High-ranking Texas officials groped by agents with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are sounding off about the scandal in the press, adding more pressure on state lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry to resurrect a bill criminalizing the invasive measures without probable cause.

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, The John Birch Society has always been right in the middle of all of the important political battles. In the past year, the JBS has taken on issues as serious and challenging as championing ObamaCare nullification at the state level, as well as opposing the latest unconstitutional actions from Congress. Larry Greenley, the director of marketing for the JBS, spoke with The New American (TNA) about the Society’s major grass-roots activities this year.


On May 12 former Senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) was named a co-champion of the National Popular Vote (NPV) campaign to replace the historic, constitutional role of the states and electoral college in presidential elections with a purely democratic national popular vote.

UPDATE, May 26, 2011: The House and Senate extended three provisions of the Patriot Act for four years. Currently there are nine different bills introduced in Congress, three in the House and six in the Senate, that would extend certain provisions of the Patriot Act for one to three years.

There is an alarming increase in the number and volume of otherwise credible conservative voices clamoring for the state governments to call a constitutional convention per the provisions set forth in Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

In 1787, following the secretive deliberations at the Constitutional Convention, a local Philadelphia resident Mrs. Powel asked Benjamin Franklin what sort of government had been drafted. Franklin looked at her and resolutely responded, "A republic, if you can keep it." Eroded by neglect and attacked by those deliberately seeking to usurp it, our ability to keep the Republic has become more and more vulnerable.

Overlooked and disregarded in the modern age of high definition flat screen televisions, video games, smart phones, and instant live streaming, the signing of the U.S. Constitution is no more revered than the formation of the American Professional Football Association, a precursor of the National Football League, on September 17, 1920, exactly 133 years after the signing of the Constitution.

In order to buttress its call for an Article V convention, the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute has published a document entitled “10 Facts to Rebut the Mythology of a Runaway Convention.”

On Wednesday, February 16, the Idaho House became the first state legislative body to pass a measure to nullify the entire ObamaCare law within a state.

Currently the funding of government is operating under a stop-gap measure passed during the lame-duck session of the 111th Congress, which is set to expire on March 4. On Tuesday,  January 25, the House under a Republican majority passed a resolution 256-165 -- seventeen Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with the Republicans on this matter -- that instructs the Chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to set the budget at 2008 spending levels, or lower.

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