“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” ~Samuel Adams
By Alden L. Benton
Last January I railed about the dangers of the National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA), focusing on provisions which will allow the government, our government, to arrest and detain American citizens, and anyone legally in the United States, indefinitely without hearings or trial. (See my post: You Are an Enemy of the State)
This bill is still in effect. Every citizen and legal visitor is at risk while Congress has gone merrily on its way on its mission to create more problems and degrade our liberty.
Will the second decade of the 21st century be the decade of Obama’s purges? Like Josef Stalin before him, will the president use the powers granted him by the NDAA to silence his opposition. We cannot know what is in the president’s mind, but we must look closely at what the sections of the NDAA actually say and put them in a Constitutional context.
If the specter of the government having unlimited power to detain anyone deemed an enemy frightens you, read NDAA Sections 1021 and 1022: Scary Potential. This brief article by Constitutional scholar Rob Natelson walks you through both the current and historical context of the questions raised by the passage of the NDAA.
Since Congress has offered only a few feeble attempts to modify the offending sections of the NDAA, our only safety rests in the power of the individual states as specified by Amendment 10 of the United States Constitution.
“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.”
~Amendment 10 to the Constitution of the United States of America
Ratified December 15, 1791
Read the words. The Constitution is clear, so clear that only a liberal cannot understand its meaning and intent.
The power of the federal government is limited by the Constitution and everything else is the province of the states or the people. As my friend Russ always says, the operative word of the Constitution is NO. Even a 2-year-old understands NO.
To that end, The Tenth Amendment Center has developed a state-level legislative package to nullify Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA. The package and action plan is here at the Tenth Amendment Center.
I urge everyone to access this material, read it, and submit it to your state legislature. This is where concerned citizens can make a difference. This is the Constitution in action through the voice of We, the people.
Remember these words of Thomas Paine, and get involved in the fight to nullify Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA.
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
As Samuel Adams once said, it is time to “set brush fires in people’s minds.”
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