tenth Amendment resolutions and trying to convince newspaper reporters we weren’t a bunch of racists. Today, as the AP recently reported “about four-fifths of the states now have enacted local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on marijuana use, gun control, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver’s licenses.”

Nullification has entered mainstream political discussion. Recent polls show that a growing number of voters support states nullifying unconstitutional federal legislation. And the Tenth Amendment Center can proudly take a large amount of credit for making that happen.

At the TAC we DO stuff. And we equip others to DO stuff too. The organization not only provides tools to educate, it equips Americans to activate. From legislative tracking to action alerts, the TAC plays an integral role in getting nullification legislation not only introduced, but passed. Slowly but surely, we are putting a giant monkey-wrench in the federal governments exercise of unauthorized power.

All this becomes even more amazing when you consider the TAC’s humble beginnings. Seven years ago, Michael Boldin had the foresight to purchase the tenthamendmentcenter.com domain name. As he tells it, he just hoped to reach a few people and make them aware of federal abuses of power. From that vision, the website grew and has since hosted millions of visitors. From a living room blog, a national organization sprung up and grew, becoming a political force…so much so that we’ve endured attacks from Rachel Maddow, the Washington Post, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Wall Street Journal. We must be DOING something right!

Personally, I’ve found exactly what I sought: an avenue to DO something. The Tenth Amendment Center afforded me the opportunity to speak to thousands of people, write two books and actually see my efforts rewarded with tangible success at the state and local level.

This week, I celebrate the birth of the TAC. I am proud to be part of this organization. And I’m excited about the future. Over the next months, we will roll out some things with will make it possible to DO even more.

If you are looking for a place to get involved for the cause of liberty, I can tell you from personal experience, you won’t be disappointed if you plug in to the Tenth Amendment Center. We have plenty to DO and we need your help.

Consider volunteering. You can find ways to get involved HERE. And if you are looking for an organization to support financially, I can assure you, no organization DOES more with less. Click HERE to become a member or HERE to make a donation.

-Happy Birthday to you Tenth Amendment Center! Happy Birthday to you!

And many more…

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Mike Maharrey  is the National Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He has covered local and state politics for several publications in both Kentucky and Florida, and won two Kentucky Press Association awards as a sports writer in 2009. He is also the author of Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the lost path to liberty. He is married with three children living in Lexington, KY.

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