Monthly Archives: January 2012

NDAA Sections 1021 and 1022: Scary Potential

By Rob Natelson, originally posted at Tenth Amendment Center • Are the detainment provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act serious? Yes they are. This is a complicated area, and there has been a lot of word-fudging in spinning … Continue reading

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Rob Natelson on HR 5

HR 5 is advertised as addressing abusive lawsuits against physicians, but it goes far beyond that. It would regulate in detail just about every American lawsuit that has anything to do with health care: What an injured party can allege in his or her initial filing, the damages he or she can recover, how damages are disbursed, burdens of proof, what the jury may and may not consider, which state laws survive and which don’t. HR 5 even directs state judges to conceal pertinent information from the jury. Continue reading






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The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions: Guideposts of Limited Government

For true change to take place, Americans must once again conceive of their history as a struggle to create and maintain real freedom. Part of that reconceptualization would entail making a place for the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions in the pantheon of American charters. The resolutions articulate the fundamental principles of our government in an eloquent yet logical manner; in their import, they rank second only to the Constitution. For Americans who would recreate a limited federal government of enumerated powers — the government created by the Founders ­— the resolutions can serve as an enduring inspiration. Continue reading






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Woods on Watkins: What States Rights Really Mean

At the Virginia ratifying convention, Patrick Henry expressed his fear that the “necessary and proper” clause of the Constitution (which said that the federal government would have all powers “necessary and proper” to carry into effect the powers granted in Article I, Section 8) would inevitably be interpreted by the federal government as a boundless grant of power, transforming the limited government that supporters of the Constitution promised into an unlimited government that would menace the people’s liberties. He was likewise concerned about the “general welfare” clause, since government could justify practically any action it might take by some strained reference to the general welfare. Continue reading






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Our First Liberty

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. Continue reading






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20 Ways the Obama Administration Has Intruded on Your Rights

by Bill Quigley, originally posted November 30, 2011 on AlterNet. Is there a fundamental difference between the Bush presidency and the Obama presidency in the area of domestic civil liberties? The Obama administration has affirmed, continued and expanded almost all … Continue reading

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NDAA: The Wrong Move Against Our Bill of Rights

by Max Bitterklinger, originally published at Eye of Vigilance, December 15, 2011 • On the Fifteenth of December in 1791, the thirteen States of the newly formed United States of America ratified ten of twelve amendments to the United States … Continue reading

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“Dangerous” Microstamping Bill Would Ban Guns in New York

Submitted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on Jan 10, 2012 For the fourth year in a row, anti-gun legislators from New York City have introduced firearms microstamping legislation (Assembly Bill 1157b) that would result in banning firearms in the Empire … Continue reading

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