New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

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New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

Found it on http://halturnershow.blogspot.com/ today:

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step today by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a "breach of peace" with the states themselves that risks "nullifying the Constitution."

This act by New Hampshire is a clear warning to the federal government that they could face being stripped of their power by the States (presumably through civil war!

The remarkable document outlines with perfect clarity, some basics long forgotten. For instance, it reminds Congress "That the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever;. . . . . therefore all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force;"

This is a very important move in my opinion and New Hampshire made some more resolutions that are remarkable:

HCR1 LSR Number: 278
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urging congress to withdraw the United States from the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.
HCR3 LSR Number: 406
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recommending a statement of principles on international trade.
HCR4 LSR Number: 827
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supporting the Basel Convention on the international shipment of hazardous waste.
HCR5 LSR Number: 634
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urging Congress to enact a system of voluntary public funding for all federal elections.
HCR6 LSR Number: 274
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affirming States' rights based on Jeffersonian principles. (That's where the above quote comes from)
HCR8 LSR Number: 405
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urging the President and Secretary of Defense to withdraw all New Hampshire national guard troops from Iraq in the absence of a valid and subsisting Congressional mandate for such service, and withholding the consent of the governor and New Hampshire state legislature from any further deployment of the New Hampshire national guard to Iraq in the absence of such mandate.
HCR9 LSR Number: 621
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urging the United States Senate to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
HCR10 LSR Number: 481
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urging the federal government to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.
   
   
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Re: New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

Looks like Arizona is on board too!

Quote:

Claiming sovereignty
under the tenth amendment to the constitution of the united states over certain
powers, serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain
mandates and providing that certain federal legislation be prohibited or
repealed.

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/49leg/1r/bills/hc...

 

 

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Re: New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

New England was the original locus of secessionist sentiment in the
U.S. The anti-Usgov chatter started in 1790, just three years after the
constitution was ratified, and culminated in the Hartford convention of
1814. Unlike Dixie in 1861, New England didn't actually bid 'sayonara'
to the meddlers of Foggy Bottom, though it had good cause to.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford_Convention

With
Usgov now $60 trillion ($200,000 per capita) in the hole, any state
which can escape Uncle Sam's sweaty clutches will immensely enrich
itself and its lucky citizens.

It's a sad commentary when the
reason for staying is not for any benefit, but simply because our
master can't afford to relinquish his absolute claim on our lifetime
labor, and that of our children, grandchildren, and descendents to the
hundredth generation. Much like the wealthy planters of Dixie, Massa
Sam lives in mortal fear of a slave revolt. Me, I'm singin' dem subversive blues ...

An oh the one thing that we did right, Oh yes oh yes,
Was the day that we began to fight, Oh yes, oh yes, my Lord.
And it's no more auction block for me, No more, no more, no more,
Auction block for me, Many many thousand gone.

http://minnieapolis.newsvine.com/_news/2009/01/19/2331360-twelve-slave-songs-from-the-civil-war 

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Re: New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

New England was the original locus of secessionist sentiment in the
U.S. The anti-Usgov chatter started in 1790, just three years after the
constitution was ratified, and culminated in the Hartford convention of
1814. Unlike Dixie in 1861, New England didn't actually bid 'sayonara'
to the meddlers of Foggy Bottom, though it had good cause to.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartford_Convention

With
Usgov now $60 trillion ($200,000 per capita) in the hole, any state
which can escape Uncle Sam's sweaty clutches will immensely enrich
itself and its lucky citizens.

It's a sad commentary when the
reason for staying is not for any benefit, but simply because our
master can't afford to relinquish his absolute claim on our lifetime
labor, and that of our children, grandchildren, and descendents to the
hundredth generation. Much like the wealthy planters of Dixie, Massa
Sam lives in mortal fear of a slave revolt. Me, I'm singin' dem subversive blues ...

An oh the one thing that we did right, Oh yes oh yes,
Was the day that we began to fight, Oh yes, oh yes, my Lord.
And it's no more auction block for me, No more, no more, no more,
Auction block for me, Many many thousand gone.

http://minnieapolis.newsvine.com/_news/2009/01/19/2331360-twelve-slave-songs-from-the-civil-war 

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Re: New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

But the song which rings most clearly in mah head when I think of
Uncle Sam is the Grateful Dead, singing 'Me and My Uncle.' It ends like
this --

I love those cowboys, I love their gold,
I loved my uncle, God rest his soul,
Taught me good, Lord, Taught me all I know
Taught me so well, I grabbed that gold
And I left his dead ass there by the side of the road.

http://www.mp3lyrics.org/g/grateful-dead/me-and/

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Re: New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

Haha!

Go New Hampshire!

This is unbelievably great news!

Long Live states Rights and Liberty!

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Re: New Hampshire Legislature Takes On Federal Gov't

Agreed! I sure hope Virginia follows soon! But it is unlikely for the time being. We have too many employed with the Feds to be capable of severing ties. I love Virginia, but this kind of makes me want to move to the Granite State.

I find the "future government" language of this bill very interesting. It seems that NH sees the writing on the wall. Also, I appreciate that it is addressing some basic Jeffersonian principles and rights. I can certainly say that I would feel greatly relieved if I had assurance that the control mechanisms listed in this bill could not be imposed upon me by the Federal Government.  

Reasserting states rights will be critical to finding local solutions to the crises that we face. It would be ideal if the Federal government reduced its power and went back to basic tasks like regulating interstate commerce (something that would be very helpful for sovereign states to trade with each other).

Mike 

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