Yesterday President Obama announced the recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to be the new Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the Department of Health and Human Services.
As a longtime member of The John Birch Society (JBS), I’ve been watching the Glenn Beck TV Show closely since he moved over to Fox News in 2008. I’ve been fascinated to see how Beck has been getting progressively (sorry for the bad word choice) closer to presenting American history in the way that The John Birch Society has been doing it for over 50 years.
Update, July 2: Yesterday Rep. King's discharge petition got 29 new signers for a total of 109! Immediately after ObamaCare was passed into law back in March, many representatives and senators introduced repeal ObamaCare bills, including Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Those bills are now in limbo in various congressional committees and will never see the light of day, much less come to a vote, unless further action is taken.
UPDATE, June 24: House passed H.R. 5175 by 219-206 today. Senate still must vote. As you might be already aware, House Speaker Pelosi had to pull the DISCLOSE Act, H.R. 5175, from a scheduled vote last Friday, when widespread outrage erupted over a special exemption for the NRA in exchange for not opposing the bill. Well, the bill is still alive and well with a vote now scheduled in the House for tomorrow, June 24. The Senate leadership has already promised Pelosi that if the House passes the bill, then the Senate will vote on it in time for it to take effect for the elections this fall.
Last night Ron Paul made an urgent appeal via a 2 1/2 minute video (see below) for immediate help in contacting senators to reject Bernie Sanders' new, watered-down Fed transparency amendment and to support an amendment with the original "Audit the Fed" language of H.R. 1207 and S. 604. A vote on Sanders' amendment to S. 3217 (the financial services overhaul bill) is expected on Tuesday, May 11. (For results of the votes on May 11, read "Senate Caves to Fed Pressure, Waters Down Audit.")
There’s a lot of confusion occurring over what’s being nullified by the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act” legislation that’s been introduced in over 30 states, and already enacted into law in Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana. This legislation has been based on model legislation developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) back in December 2008, over a year before ObamaCare finally became law.
Last Saturday Ron Paul spoke at a John Dennis for Congress rally in San Francisco. Dennis just happens to be challenging Nancy Pelosi for her House seat.
Here’s a three-minute video clip from Paul’s speech in which he expresses great satisfaction over the rapidly increasing interest in state nullification of federal laws.
The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution 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.
This Amendment, one of the most important in the Bill of Rights, has for generations served to protect the states and the people from overzealous federal encroachment. Recent decades, however, have seen federal power grow to enormous proportions. As a result, all across America states have been working to reassert their rights and the rights of their citizens under the Tenth Amendment.
The John Birch Society believes strongly in the principles of federalism built into the Constitution by the Founding Fathers and is working to support the movement to reassert the importance of the entire Bill of Rights, including the Tenth Amendment.
To find details regarding the status of Tenth Amendment initiatives we are supporting in the various states, as well as to find other information about the movement in those states in general, click on the markers on the map above.
"Support a Tenth Amendment Resolution in Your State Legislature." Use this pre-written, editable email to contact your state legislators in support of passage of a Tenth Amendment resolution in your state legislature.
"Model Tenth Amendment Resolution for State Legislatures" ( PDF | Word ). Provide this model resolution (based on Oklahoma's resolution, HJR1003) to your state legislators if a Tenth Amendment resolution hasn't already been introduced in your state.
"Tenth Amendment Movement: Taking On the Feds," by James Perloff, The New American, March 16, 2009.
"Good News and Bad News for the Tenth Amendment Movement," March 4, 2009.
"Oklahoma House Votes 83 to 13 to Restore Sovereignty Under the 10th Amendment Over All Powers Not Granted to the Federal Government," February 19, 2009. Includes link to state-by-state status chart with links to full-text of state resolutions (see this chart below).
"Oklahoma House Passes Sovereignty Bill," WND, February 24, 2009.
"Lawmakers in 20 States Move to Reclaim Sovereignty," WND, February 6, 2009.
"Pre-emption preempted by Justice Thomas." Justice Clarence Thomas bases an important concurring opinion regarding the balance of power between the states and federal government squarely on the Tenth Amendment. March 5, 2009.