The Tennessee health care nullification bill passes its first round in the House

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Well the subcommittee did the right thing and passed the Tennessee Healthcare Freedom Act onto the Commerce Committee. If it passes thru there it goes to the House for a vote that will likely be for it.

The health care nullification bill passes its first round in the House

Last week tea party activists jeered when the rules were applied to State Representative Mike Bell‘s bill, HR 3433-the Tennessee Health Freedom Act. The legislation had to wait one week before it got its hearing before the House Industrial Impact Subcommittee because it was amended to reconcile it with it’s companion Senate bill. When the hearing came this morning, the bill wasn’t pushed into irrelevance, as some has suspected. It passed the subcommittee and now goes before the full Commerce Committee:

“These are simply steps to protect the people of Tennessee,” said Rep. Eric Swafford, R-Pikeville, in summarizing the four proposals. He said there is a move toward “big brother” federal government that endangers Tennesseans’ rights.

If this legislation should pass out of the full Commerce Committee, it will almost certainly pass the House. If the Governor should veto the bill, that veto can and should be over-ridden. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to the passage of this bill is the fact that Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet) has a virtually identical bill which also passed out of the Industrial Impact Subcommittee today. The House can only pass one of these bills, and it makes sense to pass the one which the Senate has already passed resoundingly, and that is Mike Bell’s legislation-House Resolution 3433.

The sponsor of the Senate version of this bill which has passed is Representative Lynn’s Senate Republican Primary opponent, Senator Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

I would beg Representative Lynn to consider that there is a larger principle at stake here than her being able to say that she passed such an important piece of legislation rather than her opponent. The right of the people of this State to make health care choices for themselves rather than have the federal government dictate those choices in any way is too important to be held hostage to any personal political consideration-those of us who know Representative Lynn know where her heart is on this issue and so do her constituents and potential constituents. Most importantly, this legislation defends the right of Tennessee’s legislative body, which represents our people more directly than does any body of the federal government, to make decisions about health care or any other matter completely independent of the dictates of the federal government.

It is time that our legislatures in the several States begin to assert their right to have a greater say over our money and our internal affairs.


What are the People of a State to do if the authorities in their State refuse to resist encroachments & usurpations by the federal government?

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Here’s a great article on what we the people  can do about federal usurpation of the Constitution and what James Madison the Father of the Constitution said about it in the Federalist papers. This was written by a friend of mine Publius Huldah a retired Tennessee Constitutional lawyer and a good one I might add.

States’ Remedies

1. In Federalist No. 46 (1st para), James Madison says the ultimate authority over both the State and federal governments resides in the People.  What, then, are the People of a State to do if the authorities in their State refuse to resist encroachments & usurpations by the federal government?

2. Democrats, including Democrat State officials, seem to place party loyalty over the Constitution and their own State. TPN is non-partisan. But it is the Democrats who are destroying our country. What do we do? (1) Learn how to talk to Democrats. (2) Defeat them at all levels in the upcoming elections. (3) Continually petition State officials of both parties to resist unconstitutional federal encroachments. As other States organize to resist such federal encroachments, keep urging your State officials to join in.

3. Federalist No. 46 (7th para) discusses how individual States or several States carry out resistance to the federal government’s unconstitutional encroachments. If a particular State takes an action which the federal government doesn’t like, but which has the support of the People of that State, the federal government can’t do anything about it unless it is willing to apply some type of pressure.

When several States oppose an unconstitutional encroachment by the federal government, Madison says they have powerful means of opposition:  the disquietude of the people, their repugnance (e.g., baby-killing enshrined into public policy), the Peoples’ refusal to co-operate with the officers of the federal government; the opposition of the State officials; and all those legislative devices State Legislatures can invent to thwart & impede the federal government in its unconstitutional schemes.

So, in para 7, Madison contemplates that not all States will oppose unconstitutional encroachments by the federal government. But he shows that this need not impede the States who do. Such States need not implement in their States the federal government’s lawless usurpations.  Have we forgotten how to just say, “NO! You have no authority under the Constitution to do this, and the Sovereign State of X and the Sovereign People of the State of X won’t permit this.”  If we have taken the Oath to support the Constitution (Art. VI, clause 3), then we are bound by Honor to support it!

4.  Note that Madison doesn’t say the States should file lawsuits in federal court. And WHY would Sovereign States, which formed a federation for the limited purposes enumerated in Art. I, Sec. 8, U.S. Constitution; ask one branch of the federal government (judiciary) to opine on whether a “law” approved by the two other branches (legislative & executive) exceeds the enumerated powers of Congress or encroaches on the reserved powers of the States and the People (10th Amendment)? All three branches of the federal government have been unified against The Constitution, the States, and the People for a very long time. Why do States put themselves in the position of supplicants to a Court which has already shown itself to be contemptuous of the Constitution, and of the States’ and The Peoples’ reserved powers?

Furthermore, the Supreme Court is not even the ultimate authority on the meaning of the Constitution!  Alexander Hamilton said federal judges may be impeached & removed for usurpations (Federalist No. 81, 9th para); the People are “the natural guardians of the Constitution” as against federal judges “embarked in a conspiracy with the legislature”; and the People are to become “enlightened enough to distinguish between a legal exercise and an illegal usurpation of authority.”(Federalist No.16, 10th para). Madison (or Hamilton) said that breaches of our Constitution can be corrected by “…the people themselves, who, as the grantors of the commission [The Constitution], can alone declare its true meaning, and enforce its observance” (Federalist No. 49, 3rd Para).

Finally, we already know that obamacare is unconstitutional as outside the scope of the legislative powers granted to Congress in the Constitution!

5.  In para 8, Madison discusses a “general alarm” among the States as to encroachments by the federal government. Here, Madison contemplates concerted “plans of resistance” among the States; and Madison says it may come to a “trial of force” if a crazed federal government doesn’t back down. In para 10, Madison says that the federal government’s “schemes of usurpation will be easily defeated by the State governments, who will be supported by the people”.

6.  In para 9, Madison discusses the federal government’s initiation of a “trial of force”.         But who would fight for the federal government?  Madison spoke of the regular Army as the force used by the federal government.  But that is the Army of our children and neighbors’ children!  Surely we need not fear them. The federal government does have, here & there, those heroic, noble, and brave men who shoot nursing mothers in the forehead, young boys in the back, and gas & apparently incinerate men, women & children. How many are they?  Then there is Obama’s personal “civilian national security force”?  Has it been established?  Even so, would they be honorable men, or a collection of thugs?  In any event, Madison said, “…it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to repel the danger.”

7. When we quote James Madison on what States may do when the federal government has encroached upon the powers reserved by the States and the People; we quote a high Authority on The Constitution. James Madison is the Father of the Constitution, the author of many of the Federalist Papers, and 4th President of the United States.  States act lawfully when they follow the guidance of James Madison. When the federal government descends into lawlessness & tyranny, The States and The People may protect and preserve their Constitution – as they are already sworn to do.

8. Yes, the ultimate authority resides in The People.  But this does not mean that The People should – or need to – initiate a show of force.  Remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King!  He put on his clerical collar and went out into the streets with others to protest the LAWS which enforced segregation.  They used non-violent civil disobedience:  Black people sat down at “white’s only” lunch counters!  Black people sat in the front of the busses.  They did not initiate force.  The moral superiority of their position could not be denied, and they won.

9.  We have Our sacred Constitution.  The most important concepts for you to learn are these:  (1) Enumerated Powers (2) Why neither the “general welfare”, the “interstate commerce”, nor the “necessary & proper” clauses authorize Congress (or the President or the federal courts) to exceed their enumerated powers (3) The true meaning of the “Rule of Law” and how that differs from the “Rule of Men”; (4) What is “federalism”, and (5) The origin of our Rights and why you must NEVER speak of  “constitutional” rights. My paper on Rights explains the moral superiority of our position. You must learn why our position is morally superior to that of the statists. And you must be prepared to explain it at all times.

May God be merciful and grant us national repentance and a peaceful political resolution.

Spread the Word


A friend of mine, another Steve, sent this email to me.  I have sent it along to more than 20, and I thought this would be a great post for you to copy and send to your friends…especially the liberal ones.

An idea whose time has come

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress.

Many citizens have no idea that members of Congress

  • receive retirement checks till death; of the same pay earned after even only one term,
  • they don’t pay into Social Security,
  • they specifically exempted themselves from many laws they have passed

(such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment)

The latest is to exempt themselves from Health Care Reform they just passed…

Ordinary citizens must live under those laws.

Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical.

We do not have an elite that is above the law.

I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever.

The self-serving must stop.

This is a good way to do that.

It is an idea whose time has come.

Have each person contact a minimum of Twenty people on their Address list, in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.

This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the  United States  Constitution

“Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the  United States  that does not apply equally to the elected officials, Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the  United States .”