Nullify Now Raleigh NC Oct. 19, 2013

Education and Tools for Liberty
The States CAN stop Washington DC!
Nullify Now! will empower you. The goal is not simply a constitutional history lesson. But rather, you’ll get the historical tools you need to put these principles into effect today. Nullification is the “rightful remedy” to put an end to unconstitutional federal acts
SPEAKERS

thomas-woodsThomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of theLudwig von Mises Institute and creator of Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, FOX Business Network, C-SPAN, and Bloomberg Television, among other outlets, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio programs, including National Public Radio, the Dennis Miller Show, the Michael Reagan Show, the Dennis Prager Show, and the Michael Medved Show. He is a regular fill-in host on The Peter Schiff Show.

Woods is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century.

Thank you to Dr. Dan’s Freedom Forum for sponsoring this important keynote speech (website, facebook)

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Mike Church is the author, producer, and voice talent behind a trilogy of documentaries: “Road to Independence” (the story of the Declaration of Independence) and “The Fame of Our Fathers: How Immortality Inspired Our Constitution” and the “Spirit of ’76″ (Writing and ratifying the U.S. Constitution). Taken from source material, including personal letters, notes and transcripts of debates, the three documentaries pride themselves on their historical accuracy in portraying the Founding Fathers in their, literally, own words. Whereas the first two projects are audio only documentaries, The “Spirit of ’76″ is Mike’s full length animated feature. Mike is the owner of his own production company, Founding Father Films

Thank you to Greg Brannon for sponsoring this important keynote speech (website, facebook)

Publius HuldahPublius Huldah is a lawyer, philosopher and logician. She believes in the strict constructionist of the U.S. Constitution and an education that includes the ideals on which our country was founded. She is passionate about the two things that she believes will enable every American to be a better citizen, a better patriot, and a more responsible person – our American founding documents (including the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and The Federalist Papers) and the Bible, and she is convinced that the writings of Ayn Rand, including Atlas Shrugged, will help make sense of our founding principles.

Publius is a writer, blogger, and speaker and hopes that her efforts will help re-acquaint citizens with their founding history and ideals, re-educate them on the meaning and intent of their founding documents, energize and engage them on their responsibility as citizens, and eventually help restore constitutional government.

Jason Rink Speaks at Paul FestJason Rink is an experienced and multi-talented producer with deep experience in the freedom movement and various media platforms, including producing and directing the award-winning feature documentary Nullfication: The Rightful Remedy.

This film features Thomas Woods, Michael Boldin, Debra Medina, Stewart Rhodes, Sheriff Richard Mack, Charles Goyette, Kevin Gutzman, Mike Maharrey, and others. In it we explore the history of state nullification, the constitutional legitimacy of the idea, and how nullification can be used today to push back against the encroachment of federal power.

Jason has worked with non-profits, serving as the Executive Director of the Foundation For a Free Society and is the author of a biography of Congressman Ron Paul.

Dr. DanDr. Dan Eichenbaum is a 36-year practicing physician and successful small business owner. In 2010, Dr. Dan founded Dr. Dan’s Freedom Forum, a conservative television and talk radio program and blog, focused on advancing the principles of limited government, individual freedom, personal responsibility, fiscal restraint, private property rights, and free market economic solutions.

Dr. Dan is a long-time grassroots activist, dedicated to enforcing the constitutionally-protected principles and rights that serve as the basis for individual freedom. He lectures extensively about the absolute necessity to maintain private property rights and the Second Amendment to prevent the government from usurping powers not delegated to it in the Constitution.

Eric Holder Threatens Kansas in Letter on Gun Control Nullification Law

tenthamendmentcenter.com

5/1/13

On Thursday, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback received a letter from Federal Attorney General Eric Holder threatening action against the state should it enforce SB102 which Brownback signed into law last month.

The new law states, in part:

Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas

The bill also provides for criminal penalties against federal agents who attempt to enforce specific federal laws on guns manufactured in the state of Kansas and sold within the state – as the state takes the position under the new law that the federal government does not “interstate commerce” authority over such items.

In his letter, Holder didn’t take too kindly to such a proposition.  He wrote:

“In purporting to override federal law and to criminalize the official acts of federal officers, SB102 directly conflicts with federal law and is therefore unconstitutional.”  

He continued, “Under the Supremacy Clause…Kansas may not prevent federal employees and officials from carrying out their official responsibilities.  And a state certainly may not criminalize the exercise of federal responsibilities.  Because SB102 conflicts with federal firearms laws and regulations, federal law supercedes this new statute; all provisions of federal laws and their implementing regulations therefore continue to apply.”

Let’s take Eric apart here.

1. Kansas is NOT purporting to criminalize the exercise of constitutional federal responsibilities.  On the contrary, the bill criminalizes what the state has determined is unconstitutional.   It is the position that such federal acts are indeed a violation of the Constitution.  No matter how much Eric might believe it to be otherwise, his view is obviously not universal – especially in Kansas.

2. The Supremacy Clause.  Holder takes the position that all tyrants do – that everything they do is authorized, anything to the contrary – worthless.  But Holder is wrong.  The Supremacy Clause doesn’t say that “any law in conflict with federal law” is void.  It says that only those laws “in pursuance” of the constitution are supreme.  The new Kansas legislation, again, takes the position that such federal acts are not constitutional, and therefore not supreme.

3. Historical Precedent.  The 1850 Fugitive Slave Act was a federal law that basically required all states in the north to act as slave catchers for black people claimed as property in the South.  It’s one of the most disgusting acts in American history.  A number of northern states passed laws similar to the new Kansas law, criminalizing federal agents for attempting to kidnap people in their states.    Although the feds still claimed the same kind of authority that Eric Holder has claimed today, they didn’t have the manpower to enforce.  Read more about that here.    As an aside, if Holder would like to take the position that such resistance to federal slave laws was wrong, he’s welcome to publicly state that.

Eric capped off his letter by assuring the People of Kansas that the federal government will continue to enforce all federal gun laws.  He wrote:

“I am writing to inform you that federal law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Attorney’s Office…will continue to execute their duties to enforce all federal firearms laws and regulations.”

4.  Manpower.   That brings us to the most important fact, the federal government simply does not have the manpower to enforce all its laws already.  The new Kansas law doesn’t just deal with firearms made within the state.  It also bans all state and local agents from enforcing federal gun control measures.  (learn about the bill in detail here).  As Judge Andrew Napolitano has affirmed recently, such widespread noncompliance makes federal gun control laws “nearly impossible to enforce” (video here).  So Eric can promise to enforce these federal acts all he wants.  But if Kansas doesn’t help him, he might be able to get a 2% enforcement rate.  Or, he’ll have to pull resources from other states.

WHAT SHOULD THE RESPONSE BE?

1.  Hold the Line, and Tell Holder to buzz off.  Seriously.  This guy has been sending threatening letters to states around the country on medical marijuana laws for years (and so did his predecessors).  In fact, those letters are often even more aggressive, threatening taking property or even criminal sanctions against state or local politicians.   A letter last year threatened just that against the San Diego city council.  (read it here) That community knows full well the threats that are constantly made against their liberties by Holder and his DOJ team. But they push on and keep doing what they believe is right.  The People of Kansas need to stand strong in support of the 2nd Amendment and reject these threats from the DOJ.

2. Local resistance.  Recognizing that manpower is a VERY serious problem for the feds, people in Kansas should be constantly reaching out to county, city and town elected officials to respectfully press them into passing local ordinances to ensure that no assets will be used to enforce federal gun control.   Covering the states in ordinances that provide backup to the new federal law will ensure that federal gun control will be “nearly impossible to enforce.”
LEARN MORE AND GET ACTION ITEMS HERE

3. Call Sam Brownback.  Flood his phone line with messages of encouragement and support.  Let him know that the people have his back – that’s how governors show courage.  Brownback has a chance to act like a hero to the entire country.  In fact, people all over the country should send him letters in support – he’s going to need all the help he can get.

CALLS (for Kansans only)  785-296-3232

Mail (rest of the country)

Office of the Governor
Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S
Topeka, KS 66612-1590

(or email here)

4.  Support efforts in other states.  Kansas can’t do it alone.  A similar bill is up for a signature in Alaska.  Bills are moving forward in Missouri, Alabama and elsewhere.  Every state and local community that does the same will make federal enforcement even more difficult, and eventually, the feds can pass all the “laws” they want, but they won’t have any effect.

Track and model legislation here:  http://tracking.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2nd

JUST SAY NO!

The bad guys always talk tough, and they want to scare you into compliance .  But the fact remains – they don’t have the manpower to carry out all their threats.  Even with almost full state and local cooperation, there are now 18 states defying DC on marijuana prohibition.  As two states – Washington and Colorado – legalize what the feds say is illegal, we’re watching the beginning of the end of federal dominance over the states.

On the right to keep and bear arms, people should follow the same path.  Just say NO to Washington DC, and YES to liberty.

Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on twitter – @michaelboldin, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.

Actual letter from Holder